My first impression of “The Dodo’s Conundrum” was confused. I couldn’t really make sense of what the poem was trying to talk about and how I was going t understand the theme. Which I think I have found as about going through life trying to find happiness but not being able to understand why you can’t find it. Other questions I have about the work? Pretty much all of it, Ha ha. ‘m still confused and unable to figure out certain aspects of the poem. I guess I kinda have my own Dodo’s Conundrum. The questions in this Sound and Sense compared to the ones for “Eldorado” were easier but still kinda hard to find certain aspects. It was easier to find the theme, by like a teeny tiny bit, but never the less found it. And it also took the entire table of the 4 of us to find it as well. Finding parts of the poem like symbols and allusion (if there was any) and most of those parts. Writing poetry affected the way I read the poem a little bit. It was easier to guess what the theme was, yes guess, and maybe some other parts of the poem but most of it is still confusing. I’m still confused on Under and Overstatements and paradox and irony. Truthfully I don’t think poetry writing helped me interpret the Dodo’s Conundrum effectively. And I also don’t think that writing poetry and dissecting poetry are not anywhere near my strong suit.
Now I need to rant about my weekend. I worked until 9 Friday night and worked both Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 4. Saturday after work I had to go to a Christmas party with my girlfriend that I didn’t really want to go to. And to top it off she kept going from happy and talkative and then someone would say one wrong word (usually me) and BOOM she would shut up and would be miserable. Then Sunday after work I was forced to go to the Fire Hall for some minor training because I wanted to stay home and relax while playing a new story on Batman: Arkham Knight but my dad wouldn’t let me because it would be an “educational experience”
My perception hasn’t really changed of poetry that much. I didn’t like poetry before the Poetry section and I still don’t like poetry even after writing two poems. Writing poetry with requirements really didn’t change the way I look at other peoples poems. I avoid poetry basically and if I have to look at poetry I usually don’t understand the “hidden” meaning. My first poem was basically what the hell do I do and how do I do it. I didn’t understand a dang thing about all the hidden meanings in poems, let alone writing a poem. So to be truthful, I bullcrapped my way through the first poem and did most of it at like 9;30 the night it was due. My second poem was a little bit more thought out, but it still was kinda bullcrapped through. I had an idea of what I wanted and tried to get there but didn’t get exactly there. My second poem is about how firefighters, no matter time of day, stop what their doing and try to save or help complete stangers no matter what. My poem is about that because in today’s world, it is realy hard to find people who aren’t looking out only for themselves. ost people care only about where their at, how to make themselves better, and how to help themselves but not other people. Where as most community services like the Ambulance Services, Police, and Career and Volunteer Fire Departments are filled with people who do what they do to help other people and usually on that person’s worst day. I focus on firefighting and excpecially Volunteer Firefighters because Career Firefighters get paid to do that, while Volunteer Firefighters VOLUNTEER their time and live for other people. They will stop their lives to go and save people or help them on their worst day and some pay the ultimate price for it too but that doesn’t stop them.
Using pictures in my second poem? i don’t know exactly how to do it but I probably could use pictures how people living their lives and stopping to go save people, maybe… We shall find out
My reaction to the poems we read were pretty much non-existent. I am not a real big fan of poetry or anything relating to poetry. Like the poems were alright. And the countless years of being forced to read and interpret poetry and not being helped in understanding how to correctly interpret the poems doesn’t help in how I feel about poetry. The discussions and the break apart of the Raven and Eldorado helped me understand the poems a little bit, but I still don’t understand many aspects about poems. I still am confused on all the stressed and unstressed sylables and all the endings to lines and stuff. I understand the Rhyme patterns like ABBA and ABAB but after the how many years of being forced to read poetry and disect it, I still don’t understand half of the poems. The analysis of Eldorado helped me make sense of the actual theme of it as love and not greed like I origanally thought it was about. It also helped me understand how to use the author’s life and time period to look at and interpret the poem. I’m trying to write about the fire dept and fire fighting for my poem. Key word is try though, I managed to complete the first stanza but it took me almost the entire class period to create it, and I’m still having trouble piecing together the other stanzas and making them work to complete the poem, all be it being a crappy poem.
