translated by Ezra Pound and Noel Stock
This engaging and interactive site from the British
Museum gives a thorough overview of life in ancient Egypt.
Each heading, such as Egyptian Life or Mummification
gives general information and a choice of three subheadings.
Story presents a tale about that particular topic,
Explore shares artifacts and information, and Challenge
provides an interactive game or other activity. Choose
a topic and give an oral report for your classmates to share
what you’ve learned.
"The Immortality of Writers" explores a
common theme in poetryhow writing can keep the memory
of a person alive. Visit this site and read Shakespeare’s
"Sonnet XVIII." How does Shakespeare’s sonnet compare
with the Egyptian poem in terms of theme? Can you think of
any other poems that explore this theme? Discuss these questions
with your classmates.
In "So small are the flowers of Seamu,"
the speaker compares his love to a garden "of grass and
perfumed flowers" and notes that "pleasant is the
channel you have dug." This site describing the gardens
and irrigation systems of ancient Egypt will help you visualize
the images in the poem. Use the information from the site
and the images in the poem to draw or paint a picture of an
ancient Egyptian garden.