5th Level: Debate Tournament




It’s essential to prepare before you attend a debate tournament. Research, thinking, and rehearsing are the basics of excellent presentation, the key to the full mark. You may work on your piece by your own. Once everyone in the group has completed their research, they can share the results with the rest. Another way is to distribute tasks among the participants, e.g, one read about the poet’s life, his work, the Romantic features in his poem, the theme of the poem, and pick up a tricky question to ask for the other group. The best way to prepare for the debate is to make summery sheets. Get your briefs in a notebook or a binder during that day. Don’t forget to take notes too. In the comment section below I listed the three poems assigned to each group. Please stick to the scheduled dates we agreed on today. The sooner you get started, the better you will be as a debater. Looking forward to an exciting debate competition.. G/L


  1. Hannah More:

    Since trifles make the sum of human things,
    And half our mis’ry from our foibles springs;
    Since life’s best joys consist in peace and ease,
    And though but few can serve, yet all may pease:
    O let th’ ungentle spirit learn from hence,
    A small unkindness is a great offence.
    To spread large bounties though we wish in vain,
    But all may shun the guilt of giving pain:
    To bless mankind with tides of flowing wealth,
    With power to grace them or to crown with health,
    Our little lot denies, but heaven decrees
    To all the gift of ministering ease;
    The mild forbearance at another’s fault;
    The taunting word, suppressed as soon as thought;
    On these Heaven bade the bliss of life depend,
    And crushed ill fortune when it made a friend

  2. Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Ozymandias”:

    I met a traveller from an antique land
    Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
    And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    `My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
    Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
    The lone and level sands stretch far away”

  3. William Wordsworth’s “It is a Beauteous Evening”:

    It is a beauteous evening, calm and free,
    The holy time is quiet as a Nun
    Breathless with adoration; the broad sun
    Is sinking down in its tranquillity;
    The gentleness of heaven broods o’er the Sea;
    Listen! the mighty Being is awake,
    And doth with his eternal motion make
    A sound like thunder—everlastingly.
    Dear Child1! dear Girl! that walkest with me here,
    If thou appear untouched by solemn thought,
    Thy nature is not therefore less divine;
    Thou liest in Abraham’s bosom2 all the year:
    And worshipp’st at the Temple’s inner shrine3,
    God being with thee when we know it not.

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