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I want to END homelessness all over “AMERICA”   Leave a comment

take a poseThe plan: Get a building half for the girl’s and half for the boy’s, have the homeless make things to sell, so that they will “ON THERE OWN” get out of this problem.

I want to build the HOMELESS WORKSHOP IN EVERY STATE!!!!!

INDEPENDENT WORKSHOP WILL BE THE NAME, BUT IT IS A HOMELESS WORKSHOP

WILL YOU HELP ME BUILD THIS!!

Posted March 7, 2017 by Teacher Alvin in LEARNING ENGLISH, shopping blue jenes

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I “WALK” “TALL” WITH ” “BRUBAKER TRUMP”   Leave a comment

white long sleevesBRUBAKER WAS A MAN THAT WAS STONG AND SMART, IN THE TRUE MOVIE HE FOUGHT THE POLITICS THAT HAS BEEN THE DOWN FALL OF “AMERICA” I SEE “TRUMP” AS A MAN THAT WILL FIGHT AND WIN AGAINIST  A CORRUPT SYSTEM.  IN THE MOVIE ROBERT REDDFORD PLAYED A NEW WARDEN TO A PRISON.
“WATCH THE MOVIE BELOW AND SEE “TRUMP” BEAT THE CLINTON’S!!!!!

 

 

In 1969 a mysterious man (Robert Redford) arrives at Wakefield State Prison in Arkansas. As an inmate, he immediately witnesses rampant abuse and corruption, including open and endemic sexual assault, torture, worm-ridden diseased food, insurance fraud and a doctor charging inmates for care. Brubaker eventually reveals himself—during a dramatic standoff involving Walter (Morgan Freeman), a deranged prisoner who was being held in solitary confinement—to be the new prison warden, to the amazement of both prisoners and officials alike.

With ideals and vision, he attempts to reform the prison, with an eye towards prisoner rehabilitation and human rights. He recruits several long-time prisoners, including trustees Larry Lee Bullen (David Keith) and Richard “Dickie” Coombes (Yaphet Kotto), to assist him with the reform. Their combined efforts slowly improve the prison conditions, but his stance enrages several corrupt officials on the prison board who have profited from graft for decades.

When Brubaker discovers multiple unmarked graves on prison property, he attempts to unravel the mystery, leading to political scandal. A trustee decides to make a run for it when he realizes that he might be held accountable for killing an inmate. The resulting gunfight, in which Bullen is killed, proves to be the clincher that the prison board needs (acting with the tacit approval of the governor) to fire Brubaker.

A statement before the credits explains that two years after Brubaker was fired, 24 inmates, led by Coombes, sued the prison. The court ruled that the treatment of the prisoners was unconstitutional and the prison system was ultimately reformed. Meanwhile, the governor was not re-elected.

Posted September 1, 2016 by Teacher Alvin in LEARNING ENGLISH

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“WHY” SHOULD I LIKE MEXICAN IN MY COUNTRY WHEN THEY BURN “MY” “FLAG”   Leave a comment

 

Donald Trump’s surprise decision to visit Mexico, the country he wants to seal off from the US with a security wall, has not been warmly received south of the border.

Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, who has previously compared the Republican presidential nominee to Hitler and Mussolini, tried to strike a more emollient tone, tweeting: “I believe in dialogue to promote the interests of Mexico in the world and to protect Mexicans wherever they are.”

Many of his countrymen, especially among the intellectual elite, were rather blunter as they anticipated the arrival of a man who has accused Mexico of “bringing their worst people” to America, including criminals and rapists.

“@realDonaldTrump you are not welcome in Mexico,” tweeted Miguel Barbosa, of the opposition party of the Democratic Revolution. “Get out! You’re coming to get your picture taken with the very people you’ve offended.”

Barbosa also attacked Peña Nieto, saying his invitation to Trump was not worthy of the Mexican government.

The former president Vicente Fox, who has frequently criticised Trump for his conduct towards Mexicans, was equally direct. “There’s no turning back, Trump, your insults to Mexicans, Muslims and others have dropped you into the hole where you find yourself today. Goodbye, Trump!”

