Activity 1: Matching
Now that we have studied a lot about the concepts of the 3 main types of literary work - short stories, drama, and poetry, would you not read more? Yet if you are not sure what to start with, here are some suggestions for you. But first, do you know who these descriptions are talking about?
1. Geoffrey Chaucer
2. Robert Frost
3. Agatha Christie
4. Victor Hugo
5. Roald Dahl
6. Oscar Wilde
a. An English female writer famous for her 66 detective novels. She also wrote the script for one of the longest-running theatre shows The Mousetrap, a murder mystery story that happens mainly in a remote inn, in which a number of guests are suspected of a case of murder in London.
b. Known as the Father of English literature, he wrote epic poems based on traditional English oral history such as the story of the Anglo-Saxon hero Beowulf and life in medieval England (The Canterbury Tales).
c. He was an American poet who wrote about the rural life in the 20th century. He uses colloquial and down-to-earth language in American style in his works. His poem The Road Not Taken is narrated by a traveller who talks about how he decided to choose a path but not another in a journey, and how he feels about his decision afterwards.
d. One of the most celebrated French dramatists and novelists whose works have been favoured by movie producers. His most well-known works include The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, a story about the love between an abandoned hunchback and a pretty gypsy lady, and a revolution, and Les Miserables which has been adapted into musical productions and films.
e. An Irish writer well known for his wit. He wrote different kinds of work, from plays to short stories and poems. His short story The Happy Prince portrays the life of a swallow that dies from exhaustion helping a gold statue of the Happy Prince help the poor by using the valuable parts of his "body".
f. A British novelist and short story writer. His works are widely read by children. His work Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tells a story about 4 children with very different personalities who win a chance to visit the famous chocolate factory owned by the weird Willy Wonka.
Activity 2: Hidden message
There is a message hidden below. Can you decode it and find out the answer?
Rosalind Wong is a Master's student from HKU's Comparative Literature Dept. Rosalind is a member of the Shadow Players, a theatre group dedicated to helping students and teachers in the new HK secondary school English curriculum. Members come from prestigious local universities and are familiar with English studies and literature. They also took part in the Chinese Universities Shakespeare Festival and won different prizes. Their consultants are Professor David Parker and Professor Julian Lamb from the English Dept at CUHK.