Watching for dolphins


Resultado de imagen para dolphins

In literature we have been reading and analyzing a poem called “Whatching for dolphins”. With Clara Zorraquin we made this chart about the poem.

This is the poem we read:

In the summer months on every crossing to Piraeus

One noticed that certain passengers soon rose

From seats in the packed saloon and with serious

Looks and no acknowledgement of a common purpose

Passed forward through the small door into the bows

To watch for dolphins. One saw them lose


Every other wish. Even the lovers

Turned their desires on the sea, and a fat man

Hung with equipment to photograph the occasion

Stared like a saint, through sad bifocals; others,

Hopeless themselves, looked to the children for they

Would see dolphins if anyone would. Day after day


Or on their last opportunity all gazed

Undecided whether a flat calm were favourable

Or a sea the sun and the wind between them raised

To a likeness of dolphins. Were gulls a sign, that fell

Screeching from the sky or over an unremarkable place

Sat in a silent school? Every face


After its character implored the sea.

All, unaccustomed, wanted epiphany,

Praying the sky would clang and the abused Aegean

Reverberate with cymbal, gong and drum.

We could not imagine more prayer, and had they then

On the waves, on the climax of our longing come


Smiling, snub-nosed, domed like satyrs, oh

We should have laughed and lifted the children up

Stranger to stranger, pointing how with a leap

They left their element, three or four times, centred

On grace, and heavily and warm re-entered,

Looping the keel. We should have felt them go


Further and further into the deep parts. But soon

We were among the great tankers, under their chains

In black water. We had not seen the dolphins

But woke, blinking. Eyes cast down

With no admission of disappointment the company

Dispersed and prepared to land in the city.

Context: This poem is called “Watching for dolphins”.

It is about a group of people that went to see dolphins, but the dolphins did not appear.

Voice: Narrator
Tone: Happy and excited at first and sad, disappointment and desperation

at the end.

Theme: The unexpected, things may go wrong, amazement and nature.
Techniques: Epiphany, metaphor and similes
Personal opinion: We believe that the poem is depressing, because the people went very excited to see dolphins, and they ended up seeing something that they didn’t want to see. They only saw the sea and some gulls. They were extremely disappointed at the end. Despite everything we think that this is a very sentimental and interesting poem.


The scientific method

In biology we have been working on the scientific method. This is an experiment we have done using that method. I did this work with Catalina Pernarcic and Clara Zorraquin. Here you have a link to Ceci’s blog:
-Question= What time of the day do I feel most awake?
-Hypothesis= We feel most awake at 11am, because we are hydrated and with energy from breakfast. Another reason is that we aren’t sleepy at that time and we can do our best. We also think and feel that the sun-light makes us wake up faster.
-Experiment= To prove our idea we are going to go to sleep at 10:30pm and wake up at 7:00am. We are also going to be checking every hour and recording how we feel.
-Analysis= We are going to analyse our results and check the moment that we felt more active.
-Conclusion= After doing the experiment I realized that our theory was wrong and that the moment that I feel most awake is between 9:30am and 10:30am. I also think that It all depends on the day. For example the weather, If it is a hot day or a rainy day. The subject that we are working on, If it is something less attractive or more attractive. If I slept well during the night, etc.