He added, Trump should “quit out of dignity for yourself, get back to your ‘business’”.

Mexico’s former first lady Margarita Zavala, herself a potential presidential candidate, was equally frank : “Even though you may have been invited, we want you to know you’re not welcome. We Mexicans have dignity, and we reject your hate speech.”

Enrique Krauze, a historian, called on Trump to show he was sorry for his words and ideas. “Apologise @realDonaldTrump for calling us rapists and killers, guarantee that you won’t build the wall or deport 11 million Mexicans,” he wrote. “Tyrants are to be confronted, not pacified,” Krauze told the Televisa TV network.

Mexicans have already made — and beaten to pulp — piñatas of Trump in response to his constant derogatory comments. They created a video game in which players can throw soccer balls, cactus leaves and tequila bottles at a cartoon image of Trump.

But his rhetoric especially spooks the political and business classes, which have pursued closer ties with the United States over the past 25 years and bet heavily on The North America Free Trade Agreement – an agreement Trump wants to renegotiate or rip up altogether – only to experience a rise in nativism and an anti-Mexican backlash.

Some in Mexico’s working classes, meanwhile, seemed less preoccupied with a Trump visit.

“He’s welcome with open arms,” said Efrain Rodríguez, a hotel employee in the south-eastern city of Villahermosa. “Everyone has their culture, their beliefs. We need to learn more about it.”

Trump is expected to meet Peña Nieto at some point in the middle of the day before travelling to Phoenix, Arizona, to deliver an address on immigration.

Posted August 31, 2016 by Teacher Alvin in LEARNING ENGLISH

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY SISTER ANGELA “BOOTs”   Leave a comment

 

 

 

On August 14, 1961 my sister was born, and here is what other things that makes the date so special.

Monday 14 August 1961

1961-08-14

It was Monday, under the sign of Leo. The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic). In that special week of August people in US were listening to Tossin’ And Turnin’ by Bobby Lewis. In UK You Don’t Know by Helen Shapiro was in the top 5 hits. Pit and the Pendulum, directed by Roger Corman, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1961 while The Agony And The Ecstasy by Irving Stone was one of the best selling books

Poke My Birthday on 14.August.1961

On your Way to Your Birthday on 14.August.1961:

You were born on Monday on 14.August.1961 and you think this is your oldest day of your life history but you are sadly wrong. Let’s surprise you:

8.October.1960, Saturday, (Your birthday -310 days):

On 8.October.1960, Saturday, your father has produced the semen that will be half of you soon.

He produced 1000 sperms every second of his life and you will be lucky one out of 500 million sperm he sent on their way in the conceivement. You may find interesting to know that if he had drunk (or not drunk) coffee on this Saturday morning, you might be born completely as someone else (for instance in the opposite sex) as Caffeine changes the speed of male sperms.

23.October.1960, Sunday (Your birthday -295 days):

Today your mother had her last menstrual cycle and started building up the egg, that will be the other half of you.

After today, she will not have this cycle again for a very long time (thanks to you!). She spent Sunday as moody, anxious, short-tempered and you should be glad, you were not around her that day!

7.November.1960, Monday (Your birthday -280 days):

Your mother’s egg is ready to build the other half of you and your father and your mother got together to make you.

But there is still no “you” around so don’t get excited much. It can take several hours for your father’s sperm to reach your mother’s egg and now it is just on its way out.

8.November.1960, Tuesday (Your birthday -279 days):

Out of 500 million sperm on their way to your mother’s egg, the sperm which built you has won the race by coming first and the sperm and the egg is became one to make your very first cell. Do you see how lucky your half (the sperm) be by winning coming up first among 500 million other rivals? Never tell you are not lucky anymore!

We can call Tuesday, 8.November.1960 as your “first day alive” because this is when you are a living entity, an embryo, congratulations! Although you are just a 1 cell creature today your unique DNA is also formed so your future destiny like your sex, height, physical apperance, intelligence, characteristic and vulnability to certain dissesases is already been determined.

22.November.1960, Tuesday (Your birthday -265 days):

If your mother is an intelligent women, she would have suspected that she is pregnant at 22.November.1960, Tuesday. She is not very sure yet but she is suspicious. We hope she was excited and joyed, not worried.

