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50 Things I Learnt In My First Year At University

With my first year at University sadly coming to an end I decided to reminisce and write a blog post about the funny random little life lessons this year has taught me.

  1. In spite of all the clichés university really is when the best years of your life happen so far
  2. You can get a curry, rice, naan bread from Tesco’s for under £1.50
  3. Giving back to the local community feels really rewarding
  4. Volunteering yourself for things you have never done before is really fun!
  5. Playing rock-it-ball really does hurt
  6. Competing for the university is an amazing feeling
  7. You really do make best friends for life
  8. Going on several trains home by myself isn’t  scary at all
  9. It’s never a bad time for fancy dress
  10. Any item can be made into fancy dress
  11. Visiting your friends at different universities turn into mini holidays
  12. After a while you will get sick of tomato soup and cookie crisp cereal
  13. Pub quizzes aren’t just for old people
  14. Southerners think my Yorkshire accent is ‘exotic’ (yes somebody really did say that to me)
  15. It’s completely normal to feel more patriotic towards your hall than to your own country
  16. Cereal is not just a breakfast meal
  17. It’s never too late to eat a takeaway
  18. Couponing can get obsessive
  19. Bouncy castles are still fun even at 19 years old
  20. Sumo suits are really hard to get out of
  21. Sugar Ray Leonard is the nicest sportsman I’ve ever met
  22. I’d rather not know what is in the punch at socials
  23. You never know when you might need a red sparkly bow tie
  24. Being on crutches isn’t as fun as what you thought when you were about 8
  25. Having family visit you is the best
  26. Getting care packages and letters are the highlight of my day
  27. Everyone has their signature dance move they use in Freshers and stick with the whole year
  28. Studying your favourite book ruins it for you
  29. Pre-drinks is often better than the night out itself
  30. The library becomes your second home
  31. Training next to an Olympic athlete was a surreal moment I’ll never forget
  32. You can meet your favourite band
  33. The library is a great place for some serious people watching
  34. Book clubs are in no way geeky at all
  35. I can do my own washing after all
  36. You are bound to get a nickname in the first week
  37. No ifs, no buts, catered food is rank and everyone knows it
  38. Flip-flops are a necessity to life
  39. Loughborough is the windiest place in the universe
  40. There’s always time for a cheeky power nap
  41. There is always an excuse for more Freshers weeks throughout the year
  42. I can sleep through anything (even dub step)
  43. I never knew there were that many card games
  44. Two cups and two ping pong balls can provide hours of fun for your flat
  45. The squat challenge hurts but is worth it
  46. Even if my best friends are halfway across the country to me they will always be there for me no matter what
  47. Fizzy drinks become a novelty
  48. Kitten heels are only acceptable to wear in Yorkshire
  49. Shreddies without milk are a no go
  50. I wish I could be a Fresher forever

Pastoral Verse explained!

Pastoral verse was developed in England in the Elizabethan period. It originates from the Latin word ‘Pastor’ meaning shepherd.  Pastoral verse relates to the lives of Shepherds/ Shepherdesses, Herders, the countryside and country life. It describes the country with implicit and explicit contrast to the urban. They are often simple, serene and idyllic (rather than the realistic). It places the complex life into a simple one. They can exist in different forms such as pastoral verse, play, novel or drama. It is important because it springs from and expresses attitude to change. A sub-genre is the pastoral elegy, which laments a death or a loss.

I hope this helps to explain pastoral verse. If you have any questions please feel free to comment below and I will answer them for you!

Odes explained!

An ode is a form of lyric, meaning that it is an expression of thought or feeling. It is often quite complex and addresses something or someone. It praises, celebrates or commemorates its addressee. An ode is generally serious and ceremonious. It is usually elevated in style and because of this it is open to burlesque and poets often parody it quite a lot. There are ‘greater’ and ‘lesser’ odes, this is distinguished by how serious the subject matter is and how elevated the style is. Among ‘lesser odes’ are Anacreontic (which deals with love and drinking) and Sapphic (has a very specific structure).

The Horatian ode

This ode has a regular structure and is named after the Roman poet, Horace. It is homostrophic (it is always in stanzas of the same shape). Its stanzas can be in any metre or of any length. Within the stanzas line length and metre may vary.

The Pindaric ode

This ode is to be sung and danced by performers. It is a tripartite (it has three sections – the strophe, antistrophe (both have the same stanza structure) and the epode). The structure of every section is irregular and their metre and line length may vary.

The Irregular ode

This is confusingly also called the Pindaric ode! It has any number of stanzas. No two stanzas need to have the same shape, metre, line length and rhyme (which can vary from line to line). This ode remains the dominant kind of ode.

I hope this short summary has helped to explain odes! If you have any questions please feel free to comment below and I will answer them for you!

Satirical Poetry Explained!

–          Satires can be in any literary form, for example, prose narrative, drama or a mixture of different forms.

–          It ridicules and mocks individuals, institutions and whole societies. It may attack, vice or folly.

–          The four questions to ask of satirical writing are – who or what is the target? What role does the satirist play? What is the satirist’s tone? What position is the reader invited to have?

–          It is to be said that satirists often tread a fine line between amusing their readers and alienating them.

–          Verse Satire – this is always a long poem (usually several hundred lines in length) and usually addresses a major subject such as politics or religion.

–          Satirical Poem – this is usually much shorter and its target is more limited.

–          Horatian Satire – this is coined after the Roman poet, Horace and it uses gentle mockery.

–          Juvenalian Satire – this is names after the Roman poet, Juvenal. This uses harsher mocking and is often bitter and cutting.

–          Epigram – this is often satirical. It is a short poem with a witty turn of thought.

–          Epistle – this is a satire written in the form of a letter.

I hope this short summary has helped to explain satirical poetry. If you have any questions please feel free to post below and I will answer them for you!