Blog 17: Song of myself

when I first started reading this work my initial reaction was I had no idea what was going on just like all of the other work we go over in this class. But once we go over it in class together and talk about it, it helps a lot. Even though we do go over it and i get a better understanding I still don’t like to analyze it because I am not good about figuring what each line means. The section my group was assigned wasn’t as mad as I thought it was going to be. It talked a lot about him working on himself and instead of talking about changing to actually change. this section was good because it is relatable and a common thing that happens among people. Whitman talks a lot about transcendentalism in this poem so it’s not as hard to find it because he mostly talks about goad and nature. One way he uses this is how he compares grass to society. He also talks about society by saying how people should embrace himself and the world as much as he does to be happy. One of the lines I feel is important is from section 6, “And to die is different from what anyone supposed, and luckier”. He means by this line that people should not fear dieing but to celebrate life. the difficulty I have with this work is the same difficulty I have with all the work we do with poems. It is difficult for me to analyze and understanding what it means, but the more we do the better I think ill do. 

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I agree that the government is best which governs least. I feel that people should take into their own accounts of what they should do and the government should not be so intentive into the comings and goings of its citizens. A government that commands my respect is one that really pays attention to the needs of its citizens, not one who is going to sit back and watch as its people suffers. A respectable government should be one that really acts like a leader than a boss. They should be showing what the people should do and be showing how things should go and follow the rules they make instead of saying something and doing differently. A dictatorship is a prime example of a boss like a leader. A leader who shows people by example and rewards well is a real kind of person you want in charge instead of someone who sits behind a desk and tells you what to do. Civil disobedience is good because it keeps violence to a minimum in situations that could turn bloody. Over the years revolutions and protest have been bloody and violent with lots of death, rape, and vandalism. In the past few years, the protests have been a lot more peaceful (not including Antifa), and have been actually almost a better way to protest giving better results than violent ones. If his essay can effect such great figures such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. then it must be a very valuable and useful message that comes off of it. In some cases civil disobedience is, maybe not ok but more understandable, violence is never acceptable unless you or yours are threatened. Like if a violent dictator is trying to come to power by force and a revolution is in the process than it is understandable to be violent back.

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They are both pro natural settings, in addition to this, they both seem to want to live far away from society and in seclusion.I think the main idea from the first portion was to stay on your feet and keep moving until you find the place where you can “be one” with nature. There was a part where I got a “be humble” vibe from it. When he sold the farm back for free and didn’t want the $10, he really showed that you don’t need much in life to enjoy it and others may need it more than you. Another idea that he got across was that living in a simple house (with the bare minimums) would fit you as fine as a house with a lot of furniture.The main idea from the second portion was that God will see that you do not want to follow/be with society and you will find yourself happy wherever you are. He says life is like water in a river. This is another great idea mentioned in this excerpt. There are going to be times when life is flowing fast and times when it’s slow. There will be times when it is a all time high while at others it will be at a all time low. I personally like the main idea from the second portion better because it is true life advice that will actually help if you choose to follow it.The benefits would be not having to deal with stupid people. There are always gonna be people that whenever they open their mouth, whatever they say will irritate you. I personally would miss all the good food that I am unable to cook and I would miss interacting with my friends. A few days alone without any interaction to other people would most likely result in me talking to myself an absurd amount. I could most likely pull it off for a few weeks if I had a few recipe books.A modern reader should realize that the message that was being sent for to help better them. Whatever message they got out of the expcerts was along the lines of “For self betterment, choosing the natural route is best”.

Blog 14: End of Argument

when it comes to argument everyone want s to be right. nobody wants to be wrong of course. if your anything like me I sadly am a sore loser and always want the last word. But the one type of person that I can’t stand are people that always have to be right. Like there is a difference between people that want to be right and that HAVE to be right. When a argument occurs it is usually because people disagree about something. When I find myself arguing with someone I usually end up getting so annoyed that I give up even if I am right because i just want it to end. But other times they know i’m right and give up. I am not a very good arguer if i would admit it. I usually loose because I just sound stupid and don’t have any facts to back up what i’m talking about. there are some rare occasions that I win only because they don’t care enough to keep going and it’s over something stupid like what a bird is. After learning techniques and ways to win a argument I still am not good at it but it has helped me in way. I can see different sides of arguments I couldn’t before. I still have trouble with writing persuasive things but I have definitely improved since the beginning of the year. 

Con: Modify School Day

The topic I got for the debate is the con side to modifying school days. I don’t really know much about this topic so I am going to have to do a lot of research. Other than it sounding pretty self explanatory, I do not know if they mean instead of 8ish hours of school they want 6 or 4 days a week instead of 5. My assigned position for this topic is the con side. So I am supposed to argue that it is wrong to shorten the school day. I can not really say if this is my personal opinion for the topic yet because I have not done research for it in order to state my opinion.  Without information and research I do think I will be agreeing that We should NOT modify school days. I think school days are fine right not. If I would have to change anything it may be the start time. A benefit I could think of may be that we could have more free time to do things and school work could be flexible. when I search this topic into google I get many debate sites talking about the pros and cons for the topic. These sites will be very helpful to use for my debate. I am not very good at debating even on a regular bases so I am interested in seeing how I do for a researched topic. I am planning on having as much information as possible in order to win. My logical approach will be to look at the other side and be prepared for what they may come at me with so that I can attack there argument quickly. I can use how education is very important and if we shorten it then kids can’t learn as much as they would be able to. The emotion part for this topic can be how kids that don’t get education would be lucky and grateful for what we have. Also, what may happen if we don’t learn as much. 

