Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Interesting Facts ; George Bernard Shaw .

George Bernard Shaw was known for his wit, it even led to creation of a Shawism - witty phrase:"My way of joking is to tell the truth. It's the funniest joke in the world."
- George Bernard Shaw
  • George Bernard Shaw was an iconoclastic playwright, journalist, polemicist, scintillating public speaker, arts reviewer and campaigning socialist,
  • Shaw actually hated the George in his name, and used just Bernard Shaw
  • With Sidney and Beatrice Webb, and Graham Wallas, George Bernard Shaw was a co-founder of the London School of Economics.
  • George Bernard Shaw was a leading member of the Fabian society (a, along with luminaries such as Annie Besant and the Webbs
George Bernard Shaw was
  • A committed vegetarian
  • A socialist
  • Opponent of First World War
  • Supported belief in Eugenics.

  • Despite nearly dieing from smallpox, Shaw joined a public campaign in opposition to vaccination against smallpox.
  • Shaw helped T.E. Lawrence, with his book the Seven Pillars of Wisdom
  • Shaw was a keen amateur photographer.
  • He is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize for Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938) for work on transcribing Pygmalion (adaption of his play of the same name).
  • He married but it was never consummated and he had no children
  • When George Orwell asked George Bernard Shaw for permission to quote from one of his works in a BBC interview for the 'Voice', magazine programme, to be broadcast by the Indian Service Shaw responded with the terse refusal "I veto it ruthlessly".
  • In George Orwell's Animal Farm, Mr. Whymper a man hired by Napoleon to represent Animal Farm in human society, is loosely based on George Bernard Shaw who visited the U.S.S.R. in 1931 and praised Stalin and what he found.
  • George Bernard Shaw rejected many honours during his lifetime. He only accepted the Nobel Prize at the behest of his wife who thought it would bring honour to Ireland.
  • Shaw was a strident critic of contemporary education. in his Treatise on Parents and Children he considered the curriculum useless.
  • George Bernard Shaw had no particular religion, but was receptive to a range of religious views: "(my) religious convictions and scientific views cannot at present be more specifically defined than as those of a believer in creative revolution."

Vocabulary For The Book .

Chronic: Persisting for a long time or constantly recurring.
Sentiment: A view of or attitude toward a situation or event; an opinion.

Morality: Principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior.
Remorse: Deep regret or guilt for a wrong committed.
Defect: A shortcoming, imperfection, or lack: "genetic defects"; "the property is free from defect".
Acquaintance: person's knowledge or experience of something.

Sanity: The ability to think and behave in a normal and rational manner; sound mental health.
Implication: The conclusion that can be drawn from something, although it is not explicitly stated.
Alternative: (of one or more things) Available as another possibility.
Savage: (of an animal or force of nature) Fierce, violent, and uncontrolled: "a savage beast".
Phenomenon: A fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, esp. one whose cause is in question.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

My Modernist .

I chose George Bernard Shaw because he was a critic of many plays , and wrote several plays . Me personally , i like plays . Therefore , i picked George Bernard Shaw .

File:George Bernard Shaw 1936.jpg

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Dover Beach Related Poem

Well the Poem is Basically about Losing All faith and Hope. So here Is what we Got: 

Reaching out to something I may never find
Keeps me from moving forward, afraid of what I'll leave behind
It's always dark and there's a chilling cold here
Where around every corner there's something new to fear
I cannot move with no light guiding me
It's impossible to gain distance when I cannot see

The rights the wrongs, how do I tell
When all I feel are the arms of this living hell
Release and trust are things I fear to feel
So now before you God I desperately kneel
Its not the fist time I've felt so frayed
But this time Lord I turn to you instead of the blade

Help me find answers to the questions I don't know
I'm praying for your presence to somehow show
I have picked up broken pieces before
Though I fear I've lost some as they've shattered to the floor
I as you to please now take my hand
I'm not sure I have anyone else who will understand

I've lost all battles within myself it seems is true
Please dear Lord don't let me lose this one too
Show me the path I must now take
But please God hurry, my wills about to break.

by Heather Lehman

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Vocabulary spring #2

Praetorian- of having the power of a praetor

Sieve- a strainer

Veiled- to obscure with a veil

Saccharine- artificial sweetner

Harlequin- a jester

Toil- work extremely hard or incessantly

Delinquent- characterized with a tendency to commit crime

Gibbering- speaking rapidly and unintelligibly

Insidious-proceding harmfuly im a subtle fashion

Strewn- to scatter or spred

Pratonage- the act of buying something

Cadence- pace

Suffused-to spred through or over

Centrifuge- a machine with rapidly rotating container

Dentifrice- tooth paste.

Leisure- freedom from work

Vessel- a large craft

Phonograph- record player

Profusion- an abundance of stuff