Wednesday, May 22

Facts about William Butler Yeats


Learn some quick facts about 

William Butler Yeats.  

 

This week’s famous poet is William Butler Yeats. Last week’s famous poet was Pablo Neruda

William Butler Yeats was a renowned Irish poet and writer. He began writing poetry at a young age and produced over twenty-five collections of poems throughout his life. He was born in County Dublin, Ireland, to John Butler Yeats and Susan Pollexfen, and had three siblings: one brother and two sisters.

 

Continue reading to find out more about William Butler Yeats. 

 

Here is a list of some poems by William Butler Yeats: 

  • A Faery Song
  • Memory
  • Meeting
  • Friends
  • The Magi
  • A Cradle Song
  • Peace
  • Where My Books Go
  • Words
  • Under Saturn

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Quick facts about William Butler Yeats: 

1. William Butler Yeats, a renowned Irish poet and playwright, was born in County Dublin, Ireland on June 13, 1865. He died on January 23, 1939, in Roquebrune, France, at the age of seventy-three.

2. William Butler Yeats was a poet and dramatist (writer). He published over twenty-five books of poetry.

3. The following is one of William Butler Yeats’s poems:


Words

I had this thought a while ago,

'My darling cannot understand

What I have done, or what would do

In this blind bitter land.'

 

And I grew weary of the sun

Until my thoughts cleared up again,

Remembering that the best I have done

Was done to make it plain;

 

That every year I have cried, 'At length

My darling understands it all,

Because I have come into my strength,

And words obey my call';

 

That had she done so who can say

What would have shaken from the sieve?

I might have thrown poor words away

And been content to live.

(You can print out a worksheet on this poem. You will fill in the missing words in the poem) 

4. Did you know William Butler Yeats began writing poetry when he was fourteen? In 1885, his first poems were published in the Dublin University Review.

5. In 1881, Yeats started attending Erasmus Smith High School. In 1877, Yeats began his education at Godolphin School and completed his studies four years later. Despite facing challenges such as being tone-deaf and having dyslexia, he persevered and worked hard to earn his graduation.

6. William Butler Yeats' three siblings:

  • Susan Mary Yeats (Lily) (1866-1949)
  • Elizabeth Corbet Yeats (Lolly) (1868-1940)
  • Jack Butler Yeats (1871-1957)

7. In 1917, the renowned poet William Butler Yeats tied the knot with Georgie Hyde-Lees, and the couple was blessed with two children.

Children:

  • Anne Butler Yeats (1919-2001)
  • Michael Butler Yeats (1921-2007)

8. William Butler Yeats was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, a well-deserved recognition of his exceptional literary talent. This prestigious honor significantly boosted the sales of his poetry books, introducing his work to a broader audience and solidifying his reputation as a celebrated poet.

9. In 1899, the renowned poet William Butler Yeats and his close associates established the Irish Literary Theatre, marking a significant milestone in the rich tapestry of Irish literary history.

 

 

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Books about William Butler Yeats: 

  1. Eleven Plays of William Butler Yeats by William Butler Yeats
  2. Poems Collection I William Butler Yeats by William Butler Yeats

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Friday, May 17

Facts about Jumping Spiders

Facts about Jumping Spiders


Jumping spiders are the unsung acrobats of the arachnid world. These pint-sized creatures pack a punch with their remarkable abilities and quirky behaviors. Let’s dive into the captivating world of jumping spiders and uncover some wild facts:


Facts About Jumping Spiders


Belonging to a Big Family

Jumping spiders are members of the Salticidae family, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that a family reunion among these spiders would require a spacious venue. With over 6,200 species described, they hold the title of the most prominent family of spiders on Earth. Beyond their sheer numbers, jumping spiders come in a dazzling array of colors, shapes, and sizes.


They Are Everywhere (Almost)

These agile arachnids are found in almost every habitat globally, except for the extreme polar regions. So, if you want to escape jumping spiders, your best bet is to head to the Arctic or Antarctica. Fun fact: In 1975, a researcher discovered jumping spiders on the slopes of Mount Everest—talk about high-altitude explorers!


Legs of Precision

Despite their tiny size, jumping spiders can leap up to 50 times their body length. But don’t be fooled—they don’t have super-strong legs. Instead, they rely on segmented legs and a clever trick. When ready to jump, they manipulate their hemolymph pressure (their spider version of blood pressure) by contracting specific muscles. This sudden extension of their legs propels them in the desired direction. It’s like Spider Olympics every time they leap!


Not Reckless Daredevils

Sure, they make daredevil leaps, but jumping spiders aren’t reckless. Before taking off, they spin a quick line of silk—a dragline. This silk serves multiple purposes: adjusting their body mid-jump, stabilizing their landing, and acting as a safety net if they need to halt their jump abruptly. Safety first, even for these acrobats!