Blog 12: Changes

Part 1: A current issue that I feel is interesting to me is the talk about if marijuana will be legalized in Pennsylvania or not. The mayor recently said how they are looking into the benefits of legalizing this drug. Some people feel that this drug would cause lots of problems and  is worse than alcohol. The people that are for the legalization feel that if the drug can be used for a medication then there is no harm in using it for recreational use. I am on this side 100% because if alcohol can be legalized then there is no reason for marijuana not to be. for example alcohol is SO much worse than weed. It causes to many health problems like liver failure and so many more. when weed does barley anything to you, like I said it is being used as a medication. I am completely for the legalization of marijuana.

Part 2: Now that it is 2019 it still feels like just another day. just another school day, practice, and same old self. but if I had to reflect on how my school year has gone so far I would say it’s been pretty okay. Nothing bad has happened that I can remember or interesting that stands out. I don’t think I would change anything from this past year but I would like to improve some things. I would want to improve my study habits but even though I say that it probably won’t happen. I could change that by start actually trying in school. like for my tests and assignments coming up. One thing that would prevent me from making this change is my lack of motivation.

Blog 11: Virtue Project

When I first read Franklin’s virtues and his perspective and challenges with them I instantly thought about how I would do when it came to this project. My group put all the virtues in order based on most relevant to least relevant. The virtue I had the most trouble with was temperance because I never have anything to do on the school days and get very bored which ends up causing me to eat only because i’m bored. The worst part is I do it even though I know I am doing it. On Friday though I ate and broke many virtues and temperance was still one of them. In this case I went out to eat at taco bell and this made me break wellness because taco bell is not healthy at all. I also broke temperance again because I over ate. Frugality was broke because I spent more money than I should’ve. Silence was broken in some classes because I talked too much and ended up getting yelled at for it. Cleanliness was broke on Sunday because when I got home late I was too tired to get a shower and ended up just taking one the next morning. Justice was broke on Tuesday because my mom wanted me to pick up milk and I told her I would have been late for something when I actually just didn’t feel like getting it. I feel that I followed the rest of the virtues pretty well. For example I followed educate, resolution, moderation, selfless, and order. I don’t think I broke these overall but yet again and I can’t even remember what I ate for supper last night. It is also sometimes hard for people to own up to their bad behavior or mistakes. this project helped me take in perspective of how I actually am and What virtues I actually follow. 

Blog 10: Back to Analysis

When I first read the poem ” The Dodo’s Conundrum” I had no idea what to make of it or what it was trying to explain. It sounded like a bunch of random things at first until I thought about each line and stanza individually. Then after I took it apart
I figured out the narrator was trying to describe a perfect world or a utopia in comparison to a train set. This comparison was used to explain how the perfect world would have a perfect little town just like train model sets have with perfect little people in them. Some parts of the poem are still confusing when it comes to talking about the mermaids. I don’t really know how or what that has to do with the poem. The questions asked in sound and sense were very much easier to answer than the ones for “Eldorado”. I would not say that writing poetry has really impacted my way of analyzing poem’s we read but I would say the more we do the better we get because we know what to look for.

Blog 9: No More Poetry (Writing)!

My perception of poetry has changed from the beginning of this unit till now because I can actually go through the analyzing faster and without as much help as before. I still don’t like poetry at all and would rather not do it. Now that we have requirements I can understand the poems we read and are better for me to be able to write a poem when they are assigned. Between the first poem I wrote and the second poem I know what exactly I need in the poem to make it sound good. For example, my first poem I didn’t have rhythm and I didn’t have enough syllables but my second poem I did. My second poem is about the morning of Christmas and the excitement kids go through once they wake up the morning of. I chose this topic since Christmas is coming up and I thought it was easy to explain my excitement for the holiday while it’s here. If I added visuals to my second poem I could help with the understanding because I could find pictures of presents and Christmas trees that represent the part of my poem that explain all the gifts under the tree. I could also use pictures of kids happy when they come down the stairs. Other pictures I could use is Christmas decorations for the part of my poem that explain all the red and green they see when they wake up. Some pictures could almost be used as a onomatopoeia in the places that I say “CHEER” or “AMEN”!

Blog 8: Poetry

Poetry. I hate poetry. It’s boring to me and I personally don’t like to have to think so deeply about something in order to read it. Like why would i read something in order to analyze and take it apart. Don’t get me wrong, some poems that are easy to understand right away and analyze are cool. There are some poems that I have read and thought “wow”. Sometimes certain poems make me think different perspective. The poems we have read are the perfect example of why I would rather not read poetry. For example, when we read these poems I tried to understand them somewhat and got a theme out of them, well at least I did. Then when we analyzed them and took them apart, I was totally wrong. That’s why I don’t like poetry. When we read and went over the analysis for Eldorado that exact thing happened. I thought the theme was one thing and it turned out to be another. But after all I ended up understanding it. Other than reading a professionals poetry, I am gonna have to write a poem myself. The worst thing you could do to a person that HATES poetry is have them write a poem. So for this poem I thought about what I love the most to make it somewhat good. Food, I love food. That is what my poem is going to about and it is going to be amazing. I’m going to include how happy it makes me because nothing else does.