Enough talking about poetry, it’s making me dislike it more truthfully. I went and saw Bohemian Rhapsody Saturday and I thought it was pretty good. I already liked Queen and the movie explained how some of the songs came to be and the band’s inner struggles about songs and what direction the band goes for their future. Also I’ve been dealling with a head cold all weekend and I’m ready to be rid of it. I’ve been taking cold meds every 4 hours everyday, and all day long. But at the end of the week I start driving with Mr. Archey to get my liscense so there is something to look forward to
I loved reading Star Wars The Old Republic: Darth Bane, The Path of Destruction. I loved how Darth Bane went from being Des, on a corporate controlled mining world, to a Sith Trooper to becoming a Dark Lord that destroyed all of the other Sith and created the Rule of Two, which lead to the destruction of the Jedi. I was very interested in how when Bane was on the mining world and as a Sith Trooper, had a sort of sixth sense. Bane was able to see the near future of a fight which helped him win every fight. And during a mission to destroy an outpost, it helped him snipe multiple Republic Trooper even though Bane was temporarily blinded. I was really surprised that after showing extreme powers in the force for being an apprentice by force choking another Sith apprentice during a duel that Bane had lost his connection to the force and was utterly beaten during another duel with the top student. I was also impressed when Bane defied the Dark Lords that ran the Korriban Academy and ventured into the Valley of Dark Lords to find examples that the current Sith were flawed and that the Brotherhood of Darkness needed to be destroyed. I was amazed when another Sith apprentice, Githany, began teaching Bane to help him regain his connection to the Force and how an hour after she taught Bane how to produce Force Lightning that Bane was able to create a mini Force Maelstrom inside the Archive Room in the Academy. The characters that I despised were Githany and Lord Kaan. Githany was a Jedi Traitor and began traing on the Sith Homeworld of Korriban. She quickly became interested in Bane when he defeated a fellow apprentice but at the cost of his Force Powers. She then began teaching Bane to help him regain his powers but only taught himn little portions of the actual teaching to keep Bane as her pawn, but after a few session Bane began to surpass Githany in power and strength and caused Githany to realize that she could never be able to keep him as her pawn but have him as an ally. But soon she begins to despise Bane because of how Bane kept stating that the Brotherhood of Darkness, which had united the Sith, was flawed and needed to be destroyed as Githany believe whole heartedly in the Brotherhood. Lord Kaan was the “leader” of the Brotherhood of Darkness. He had dragged the Jedi into an long battle on the planet of Ruusan and had stalemated with them for a year. He constantly used the Force to manipulate his troops and fellow Dark Lord’s mind into making them agree with almost every one of Kaan’s battle plans or to give them false hope during battles. When Darth Bane sent Kaan the idea of the Thought Bomb, a destructive Sith ritual, Kaan contemplated it but instead persisted in defeating the Jedi with mere troops and strategic superiority. And when Bane arrived and told Kaan that the only true ways was to either use the Thought Bomb, another Sith ritual, or by treachery and trickery, which were the true ways of how the Sith were able to defeat the Jedi, Kaan still refused resulting in Bane to disrupt Kaan’s battle plans and prompting Kaan to use the Thought Bomb even when Kaan still wanted to win through tactical superiority. I would suggest this book to anyone who is interested in how the Sith went from one of the two Galactic Governments to crumbing and being forced into the shadows and have only two Sith Lords being alive at any given time.
