If you were coming in the Fall,
I’d brush the Summer by
With half a smile, and half a spurn,
As Housewives do, a Fly.

If I could see you in a year,
I’d wind the months in balls –
And put them each in separate Drawers,
For fear the numbers fuse –

If only Centuries, delayed,
I’d count them on my Hand,
Subtracting, till my fingers dropped
Into Van Dieman’s Land.

If certain, when this life was out –
That your’s and mine, should be –
I’d toss it yonder, like a Rind,
And take Eternity –

But, now, uncertain of the length
Of this, that is between,
It goads me, like the Goblin bee –
That will not state – it’s sting.

— Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, Fr 356)

Innovative Learning Week for Eng Lit Students — Join in if you can!

Click here for the Innovative Learning Week details (Submission by 15 January 2013)

A great opportunity to share your ideas and passion for literature with a wider audience. Have a look at the website and maybe think about a topic to work on. What a nice way to spend this Christmas 🙂

Essay II & Assessment sheet

Thank you all for coming to the last tutorial on Monday. You have done a wonderful job leading the discussions. I wish we had more time! How pleasant to share thoughts like old friends do 🙂

You can come collect your essay and assessment sheet at my pigeon hole at the 6th floor DHT now. I am proud to see that you have worked so hard, and I have seen so much improvement. I also appreciate the feedback and all the wonderful comments you have made. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any other queries. As I said, my eyes are still watching you! 😉

Have a nice break and happy happy Christmas. There will be loads of interesting books to read the next semester. Enjoy!

Final Week !!! (Monday 3rd Dec)

Thank you all for the fantastic “play” quotations. I have also enjoyed the lovely presentations + discussions today. What a suitable weather for talking about HARD TIMES! Hopefully you will enjoy tomorrow’s lecture too 🙂

Don’t forget that the tutorial next week has been rescheduled to next next Monday (3rd Dec). Same time, same place. We will fill out a feedback form and you would get the chance to meet Barbara, your tutor for the second semester. I should also be able to give your essays back by then. I appreciate deeply the effort you have put into, and I have seen a lot of improvement in your writings.

In the final tutorial, we are going to have a special section. Instead of preparing for a presentation, you will need to pick a topic and devise 1-3 questions for our tutorial discussion. Do read the instructions carefully and email me about your topic by next Tuesday, and your questions by next Friday, so your class will have time to read these questions over the weekend. Again, I will bring some cupcakes! 🙂

Keep warm, and I will see you all very soon!


We dream – it is good we are dreaming –
It would hurt us – were we awake –
But since it is playing – kill us,
And we are playing – shriek –

What harm? Men die – Externally –
It is a truth – of Blood –
But we – are dying in Drama –
And Drama – is never dead –

Cautious – We jar each other –
And either – open the eyes –
Lest the Phantasm – prove the Mistake –
And the livid Surprise

Cool us to Shafts of Granite –
With just an age – and name –
And perhaps a phrase in Egyptian –
It’s prudenter – to dream – (Fr584)

Week 10 Quotes

Thank you all for the lively discussion and lovely quotes today 🙂 Some “visions” are definitely needed for essay writing!

Don’t forget that your Essay II will be due in THREE days time. Make sure you pick TWO authors (one has to be English) of the same period from different columns on the author list (Learn). You should be allowed to discuss any text on your EL2 reading list (Learn). If you have got any questions, feel free to email me.

Next week we are going to look at Charles Dickens’ Hard Times. (Look on the bright side, it is no Bleak House, 750 pages long!). It is around 270 pages long so try to begin your reading early and check out the questions when you can.

Also, we will have individual tasks again next week. Remember to upload/leave your statement/quotation onto this website (by clicking on “leave a comment” beneath this post). Plz do so by NEXT TUESDAY so that your class would be given enough time to read through these quotations.

Work hard so we can “play” next week!

Week 9 & Essay II

Thanks for the detailed presentation and invigorating discussion today. What a lovely way to spend a Winter morning!

I also want to remind you that our second essay will be due in ten days’ time. Be sure to go through the list of questions and think about the authors/works/themes you want to work on. Feel free to email me if you want to schedule a quick meeting to go over your essay plan. Our tutorial room should be free everyday 12-2 or 3.

Have a productive weekend and I shall see you soon :-).


Essays & Week 8

Thank you for the excellent Halloween presentations and discussion. I have enjoyed every minute of it. Very scary indeed!

I have given your essays to Gordon (NOT my pigeon hole) at the 6th Floor DHT department office this afternoon. Don’t forget to pick yours up. You might also want to start thinking about the topic you might want to work on in your second essay. If you have got any queries, don’t feel hesitant to contact me.

Enjoy Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner, and don’t get nightmares!

One need not be a Chamber – to be Haunted –

One need not be a House –

The Brain has Corridors – surpassing

Material Place –


Far safer, of a midnight meeting

External Ghost

Than its interior confronting –

That cooler Host –


Far safer, through an Abbey gallop,

The Stones a’chase –

Than Unarmed, one’s a’self encounter –

In lonesome Place –


Ourself behind ourself, concealed –

Should startle most –

Assassin hid in our Apartment

Be Horror’s least –


The Body – borrows a Revolver –

He bolts the Door –

O’erlooking a superior spectre –

Or More – (Fr 407B)

Halloween Week!!!

Thank you for both submitting the coursework on time and contributing to the lovely discussion today. It has been a great pleasure reading your essays and having all these thought-provoking tutorials. I appreciate deeply the hard work you have put into. You should be able to get your essay comments back in 2 weeks time. Also, don’t forget to take a look at Essay II  and think about the topics/authors you might be interested in.

Since it will be Halloween soon (next Wednesday), I want each of you to bring a short piece of writing that has made your hair stand on end, read it in class next week and let the class guess which character/tale you are portraying/acting (Dress code/Make-up: dark/black). I will remember to bring some Halloween cupcakes, and I DO hope to see you ALL next Thursday!