Monday, August 24, 2009

I have to admit I have a bit of a crush.

I have spent most of the summer tackling the 54 required works on the Spanish Literature reading list, well not really, that was my original plan. I must admit I got caught up in sleeping in and watching back to back episodes of 24, so haven't read as much of the list as I wanted to. My goal was to read everything before the school year begins, ha!

I have started to get my act together and have, much to the disappointment of my summer love affair with Jack Bauer, begun reading and lesson planning. I started off with poetry, normally not one of my favorites. Clearly I have been reading the wrong poems. Now, normally I'm not attracted to the "bad boy", but that all changed with Jose de Espronceda. His poem "Cancion del pirata" is on our list, already you can tell he's awesome because of the pirate connection. This is a man that knew his values and defended them even to the point of being incarcerated, at the age of 15! At the age of 20 he fled to Paris with a married woman! He even fought alongside the french in the July Revolution. Unfortunately for women everywhere in the mid 1800s he died at the young age of 34.

I've read from other teacher who have taught the same class that the key is for the teacher to relay his/her passion for poetry to their students and the effect is contagious. I feel for the first time passionate not so much about the poem itself but definitely about the man behind the words. Now hopefully my enthusiasm translates into an interest in the poem, and not a 34 year old dead guy. Hopefully.

Sigh, I <3 you Jose.

P.S. Do you think it would be too cheesy to wear a pirate hat the day we read this poem? Don't worry, I'll post a picture.