It’s the End

Well, the school year is coming to an end, but most importantly Literature is coming to an end.
Along this year, I’ve learned many things. I was able to look at poems and story with more depth and more analysis, mainly due to the e-portfolio because I had to relate them with different aspects, like my personal reflection or connect them with a picture or a quote.
My favorite topic was War Poetry because I could relate this topic to information I had previously learnt in History, allowing me to understand the poems with greater depth. This leads me to my favorite activity, which was the one were we had to analyze different poems related to war. This was my favorite activity because I was able to see different points of view of different poets about the topic, giving me an idea of how twisted society was, since the Government twisted the information to make the war seem heroic, when it inly destroyed lives.
Even though the e-portfolio helped to analyze literature in a different manner, it was the activity which I’ve disliked the most. This is because there were moments where I didn’t have any inspiration to do a post, which caused me to stress about it, rather than have fun. Also, I felt as if my ideas weren’t very original or very unique.
Finally, I believe that I can learn better by having a variety of activities. If I have to do the same activities for every topic, it caused the subject to become repetitive which leads to a downfall in my productivity and my motivation to work. But, at the same time, having very long activities that require a lot of imagination and creativity do become tedious rather than fun.
To conclude with this post, Literature was very interesting and fun. 🙂

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Home is so Sad

What is a home? If you look up the definition, you would get as answer: the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household. This definition is telling you that a home is physical place where you live, but why can’t it be something more?
Larkin, in his poem, describes the home as the actual physical place. He talks about how the house feels empty and without any purpose due to the fact it was abandoned by its former members. Larkin is trying to convey this feeling that a home is something more than just a place to have as a shelter. Larkin uses personification on the house, to show that the house comes to life thanks to the love and human energy. This provides enough ‘warmth’, for the house to glow and become joyful. But, when the members leave, the house starts to die. It no longer has the energy that once powered it. This idea reminds me of the Pixar movies, “Toy Story” and “Monsters Inc”, this due to the fact that human energy allows both the monsters and the toys to become to life and be able to live. But, when they lack this human contact, they start to die. We see this in “Monsters inc” withe the shortage of human energy, which how the monster’s require people the screams of children to be able to live. This also happens in “Toy Story”, the human contact allows them to become to life and love their child, but if they are forgotten and they aren’t played with any longer, they feel as if their purpose isn’t being fulgilled causing them to die and no longer come to life.
So, in conclusion, a home is no longer just a physical place. A home is place that needs human contact and without it, it withers and no longer has his purpose fulfilled.

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Rooms

After re-reading the poem, I started to give each room that Mew describes a meaning. To start with, the poem first names “the room in Paris”, due to the fact that Paris is considered the city of love, I associated this room with past loves and all the people who the voice truly cared about, whether it was a former lover or a family member or a friend. Even though this room symbolizes love, it also shelters all the moments that the voice might have felt betrayed by someone or heartbroken, which are both consequences of loving someone. The poem later continues with, “the room ar Geneva”. At first, it was hard to understand the true meaning of this room, but in my opinion, this room symbolizes youth. This is because when you think of Geneva you think of spring (well at least that is what it reminds me). Spring is the season of rebirth and youth, due to flowers blossoming, contributing to the idea that Mew used this location to refer to the older days and when she was younger and with fewer worries and with more freedom. The poem later continues with, “damp room with the seaweed smell”. This line reminds me of the ocean. I believe that this room has to be with chaos, due to the fact that the ocean symbolizes chaos and being los. So, probably Mew was trying to convey the message that she was once lost and didn’t know who she was, causing her to feel stressed and as if everything was crumbling down, causing her to have chaos in her life. Finally, the poem ends with “the room where we (two) lie dead”. The preovious room’s appeared to be set in her mind, they were related to her past memories and feelings, whereas this room has to do with a room that is no longer in her mind. This room is talking about a casket, her final room. This room is the last place where she will be.
So, after re-reading this poem, I was able to understand it much better, because know I feel more connected to it. I believe that “Rooms” is a poem that everyone can relate to because of the fact that Mew is describing life and what we experince through it.