29.November.1960, Tuesday (Your birthday -258 days):

Today your mother is telling your father about her pregrancy and he is celebrating to be a daddy!

Day 29.November.1960, Tuesday is also important in that, your heart has pumped for the first time today. We don’t know if it is a coincedence that your father learned about you in the very day, your heart first pumped!

13.February.1961, Monday (Your birthday -182 days):

Your parents could have lawfully got an abortion until 13.February.1961, Monday so this is also an important day of your life. Today they decided you should live!

We are glad they didn’t otherwise, we’d lose one site visitor in pokemybirthday.com.

14.August.1961, Monday(Your birthday):

You are born to a cruel world. Happy birthday little buddy! We hope you remember to enjoy your life which was a big journey from day minus 310 to today.

Your lucky days are Monday (Conceivement date, Your parents decided to not to have an abortion, You were born) and Tuesday (Your first cell is built, Your mother suspects she is pregnant, Your heart beat for the first time).

  • You are exactly 55 years 1 week 4 days 8 hours 34 minutes old.
  • You will receive your next birthday gift in 2 days 15 hours 26 minutes later.
  • If your hair were never cut since 14.August.1961, it would be 8.014 m. today.
  • If your nails were never cut since 14.August.1961, they would be 1.989 m. today.
  • An apple tree seeded on 14.August.1961, bore 4,884.011 kg. apple till today.

Its contribution to economy is $19,487.2 and it fed 8,195 people. We hope that in your life you, as a human being, achieved more than that poor apple tree.

Posted August 11, 2016 by Teacher Alvin in LEARNING ENGLISH

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Homelessness to Riches?   Leave a comment

 

Homelessness to Riches?

 

 

Homeless in America

class group grown up 2Homelessness can be anyone around the world.  There are over 1.5 million every year just in America
this site will help you understand what homelessness is and how you can help.  This Web Site is not asking for money. but you can help in other ways.
Tom, a local teacher, became homeless for 30 days to raise awareness for the homeless. Here’s what happened when he tried to “Get a Job” with multiple college degrees and a degree from the US Navy.
Ten Things you can do to help Homeless People
#01.   Bring any type of Soap.  (Shampoo, Body Soap, Hand Soap).
#02.   Bring Towels  (All Sizes).
#03.   Bring Paper  ( tissue, Bathroom, Writing Paper, Note Book, Construction Paper).
#04.   Bring Cigerettes Rolling papers.
#05.   Jobs that can been done in your home.
#06.   Be a Sponcer to one person (Help Teach him or her how to make it in this new World).
#07.   Jobs that can help them find there own homes.
#08.   Clothing (ANY) Children to old men and women.
#09.   Bring Fruit Baskets like when Welcome Wagon brought when I was a child.
#10.   Bring Your LOVE not the HATE
 Most of the people that find themselves in a Shelter or the Salvation Army system are the ones that fall through the crack in a system with to many guild lines that is to protect each person.  That is where the problem fall’s short.  Back when I was young the Church is the ones that help all the people in the city and towns.  But today’s world I don’t see the churches doing what was done 40yr ago. we rely on the SSI Food Stamps, and Fed and state help, I do see a lot done for the shelter by church “FOOD” is one of the things they do very well.  And GOD see’s that I am sure.  What this web will do is give you a  insight of what is needed by you I am not asking for money.
I want you to go and see and talk to the homeless!! Don’t be scared!! They are more scared of you, then you of them.
Bring some of the things I listed above and give it out to them, Very easy they will be sitting outside until 4pm 7 days a week.
Ask there names, ask what do you need? very easy to do this.
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Posted June 22, 2016 by Teacher Alvin in LEARNING ENGLISH

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“THERE IS NO OTHER PLACE TO SHOP FOR COFFEE AT THE BEST PRICE EXCEPT AMAZON   Leave a comment

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I get aggravated easily when I go shopping. When the check-out lines are long, parking lots are full and traffic is backed up I usually think to myself whether or not I could have bought the item online. While I shop on a few different websites, I mostly use Amazon.com. Below are a few of the ways I have found to be frugal by using Amazon.com

1. Buy Groceries in Bulk

Amazon.com sells a lot food and household products in bulk sizes that you would see at warehouse stores such as Costco or Sam’s Club. I have purchased items at a large discount compared to buying them individually in a regular store. Examples of groceries that I’ve bough off Amazon at a discount include granola bars, shaving razors and cereal.

