Monday, October 01, 2007

You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours.

This Wednesday, our form have to give the assembley, and our theme is the less-than-thrilling: Harvest.

So may I have a few poems, extracts from highbrow books & quotes please?

In return, you get free music downloads.

Songs I have already given out:
Cassiopeia (Joanna Newsom)


Anonymous said...

Anything for you.

The Harvest Moon (Ted Hughes)

The flame-red moon, the harvest moon,
Rolls along the hills, gently bouncing,
A vast balloon,
Till it takes off, and sinks upward
To lie on the bottom of the sky, like a gold doubloon.
The harvest moon has come,
Booming softly through heaven, like a bassoon.
And the earth replies all night, like a deep drum.

So people can't sleep,
So they go out where elms and oak trees keep
A kneeling vigil, in a religious hush.
The harvest moon has come!

And all the moonlit cows and all the sheep
Stare up at her petrified, while she swells
Filling heaven, as if red hot, and sailing
Closer and closer like the end of the world.

Till the gold fields of stiff wheat
Cry `We are ripe, reap us!' and the rivers
Sweat from the melting hills.

Now where's my free download?

Emma said...

Thank you for that!

Now I shall keep my end of the bargain:
Cassiopeia (Joanna Newsom)

Many thanks!

Besty said...

Let me get this straight - all I have to do is google "harvest" and I get something for free?

I'm in.

Besty said...

quote: "What you plant now, you will harvest later."


Emma said...

You really don't deserve anything for that, it's like Money for Nothing.

... Dire Straits.

paul haine said...

The Harvest Moon (Bedlam, featured on the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack):

How long can we live this way?
How long 'till the rain starts coming down?
Everyone here's been wondering
When will it be over?

I hear the night train every evening
Maybe change is coming soon
With the harvest moon

Take me down to the river
Take me to the preacher-man
I can't wait any longer
I messed up all I can

I hear the night train singing in the distance
Maybe the angels are coming soon
With the harvest moon

If the river's rising
Look to the dark horizon
For the harvest moon, yeah

Wait a minute, just a little bit longer
It's all up to me and you

Wait a minute, just a little bit longer
It's all up to me and you

Wait a minute, just a little bit longer
It's all up to me and you ...

paul haine said...

Or how about this quote:

"Harvest time for the money lenders"

I'm not sure if that was in the original Dickens, or just in The Muppet Christmas Carol, but either way, it's a good line and Michael Caine delivers it well.

paul haine said...

Maybe you could mention Children of the Corn as well?

paul haine said...

Crappy B-movies to one side for a moment - and I apologise for dominating these comments somewhat - it occurred to me that there's more scope for an interesting assembly than you might first think.

To me, the notion of an early 21st century school talking about 'harvest' seems almost quaintly archaic; the idea of 'harvest time' conjours up charming visions of horse-drawn farmers in the '50s and rolling fields of wheat and Hovis bread and rickets and the like; it doesn't exactly tally up with our latter-day intensive farming methods, our industrialised food production where cows are fed sheep and humans are fed chemicals, our global reach that gives us strawberries at Christmas and sprouts in the summer. I mean, do people these days even really understand what 'harvest' means? Can they understand, when they can literally have any food they like, whenever they like it, all neatly packaged and cleaned and available to pick up from the nearest Tesco? When is harvest time, if harvesting happens around the clock?

Unless you're going to talk about harvest time in various rural societies and less industrialised nations where harvest time actually means something - where the success of a harvest actually really matters to the survival of the local community - I don't see how you can talk about it at all.


Ninquelosse said...

What the 6th form always do at our school is show a barely connected film clip then talk about it. Harvest is a time when everyone works together and creates something for the community.

The barn raising from Witness, the barn raising dance in Seven brides for Seven Brothers and bits of A Bugs Life all spring to mind. Especially a Bugs Life - the bit when they build the bird, the opening when they are actually trying to collect in the harvest...there are lots of good films - especially kids films - with "working together" scenes.
I don't know what sort of harvest festival you guys have though, this would probably be too informal for mine. My best suggestion is go for the other suggestion: the Ted hughes poem!

paul haine said...

Talk about Zimbabwae. They're having a pretty sterling harvest this year, so I hear. said...

Thanks so much for the post, pretty helpful information.

Hobbsakdw said...

Thank you for that! Now I shall keep my end of the bargain: Cassiopeia (Joanna Newsom) Many thanks!