Snapshots from the Second Wave

Photo by Emiliano Arano

 

The helpless girl cried for help,
Her dad was on  the death bed.
She waited outside the hospital,
Pleading for a doctor’s aid.

Her dad gasped for air,
The virus choked his lungs.
The oxygen in atmosphere ,
Was not sufficient.

The doctors inside were busy,
Preparing for a minister’s visit.
The wards were being cleaned,
As they prepared his covid kit.

He was the minister of health,
They were dependent on him;
For their promotion and wealth.
So, things should be clean and prim.

The critical patients waited,
Patiently for their turn.
Her father lost the battle,
The daughter lost her all.

As she grieved her father’s loss,
The cameras turned to her.
Curious jurnos and janta,
Captured her grief and fear.

The daughter beyond her grief,
Lashed out at the heartless crowd.
Can they bring him back for her?
She wailed long and loud.

The minister came out that moment,
The docs could now attend.
To the dying and dead patients,
The minister walked past her rant.

This is what happens,
When ministers are allowed.
To have their own way,
And rise above the crowd.

The ministers are for serving,
Not for acting as a lord,
They must be made accountable,
For failing to keep their word.

Pressure and performance ,
Run hand in hand ;
It’s the same for the ministers,
And they owe it to the motherland.

To the ones who wish upon the Stars

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To you, with love.

Dear admirer
I am certain you know me. You and I have been associates for longer than the length of time. And lately, we have been quite a good bunch of companions too.

Your company has been comforting, I must admit. I love the way you sing me to sleep; your voice, though teared up at alternative seconds shall always remain as one of the most melodious voices amidst the stellars. The fireballs embedded in my blanket love to dance at your beats.

Your secrets are well safeguarded, enclosed in pockets made up of stars and tucked in each galaxy which knows your name.
I have in place, the childhood dreams you threw here and there in my skies; they remember their owner still, whispering your name in my ears ever so often.

Your loved ones lie gaurded and sheltered in my lap. They love to…

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Sentences

English Literature and Grammar

Sentences help us to communicate. Correct communication creates wonders.

SENTENCE – Definition

  • A sentence is a group of words that
    makes complete sense.

It starts with a capital letter and ends with a fullstop(.), question mark(?) or exclamation mark (!).

This is the common definition of a sentence. Now let us look at the properties of a sentence.

A sentence is generally a group of words.

A sentence generally contains a subject and a verb.

A sentence is the largest unit in a language.

A sentence contains a sense more or less complete.

A sentence consists of one or more clauses.

ELEMENTS OF A SENTENCE: PHRASE & CLAUSE

A sentence is the largest structural unit of a language. It
can be divided into further smaller elements or units.

A sentence consists of clause/s           ->

A clause consists of phrase/s               ->

A phrase consists of word/s                …

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Writing Tip: Dashes and Hyphens

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Dashes and Hyphens

Hyphens and dashes, specifically en-dashes and em-dashes, have specific functions. They are not interchangeable, and it is helpful to learn to use them correctly.

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Hyphens (-)

A hyphen connects two words that are closely related and function together as a single concept. It makes compound words clearer and easier to read and helps remove confusion if the two words could have a different meaning if not linked with a hyphen.

Examples:

  • That’s a high-rise building.
  • She wore a low-cut dress.
  • Read this real-estate article.
  • He made a toll-free call.
  • It has thirty-three pages.
  • That’s my great-grandfather.

In general, compound words are typically hyphenated before a noun, but not after a noun.

Examples:

  • It’s a part-time job. / The job is part time.
  • That is a free-standing pole. / That pole is free standing.
  • It was a barbed-wire fence. / The fence was barbed wire.

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En-dashes…

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Teaching Poetry: A Step by Step Guide

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Ok: first of all an admission. The title of this post, with its impossibly bold claim to distil teaching poetry into a series of neatly packaged steps, is somewhat overzealous. In a manner somewhat, and unfavourably, all too familiar to the last year, I fear it will overpromise and underdeliver.

However, what it will do, hopefully, is offer up a kind of template, a broad horizon of possibilities, that will seek to capture and condense what a typical poetry lesson for me might look like. Of course, within this template any individual lesson may vary, dependent on class or poem, but it should indicate a certain sweep of what a poetry lesson may look like.

So let’s imagine the following scenario: the students have the lesson’s poem in front of them. They haven’t yet read the poem and have no prior knowledge of it. What could happen next?

Step 1:…

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You’re Invincible

Photo by Nataliya Vaitkevich

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Think bright and aim high,

Envision to reach the sky.

Put in your best in what you do,

It’s inconsequential you compete with who.

Success comes to those who try,

Not to those who complain and cry.

So spare no effort, and say with pride;

I’ll take the world in my stride.’

Fun facts about William Shakespeare — Creabealounge

William Shakespeare has always intrigued me to start studying English literature, and to become a writer myself, in a sense. Moreover, his adaptation of words usage is certainly very interesting, yet sophisticated in its own way. So, for today’s post, I thought that it’d be fun to share some fun facts about this man! His […]

Fun facts about William Shakespeare — Creabealounge

How to Read a Novel Like a Lit Major

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If you’ve ever analysed a novel in school, you probably know that reading a novel for analysis is different from reading a novel for pleasure. Especially as a literature student, you quickly have to get used to the fact that reading a novel isn’t the same as reading a novel well. The latter requires much more time and practice.

When analyzing a work of fiction, you should consider the following three steps:

1. First Reading: Comprehension

Read the full novel without dwelling for too long on single passages. Pay attention to things you notice about the text (e.g. reoccurring themes and motifs). Most importantly, block out distractions while you’re reading. If you want to understand the full meaning of a novel, you need to give your full attention to it.

It’s also helpful to write down a short summary of the main events of each chapter or part once you finish…

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My Father

Photo by Anna Shvets

My father was my idol,
The most perfect being;
Who looked like a prince,
And lived like a king.

He was the strongest fellow,
The wisest of the wise.
The merriest of all fellows,
A being destined to rise.

I loved my dad to bits,
And hung to him all time.
He spoilt me with his love,
And helped me to shine.

He was a perfect person,
A genius and with midas touch.
I adored him with starry eyes;
And admired him so much.

I want every father to know,
That your daughters love you so.
All daughters have this image,
Of the perfect man their dad.

Do be the knight in their lives,
And value their priceless love.
Work hard to keep this image,
And be an awesome dad.

SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT

This is a reblog of my previous post, hope you find it useful.

English Literature and Grammar

Heagrees with them.
Theyagree with him.

A Verb must agree with its Subject in Number and Person. A singular subject takes a singular verb; and a plural subject takes a plural verb.

Rules for Agreement of subject and verb:

1) Two or more singular subjects joined by ‘and’ usually take a plural verb.

E.g. – Raman and Harry work hard.

Air and water are necessary for survival.

Nancy and I were the hosts of the party.

The author and the publisher were in a meeting.

2) If two nouns suggest only one idea or refer to the same person or thing then it will take a singular verb.

E.g. Slow and steady wins the race.

Beans and rice is her favourite dish.

The horse and carriage is at the door.

Comfort and luxury has made him lazy.

Bread and butter is a wholesome breakfast.

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