2. Price Shop for Big Purchases

When I’m making a big purchase (over $50 or $100) I will make sure to research the item on Amazon. I will look at review scores and comments as well as pricing. You can save a lot of money purchasing items on Amazon because they are able to sell things at a discount due to the volume of orders they have.

3. Free Super Saver Shipping

Look to lump together purchases you are making to reach the $25 threshold to get free super saver shipping. When your order includes eligible items and you go over the $25 baseline, you can get free shipping on your purchase. As long as you don’t need the product in a hurry, you can save a few dollars this way.

4. Amazon Prime

An even better option for saving money on shipping is to have an Amazon Prime membership. There is no $25 threshold to reach for free shipping when you have this membership, it is unlimited two-day shipping and if you do a lot of shopping on Amazon it is helpful to have. Also, (students get Amazon Prime free for a year).

5. Gift and Wish Lists

Instead of buying every thing you want off of Amazon add the items to a gift or wish list. You can set up multiple lists for different types of things you are looking to buy. Lists can also be sent to family and friends for birthdays, holidays, graduations or other celebrations for them to purchase items you want. This is a way to avoid getting the gifts you don’t want and instead receive things you’ve had your eye on for a while.

6. Buy Used

There are resellers on Amazon that sell used items from the same page as the new items. Look for whether or not you can save money on a purchase by buying a used book or movie instead of a brand new one. Be careful though of how much they charge for shipping. Some retailers will low ball their price to look the cheapest but charge the difference in shipping costs.

7. Save Time Shopping Online

A big reason why I like to shop on Amazon is that it saves time. I don’t have to drive to a store, look around for the item, decide whether or not it is priced well, etc. I can go online to Amazon, purchase an item quickly and get it shipped wherever I want it to. This is especially important during the holidays. The two places I hate going to around the holidays are the mall and the post office. They are always more busy then and by doing my shopping online I can buy presents and have them shipped directly to family around the country.

What other ways do you use Amazon.com or other online retailers to save money online?

 

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Posted November 10, 2012 by Teacher Alvin in LEARNING ENGLISH

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Why is the theatre important?   Leave a comment

English: Theatre play ending inside classroom ...

English: Theatre play ending inside classroom shot in Pasig City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

1) Why is the theatre important?
2) What kind of theatre history does your country have?
3) Do you prefer watching a play at the theatre or a movie at the movie theatre (cinema)?
4) Do you think theatre tickets are reasonably priced?
5) Have you ever been to the theatre in another country?
6) Do you think people will always be interested in the theatre?
7) What questions would you like to ask a theatre actor?
8) Would you like to perform or act on stage at the theatre?
9) Would you like to see a theatre play in English?
10) What’s are the differences between movies and plays?

 

 

 

1) What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘theatre’?
2) Do you use the British spelling ‘theatre’ or the American spelling ‘theater’? Does it matter which one you use?
3) How often do you go to the theatre?
4) Is the theatre only for rich people?
5) What do you like and dislike about the theatre?
6) What’s the best thing you’ve ever seen at the theatre?
7) Would you like to work as a theatre critic?
8) Are theatre tickets easy to get in your country?
9) How do you feel when you sit in a theatre before the performance begins?
10) What’s the nicest theatre you’ve ever been to?

 

 

1) What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘theatre’?
2) Do you use the British spelling ‘theatre’ or the American spelling ‘theater’? Does it matter which one you use?
3) How often do you go to the theatre?
4) Is the theatre only for rich people?
5) What do you like and dislike about the theatre?
6) What’s the best thing you’ve ever seen at the theatre?
7) Would you like to work as a theatre critic?
8) Are theatre tickets easy to get in your country?
9) How do you feel when you sit in a theatre before the performance begins?
10) What’s the nicest theatre you’ve ever been to?

