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Learn about Count and Noncount Nouns

Date: May 09 2012

Themes: Hobbies, School

Grammar: Count and Noncount Nouns


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Even though some of the most beautiful things ever written in the English language were written as poetry, it’s hard to find many Americans today who frequently read poetry. Maybe it reminds them of a hated high school English teacher, or they think they just aren’t deep enough to understand it. Maybe poetry seems boring, stuffy, or old fashioned to them. Yet great poetry, if given the chance, can be as exciting to read as a great song is to listen to. Hear Jason and Amy’s thoughts about reading poetry.



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Amy:  Do you read poetry, Jason?

Jason:  No. I read so much poetry as an English major in college that I just haven’t developed an appetite for it yet.

Amy:  That’s funny, because I was an English major, but I somehow got away with hardly reading any poetry at all.

Jason:  What? Really?

Amy:  I mean, I took a couple classes, but I was always reading more novels and stories. I’ve always been a little afraid of poetry.

Jason:  What’s scary about it?

Amy:  Well, it just seems like you might not get it, you know?

Jason:  Yeah.

Amy:  But lately I’ve been reading more, and I’m so into it. I love poetry.

Jason:  What’s your favorite?

Amy:  Well, I’ve been reading some contemporary stuff, but then I’ve also been reading a lot of Emily Dickinson.

Jason:  Oh, I was going to say, if you’re worried about not understanding the poetry, you could just read poetry that nobody understands, like Emily Dickinson.

Amy:  Yeah. I mean, a really good poem is great because you can kind of partly understand it, or different people can understand it in different ways. You know, there isn’t one right answer.


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Amy asks Jason if he likes to read poetry. Jason says that he read so much poetry in college, he isn’t interested in reading it now. Amy was an English major in college like Jason, but she did not read a lot of poetry. Recently, she has become more interested in poetry.

Amy says that she used to be scared of poetry. She worried that she wouldn’t understand it or would interpret it incorrectly. But now she realizes that poetry can mean different things to different people. There is more than one “right answer” when it comes to poetry.

Do you like reading poetry? Describe your favorite poem.



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I’ve to admit,that i wasn’t interested in poetry at all,but recently i’m into it! and it’s so nice,and i love reading poetry,even i don’t understand it sometimes.We study arabic poetry at school,the one,which is written in the ancient centries it’s pretty difficult to understand,both words and the meaning,but it always sounds good.
I even started to write poetry,in English language,i’m givin’ it a try,that’s it..but some times i find it u know,kinf of hard,rightnow what i write is all limited unfortunately,because i’m steal an english learner,and i don’t have much vocabulary,..at least i’m trying,to write nice and easy things to get,and i’m still learning :)

06:02 PM Jul 27 2015 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

It’s just spontaneous overflow of powerfull feelings, LOVE IT

07:09 PM Nov 13 2014 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i like peotries:)

hey just look at these books like Harryy Potter’s books:D

12:30 PM Dec 17 2012 |

Mr. Learner


I like to read Arabic peotries.

I didn’t like the English ones. I don’t know why!Undecided

04:25 PM Oct 23 2012 |



Saudi Arabia


 I pass by these walls, the walls of Layla

And I kiss this wall and that wall
It’s not Love of the houses that has taken my heart
But of the One who dwells in those houses

05:11 PM Jun 10 2012 |



it is a poem by me:

one day!!

one day in ur life remeber me

you remember a place

you remeber me some how

so as pretty you are

so as like the waves of the sae

as the light of sun

that is what I can see!!

04:21 PM Jun 10 2012 |

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I whispered your name… but you didn’t even turn…
You told me a lie… & now I got to learn…

I wish that you stayed… to fall with me again…
But you never felt my love… & I’m crying in the rain…

It’s my fate or your destiny… that we’ve been apart…
Though I can’t see you now… But I feel you in my heart…

When I’ll open my heart… I’ll find you for sure…

I gave you all my love… & I asked you just to feel…
but you gave me the pain… that even time can never heal…

Why didn’t I get love back… why did I get this pain…???
When I asked this to the sky… it really started to rain…

Though you’ve gone away… but your fragrance won’t depart…
I know I won’t see you… but I’ll feel you in my heart…

& When you wanna be back… You’ll find an ‘Opened Door…’

08:59 PM May 14 2012 |

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” Go, and if the land you search does not exist yet God will create it to reward you!”

Queen Jezebel to Christopher Columbus

08:38 PM May 14 2012 |




To be a philosopher is as beautiful as to be a poet.