My first book for Independent Reading was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and I enjoyed reading this book and it increased my interest further into the Harry Potter world. I was confused when after the Goblet of Fire after picking the three school champions that it also picked Harry as the fourth champion, giving Hogwarts two champions for the Triwizard Tournament. The challenges of the Triwizard tournament from the dragon to the people being held by merpeople in the lake to the maze run keeped me interested by making me want to know how Harry would beat the challenge since he was the underdog, with being forced into the tournament by an unknown person and that he was the youngest of the champions by three years therefore not knowing as many spells and charms that could help him in the challenges. Then I was surprised when both Harry and Cedric, after being attacked by a huge spider, grab the Triwizard Cup and are transfer out of the Hogwarts grounds and to a graveyard where they witnessed the resurrection of Lord Voldemort which resulted in Cedric’s death by Voldemort. I read the book after reading the first three books, which I got from a friend who heard I hadn’t read any of the books and gave me the books while they are at college. The first book had captured me in the Wizarding world as soon as Diagon Alley and it’s shops were described. Then when Harry entered his second year and was hearing voices in the walls and people were being petrified from something intrigued me further into the books, then when Harry helps rescue his godfather, after he escaped the wizarding prison Azkaban, in Harry’s third year and the use of time turners and the inclusion of Dementors kepted the books grasp on me firm. But after the Triwizard Tournament and the resurrection of Voldemort completed my journey into the books and closed the doors behind me, preventing me to leave and made me want to know how the series would end. The character that I empathized with the most is Harry Potter the main character. He was thrown into a wizarding tournament that he wasn’t supposed to be in. He had to complete challenges that seemed impossible to him but in the end he managed to not only pass all the challenges but he wins the tournament. His situation is similar to mine in football this year. From being a sometimes decent player on offense and defense for JV the past year to be suddenly put into the Varsity offense as the Right Tackle was pretty challenging for the beginning of the season. I had many challenges to face from being able to pass block against fast defensive player to being able to be fast off the ball (which still gives me trouble sometimes) to maintaining my blocks. I had many failures resulting in me being bench for a game or two but eventually I improved and claimed my spot back and have maintained it for the better part of the last half of the season. I would encourage a person not to read just this book but the entire series because they give a fantastic story of a wizarding that lives among our normal world and how one young wizard faces the challenge of defeating the most powerful dark wizard of all time.
My story changed greatly from when we looked at the Six Word Short Stories and my final version now. It was originally going to be set in the near future with a post-apocalyptic setting and a small hint of magic involved. But now, while still being set in the near future, it is more realistic. It just involves human being able to become robot! It changed because I changed what Six Word Short Story to use and after running through the story in my brain and envisioning it, the story with magic just wasn’t very interesting and I couldn’t produce much detail for the story while when I ran through the robot I could create multiple outcomes and ways the story could go. I could imagine how the story would roughly go and how it would look as a movie in my head. I like my finished story very much now. I like the concept over how a detailed dream can become reality and how it might show something that humans can do in the future with how modern technology is advancing.
I finish my first book ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ a long time ago. Matter of a fact I completely read ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ as well and just started ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’. I’m not sure if McGarry will approve it but I have a Star Wars book about Darth Bane on stand-by in case McGarry doesn’t approve the Harry Potter book. The Goblet of Fire was pretty good. I enjoyed it much even though some parts weren’t as interesting as others. The Goblet of Fire greatly effected my book choice because it let me interested in the rest of the series so I want to know how it ends. So I am reading The Half-Blood Prince and if that doesn’t work for McGarry then Star Wars to the rescue!
My short story evolves around a dream, about a supercomputer that can pass for a human taking control of the world through controlling all electronics and finds a way to turn humans into robots and uses them to produce everything the computer needs, that starts to come true when the main character wakes up. The main character inside the dream chooses to become a robot with everyone else to escape all of his problem and emotions but afterwards realizes that those emotions are what makes use human and begins to search for a way to return to being human while the supercomputer tries to stop him and succeeds, which results in the main character waking up in the real world where a new supercomputer that can pass as a human is unveiled. I started to develop the story as something completely different than what I’m focusing on now. It was going to b e set in the future still but post-apocalyptic and would have involved magic and the struggle between becoming a monster with vast wealth and knowledge or staying human. But after picking one of the six word short stories “Supercomputer in London passes for human” my idea changed into the story I’m going to write about the dream and how the events inside the dream slightly start to take place in the real world after the main character wakes up.The activities that we did in class helped develop my story into the futuristic/technologically advanced era with a supercomputer taking over. I really didn’t know how to start the story until I did the activities, they helped change my idea for the story and clearly visualize it. They helped determine how the story develops and how the story ends the way it does. I knew that authors spend a lot of their attention on their books or stories when they are writing then but I didn’t realize all of the thought and detail that they put into their stories when they write them. The process of deconstructing how to write a short story showed me that minor characters and small conflicts help create a bigger and more interesting story and keeps the reader invested in the story.
