II. While Reading Activities
- upstaged |ˌəpˈstāj| verb [with object] divert attention from (someone) toward oneself; outshine: they were totally upstaged by their costar in the film.
- laureate |ˈlôrēət| noun a person who is honored with an award for outstanding creative or intellectual achievement: a Nobel laureate.• short for poet laureate.
- inspiration |ˌinspəˈrāSH(ə)n| noun 1 the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative: Charletta had one of her flashes of inspiration. a person or thing that inspires: he is an inspiration to everyone.
- curricula |kəˈrikyələm| noun (plural curricula |-lə| or curriculums) the subjects comprising a course of study in a school or college.
- frivolous |ˈfrivələs| adjective not having any serious purpose or value: rules to stop frivolous lawsuits. • (of a person) carefree and not
- afterthought |ˈaftərˌTHôt| noun an item or thing that is thought of or added later: as an afterthought she said “Thank you.”
- stanza |ˈstanzə|noun a group of lines forming the basic recurring metrical unit in a poem; a verse.
- bolster |ˈbōlstər| noun verb [with object] support or strengthen; prop up: the fall in interest rates is starting to bolster confidence | he wished to bolster up his theories with hard data.
- cadence |ˈkādns| noun a fall in pitch of the voice at the end of a phrase or sentence. rhythm: the thumping cadence of the engines
- foster |ˈfôstərˈfästər| verb [with object]1 encourage or promote the development of (something, typically something regarded as good): the teacher’s task is to foster learning.
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage
I – 1- His
President Joe Biden finally took his oath of office during the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday.
II – 2-Too
For too long, poetry has been treated as impractical.
To help him overcome a stutter, Biden recited the poems of William Butler Yeats.
Reading Comprehension: Fill-ins
Poetry has its real-world uses, too. Sidney Harman, the founder of the audio-technology company Harman Kardon, once famously said: “Get me poets as managers. Poets are our original systems thinkers.” (Harman endowed a writer-in-residence program at Baruch College; I’m on the program’s selection committee.)