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Issue 23: “I lent him eyes”—Seeing Courtly Love in Romeo and Juliet

By Cedric WONG (ELED alumnus)

A production of Shakespearean play today can be quite different from one in Shakespeare’s time.Electric stage lighting was non-existent, thus the audience at Shakespeare’s time might have to rely on the lines performed by the actors, not so much the on-stage lighting to tell at what time of the day the scene is set. References to light and darkness in the lines of the script, for example, the repetitive mentioning of the “torch” before the dinner gathering, and Romeo’s mentioning of “light” through Juliet’s balcony window at the beginning of these scenes, remind the audience that these scenes take place at night—even if the play was may be staged in broad daylight (11, 1.4; 2, 2.2).Besides, actions of the eye, such as glancing, love at first sight, crying, eye contact, etc. play important roles in courtly love. A character seeing the lightrepresents the spiritual and passionate elements of courtly love,while the character perceiving darkness symbolizes the privy and discreet side of courtly love. The eyeis the organ that perceives light or darkness—and in some sense, exudes aura and expresses dimness. So, apart from serving the function of setting the scene, the notions of light and darkness in the lines also delivery greater depth in meaning especially in plots about courtly love. In this connection, sight, light, bright, night, etc. are important concepts in understanding the courtly love of Romeo and Juliet. Describing how the characters’ eyes perceive and radiate darkness and brightness represents features of courtly love and matches the development of their courtly love.

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May 13, 2018   No Comments

Issue 23: Take It for Granted

By Renee CHAU (ELED Year 5, 2017-2018)

The study room in Tuen Mun has been one of my favorite places to study even though I have overcome the public exam for years. As a new round of battle approaches, getting a seat in the study room is still as laborious as getting a ticket of Wong Tsz Wah’s stand-up comedy show. Nevertheless, this fierce competition is not just faced by the candidates of the year, as there are also competitors who might become candidates in ten years’time. At least there were quite a number of primary school students fighting for a better future with their pencils in the study room in Tuen Mun today.

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Issue 23: Charlotte

By Chloe KWONG (ELED Year 5, 2017-2018)

I’m born with words and music.

These two babies are your magic tricks.

You love the beauty of metaphors

The Hollywood sadcore.

You dance to the beat of your favourite songs

Listen to them all night long.

You get indulged in the melody

Go deeper and deeper into the melancholy.

The notes take you to a ride of emotions

You wonder if it is a right devotion.

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Issue 23: Shades of Life

By Trista TANG (ELED Year 4, 2017-2018)

The day I started to learn sketching with coloured pencils, I realised how unobservant I had been. I was requested to sketch a green leaf. As unimpressive as you could imagine,the first draft was very flat and far from lifelike. Aiming at a more vivid drawing, I looked at the leaf more carefully and found that it had an apiculate tip which I had overlooked at first sight. More importantly, the leaf consists of different shades of green. The central midrib vein was chartreuse-coloured,while the veins were olive and the small netted veins were more like dark green. An object even as ordinary as a leaf shows a complex colour spectrum. The sketching experience has led me to look at the same world from a different perspective. The truth is that the world is made up of more than just the commonplace colours that can be named. It is coloured in a mixture of different shades which you might be able to see but unable to distinguish each shade from one another.

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May 13, 2018   No Comments

Issue 23: Goodbye, My Love

By Lok Yi LAI (ELED Year 4, 2017-2018)

Your finger softly,

Wiped my droplets

Embraced me in you, the stove

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Issue 23: Listen to Us Please!  

By Lok Yi LAI (ELED Year 4, 2017-2018)

“Open the door and start your narrow journey

Take your seat and study hard with your nose!”

 

This is our childhood, a tiger

Swallowing all the rabbits in the wild

Roaring at us with a flood of words

No flowers! No bulbs! No siu-mai to eat!

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Issue 23: Pass

By Jacky WONG (ELED Year 1, 2017-2018)

“On your marks”, the starter said.

“Bang”, I could barely see the runners she led.

Soon, my former English teacher passed the baton to me.

Never had she imagined, I’m now a teacher-to-be.

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Issue 22: A Parenting Guide

By Jesper MOK (ELED alumnus)

It was six o’clock in the evening but the first class compartment wasn’t fully packed with people. It was calm and peaceful, with tiredness from all passengers filled the  room. Everyone had their eyes almost half-closed. Sitting in front of me were a little girl and her mom. The girl was doing her kindergarten homework while her mom was on the phone.

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January 23, 2018   No Comments

Issue 22: Music and the Muse, Poet and the Prophet

By Cedric WONG (ELED alumnus)

How are experiences in the nature relevant to our lives? The Prelude by William Wordsworth, and Ode to the West Wind by Percy Bysshe Shelly describe divine and spiritual encounters with the nature, which enable people to transcend the unpleasant current experiences, and harbor hope for the future. The nature, especially the wind, in the two poems are vivacious and spiritual forces, which bring optimism, rejuvenation, and prophetic inspirations to people’s lives.

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January 23, 2018   No Comments

Issue 22: Right Here Already

By Angus LEUNG (ELED alumnus)

Already I’m missing you, misters and misses.
I’m missing your faces, your smiles, your restlessness.

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January 23, 2018   No Comments

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