 

 

Æschylus, son of Euphorion, a scion of a Eupatrid or noble family, was born at Eleusis 525 B.C., or, as the Greeks reckoned time, in the fourth year of the 63rd Olympiad. His first occupation was in a vineyard, and his reverence for the god of the vine inspired him to follow the bent of his genius and contribute to the spectacles then newly established in honor of Dionysus. In his own words, as related to Pausanias, while still a stripling he was set to watch grapes in the country, and there fell asleep. In his slumbers Dionysus appeared to him and bade him turn his attention to the tragic art. When he awoke he made the attempt, and thus discovered his facility for dramatic composition. His earliest tragedy, composed when he was twenty-six years of age, failed to win the prize, and it was not until fifteen years later that he gained his first tragic victory. Meanwhile he had fought at Marathon, where he had gained some distinction, later taking part in the battles of Artemisium, Salamis and Platæa. As appears from his epitaph, written by himself and inscribed on his monument by the citizens of Gela, Sicily, where he died, he prided himself more on his military services than on his dramatic art.

This tomb the dust of Aeschylus doth hide,

Euphorion’s son and fruitful Gela’s pride;

How tried his valor Marathon may tell,

And long-haired Medes, who knew it all too well.

In a trilogy, or set of three connected plays, of which only his Persæ survives, he celebrated the glorious contests which he had witnessed, and for this also he gained the prize. Though defeated by Sophocles at his first attempt, the veteran Aeschylus regained his position with the series of which Seven Against Thebes was a part, and thenceforth his supremacy was undisputed. The real “father of tragedy” Aeschylus has been justly termed, certainly deserving this title far more than Thespis, for he it was who, as Aristophanes says, “first decked out tragedy with magificence.”

Improvements Introduced by Aeschylus

Many were the improvements which Aeschylus introduced, especially in diminishing the importance of the chorus and in adding a second actor, thus giving prominence to the dialogue and making it the leading feature of the play. He removed all deeds of bloodshed from the public view, and in their place provided many spectacular elements, improving the costumes, making the masks more expressive and convenient, and probably adopting the cothurnus to increase the stature of the performers. Finally, he established the custom of contending for the prize with trilogies, or series of three independent dramas.

Self-banishment

The closing years of the life of Aeschylus were passed in Sicily, which country he first visited soon after his defeat by Sophocles. At Syracuse his Persæ was several times performed at the request of the king, and here also he brought out his Women of Etna, celebrating the foundation of that city by Hiero and prophesying happiness for its inhabitants. Returning to Athens, he produced his Orestean trilogy, probably the finest of his works; but the Eumenides, the last of the three plays, revealed so openly his aristocratic tendencies that he became extremely unpopular, and returning to Sicily, died soon afterward at Gela. The story as to the manner of his death, that an eagle, mistaking his bald head for a stone, dropped a tortoise upon it to break the shell, is the sheerest fabrication, and, it would seem, entirely unnecessary to account for the natural death of an exile nearly seventy years of age.

Farewell to Athens

Very touching are the lines in which Aeschylus seems to bid farewell to his beloved city, which at his time of life he could hardly hope to see again. They occur in the Eumenides, which is one long glorification of Athens, her gods, her laws and customs, full of exhortations to reverence old-established institutions, and to preserve them from the arbitrary caprice of innovators, while invoking all blessings on the inhabitants.

Rejoice, rejoice ye in abounding wealth,

Rejoice, ye citizens,

Dwelling near Zeus himself,

Loved of the virgin goddess whom ye love,

In due time wise of heart,

You, ‘neath the wings of Pallas ever staying,

The Father honoreth.

 

Rejoice, rejoice once more, ye inhabitants!

I say it yet again,

Ye gods and mortals too,

Who dwell in Pallas’ city. Should ye treat

With reverence us who dwell

As sojourners among you, ye shall find

No cause to blame your lot.

Accused of Impiety

According to Ælian, Clemens Alexandrinus and others, Aeschylus was accused of impiety before the court of Areopagus, and this there seems no reason to doubt, notwithstanding the honors paid to him after death, for the Athenians were the most fickle of communities. Among other charges it was alleged that in one of his plays he had revealed the Eleusinian mysteries, and this was probably in the Eumenides, which is full of references to religious subjects. It is even said that his life was threatened while on the stage, and that he only saved himself by taking refuge at the altar of Dionysus.