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Ode on Melancholy

After watching the series “Gotham” one night, I came across this line that Alfred (Bruce’s butler and guardian) tells Bruce. When I heard, I automatically thought of the poem “Ode on Melancholy”. The main theme or message the poet John Keats is trying to convey is that someone can’t truly experience happiness and a complete life without going through tough times. This is similar to what Alfred told Bruce. Alfred is trying to teach Bruce how he can’t live a life without pain, even if it sounds appealing because that’s not what life is. By feeling pain, you are able to appreciate all the good things in your life and cherish them, rather than take them for granted, which would happen if you live your life without any type of pain. So, both Keats and Alfred are trying to show how your life will only be complete if you are able to accept both the good parts and bad parts of life.

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Lady in the Looking Glass: A Reflection

Story time:
The other day, my mom was in a meeting with someone. Me, being the brightest person, thought that her meeting was in the living room. So, I decided to go grab some food from the pantry. While I was in quest to obtain some food, I saw that the person, who my mom was having a meeting with, was in kitchen, leaving me trapped in the pantry. Instead of going back to my room, I stayed in that area until this person left. I became bored very quickly, since I didn’t have my phone. Since I was in a room with food, there weren’t many things that I could do. So, I decided to look at the plain white wall that was in front of my eyes (I know very thrilling). I stared at the wall for quite a while and started to rock back and forth. While I was doing this I noticed something very peculiar and interesting. Whenever I was furthest to the wall, I saw a perfectly white wall that was completely smooth. But, once I was close to the wall, that image changed. The wall no longer was ‘perfect’. It had imperfections. You may be wondering why I am relating this situation to Woolf’s story. The reason is because of when you first meet Isabella, the narrator describes her as a mysterious woman who gets letters from lovers and is perfect. But, when we, as a reader, get to see the reality of her life, the initial image changes. There is no longer this mysterious and perfect woman, but someone who is lonely and someone who can no longer be classified as perfect because you start to see all of her imperfections, just like the white wall.
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Dulce Et Decorum Est

Propaganda. Propaganda was and still is a big factor for the government to transmit a message. This was highly used during the war. The government would put this messages so young men would want to fight for their country and enlist.

This are a few of the posters made to make people proud to go to the war. This posters wanted to depict that the men going to war were strong and invincible. This made men have an image of the war that wasn’t true, not even to the slightest. They were manipulated, brainwashed, by the press, by the government.
What Owen is trying to show in his poem, is the truth. He wanted to demonstrate how the posters you saw or the things that the government said were false. The soldiers that went to the war ended up in a horrible state, if they hadn’t already died. The war left the soldiers with trauma and in terrible physical conditions that would never be reversed. But this wasn’t shown through the propaganda. Propaganda didn’t show how the soldiers would never be the same. How they would be forgotten. How they had to experience friends dying. How they had to live in terrible conditions. The reality was never shown in the media.
This was the truth…

