World Book Day : celebrations in school, part 4

Welcome to the latest instalment of our World Book Day series.  Today we are featuring two of our teachers of Modern Foreign Languages.  Miss Ashby wrote to tell me that she had shared a poem by Jorge Luis Borges with her students, named Instantes:

Instantes

Si pudiera vivir nuevamente mi vida.

En la próxima, trataría de cometer mas errores.

No intentaría ser tan perfecto, me relajaría mas.

Sería mas tonto de lo que he sido,

de hecho tomaría muy pocas cosas con seriedad.

Sería menos higiénico, correría mas riesgos.

Haría mas viajes, contemplaría mas atardeceres,

subiría mas montañas, nadaría mas ríos.

Iría a mas lugares donde nunca he ido,

comería mas helados y menos habas.

Tendría mas problemas reales y menos imaginarios.

Yo fui una de esas personas que vivió sensata y prolíficamente

cada minuto de su vida.

Claro que tuve momentos de alegría, pero si pudiese volver atrás,

trataría de tener solamente buenos momentos.

Por si no lo saben, de eso está hecha la vida, solo de momentos.

No te pierdas el ahora.

Yo era uno de esos que nunca iba a ninguna parte, sin un termómetro,

una bolsa de agua caliente, un paraguas y un paracaídas.

Si pudiese volver a vivir, viajaría mas liviano.

Si pudiera volver a vivir, comenzaría a andar descalzo a principios de la primavera y seguirá así hasta concluir el otoño.

Daría mas vueltas en calesita, contemplaría mas amaneceres y jugaría con niños.

Si tuviera otra vez la vida por delante.

Pero ya ven, tengo 85 años y sé que me estoy muriendo.

Jorge Luís Borges.  For a translation, please click here.

Miss Ashby says: “With Year 9 Spanish we looked at a poem by Jorge Luis Borges, an Argentinian Poet. The poem is called ‘Instantes’ and is about an old man who is close to death and he talks about if he were to live his life again what he would do differently. Great for the conditional tense!

Opened up a lovely discussion about the meaning of life.”

Jorge Luís Borges 1951
Jorge Luís Borges 1951 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mrs Moss shared a book about the art of Maurits Cornelis Escher, upon which she reflects:  “I spoke to a couple of my groups about a book on Escher the artist and I showed the pupils some of his amazing paintings on google images, which we then discussed.”  The Life and Works of Escher, commentary by Miranda Fellows.

escher_relativity
escher_relativity (Photo credit: williamcromar)
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Author: Berkhamsted School Library

Main aims for Berkhamsted School Library • to provide a central resource for the whole school curriculum • to encourage an ethos of enquiry and discovery • to assist pupils in becoming confident and independent learners • to develop research and information skills throughout the school • to offer resources which enrich cultural values and experiences for pupils, as well as have a role in their recreational life and promote reading for pleasure as a lifelong activity

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