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Épreuve compréhension orale et expression écrite : 1h
Épreuve compréhension écrite et expression écrite : 1h30
Préparation aux épreuves communes de contrôle continu

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Document B

Foreword, Grace Nichols, Sun Time Snow Time, 2013.

Children often ask me where I get my ideas for writing poems. Ideas come from all around: from things remembered vividly from my childhood; from the natural landscape of creatures and happenings all around me; from things people say; from mythology and dreams; and of course from reading books.

You could say my imagination was first awakened by tropical things, as my early childhood (up to the age of eight) was spent in a small village along the Atlantic coast of Guyana, in South America. Whenever it rained heavily our yard became flooded, and one of the best memories I have of myself as a child is standing in rippling sunlit brown water and watching the shapes of fish go by below the surface. Poems are a bit like fishes to me; each complete in itself, carrying its own living mystery and symmetry.

The rest of my childhood was spent in Guyana’s capital, Georgetown, where we’d moved to. [...] Among my favourite books were the ‘William’ books by Richmal Crompton. They made me laugh out loud. I also dipped into my father’s books of poetry (mostly English poets such as Keats, Wordsworth, Christina Rossetti). I’ve always been moved by the music and the image-making power of words.

In Come Into My Tropical Garden, my first book of poems for children, published 25 years ago, I tried to capture something of that bright hot ‘floody’ world of the village I grew up in, and something of the everyday speech of the people, which we call ‘creole’. Creole is a mixture of English words with the rhythms and bits of the languages of the different people who make up the Caribbean: African, Asian, Amerindian, European, a kind of rich ‘cook-up’.

Foreword, Grace Nichols, Sun Time Snow Time, 2013.

Expression écrite

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SUJET A You write a letter to Grace Nichols to tell her your feelings about her poem. Explain what your first impressions were when reading it.



SUJET B Here is a quote by Gabriel García Márquez : “It always amuses me that the biggest praise for my work comes for the imagination, while the truth is that there’s not a single line in all my work that does not have a basis in reality. The problem is that Caribbean reality resembles the wildest imagination.” Discuss this statement.

Tips

Use all the things you have studied in this unit.

Use complex vocabulary.


Méthode J’enrichis mon expression
Méthode Je m’exprime à l’écrit p. 247
Précis de communication p. 258
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Questions

Document A

a) Which poetic devices are used on line 4, and on line 7? Explain your answer.

b) Which cultures are referred to in the second stanza?

c) What does “havoc” refer to?

d) Which poetic devices are used on line 19, 36?

e) What is the speaker’s heart “unchained” to? What does it refer to?

f) Explain the expression “frozen lake”.

g) How does the mood change in the last stanza? Explain the final line




Compréhension de l’écrit

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Document A
Document B

1
Make links between the poem and what Grace Nichols explains in her foreword.


2
What is the positive outcome of the hurricane for the speaker? Explain in your own words.


3
What can be said about the experience of being an immigrant?


4
Discuss the thematic and stylistic characteristics of Grace Nichols’s poetry.


Numérique


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Questions

Document B
a) What are the different sources of inspiration Grace Nichols had?

b) What do you learn about her childhood?

c) What kind of books was she inspired by?

d) How does she define "creole" language?


Document A
“Hurricane Hits England”, Grace Nichols, 1996.

It took a hurricane, to bring her closer
To the landscape.
Half the night she lay awake,
The howling ship of the wind,
Its gathering rage,
Like some dark ancestral spectre.
Fearful and reassuring.

Talk to me Huracan1
Talk to me Oya2
Talk to me Shango3
And Hattie4,
My sweeping, back-home cousin.

Tell me why you visit
An English coast?
What is the meaning
Of old tongues
Reaping havoc5
In new places?

The blinding illumination,
Even as you short-
Circuit us
Into further darkness?

What is the meaning of trees
Falling heavy as whales
Their crusted roots
Their cratered graves?

O why is my heart unchained?

Tropical Oya of the Weather,
I am aligning myself to you,
I am following the movement of your winds,
I am riding the mystery of your storm.

Ah, sweet mystery,
Come to break the frozen lake in me,
Shaking the foundations of the very trees within me,
Come to let me know
That the earth is the earth is the earth.

“Hurricane Hits England”, Grace Nichols, 1996.


1. Mayan god of wind, storm and fire 2. goddess of the Niger River 3. Caribbean god of thunder and lightning 4. deadliest tropical cyclone of the 1961 Atlantic hurricane season 5. chaos
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