Stories and Poems

 

This section is a collection of stories and poems written by famous writers like Shakespeare and Wordsworth as well as stories by our resident writer, Chris Rose. 

They are suitable for learners from Intermediate to Advanced level. 

 

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    I looked at my watch and saw that it was going backwards. “That’s OK” I was thinking. “If my watch is going backwards, then it means that it’s early, so I’m not late for work at all…” and then I woke up. Again.

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    Alberto took one look at his new neighbours and knew that his life was going to get more difficult. There they were, two of them, as big and as noisy as their car, and smelly and stupid as well.

  • This poem by Andrew Motion was inspired by a Thomas Jones painting in London's National Gallery in which Motion reflects upon the enduring value of artistic creation.

  • Henry is an astronomer. He is very excited because he thinks he might have discovered the beginning of a new star. But then he gets even more exciting news... he's going to be a father!

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    This Taoist poem shows that trying to label something can make a non-existent thing wrongly seem as if it had concrete or material existence, as Starshine finds out when he questions Non-Being.

  • "But, She said, I suppose it wouldn't do For everyone to be the same now, Would it."

  • Climbing equipment

    Have you ever done any extreme sports? Are you an adrenaline junkie? Read this story about one man facing his fear.

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    Thomas Hood wrote at the start of the nineteenth century, but he sounds surprisingly modern. In this poem, Hood takes a look at winter in a cold, urban climate, expressed with a nice sense of humour.

  • Two people sit down to play a game. One is an old man who has spent all of his life playing this game, which is called Go. The other is a young woman. She has only been playing Go for three years.

  • Autumn (or "Fall" – AmEng) often arouses feelings of loss and melancholy. But to John Keats, we should celebrate the end of summer for the wonderful fruitfulness of nature about to decay.

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    Alberto took one look at his new neighbours and knew that his life was going to get more difficult. There they were, two of them, as big and as noisy as their car, and smelly and stupid as well.

  • Danny Applewhite was developing into a rather arrogant young man. He was among the top five achievers at his school, but would he be smart enough to avoid being a fool on April 1st?

  • A tree on a white background

    "O you shaggy-headed banyan tree standing on the bank of the pond, have you forgotten the little child, like the birds that have nested in your branches and left you?"

  • Red dice

    When James Milner lands a job in his uncle's bank he rides his luck for a while and even earns himself a huge bottle of vintage champagne for one transaction. But how long can his luck last?

  • Read synopses of some of the novels of Nobel prize winning writer, South African J.M. Coetzee, and then compare them.

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ALLILI
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Kirk
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rema rema
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