George Faludy Essay

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Choose a cluster:

It's Time to Think About Visors (essay by Ken Dryden)
  • Ken Dryden
    Students can visit the Leafs' official site for a biography of Dryden.
  • Berard Returns
    Students can visit this Sports news site to read a feature on Berard's return to hockey. Ask students to debate a mandatory visor rule in the NHL.
The Importance of Being Earnest (essay by Lynn Coady)
  • Lynn Coady
    This Web site for the Canadian Writer's Union includes a brief biography for Lynn Coady.
Whose Lathe? (essay by Ursula K. Le Guin)
  • Le Guin 1
    This site includes a biography, bibliography, articles, essays, and reviews. Encourage students to read at least two articles to increase their understanding of this author.
  • Le Guin 2
    This is Le Guin's official site, which includes her comments on writing. Print out for students the article "On Despising Genres," and discuss Le Guin's viewpoint.
  • Banned Books
    This site includes a chronicle of Freedom of Expression in Canada from 1914 to the present, included in the list are banned books and movies.
Alarm Bells For Civilization (Essay by Gwynne Dyer)
  • Dyer Radio Biography
    This site includes a biography of CBC host Gwynne Dyer. Students will need to search this site for the biography. Dyer has numerous sites featuring his writings, which students can also look for.
  • The Great War
    This PBS site on "The Great War" includes interviews, a timeline, and maps. Students can review the site, looking for information to help them understand the article.
Easter Island (photo by Abrams/Lacagnina) Of Studies (by Sir Francis Bacon)
  • Bacon
    This Web site covers the life and works of Sir Francis Bacon and includes resource links to other sites.
  • Bacon and Shakespeare
    This is a good site to examine the Bacon is Shakespeare theory. Challenge students to use the Internet to research the documentation regarding Bacon being the creator of the Shakespearean works.
Progress (by Alan Lightman)
  • E-mail Protocol
    This Web site is a good reference for using e-mail effectively. Ask students to conduct a survey on the use of e-mail among their family and friends.
The Time Factor (by Gloria Steinem)
  • Steinem Biography
    Students can visit the National Women's Hall of Fame to access a Steinem biography.
  • Ms. Foundation for Women
    This official Web site for the Ms. Foundation for Women offers many articles on women's rights. You may want to print out an appropriate article to accompany the study of "The Time Factor."

Joy (by Molly Peacock)

  • Peacock
    This Web site includes a detailed biography for Molly Peacock, as well as an overview of her writing career.
Filling Station (poem by Elizabeth Bishop)
  • Elizabeth Bishop 1
    This Web site includes a detailed biography and links to works by Bishop. Print out other poems for students to analyse as Peacock has.
  • Elizabeth Bishop 2
    The Vassar College Web site includes a biography for Bishop, who attended Vassar.
In Suppport of Nick Bantock's "Life Class" (by Kristal Fung)
  • Bantock
    This is the official Web site for Nick Bantock. Ask students to explore the site and assess the information he chose to include. Students can also read other excerpts from Bantock's biography.
A Comparison (by Sylvia Plath)
  • Plath 1
    This site includes a biography for Plath, and links to other interesting sites as well as text for several of her poems. Encourage students to read the biography and one poem.
  • Plath 2
    This site includes a terrific collection of critical, historical, and biographical information for Plath. Encourage students to read one critical work on a Plath poem, and compare it to Peacock's critical analysis "Joy."

The Shack (by Margaret Laurence)

  • Laurence
    This site provides links to information about and literary criticism of Laurence. Challenge students to use the information they find on the Internet to write a short story about Margaret Laurence's life.
Doubletake (by William DeKay)
  • DeKay
    This Web site includes a very brief biography of photographer William DeKay, as well as examples of his work. Encourage students to read the notes that accompany these photos. Discuss how these photos compare to those in the Anthology.
Arming the Spirit (by George Faludy)
  • Holocaust Survivor
    This is the homepage of another holocaust survivor, Peter Avram Zukerman. Share some of its information with students to increase their understanding of what Faludy endured.
  • Interviews with Survivors
    This Web site includes many interviews with Holocaust survivors. Interested students could read the entire text from one interviewee. (Students will find this material disturbing, and some may prefer not to read all of an interview.) Discuss why it's important for Holocaust survivors to recount the events that shaped their lives.
What Colour Is A Rose? (by Drew Hayden Taylor)
  • Taylor
    This Web site provides a biography and career history for Taylor. Challenge students to use the Internet to find out about other Aboriginal Canadian playwrights. 
Some Thoughts on the Common Toad (by George Orwell)
  • Orwell 1
    This site includes an extensive Orwell biography as well as a list of selected works. Encourage students to read the information on this site and consider why Orwell wrote "Some Thoughts on the Common Toad."
  • Orwell 2
    This site includes a biography with links to other appropriate sites.
  • Essay by Orwell
    Students can read the essay on Politics by Orwell at this site.