No Webs Needed

Unlike many other spiders, jumping spiders don’t rely on webs for hunting. Their exceptional vision and agility allow them to pounce on prey directly. When they spot a target (usually small insects), they extend their legs and launch themselves. No web, no problem! And once they’ve cornered their meal, a touch of venom seals the deal.


Vision Masters

Jumping spiders boast some of the best vision in the arthropod world. Their large, forward-facing eyes provide stereoscopic vision, allowing them to judge distances accurately. They use this visual prowess for courtship, hunting, and navigation. Imagine having 3D glasses built into your eyeballs!


Tiny Dancers

When it comes to courtship, jumping spiders don’t hold back. Males perform intricate courtship dances with leg lifts, head bobs, and flashy displays. If they impress the female, they might just get a chance to pass on their genes. Talk about spider romance!


Venomous but Not Dangerous

Yes, jumping spiders are venomous, but their venom is mild and primarily used for subduing prey. They pose no threat to humans. So, next time you encounter one, appreciate its cuteness without fear.


Pet Jumping Spiders? Absolutely!

Some people keep jumping spiders as pets. These little arachnids can be trained to jump on command (yes, really!). Imagine having a tiny spider acrobat performing tricks in your living room.


A World of Miniature Marvels

From their intricate eye patterns to quirky behaviors, jumping spiders remind us that the tiniest creatures often hold the most astonishing secrets. So, next time you spot one on your windowsill, take a moment to appreciate the wonders of the jumping spider world!






Whether you’re an arachnophile or just curious about these eight-legged wonders, jumping spiders are a testament to nature’s creativity. So, observe, marvel, and celebrate these awesome little acrobats! đŸ•·️🌟



Books about Jumping Spiders:

1. All Things Spiders For Kids by Animal Reads

2. Jumping Spiders! by Incredible World

3. Jumping Spider Care Book For Kids by Young Readers


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Short Story:

Once upon a time, there was a little boy named Joey. Joey loved jumping spiders and thought they were excellent. One day, when he and his mommy were out at the lake, he found a jumping spider and was thrilled. He wanted to keep it as a pet, so his mommy put the spider in a lidded cup. They went to the store and bought a spider cage for Joey's new pet, which he named Jack the Jumping Spider. Every day, Joey would feed the spider flies and other insects. One day, Joey couldn't see Jack immediately when he looked in the cage and thought he might have gotten out. Joey started yelling for his mommy, who found Jack up in the top corner of the cage. Jack was molting, shedding his exoskeleton, and growing bigger. Joey decided that Jack should be taken back to the lake and returned to his natural habitat to grow adequately and live free. Both Jack and Joey were happy with the decision. The End.




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Wednesday, May 15

Facts about Pablo Neruda

 

Learn some quick facts about 

Pablo Neruda.  


 

This week’s famous poet is Pablo Neruda. Last week’s famous poet was Sylvia Plath

Pablo Neruda was a famous poet and politician. He started writing poetry when he was ten years old. He wrote over two thousand poems. He was born in Parral, Maule Region, Chile. His parents are JosĂ© del Carmen Reyes Morales and Rosa NeftalĂ­ Basoalto Opazo. Pablo’s mother died shortly after he was born. His father and stepmother raised him. He had two half-siblings.

 


Continue reading to find out more about Pablo Neruda. 


 

Here is a list of some poems by Pablo Neruda: 

  • Bird
  • Enigmas
  • Poetry
  • Water
  • Triangles
  • A Lemon
  • Cat’s Dream
  • If You Forget Me
  • Your Laughter
  • The Question

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Quick facts about Pablo Neruda: 

1. Ricardo EliĂ©cer NeftalĂ­ Reyes Basoalto (real name) was born in Parral, Maule Region, Chile on July 12, 1904. He died on September 23, 1973 in Santiago, Chile. He was sixty-nine years old. He died from complications of prostate cancer. It was rumored that he may have been poisoned.

2. Pablo Neruda was not only a poet. He was also a politician. He was nominated to become the president of Chile in 1970, but he did not want that position.

3. The following is one of Pablo Neruda’s poems:

Bird

It was passed from one bird to another,

the whole gift of the day.

The day went from flute to flute,

went dressed in vegetation,

in flights which opened a tunnel

through the wind would pass

to where birds were breaking open

the dense blue air -

and there, night came in.

 

When I returned from so many journeys,

I stayed suspended and green

between sun and geography -

I saw how wings worked,

how perfumes are transmitted

by feathery telegraph,

and from above I saw the path,

the springs and the roof tiles,

the fishermen at their trades,

the trousers of the foam;

I saw it all from my green sky.