So the book I was reading was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, I finished the book a bit ago and I just started Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I know I know, should have read the series earlier but then I wasn’t really interested in the series. Now, down to the book… I really like this book and the entire series so far. The Goblet of Fire was really interesting. As Harry was unwilling put into the Triwizard Tournament to him being Port Keyed to Tom Riddle’s gravestone and watching Lord Voldemort rise again. What character do I like the most? That’s a hard one to be honest. If I had to pick one I would have to pick Hagrid. Hagrid just this half-giant, which giants usually are very violent, who loves all magical animals especially dangerous ones and is so gentle with anyone and everything unless you insult Albus Dumbledore. Dumbledore would have to be my second favorite character. Dumbledore is literally considered the most powerful wizard in Wizarding World. Dumbledore is usually portrayed as very wise and handles almost every situation calmly. He also seems to know what had already happened or is about to happen even though no one has told him. Now my least favorite character is definitely Draco Malfoy. Draco always finds a way to annoy or ruin things for Harry and his friends. Draco acts like a literal snob and is a true example of how having parents of power can go straight to your head. Draco is one of those character that always gets into the ways of the main characters at the worst times during the story. How the series will end? I think the series will have a long battle between a all powerful Lord Voldemort against a well trained and ready Harry Potter. I think Harry will win but after going through a long and gruesome duel. Harry then will be famous for defeating Voldemort a second time but I don’t know if that will help him in his future in the Wizarding world. I have to finish the series to find out to find out if I’m sure though.
My initial reaction to “The Devil and Tom Walker” was curiosity. When the story started describing the forest I was slightly interested, but when it started talking about Kidd’s treasure I became very interested. Tom struck me as selfish but his wife was completely greed driven and the way she was described was slightly shocking. The Devil didn’t seem scary like the way he usually is depicted but he was very keen to making deals with his unsuspecting “victims”. This story isn’t exactly like anything I have read but the story is similar to a lot of other stories by the way the story plays out. One of the main characters, who usually ins’t very much liked, meets a shadowy or unusual stranger, usually the devil or demonic creature, make some sort of deal then becomes famous or wealthy. And not after long, the character screws up and get killed by the stranger. My impression of the society in the story? I think the society is very ‘turn coat’ish if you could them that. Like when Tom’s wife disappeared, the town didn’t really seem to care. Then when people saw Tom get dragged away and all of his stuff and the forest basically disappear, the town again turn their minds away from them and didn’t really do anything or care about what had happened. Why do I think Irving wrote this story? There could be multiple reasons truthfully. One could be that he wanted people to learn and not make deals with stranger when the deals involve you loosing something valuable, so kinda like anti-gambling. Another reason why could be that he wanted people to learn to not break deals that involve people that helped you get rich or powerful. How to change the story for a modern audience? To make for the modern era you would have to change the setting. So like instead of 1727 change it to 2010’s and a forest could work but you could change it to an abandoned house or building to make it a bit more modern. You really won’t have to change the greediness of Tom and his wife though, there many people out in the modern world who are greedy like Tom and his Wife. The rest of the story could fit into the modern world with those changes really.
Week 2… not as many notes as I thought there would be but there were still some. Mainly in American Lit. and Physics. The only bad part about the notes was that the American Lit. notes took the whole dang week! We covered so many terms that are involved in short story and now for the blog assignment I have to pick one or two to write about?!? Well I guess I have to give it a shot… One of the word would have to be milieu: “A specific feeling of a specific people during a specific time”. It is some of my favorite films! Like STAR WARS, most lower class citizens and aliens hated the Empire during it’s 23 years rule. The specific people is the lower class citizens and aliens while the specific feeling is hated and specific time is during the empires 23 years rule. Another word would have to be Catharsis. It’s the emotional bonding between the character and the reader. Many books have character we love. Like how Harry Potter has the many of the memorable characters or how almost every DISNEY movie has that one character we can never get enough of. But sadly some books or movies exploit that connection by having the character die or have something happen to then at the end of the story so that you need to know what happens to them. Also there is the difference between observing a story like most stories and stories where you participate in them. Most story have you observe them to keep you entertained and to provide a certain story. Stories where you participate have you chose options and let you determine the outcome of the story.
Other than those notes the rest of the week was pretty good. Well except for the heat wave…that sucked, hopefully we are done with all of the high heat stuff. Not much homework which always welcome. Football practices went pretty good except for the swarms of Skeeters (mosquitoes) that attacked the team during the night practices we had during the heat wave. The game Friday night was awesome! We beat Mifflinburg, 39-0 with that goose egg. One of the best parts of the game is when Billy McGinley intercepted the ball and returned it for a almost 70 yard Touchdown!