Blog 11: Virtues Experiment gone wrong

Keeping track of the Virtues was the harder then actually trying to complete them. Doing multiple virtues at once is literally impossible. Also this being turned in late demonstrates a lack of industry. The virtues that I did not violate were: Chasity (surprised?), Cleanliness, Thankfulness, Justice, Fitness (I did a few push ups), Temperance, Sincerity, and Moderation. The virtues that were violated included: Frugality, Tranquility, Order, Industry, Resolution, Synergy, Humility.

Some of the easier virtues to not violate were the ones that everyone should already have such as Cleanliness, Thankfulness, and Justice. As I was definitely keeping track I noticed that Order seemed like it was easy to keep under control but alas human nature causes us to forget the small things that we had said we would do. Resolution also plays a big part in Order. We say we are going to finish something but then completely forget about it. Another easy one was Chasity, most of the time it is not that we won’t violate Chasity but it is that we CAN’T even if we tried. Enough said on that topic.

The ones that were violated weren’t just violated a little. I violated them knowing well that I was violating some virtues. Frugality was a debatable on. I spent some money on clothes but went a little over what I wanted to spend so that was controversial. I will forever violate Tranquility. I heard that small things lead to big things and I think that saying makes a little more sense then Tranquility. Everyone is bound to be out of Order occasionally. For me it is impossible to keep a certain order, I am all over the place throughout the day doing things that I didn’t plan on doing the day before. Industry is virtue that my generation excels at violating. Right now is great example. I am watching TV while writing this and thus wasting time instead of finishing this. I really wasn’t part of anything was bigger or more important than myself over the past week so that goes out the window. Humility is never going to not violated, I have an ego but not a giant one. I just recognize when my ego gets the best of and I know when to stop.

(The irony of this picture)

Blog #10: Why we still on poetry

I thought “The Dodo’s Conundrum” was a messy poem that made no sense whatsoever until one of group members figured out the meaning of structure. After getting insight on why the structure was how it was, I understood the poem a little more and felt that it made more sense.

When it comes to the theme, I am still a little confused. It did not seem like the author had a direct message that he was trying to get across. The only one that even moderately made sense was “Don’t get caught up in your own perfect world”.

I am honestly confused about a lot of stuff with this poem. The main thing is the theme, it is a big part of a poem and this poem does not state it clearly for the reader to understand. Also why was it structured so messy (If it wasn’t for the reason I stated earlier.)? The only connection that I really made was the one with the sirens. Comparing the “mermaid” sirens to the police sirens was pretty clever in my opinion.

Answering the Sound and Sense question for Eldarado was so much more easier then this. The theme was easier to decipher and understand. Finding elements of poetry and preforming a scansion was also much more easier.

Writing poetry had effected the way I read this by making this poem look like a second grader wrote it. A very smart second grader that understands the meaning of life to the point were it’s creepy. If I had not been writing poetry for the last few weeks, this poem would had sounded like nonsense and made no sense whatsoever. But alas, I have been writing poetry for a while now and thus this poem came out to me as very deep in a sense. I would have never thought of this poem to be about living in your own little world while the world around you is in chaos but it makes perfect sense that this what the poem is about. This author really did a nice job making it hard to understand but for those who understood it, it just made us go “ohhhhh”.