2.7. FOCUS ON MUSIC III

iDevice icon REFLECT...

"'Tis not that Dying hurts us so

'Tis Living hurts us more 

But dying is a different way

A Kind behind the Door"

("The Wind begun to Rock the Grass", Emily Dickinson)

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JOY DIVISION

Today,we are going to concentrate on music again. Through music we are going to revise the characteristics of the Romantic movement we have seen in previous classes. Furthermore, we are going to learn some new vocabulary. The song we have chosen for today is by a group called "Joy Division".

Listen to the song and read the lyrics:

 

 

"Walk in silence

Don't walk away in silence

See the danger

Always danger

Endless talking

Life rebuilding

Don't walk away

Walk in silence

Don't turn away, in silence

Your confusion

My illusion

Worn like a mask of self-hate

Confronts and then dies

Don't walk away

People like you find it easy

Naked to see

Walking on air

Hunting by the rivers

Through the streets

Every corner abandoned to soon

Set down with due care

Don't walk away in silence

Don't walk away"

1. WORD FAMILIES

In pairs/groups find words in the song for the following families. Do this activity in your notebook.

a. DEATH:

b. NATURE:

c. DESPERATION:

When you finish, add as many words as you can think of related to the previous topics. Use this online dictionary to help you.

 

2. REVISION. ADJECTIVES TO DESCRIBE FEELINGS.

Using the adjectives to describe feelings we saw in the previous class, write three sentences to describe how Ian Curtis (the singer and songwriter in Joy Division) might have felt when he wrote the lyrics to this song.

Eg: He was probably feeling FRIGHTENED because he sings about danger.

 


iDevice icon REVISION, THE IMPERATIVE

In this song the imperative is also used several times. Copy the imperative structures in your notebook.

Eg: Walk in silence

  
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Did you know?

Joy Division was a music band from Manchester, formed in 1976. Ian Curtis was the lead singer. He lived in the industrial Manchester of the late 70s, a very hard time for the North of England for various reasons. He lived in a very marginalised area of Manchester called Macclesfield. Ian Curtis had a very depressing existence. He was unhappily married and had extra marital relationships. He also suffered from epilepsy and finally committed suicide at the age of 24, leaving his wife, daughter, lover, friends, and music-lovers behind. He was another romantic, a 20th century romantic.

When he wrote the song "Atmosphere" he was completely lost. In fact, Deborah Curtis, Ian Curtis' wife, never had access to this song before he committed suicide and in her book "Touching From A Distance" she claims that if she had been able to read and listen to this song before he killed himself, she could have possibly done something to stop him from taking his life.

Whether this is true or not we will never know. All we can do is to enjoy his music.

"Love, Love will tear us apart again"

 

 

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THINK

Why do you think the teacher has chosen the quotation by Emily Dickinson? Can you see a connection between her words and Ian Curtis' existence and tragic death?

iDevice icon LET'S TRY AND TRANSLATE HER WORDS!
What do you think the missing words are?

"No es que nos duela tanto.

Es lo que más nos duele.

Pero es algo diferente,

un algo detrás de la ."

 

  

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