Not even Socrates was more unjustly accused of impiety than was the great tragedian whose works are filled with the grandest conceptions of divine power, mitigating the stern decrees of nature and of fate through the interferences of Olympian deities, with Zeus directing all things to a happy issue. Cicero tells us that he was a Pythagorean, and certain it is that he was strongly attached to the Dorian rites on which Pythagoras founded his spiritual system of religion. Throughout his dramas is shown the deepest veneration for the gods, the highest regard for the sanctity of an oath and of the nuptial bond, and a firm belief in the immortality of the soul.

If, in his political opinions he inclined to the aristocratic party, to which he belonged by birth, he was essentially patriotic, constantly warning the people to make a moderate use of their freedom, to avoid all blustering and excess, and especially to preserve the venerable court of the Areopagus, from which the democratic party had tried to wrest its power. Of this we have sufficient evidence in his verse, which, as Aristophanes says, “taught only the good and the true.”

Qualities as a Tragic Poet

In the tone of his poems we recognize the high-minded Athenian whose sword had drunk at Marathon and Salamis the blood of long-haired Medes. His plays abound in military terms, and while breathing the utmost contempt for barbarian prowess, he often introduces on the stage the grotesque monsters whose images he had seen among the spoils of Persian camps. Even his diction is of the military type, his sonorous words striking on the ear like trumpet-sounds. Yet he held his own dramas in light esteem, declaring that they were but crumbs from the great banquet of Homer.

“Not only,” says one of his critics, “had he fought at Marathon and Salamis against those Persians whose rout he celebrated with patriotic pride, but he had been trained in the Eleusinian mysteries, and was a passionate upholder of the institution most intimately associated with the political traditions of the past–the Areopagus. He had been born in the generation after Solon, to whose maxims he fondly clung; he belonged to that anti-democratic party which favored the Spartan alliance, and it was the Dorian development of Hellenic life and the philosophical system based on it with which his religious and moral convictions were imbued. Thus, even upon the generations which succeeded him the chivalrous spirit and diction of his poetry, and the unapproached sublimity of his dramatic imagination, fell, as it falls upon later posterity, like the note of a mightier age.”

Such is the wonderful power of art in its highest forms, that tragedy, as set forth by the three great masters, and never treated with the same effect by their countless imitators, has ever been held the gravest, most moral and most profitable of all forms of poetry. “Why is it,” asks a classical scholar, “that we thrill with horror when the death-cry of Agamemnon announces the wreaking of his doom? Why should we sympathize with Antigone as she sets forth on her sacred mission–the burial of her brother–forbidden by man, but enjoined by the command of Zeus? It is because in these and all other instances of the art of the Greek drama, while winged by the individual power of genius, is at the same time true to its purposes as an art, and in perfect harmony with Nature, who does not readily yield her secrets or teach her laws to all.”

Aeschylus was the only man of his age, or indeed of any age, who can compare with the great master of the modern drama in sublimity of conception and grandeur of poetic imagery. As to the esteem in which he was held by his contemporaries and his immediate posterity there is sufficient evidence, and first in the Frogs of Aristophanes, who there describes his temper as proud, stern and impatient; his sentiments as pure, noble and warlike; his genius inventive, magnificent and towering; his style lofty, bold and impetuous, full of gorgeous imagery and ponderous expressions, while in the dramatic arrangement of his pieces there remained much of ancient simplicity and somewhat of uncouth rudeness. Dionysius of Halicarnassus lauds the splendor of his talents, the propriety of his characters, the originality of his ideas and the force, variety and beauty of his language. Longinus speaks of the bold magnificence of his imagery, though condemning some of his conceptions as rude and turgid and his expressions as sometimes overstrained. Quintilian ascribes to him dignity of sentiment, sublimity of ideas and loftiness in style, yet often overcharged in diction and irregular in composition. Such, as seen through the eyes of antiquity, was the Shakespeare of the Greeks.