The fight for what is right

30 Nov

Mother always said never give up a good fight,

Even as a child as i listed all my fears,

She would tell me to be brave and use all of my might.

 

And as the years have gone by i have used these wise words as the bright light,

To the tunnel of life, which i have been seeing though blurry eyed filled with tears,

Because i have done as mom had always said, and have never given up a good fight.

 

So when i was asked what is worth fighting for, my response was simply “whatever i believe is right” ,

And as i said those words it all became clear,

Mother always wanted me to fight for what i believe is right with all my might.

 

Learning through the trials and tribulations of life has made me hold on to this tight,

And everytime i follow through i hear my mothers cheers,

As i have yet to give up a good fight.

 

My morals and values have been my guide along with my sight,

To see what is right, Life has given me what i hold most dear,

Those wise words and my immense amount of might.

 

I will never be drunken with fright,

As i was as a child, for now i have discovered i’d rather be drunken with beer,

And i shall stay guided with those insightful words of a great fight,

My fight for what is right with all of my might.

 

 

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William Collins “Ode to Evening”A

15 Nov

William Collins chose to make his “ode to Evening” a Horation ode, as he takes a serious tone in describing various evenings throughout each season. The entire ode is split up into couplets of iambic pentameter and couplets of iambic trimiter. This shift in meter allowed for the transition of seasons to smoothly flow over onto the next one. Collins tone in this is clearly serious as shown through  his word choice when going about describing the evenings. For example in page 417 he goes on to describe the winter evening by stating ” Or Winter, yelling through the troublous air, Affrights thy shrinking train, And rudely rends thy robes;”. By choosing the words troublous, affrights and rudely he paints a not so pleasant picture of a winter evening.

Collins use of personification throughout his ode to liven up his depiction of the evenings. With this he allows the reader to have a greater understanding of what the evenings feel like. He doesn’t use himself much but rather describes things such as wind as a “he” in line 11 and 12. Unlike other odes we have read Collins chose not to describe a specific evening of each season as he gave descriptions of a general evening in a specific season.

John Donnes Sonnet 10

8 Nov

John Donne uses the sonnet as the outline for his rather different perspective on death. Throughout the sonnet he chooses to see death as a lighter subject even referring to it as pleasure. He begins speaking about how death is not something we should dread because it is inevitable and even the greatest men have eventually surrendered to death. Donnes use of old english words also adds as sense of seriousness as he refers to death as “thee”.

Religion plays a large part in Donnes view of death as he speaks of eternal life when referring to life after death. He refers to the Christian belief that after death ones spirit will live on eternity in either heaven or hell. In his sonnet he speaks of heaven as he goes on to explain that one must not fear death because it is just a  quick second to the opening of the rest of ones life. In the couplet he states “One short sleep past, we wake eternally, And death shall be no more; Death, though shalt die”, in this he sums up what his entire sonnet was about, the immortality of death and how one should see it as a inevitable passage of life that opens the door to the rest of ones life.

 

What you created

1 Nov

You floated away in a distant dream,

Expecting one day to understand what it all really meant,

And in that instant i realized we were never on the same team,

Your love was my lifes sement,

While mine was nothing but your boards intuition for going downstream.

Each day has past right infront of me and yet your face has not gone,

From the visions in my dreams, which my heart can not ignore,

And as much as i try to convince myself you were the one for me, i realize it was all a con,

A con to confuse my soul and en-ravel it in a year of postwar.

Your lies created this miserable year of pain,

For that you have changed me for good,

And i am no longer the fool who had nothing but your love to gain,

Instead i have become your fantasy manhood,

I have become the dreams which you can never obtain.

 

Bob Dylans Boots of Spanish Leather

1 Nov

This ballad focuses on a dramatic situation, where two lovers have recently left and the woman has left for another country. Throughout the entire ballad a dialog was occurring between the two lovers, yet in the last three it changed to just the man speaking. In that dialog the woman offers to send him something in her trip so that he can keep a souvenir of their dead relationship, and in return he suggests her boots. The fact that he wanted to keep her boots out of everything she owned rather than a brand new object suggests that those boots are of importance to him. The fact that they are made from leather may suggest that their durability represents his everlasting love for her. He sees the boots as a symbol of his undying love for her. The seriousness of thins ballad was supported by Bob Dylans style of writting.

The lines in Dylans ballad are much longer than traditional ballads because they are are anapestic. There was also no rhyme scheme in the entire poem because Dylan wanted to be taken seriously in this poem rather than playing around with words. His word choice did in fact help the sound of the ballad as he wrote certain words without their proper endings such as “roamin’, ownin’ and askin'” . These words created a greater sense of a narrative speech because in everyday slang English many words are said without their full endings. Over all the poems clear message and story was sent without confusion, Dlyan wanted to write a love ballad he wrote one that was easier than most to understand.

 

 

Ralph Emersons The Snow Storm

25 Oct

Emersons use of personification is what helps the reader create an image of how the storm looks as it moves through town. The north wind is refered to as a “he” in line 18.  In line 15-17  Emerson states ” Speeding, the myriad-handed, his wild work So fanciful, so savage , nought cares he For number or proportion.”, in these lines he referes to the winds work as wild, fanciful and savage which allows us to see that the storm is not a calm one at all. Emersons description of the storm may not be a long one but his use of architectural language what helps the poems tone stay the same throughout both stanzas.

Although Emerson describes the storms wildness the tone of the poem remains a calm one. Punctuation plays a large part to this as the constant use of comas in almost every line creates a break for the reader, allowing it to be read at a slower steadier pace. There are no run on lines as we have seen in other free verse poems. Alitteration also helps the poem flow better, for example in line 26 Emerson states ” To mimic in slow structures, stone by stone”.

As the first stanza is more conversational as Emerson describes to us how people are awaiting the arrival of the storm, the second stanza is more descriptive into what the storm is actually doing. Emersons creates a contrast between art and nature as he shows in line 25 when he says “Leaves, when the sun appears, astonished Art to mimic in slow structures, stone by stone..”. Here he says the storm is mimicking art in how its creates shapes and visually looks like art.  Even in the last line of the poem he says “the frolic architecture of the snow”, Emerson allows us to see the similarity pf art in nature in a different light.

Jonathan Swifts “A Description of a City Shower”

27 Sep

Jonathan Swifts description of a rainy gloomy day in the city was told in the third person. throughout the poem he manages to not portray the city in the best light but rather make it seem as though the citizens were scared of the city and its weather. The first stanza allowed for us the readers to feel as though the coming storm was something to be feared, as if it were a horrific monster coming to wreck havoc for the people of the town as well as the town itself. Throughout the rest of the poem Swift uses personification, as he gives the city and weather human traits. in lines 14-16 he describes a dark cloud as looking drunkard, because of its dark features as it was about to pour rain. Swift used heroic couplets to make the poem rhyme and have a soothing tone. The title “A Description of a City Shower” does not give us to much information on when the poem was written other then it was a rainy night. It could have been written in the middle of the summer or winter. Swifts portrayal of the city is that it is not the most warm and welcoming place instead if seems to be a place the people who live there do not even want to be in.  In his ending triplet of lines Swifts uses precise description of the city saying it has ” Sweepings of butchers’ stalls, dung, guts, and blood,… dead cats, and turnip tops, come troubling down the flood”. The flood has brought nothing but horrible things for the city and now it seems to be in ruins.