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The Destructors

“Destruction is a form of creation”
This is a peculiar line, it is very ironic. This is because when you think about destruction, the last word that comes to your mind is created because it’s the complete opposite. But, why do we do this? When you destroy something, you are technically creating something new. You changed the original piece and made into something completely different. Take as an example the Phoenix. This mythical creature destroys itself, by burning its body, but through its destruction, a new creature is born. The ashes left, created a new bird that it is more beautiful and stronger. So, why do we still believe that the words ‘destruction’ and ‘creation’ cannot be associated with each other when in reality they go hand in hand. This can be seen with the artist, Cornelia Parker. She exploded a shack that had many things inside, and with its remains, she created a piece of art. She turned something that has a bad connotation to it and made it into art.
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I know that I already talked about this topic, “destruction is a form of creation”, but I was scrolling through social media and came across this picture and I could not, not talk about it. So, as you can see the first thing that you see when you look at this image is a gun. But, as you start to look at it for a longer time, you start to realize that this isn’t an ordinary gun. It is a weapon made out of art supplies. This is quite peculiar, because why would someone ever create a gun out of art supplies? I mean they are like polar opposites! But, it makes sense. Gun is a symbol of destruction, it never ends with a positive image. And art, well it’s the opposite. You can express so many things with art, whether it is through a painting, a photograph or a poem, art is a way to transmit a feeling or an emotion. Where I am going with this is that by combining a gun with art supplies you get powerful messages. One of them being that destruction is a form of creation because even if you pull the trigger of this gun, a bullet is not going to be shoot, but, a work of art is instead. So, to conclude this, this image can be used as a metaphor. Instead of doing something hurtful or that causes destruction, change that ‘gun’ into art, create something instead of destroying it.

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The Destructors

After reading “The Destructors”, we had to analyze the story. I did this work with Margui Muller and Juana Perez Muniz.

We had to answer 7 questions out of 11 that where in Pato’s blog. I answered these questions with Juana Perez Muniz and Miu Montanelli.

Destructors from jperezmuniz
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Dulce Et Decorum Est

In Literature, we read the poem “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen. We had to analyze the poem stanza by stanza and also, answer some questions about the poet and about war poetry. I did this with Margui Muller.

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War poetry

Since we read the poem, “Dulce et Decorum Est”, by Wilfred Owen, that deals with World War 1, I have analyzed 4 more poems dealing with war. This was part of a task Pato gave us.

Task 2

Task 3

This is no case of petty right or wrong
by Edward Thomas
This is no case of petty right or wrong
That politicians or philosophers
Can judge. I hate not Germans, nor grow hot
With love of Englishmen, to please newspapers.
Beside my hate for one fat patriot
My hatred of the Kaiser is love true:—
A kind of god he is, banging a gong.
But I have not to choose between the two,
Or between justice and injustice. Dinned
With war and argument I read no more
Than in the storm smoking along the wind
Athwart the wood. Two witches’ cauldrons roar.
From one the weather shall rise clear and gay;
Out of the other an England beautiful
And like her mother that died yesterday.
Little I know or care if, being dull,
I shall miss something that historians
Can rake out of the ashes when perchance
The phoenix broods serene above their ken.
But with the best and meanest Englishmen
I am one in crying, God save England, lest
We lose what never slaves and cattle blessed.
The ages made her that made us from dust:
She is all we know and live by, and we trust
She is good and must endure, loving her so:
And as we love ourselves we hate our foe.

Analysis
This poem is an argument Thomas had with his father about the war. His father agreed with the newspapers which expressed how the Germans where inhumane. But, Thomas had patriotic beliefs. He believed that the war wasn’t about England versus Germany or injustice versus justice, he believed that patriotism had to do with freedom and how Germany was threatening their freedom.

Theme: Patriotism, freedom
Tone: Angry, bitter, ranting, weary and agitated
Literary Devices:

  • Imagery
    There are different types of imagery present in the poem, this are aggressive imagery to describe his father and contrast it with the natural imagery of England and the patriotic imagery of all England. This idea can be seen throughout the whole poem.
  • Symbolism
    “Two witches’ cauldrons”. The poet makes reference to witches since they predicted the future and were able to see different ways how the future could look like.
    “Phoenix”. Thomas uses this mythical creature to represent England and how it is rising from the ashes of the old England and also from the destruction caused by the war.
  • Personification
    Thomas personifies England as a “mother”, to show soldiers why there are fighting in the war. To convey his message about patriotism.

Illustration
The newspaper represents how the media depicted an image of the war that wasn’t entirely true. This caused people to be the type of patriot that Thomas is denouncing. The patriot that despises the German and is in favor of the war.
“I hate not Germans, nor grow hot with love of Englishmen, to please newspapers.”