08:11 PM May 14 2012 |



Russian Federation

Yes, I like some poetry. As far as I know to understand some poetry you need some special moodSmile

Lovers Infiniteness
John Donne (1572-1631)

If yet I have not all thy love,
Dear, I shall never have it all;
I cannot breathe one other sigh, to move,
Nor can intreat one other tear to fall;
And all my treasure, which should purchase thee-
Sighs, tears, and oaths, and letters
-I have spent.
Yet no more can be due to me,
Than at the bargain made was meant;
If then thy gift of love were partial,
That some to me, some should to others fall,
Dear, I shall never have thee all.

Or if then thou gavest me all,
All was but all, which thou hadst then;
But if in thy heart, since, there be or shall
New love created be, by other men,
Which have their stocks entire, and can in tears,
In sighs, in oaths, and letters, outbid me,
This new love may beget new fears,
For this love was not vow’d by thee.
And yet it was, thy gift being general;
The ground, thy heart, is mine; whatever shall
Grow there, dear, I should have it all.

Yet I would not have all yet,
He that hath all can have no more;
And since my love doth every day admit
New growth, thou shouldst have new rewards in store;
Thou canst not every day give me thy heart,
If thou canst give it, then thou never gavest it;
Love’s riddles are, that though thy heart depart,
It stays at home, and thou with losing savest it;
But we will have a way more liberal,
Than changing hearts, to join them; so we shall
Be one, and one another’s all.

It’s not my favourite but I like it.

07:17 PM May 14 2012 |




Parion, yes, life makes us more practical ;) but in the soul, “Feelings, nothing more than feelings…”

06:02 PM May 14 2012 |




Parion, it’s true!! Not only you!! Smile

I must say that with love or with no love—it’s a win-win situation! Thank you, Parion!  You made my day!

04:09 PM May 14 2012 |


Russian Federation

I like poetry. I really love trying to find few meanings which author wanted to show to his readers. “Eugine Onegin” of Pushkin is my favourite poetic novel.

02:36 PM May 14 2012 |

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Hey My Dear Lesya…
I’d love to show you all of those poems but unfortunately I never saved them…
I just wrote them in comments & posted forums from them…
But now I have only one poem from me…
That’s my blog… Being ‘A HUMAN…’ ‘FEEL HUMANITY…’
& I guess you’ve read that one… :)

06:40 PM May 11 2012 |

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Sébastien de Poésie


Orchestra – Thanks for so much infromation about his work, I know that he was in a friendship with Jesenin and he killed himself  – like Jesenin. For sure, the original version of a poem is always better than the translation….

The internet makes it easier to find poems and their authors!

I would say the sense of this poem is that people always want something more, they want  be a star, and it’s easier be a star if your “sponsor” is God…some people want be a “star” but they achieve that only with the help of a “God” ...rarely with their own effort….and aftermath -  many of them think they achieved what they wanted, so naive -  ‘cause it’s not so easy how it seems… =/

11:56 AM May 11 2012 |

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Write is a great might…..to give evils ….a fitting fight…. when heart is feeling tight …. keeping it floating like a kite…..it makes it miraculously light…… it is the choice… that is always right… be it day…. be it night…..to sum up…. it s the height….…it is the delight….

10:57 AM May 11 2012 |

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Rockyy01, can you share some your poems here with us? pleasseeWink

06:37 AM May 11 2012 |

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Hmmm… I don’t read poetries alot…
But yeah I love to write poetries…
Though I’m not good at all at writing them…
But I like… ;)

03:34 AM May 11 2012 |

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Russian Federation

Sébastien de Poésie, you’ve got a point!)) His works can be hardly mistaken for anyone’s else. Lots of tough irony and sarcasm, unique rhythm as well as deep philisofical ideas – mad explossion! That’s why I love his stuff! If only you could read this original work in Russian, I guess, you’d be thousand times more impressed!

I’m wondering, how you get it. What’s the sence, how do you think?Laughing))

10:23 PM May 10 2012 |

Sébastien de Poésie


Buttafly – Oh I’m really sorry  :( ....and that happens everyday in each school because some teachers force the children too much to learn poems and poets  -  (especially national poets and their poems)  – even if they don’t want and aftermath: children hate literature, reading and everything what has a connection with the stuff they have learned at school! =(

Yes, so silent and divine!  I have just read it and I really like it! Thank you for one more suggestion =)

Well, I’ve lived in Germany for 7 years, but I’m not German =)

Orchestra – Agree with you! I thought Lermontov or Pushkin but I found the author and it’s Mayakovsky!  I only know his poem “Left march” but now I know one more, thanks =)

10:09 PM May 10 2012 |

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