Homage to Barcelona (by Marjorie Doyle)

  • Doyle Radio Program
    Students can use this site for Doyle's CBC radio show to find out more about the author.
Lessons From a Walk in a Rain Forest (by David Suzuki)
  • Suzuki
    This is the David Suzuki Foundation Web site, which students can use to find out more about Suzuki and his work.

In Memory of W.O. Mitchell (by Fred Stenson)

  • Stenson
    This site includes a brief biography for Fred Stenson, which students might read before they read the selection "In Memory of W.O. Mitchell."
  • Mitchell Criticism
    This site includes a biocritical essay on Mitchell's work and life by Catherine McLay. The site includes archival material, including part of Mitchell's manuscript for Who Has Seen the Wind. Ask students to read some of the article and examine the layout of the site. They can comment on how effectively this combination of text and image works in a formal work. Would they want to do something similar in an essay of their own?
Mann and Machine (from Contemporary Canadian Biographies)
  • Mann
    Students can examine Steve Mann's personal Web site and comment on its design and what it reveals about Mann. Ask students to search this site to locate information on Wearcams. Discuss the uses of a Wearcam.
Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela (by Nelson Mandela)
  • Mandela Profile
    Encourage students to read the information on Nelson Mandela on this site before they read the Anthology selection. They might use the links within this profile to find out more about references they do not understand.
  • Mandela Speech
    This site includes Nelson Mandela's Inaugural address, May 10,1994. Ask one student to prepare and present the speech for the class.
  • History of Apartheid
    Challenge students to research Apartheid starting with the information on this Web site. They can develop a list of appropriate sites and sources.

"Learn by Heart This Poem of Mine: Sixty Poems and One Speech"

by Gyorgy (George) Faludy, edited by John Robert Colombo

Hounslow Press | 1983 | ISBN 0888820607

Learn by Heart This Poem of Mine

Learn by heart this poem of mine;

books only last a little time

and this one will be borrowed, scarred,

burned by Hungarian border guards,

lost by the library, broken-backed,

its paper dried up, crisped and cracked,

worm-eaten, crumbling into dust,

or slowly brown and self-combust

when climbing Fahrenheit has got

to 451, for that's how hot

your town will be when it burns down.

Learn by heart this poem of mine.


Learn by heart this poem of mine.

Soon books will vanish and you'll find

there won't be any poets or verse

or gas for car or bus - or hearse -

no beer to cheer you till you're crocked,

the liquor stores torn down or locked,

cash only fit to throw away,

as you come closer to that day

when TV steadily transmits

death-rays instead of movie hits

and not a soul to lend a hand

and everything is at an end

but what you hold within your mind,

so find a space there for these lines

and learn by heart this poem of mine.


Learn by heart this poem of mine;

recite it when the putrid tides

that stink of lye break from their beds,

when industry's rank vomit spreads

and covers every patch of ground,

when they've killed every lake and pond,

Destruction humped upon its crutch,

black rotting leaves on every branch;

when gargling plague chokes Springtime's throat

and twilight's breeze is poison, put

your rubber gasmask on and line

by line declaim this poem of mine.


Learn by heart this poem of mine

so, dead, I still will share the time

when you cannot endure a house

deprived of water, light, or gas,

and, stumbling out to find a cave,

roots, berries, nuts to stay alive,

get you a cudgel, find a well,

a bit of land, and, if it's held,

kill the owner, eat the corpse.

I'll trudge beside your faltering steps

between the ruins' broken stones,

whispering "You are dead; you're done!

Where would you go? That soul you own

froze solid when you left your town."

Learn by heart this poem of mine.


Maybe above you, on the earth,

there's nothing left and you, beneath,

deep in your bunker, ask how soon

before the poisoned air leaks down

through layers of lead and concrete. Can

there have been any point to Man

if this is how the thing must end?

What words of comfort can I send?

Shall I admit you've filled my mind

for countless years, through the blind

oppressive dark, the bitter light,

and, though long dead and gone, my hurt

and ancient eyes observe you still?

What else is there for me to tell

to you, who, facing time's design,

will find no use for life or time?

You must forget this poem of mine. 


About the author: Gyorgy (George) Faludy was a Hungarian poet, novelist and activist. Born on on 22 September, 1910 in Budapest, he became popular in the 1930s with his translations of Francois Villon's ballads. In 1938 he moved to Paris, but left after the Nazi occupation and ended up in the US. He returned to Hungary in 1946 and joined the editorial board of Népszava (Voice of the People), the daily newspaper of the Social Democrats. In 1950 he was arrested for "dissident activities" and spent three years in the notorious Recsk labour camp . Following the abortive Hungarian revolution in 1956, he escaped to London, where he wrote his best-known work My Happy Days In Hell. He moved to Toronto in 1967, where he worked as a university professor, and continued writing novels and poetry. After twenty years he moved back to Hungary, where his works were now permitted by the new regime. In 1994 he received the most prestigious award in Hungary, the Kossuth Prize. He died on 1 September, 2006.


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