I had no more alphabet

than the swallows in their courses,

the tiny, shining water

of the small bird on fire

which dances out of the pollen.

(You can print out a worksheet on this poem. You will fill in the missing words in the poem) 

4. Pablo Neruda was only ten when he started writing poetry. He wrote in many different styles.

Here is a list of those poetry styles:

  • historical epics
  • love poems
  • political manifestos
  • prose autobiography
  • surrealist poems

5. Pablo Neruda was sixteen when he attended the Universidad de Chile (University of Chile) in Santiago. He wanted to become a school teacher, but instead, he devoted most of his time to writing poetry.

6. Pablo Neruda's two half-siblings:

  • Rodolfo Reyes Marverde
  • Laurita or Laura

7. Pablo Neruda was married three times. He had one child with Marijke (Maria) Antonieta Hagenaar Vogelzang. Their child’s name is Malva Marina Reyes.

Wives:

  • Marijke Antonieta Hagenaar Vogelzang
  • Delia del Carril
  • Matilde Urrutia Cerda

8. Pablo Neruda won a Nobel Prize for literature in 1971. In 1972, he won the Golden Wreath Award for his poetry.

9. In 1917, Pablo Neruda published his first article in a local newspaper (La Mañana). He was only 13. The article was titled Entusiasmo y perseverancia. He signed the essay with the pen name Neftalí Reyes.

 

 

 

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Books about Pablo Neruda: 

  1. Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People by Monica Brown

 

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Wednesday, May 8

Facts about Sylvia Plath

 

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Sylvia Plath.  

 

This week’s famous poet is Sylvia Plath. Last week’s famous poet was William Shakespeare

Sylvia Plath was a famous poet and author. She wrote over four hundred poems. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Her parents’ names are Otto Plath and Aurelia Schober. She had one sibling.

 

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Here is a list of some poems by Sylvia Plath: 

  • April Aubade
  • Cinderella
  • Morning Song
  • Heavy Woman
  • Frog Autumn
  • April 18
  • Elm
  • Lorelei
  • Kindness
  • Barren Woman

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Quick facts about Sylvia Plath: 

1. Sylvia Plath was born in Boston, Massachusetts on October 27, 1932. She died on February 11, 1963 in London, England. She was thirty years old. She died from carbon monoxide poisoning. She is buried at St. Thomas A. Beckett Churchyard, Heptonstall, England.

2. Sylvia Plath was not only a poet; she also wrote two books. The books are titled:

  • The Bell Jar
  • It-Doesn’t-Matter Suit and other stories

3. The following is one of Sylvia Plath’s poems:

You’re

Clownlike, happiest on your hands,  

Feet to the stars, and moon-skulled,  

Gilled like a fish. A common-sense  

Thumbs-down on the dodo’s mode.  

Wrapped up in yourself like a spool,  

Trawling your dark as owls do.  

Mute as a turnip from the Fourth  

Of July to All Fool’s Day,

O high-riser, my little loaf.

 

Vague as fog and looked for like mail.  

Farther off than Australia.

Bent-backed Atlas, our traveled prawn.  

Snug as a bud and at home  

Like a sprat in a pickle jug.  

A creel of eels, all ripples.  

Jumpy as a Mexican bean.  

Right, like a well-done sum.  

A clean slate, with your own face on.

(You can print out a worksheet on this poem. You will fill in the missing words in the poem) 

4. In 1941, Sylvia Plath’s first poem was published in the Boston Herald. She was eight years old.

Here is the poem:

"Hear the crickets chirping | in the dewy grass. Bright little fireflies | twinkle as they pass."

5. Sylvia Plath was educated at Smith College in Massachusetts and Newnham College in England.

6. Sylvia Plath had one sibling:

  • Warren Joseph Plath (1935-2021)

7. Sylvia Plath married Ted Hughes. They had two children:

  • Frieda Rebecca Hughes (1960-)
  • Nicholas Farrar Hughes (1962-2009)

8. For most of Sylvia Plath’s adult life, she suffered from severe mental illness. Her mental illness was treated with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and other treatments.

9. Sylvia Plath’s mother had her take an IQ (intelligence quotient) test when she was twelve. She scored 160 on the test. Any score above 140 is considered a genius level.

 

 

 

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Books by Sylvia Plath and others: 

  1. The It-Doesn't-Matter Suit by Sylvia Plath
  2. Sylvia Plath - Selected Poems

 

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Facts about William Butler Yeats

Learn some quick facts about  William Butler Yeats.      This week’s famous poet is William Butler Yeats . Last week’s famous poet was P...