Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Poetry Writing Prompt

"Here" by Philip Larkin is a pastoral poem in which a man describes the different places he has traveled to from being a salesman. The character describes the places with a direct tone.
Throughout the poem Larkin’s mildly changes as he inserts a new place to describe. A huge cit, poor urban neighborhood and so forth the salesman is from the country were things are much different. He first talks about a large town with:” Cheap suits, red kitchen-ware, sharp shoes, iced lollies, electric mixers, toasters, washers, drier.” “It may seem as if he is a little jealous of the things the people of the city are able to purchase.
The author’s tone is another way of saying his diction or his attitude towards his audience. In the poem his attitude changes from jealousy (when he describes the large town) to graceful or happy that he only has to drop off a package to an urban town. “A cut-price crowd, urban yet simple dwelling, Where only Salesmen and relations come within a terminate and fishy-smelling.”
In the poem Philip Larkin uses an eight line stanza to complete his piece. In the stanzas Larkin uses imagery to draw attention more on his poem and to involve his audience. Third stanza 7th sentence he uses a simile to illustrate the wheat fields by saying: “Fast-shadowed wheat-fields, running high as hedges.”
All in all the poem would be said to be a narrative poem, a poem that tells a story or even a lyric poem, personal emotions of a single speaker. The character is unfolding the truth about the way he feels about the places that he visits while traveling. The poem ends with the character being lonely on a beach. “Here is unfenced existence: Facing the sun, untalkative out of reach.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Writing Prompt- Metamorphosis

In the novella The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka a few of the characters including Grete undergo dramatic metamorphosis. The changes affect the overall meaning of the work as well as the plot overview. Grete uses Gregor to make herself as though she is a mature young adult. Many may wonder if Grete really loves her brother or if she was just plotting on him all along.

Grete's parents thought of her as an immature seventeen year old before Gregor's metamorphosis. At the beginning of the novella Grete helps Gregor by cleaning his room, feeding him, and even saying a few words to him to make his day. Grete wants to be taken serious in the eyes of her parents so much that she seizes the opportunity to use her brother's transformation as gaining responsibility. After her parents see the changes they look at Grete in a new light.

Gregor never thought that he would wake up to be a gigantic bug and not have the love of his family. The novella The Metamorphosis is based on Gregor’s morphing. Throughout the plot he is missed treated by his father and in the end even by his sister Grete. The Samsa family feels as though Gregor is becoming a burden to them now that he is not able to pay his father's debt off by working. Gregor is lonely because his sister changes in the end of the book into someone he doesn’t know anymore.

Gregor and Grete adores art Gregor did the honors of sending his sister to a school just so that she is able to play the violin. He loves the sounding of her playing because it brings back so many memories of being a human. A picture from an illustrated magazine placed in a nice frame of a woman in a fur hat and boa is Gregor's definition of art and he would not trade it in for the world.

These metamorphoses contribute to the overall meaning of the work. Grete's morphing caused Gregor's death and allows her the chance to show her family she is a responsible young adult because of the things she did for her brother. Due to Gregor's metamorphosis his father is forced to work and it also brought out the true feelings of his family. The Metamorphosis is all about change.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Poetry Questions

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

  1. A Male on a horse

  2. No, we know that he doesn't want someone to see him.

  3. He is going to work

  4. Winter evening 1800's

  5. Outside, country, western

  6. The authors purpose is to state that you should stop and think about the little things

  7. The theme is nature and time

  8. Summarize the events of the poem: The man is on the horse and is headed somewhere. He doesn't want someone to see him so he decides not to stop in the woods for a quick rest.


The Old Man's Comforts And how he gained them

  1. A young man and Father William, they are people that are curious about the old man and his past

  2. No, we know that he is an old man talking to a young man about his youth.

  3. The old man's comfort

  4. The diction of writing is old english

  5. sumerize events of the poem: The young man states that the oldman is old and the old man describes his youthful days and this event keeps happening.

  6. Metaphor:" I remembered that youth would fly fast" time can not fly it can go fast but not fly.

  7. A ballad is the type of poem.

  8. The tone: natural,ordinary it is achieved by having a conversation normally.

  9. The purpose of the poem is to say that even though you get old your wisdom stays wise. Time will pass you by so dont take it for granted.

