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  • Weekly Poem: Such, Such is Death

    Weekly Poem: Such, Such is Death

    Charles Sorley, 1895-1915 Such, such is Death: no triumph: no defeat:Only an empty pail, a slate rubbed clean,A merciful putting away of what has been.

  • Weekly Poem: Baton by Kofi Dadzie

    Weekly Poem: Baton by Kofi Dadzie

    Today’s poem is Kofi Dadzie’s “Baton”. As the title suggests it tells us more about a baton, a club typically used by the police to hit people. Kofi Dadzie explores the metaphor of violence against black people (especially police violence) being similar to conducting music, at least it seems that way to the Baton in…

  • Idiom of the Week: The last straw

    Idiom of the Week: The last straw

    When you keep trying to reach the limit of what is possible, there are several potential outcomes. If you are lucky, you might succeed at your endeavour and everything is well. However, the opposite is just as likely. Sooner or later you might reach critical mass, a point of no return. This is the last…

  • Idiom of the Week: No room to swing a cat

    Idiom of the Week: No room to swing a cat

    When you find yourself in a particularly small room you might think about hardly being able to move.One way to express the this idea is by saying there is “no room to swing a cat”. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Huh? Who would swing a cat?

  • Exercise: Jabberwocky

    Exercise: Jabberwocky

    Have a look at the Jabberwocky again. You can read and listen to the poem here.

  • Weekly Poem: Jabberwocky

    Weekly Poem: Jabberwocky

    Lewis Carroll (from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872) ‚Twas brillig, and the slithy toves   Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;All mimsy were the borogoves,   And the mome raths outgrabe.

  • Vox Pop – Home Edition #4

    Vox Pop – Home Edition #4

    Afraid of your English getting rusty? No need to worry! While there are certainly more obstacles around at the moment with interaction reduced to a minimum due to social distancing, we hope to provide you with some ideas & resources to stay motivated.Here is what we are doing: Today’s recommendations are changing your surroundings to…

  • Weekly Poem: Ecclesiastes 1

    Weekly Poem: Ecclesiastes 1

    Everything Is Meaningless 1 The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:  2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” 

  • PIASTA language café at Uni Hamburg

    PIASTA language café at Uni Hamburg

    Check out the language café and register if you have time to go: Have a look if you can make it on Tuesdays at 7pm or Wednesdays at 4pm. At the moment the meetings are being held on Zoom.While the circumstances are not ideal, you are still provided with an opportunity to chat with others…

  • Exercise: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

    Exercise: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

    Poetry is a lot more than just cleverly arranged stylistic devices, surrounded by poetic language. Different people can look at the same poem and have completely different, sometimes even conflicting interpretations which may be valid at the same time, provided they can be backed up. Remember than nothing in a poem can be considered accidental.…