A few months ago I shared some of Moozle’s written narrations inspired by Plutarch. Since then she has continued to do a written narration once or twice a week and has branched out a little from the letter form she started with.
The first one here is still in letter form but was inspired after our weekly reading and listening to Twelfth Night, which we finished about six weeks ago.
This one was a ‘news report’ she wrote after we’d read a lesson from Plutarch’s life of Crassus. Some poetic license was taken in the ‘Consul Spiro Maximus Nero’ addition – Spiro and various derivatives of said name have been popping up in all of her Plutarch narrations, regardless of whether the characters are Roman or Greek.
This one was done this morning. She’s been keen to do a poetic narration and she asked if she could do one after reading a chapter of Our Island Story. I thought she’d be so intent on making it rhyme that it wouldn’t make much sense but I was surprised when she came up with this:
I shouldn’t have been surprised because she’s been listening to poetry for years and absorbing rhythm, rhyme and the beauty of words and that should translate into her writing at some point but I wasn’t expecting it at this stage. Just as I wasn’t expecting her to get anything much from Plutarch, either.
The reading of poetry will:
‘…accustom him to the delicate rendering of shades of meaning, and especially to make him aware that words are beautiful in themselves, that they are a source of pleasure, and are worthy of our honour.’