In this last unit we will learn about the them of carpe diem, which writers such as William Shakespeare shows in his sonnets.
Activity 1: Listen to this presentation about the life and times of William Shakespeare and answer the questions.
- When was Shakespeare born and when did he died?
- Who did he marry to?
- What types of plays did he write?
- What is a sonnet?
- Can you write five of his best known plays?
Activity 3: Read this sonnet. Where can we see the carpe diem theme?
Activity 4: The theme of the carpe diem has been relevant in songs, advertisements, films and videos on the Internet. Watch this scene from the film Dead Poets’ Society:
Activity 5: Now pay attention to this other video on the Internet. What is the message that you can get?
Activity 6: The theme of the carpe diem is also present in cartoons such as Phineas And Ferb. Listen to this song!
Activity 7: Finally, listen to thesong “Life is Short” by Butterfly Boucher.
Project: Now write your own carpe diem poem or song and share it via a comment to this post. We will include the best ones in our Interesteen magazine this year. Take a look at our previous projects!