  10. Symbols in the book is Father William

Father William

  1. Poem pattern:ab

  2. A young man and Father William, they are people that are curious about the old man and his past.

  3. There is an identifiable audience for the speaker which is old people.

  4. Time: evening

  5. central purpose is to: Know that young is never old and that many people have alot of questions

  6. Symbols in the book is Father William and age

  7. The two men come together in a conversation which leads them to talk about the age and the youth of the old man

Friday, October 31, 2008

Why the Future doesnt need us.

What is Joy's thesis? How/can humans avoid becoming obsolete and/or unnecessary? How are institutions contributing to this "inevitability?" How would Huxley respond to Joy's article? What rhetorical strategies does Joy employ in his piece? Do you think Joy is a fear monger? Comment on Joy's use of literary devices. How do they contribute to the message/meaning of the piece as a whole? How does this article connect to BNW?


In the article "Why the Future doesn't need us" Bill joy describes the way the human race will live within the next 20 years or so. Due to the fact that technology is advancing so fast humans will become more dependent on the technology advancement such as the creation of the robots. By taking technology to this extent humans will become obsolete or unnecessary because robots will do all of the work. In order for this to stop before it gets to out of hand humans have to come together to find a better way to depend on themselves more often.

Computers, cell phones and cars are converting into something dangerous right before the eyes of people and the people don't seem to understand. Institutions are contributing to this inevitability because they are not trying to stop it in anyway, in fact they are the ones to blame for the extreme technology in its growing rate. Huxley would be a happy man to know that technology is taking over. In his book he uses the advancement of technology to create the brave new world and he would believe that the progression that it is taking on would lead to what he thinks is the right way.

Huxley would use this to satire technology in his novel. “I already knew that new technologies like genetic engineering and nanotechnology were giving us the power to remake the world, but a realistic and imminent scenario for intelligent robots surprised me.” In the article Joy states those words; to me it seems as if it is a rhetorical strategy. Joy leaves minds puzzled as to what is going to happen next in the world around us.

Honestly I do believe that Joy is a fear monger because he brought up the subject of human extinction as if it was nothing. Joy knows what is going to happen in the future and knows what to look out for, but people like us have no clue and he wanted to have the rest of the humans with fear in their heart because they do not know what is going to happen next to them. Are we going to be alive within the next 20 or so years? What is going to happen to the human race? It’s all in our minds as fear.

Joy uses many literary devices such as foreshadowing and imagery to enhance his article as a whole. He foreshadows the future's progression by describing the robots and the things that will happen to the human race if we depend more on technology. Imagery is used to paint the picture of the future. The two commend on his piece of work because it makes it more intense as to what is going to happen in the future.

Joy's thesis on the article and Brave New World's meaning have many similarities. Brave New World and this article connect because it is all about expanding the technology. Both of them have a scientific break through and the technology is trying to control the society.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Writing Prompt 2 - 9/19/08

In the novel 1984 written by George Orwell the character Winston Smith struggles to free himself from the power of the Big Brother and the Party. The Power all over the world is hard to free yourself from.

Winston is a man of a great mind who wants to live in a better world. He feels lost and loneyl because of the way the government is ran its like they are taking over. Winston does what he feel out of spite because he does not want to feel brain washed along with the society he is located in right now. He takes a stand in what he believes in but later figures out the power is stronger.

No matter where you turn someone is watching you, and sometimes its hard to break free. Winston struggles to be free because he needs someone who believes in the samething and is willing to take the challenge. Society can be a harsh place due to the fact of the government but people have to take a stand. Winston finds people who understands where he is coming from and takes a launch at the higher power , but it backfires. Winston is taken into custody and toured for standing up.

George uses power struggle to make the reader more interested by letting it take over peoples mind. No one can see clearly because they are being blind by death.People lost lives taking a stand, The book is based on enhancement of the power struggle due to the fact that in the end winston had a choice either still be with the people or stand up or not.

Another thing is sneaking around that shows pwoer struggle because if you can do what you like you would not have to sneak around. That makes it more better for the reader because people wanted to kno if they were going to get caught (Julia and Winton).

Therefore everyone in the book struggled from power. No one could handle the enpowerment but did nothin. Winston stood up and was knocked back down but still accomplished something he wanted to do.