May 4, 2011

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December 12, 2011



September 8, 2011

Armored in oxygen,

         faceless in visors—

mirrormasks reflecting

        the general glare and

shadow of moonscape—

        they walk slowmotion

floating the lifeless

         dust of Taurus

Littrow 1. And Wow, they

           exclaim; oh boy, this is it.


They sing, exulting

          (though trained to be wary

 of “emotion and

            philosophy”), breaking

 the calcined 2 stillness

           of once Absolute Otherwhere.


Risking edges, earthlings

            to whom only

 their machines are friendly

          (and God’s radar-

 watching eye?), they

           labor at gathering

 proof of hypothesis;

           in snowshine of sunlight

 dangerous as radium

            probe detritus 3 for clues.


What is it we wish them

           to find for us, as

 we watch them on our

         screens? They loom there

 heroic antiheroes,

         smaller than myth and

 poignantly human.

         Why are we troubled?

 What do we ask of these men?

         What do we ask of ourselves?

Robert Hayden


1 Taurus Littrow: name of a landing site on the moon

2 calcined: heated to a point of oxidation

3 detritus: fragments from disintegration




Responses to ‘Three Lunulae, Truro Museum’

August 31, 2011

What is this poet trying to convey in this poem?

Comment on an interesting part of this poem. Reply to this post below.

Fun and Games

August 22, 2011

Watch the following clip from the film Virginia Woolf.

What does this scene reveal about the characters? Why has Albee included this scene? Add to the discussion by using the ‘reply message’ buttons below.


Add to this essay brainstorm

August 17, 2011

Follow the link below:


Background to Virginia Woolf 1962

August 15, 2011

Follow this link to a poster that I have created on the social and political context to Virginia Woolf:


Using this poster, what are your understandings of the time period during which the play was written? Click on the ‘Leave message’ below and add a comment.

Work together to create documents to compare the plays:

August 15, 2011

Please spend some time this week adding to the documents that you started in class on Monday. Access the collaborative documents via these links:

1. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_5dnFBDw3QLNcNERi1VbPXjhcTQFuLIfKXC30uYsWM8/edit?hl=en_US

2. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oAdIrMJHUq8bp_HpebzSwE4U-hdXBxtGGsBkU3gVobI/edit?hl=en_US

 3. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1He8ZV6Wp8aWjw0a3lvCwnzi-fv5OpzJZohNg4rNxr58/edit?hl=en_US

 4. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HHyCdVxjNa87oLCzPGdN2ZFRYigWEr86kaBK4_tBabE/edit?hl=en_US