The story of Robert Browning's poem The Marriage Portrait and Maggie O Farrell's book

by  Lucienne Sharpe- Touch the Sky

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Follow me on this mysterious journey of both the poem by Robert Browning's The Marriage Portrait and the beautifully written Sunday Times bestseller by Maggie O Farrell

Hear how the Duchess was enticed into marriage by the Duke of Alfonso and then was captured by Robert Browning in his poem.
As I have just completed a Master's degree It is wonderful to see how these writers use language in lyrical form.

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One Hour

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Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Art, Career Education, Culture, Dance, Family & Consumer Science, Fine Arts, Foreign/World Languages, Health/Physical Education, Industrial Technology, International, Language Arts/English, Leadership, Literacy, Performing Arts, Problem Based Learning, Problem Solving, Professional Development, Reading, Religion, Social and Emotional Learning( SEL), Social Studies/History, STEM, Music, Writing

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The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O Farrell

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Lucienne Sharpe- Touch the Sky

Bognor Regis, west sussex
United Kingdom

I have been an educator for many years as Head of English and Performing Arts. I have gained exemplary status by Ofsted. I have now gained a Masters Degree in how to write a novel and am about to publish my first book. It is all these wonderful skills I bring to my lessons, especially in constructing good stories and the understanding of the genius of Shakespeare. Join me please on this journey of delight as we share the wonder of creativity and excellence. Imagine seeing the true Macbeth, the love of Romeo and Juliet, or the ability to write a story that gets top marks. Learn the beauty of Robert Browning's The Marriage Portrait, the heartbreak of post-war poetry, and the poems of Maya Angelou.I offer Art as well to develop key skills of line and color focusing on the history of Art and Fashion.I will teach and inspire you, and work with you to enhance both writing and historical skills. I offer books and worksheets to enable you to develop skills for successful outcomes, especially exams.I have won many awards with the CILC.


Program Details


We will read and discuss both the meanings of the written poem by Robert Browning and the way Maggie O Farrell has used language to tell of power and death. Her book has won the Sunday Times bestseller.
It would be good if we could take it in turn to read both. Then students can research life in Italy in 1561
How did power rule?
Do some ideas in drawing form, their costumes, and their life style.


Discussion and readings.
To see how writers of both Narrative and poetry tell a story of intrigue and beauty.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

AO LEVELS 1,2,3,4,5
The Hero and the Journey
Language Features
The Hook