Story Monday

29th June: Piet Hein’s Grooks

For Today’s #StoryMonday, we have Piet Hein, a polymath who composed more than 7000 of these ‘Grooks’, a form of short aphoristic poems, like two shared below. Some say that the name is short for “GRin & sUK” (“laugh & sigh” in Danish), but Hein said he felt that the word had come out of thin air.

These grooks were published during the Second World War when a large part of Denmark was occupied by the Germans. Hein could be seen as a war poet as, during the occupation, it was one of the weapons that he possessed. His poetry stems mostly from the period when the Nazis invaded and occupied Denmark, when Hein, rather than flee the country like some of his compatriots, chose to become part of the resistance.

The poems were meant as a spirit-building, yet slightly coded form of passive resistance. The grooks are multi-faceted and characterized by irony, paradox, brevity, precise use of language, rhythm and rhyme, and an often satiric nature. ..
You can read more of his grooks at https://mypoeticside.com/poets/piet-hein-poems#block-poems
Also, you can write one yourself and share with us!

15th June: George Orwell, extracts from Animal Farm

Animal Farm is George Orwell’s brilliant satire on the corrupting influence of power. First published in 1945, it ‘Remains our great satire on the darker face of modern history.’

Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organized to benefit all who walk on four legs. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, forgotten. And something new and unexpected emerges.

Read the extracts below, we have something for you to ponder over after that.

Does this remind you of what is happening in different political systems all over the world, including two greatest democracies, particularly our own? What do you think?

Illustration on image 1: From the book, Animal Farm, Penguin Books, India, Maithili Doshi Aphale

8th June

Since we have been discussing trees in the city, we resume Story Monday with this poem of Robert Frost .

18th May

For today’s Story Monday, we have an extract by Stephen.P.H.Bulter Leacock, a Canadian teacher, political scientist, writer, and humorist. Keep enjoying literature and explore new genres with STEAM online.

11th May

Have you read Ogden Nash ? Here we have one of his most famous poems that you will surely enjoy.

4th May

For today’s Story Monday, we bring to you this extract ‘The Little Prince’, written and illustrated by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The wise and enchanting stories told by the prince of his own planet with its three volcanoes and a haughty flower are unforgettable.

27th April

This is one of Robert Frost’s most popular poems, which has been a source of inspiration and referenced several times in pop culture up to the present times. In the end, the question arises – How is the world going to end; in Fire or in Ice?

20th April

This is quite an interesting extract from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, where we come across a little girl Alice, who wakes up one morning and feels herself someone different.

Are you the same person you were yesterday,or have changed a bit ?

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