The Sonnets

19.12.2012.

Hello out there!

 

The first semester of the Essential Conversation class has drawn to a close. I am quite pleased that two of my students have taken an interest in English beyond conversation. As an exercise, my manager suggested that one of the lovely young ladies translate a short story by Raymond Carver, which she did, and which culminated as a class project which we will post on a blogsite for all to see...a blogsite because we intend to translate more American authors into Serbian. It's all unauthorized, of course, but what can we do, call up Tess and ask for permission?


We also read a little of the Plath, which was a first exposure to both of the girls showing an interest in literary English. And as a final assignment, they took on the challenge of writing in sonnet form. Shakespeare's, because we're not Italian, so somebody else can post Petrarch's. Note: we're not onto the iambic pentameter yet, just the rhyme scheme.

 

So, introducing Sandra Tomasevic and Andrea Nadj:

 

 

Happiness

by Sandra Tomasevic

 

Did you ever try

to find a happiness road?

Did you ever look in the sky

and imagine you are abroad?

Or is happiness not so far?

Did you try to find it?

Maybe, you bought a new car

and smiled a little bit.

After a while you found

that happiness went away

and you listened to your heart’s sound,

knocking,

“You can at home stay!

Happiness is in little things,

just don’t let sadness spread its wings!”

 

 

 

 

Loneliness

by Andrea Nadj

 

I've collected sand on the beach

I gave the grains names

Listened to each

No wicked games.

Then I threw my heart on the sand

Lack of reaction

Is this the end?

Lack of satisfaction.

I felt homeless

I ran to the forest

The silence there, priceless

Need a place to rest

Or someone to come for a visit.

That's nice, is it?