The experience for me writing poetry wasn’t as bad as I thought, in fact it’s really not that hard. But when it comes to reading poetry I have no intent to actually break it down and find the meaning unless it comes right out to me, but since I’m in school you gotta do it. And with doing those sound and sense questions they really weren’t that bad because everything is outlined for you so all you have to do is just focus and it’s not that bad, but when it comes to poems that are really complex and frustrating it just makes me want to throw my surface pro out a window. When it comes to writing poetry I have to have some type of rhyme scheme because then it allows me to just flow right through the stanza, it also comes to that I don’t necessarily know how free verse goes so to me trying to grasp the concept of free verse is just not worth it to me. So like I said when it comes to writing poetry like we did in class it’s not too bad it’s just fact of trying to get started, but after that than I’m usually pretty good and can just do it myself . And I’d say I don’t like it or dislike it because I could never just write poems on my down time it’s just not what I do. So when we need a rhythmic pattern that’s what was probably the hardest part for me to do because you need to really pay attention to what words you use and if it’s over the intended amount of syllables then you have to reread and just keep changing stuff around.
My first reaction to this poem was that I was a little confused, but that’s usually how it is until we get farther into the poem then I can put the pieces together. And I really liked how it was set up because it adds a sense of emotion and it deepens the mood. This poem is about, I believe, a person lost in their own life trying to make a place in this world. I say this because in the poem it says, “already gone, but still remain, all alone against the world outside”. This line works with my synopsis due to how you can break this down. So in this line when it says, “already gone, but still remain” this mean like the person is “invisible” to those around him, and doesn’t have any friends. Then the last part of that line “all alone against the world outside” is kind of the context clue for the first part because when I mentioned this person is “invisible” so then you create the picture that this person doesn’t know his path in life and just fighting to have a purpose. The allusion “dynamo of night” would have to be the one that helps me understand the poem because as the definition of conformity presents this guy is just going through the motions of life by complying with the standards or rules. But it also comes back to that I do not really understand the allusions itself so I just read the poem and don’t take into account that these are allusions. So otherwise, that’s how I perceived this poem.
Over the course of the week and weekend I have been tracking what I have been doing. And the results for the virtues that I have, and have not broken are to me a little bit surprising. Just to refresh the 15 virtues were: industry, order, resolution, patience, sincerity, justice, tolerance, diversity, humility, cleanliness, moderation, silence, tranquility, frugality, temperance, and lastly chastity. Some of the obvious virtues I broke was temperance and patience. I broke the temperance by eating too much one night because the food was so good. Also I broke patience by not being patient when I was waiting for the washing machine to go off in our house, and got angry over it. A virtue I did not break surprisingly was order. I am not the type of person to usually keep my things in order. But, this week I kept my things order, thoughts and actions combine and I genuinely surprised myself with this one. Another virtue that I broke was cleanliness. As disgusting as it may seem I did break it, and I am kinda ashamed of it. I did not shower for two days straight, and that now I feel even more ashamed for stating it to everybody. Also one virtue I did not break was obviously the chastity virtue. I felt like that would be a easy virtue not to break. Not trying to say anything, but that was my train of thought going through the week. So this of experimenting was a fun and challenging experience for many reasons, but that is besides the fact. Franklin’s virtues were surprisingly applicable to our society today, and many people break and follow them. But they important if you like it or not.