The phoenix represents England. It symbolizes how England will rise from its ashes and become more powerful and more mystical. England will be able to become a powerful country.
“The phoenix broods serene above their ken”

Smile, Smile, Smile
By: Wilfred Owen
Head to limp head, the sunk-eyed wounded scanned
Yesterday’s Mail; the casualties (typed small)
And (large) Vast Booty from our Latest Haul.
Also, they read of Cheap Homes, not yet planned;
“For,” said the paper, “when this war is done
The men’s first instinct will be making homes.
Meanwhile their foremost need is aerodromes,
It being certain war has just begun.
Peace would do wrong to our undying dead,—
The sons we offered might regret they died
If we got nothing lasting in their stead.
We must be solidly indemnified.
Though all be worthy Victory which all bought.
We rulers sitting in this ancient spot
Would wrong our very selves if we forgot
The greatest glory will be theirs who fought,
Who kept this nation in integrity.”
Nation?—The half-limbed readers did not chafe
But smiled at one another curiously
Like secret men who know their secret safe.
(This is the thing they know and never speak,
That England one by one had fled to France
Not many elsewhere now save under France).
Pictures of these broad smiles appear each week,
And people in whose voice real feeling rings
Say: How they smile! They’re happy now, poor things.

Analysis
This poem by Owen was based on the war propaganda, especially on a photo of three men who were injured and the caption was ‘happy’. Even though the poem doesn’t have stanzas, it can be divided into four parts, set up of the poem (line 1-4), propaganda message(line 5-17), how things really are (line 18-23) and the ironic conclusion (line 24-26). With this poem, Owen wanted to criticize the newspapers. He wanted to show how papers told ordinary people false things about the war, only so more people would support it and be able to recruit more soldiers. But, the reality of the war was completely different.

Theme: Sorrow, patriotism
Tone: Dark, dull, ignorance, ironic, sarcastic
Literary Devices:

  • Personification
    “Said the paper”. Owen personifies the newspaper as a way to transmit his message. He uses this literary device to make it seem as if the promises that the paper are giving everyone about the war should be believed when in reality people should not believe everything they read.
  • Oxymoron
    “Undying dead”. This oxymoron is used with the purpose of conveying the feeling of the soldiers who are still alive, but the war has destroyed them as they practically look dead.
  • Irony
    “We rulers sitting in this ancient spot
    Would wrong our very selves if we forgot
    The greatest glory will be theirs who fought,”
    In this quote, Owen uses irony to show how the ‘rulers’, referring to the government, don’t enter the war. They just send soldiers to sacrifice their lives for the problems they cause. Not only this but, since the people from the government doesn’t actually fight in the war, they don’t know exactly how it is, but choose to glorify it.
  • Simile
    “ Like secret men who know their secret safe”. With this simile, Owen is criticising the papers, because they inform the people how the soldiers are victorious, yet many of them fled to France.

Illustration
The propaganda during that time made ordinary men go to war, because it made them feel important and as if it was a way to show their love for their country. It depicted the soldiers as strong men who were never tired and were proud to be there fighting for their country.
“The greatest glory will be theirs who fought,
Who kept this nation in integrity.”

The newspaper represents the false security it creates. The newspaper sells things that are false and people believe it because they are too ignorant and are brainwashed to see the reality. They believe that the war is going to benefit England in many ways when in reality it will only destroy it.
“Yesterday’s Mail; the casualties (typed small)
And (large) Vast Booty from our Latest Haul.
Also, they read of Cheap Homes, not yet planned”

In reality, the war was nothing that was shown in the newspaper and in the propaganda. Soldiers were incredibly injured and were forced to work and fight even if their body couldn’t handle it. They were living in horrible conditions and were deprived of sleep, which caused them not to work properly.
“Nation?—The half-limbed readers did not chafe
But smiled at one another curiously
Like secret men who know their secret safe.”

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