My initial impression and reaction to the poem Song of Myself was not one of a happy kind. Poetry in general is no fun but this poem and the work that went with it did not make sense at all. To add to it not making sense I didn’t see what the point in learning this was all about or really how it would help in the real world. When I got the sections that I did, I didn’t mind them at first because they were shorter then some so I really didn’t mind that I got two sections because of this. The first section that I was assigned was section 9. Now section 9 did make some sense because it could be looked at as it being about Jesus and how they should follow in his example and not him. Another way that section 9 could be looked at as how westward expansion was good because it allowed people to grow mentally. The other section that I had was section 14. This section unlike section 9 was more confusing. Section 14 was about how people should be able to work together as a group. His devotion to the Transcendentalist philosophy had this, in my mind a negative effect on his writing because it made his works very confusing. The most important line from these two sections is “Ya-Honk he says and sounds it down to me like an invitation.” This line was the most important line between the two sections for two reasons one being that it is a fun line and that since it is fun to say and read, it makes that two sections a little more bearable to suffer though. The other reason that it is important is the actual reason of the poem, being that it can be look at how Jesus calls to his flock to lead them. This line also helps the reader figure out what the theme of the work could be. The main difficulty that I had with this poem of Song of Myself really was just not understanding the meanings of anything that was in this poem at all.
After reading Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” I found that I disagree with the statement that was made early in the work. “That government is best which governs least,” this is because the government should take care of its people and not sit back and watch them that is because it is their job. The government is there to help the average person with their lives when they are struggling and are in need of support to be able to get back on their feet. While at the same time they also have to be able to let the people have the space that they need to be able to accomplish little things in their own lives, like forming their own businesses, applying to jobs and other tasks and jobs that are like those. While my kind of government, that commands my respect, really is the kind that will and does put the people first in their plans and not just say that they do but actually do it and show that they do. This is because when it comes to the government and its people, the people should really be the most important part of the whole entire thing because without the people there really is no government because they are not only the ones who make it up but they are the ones that elect those who are involved with it. Which also means that without putting the people first the government doesn’t exist which would also mean that order really is no longer there. So with the people being put first like they should be then order is present and there are less problems in the world because they can communicate with those that they elected into the roles of power and get problems solved most of the time. Then the role of civil disobedience in today’s world is in a way similar to that of the old ones. It is to help the people in their lives and what they want to be able to do. When looking at this and seeing if it is still effective today or not, or even just effective in general. It comes down to seeing that sometimes it is more effective sometimes then it is others.
Why are we learning this, Transcendentalism, what is the point of it. But since we learned about transcendentalism and Thoreau and Emerson’s thoughts on it and read things on it too. There are some connections that I made between Thoreau and Emerson. Both of these men had worked to explain the thoughts, ideas and ways of transcendentalism. Now by working to explain it they both had also looked to be able to spread and show the word of transcendentalism and its ideas and ways. Another thing is that one of them had actually lived it while the other one just talked about it without actually living it. Then there is the beginning and the end of the from the excerpt. The main point in this was showing how he started out as not the best person that he could be, but by the end he saw that he could be a better person by living with nature and finding a way to see how man is good. While looking at Thoreau’s reason for going out into the woods and leaving society behind, it really wasn’t for the betterment of himself. It was all about getting out of paying taxes and a little bit about the actual lifestyle of a transcendentalist which is the one benefits for him while doing that. As for me it could be refreshing and could also help clear your mind. As for what I would miss, I would miss people and interaction. With all of that being said yes, I could go out and live in the woods. When thinking about what the modern reader and what they can or should take out of the reading about transcendentalism. There is a few things that can be taken away. One of them is that conflict in people is still a thing because it happens most times when people have to make a choice about something or anything really. With that said most times people don’t know what the effect of their choice is going to be until after they have made them, but usually people can make good choices and it shows. That also leads to how long it takes for people to be able to make these choices well on their own, for some it doesn’t take long but for others it can take some time. Another thing that can be taken away from this is, not to judge someone without knowing them because like they say in transcendentalism, man is good.
For my argument in general I ended up picking that I would have to support the legalization of recreational marijuana, even though I personally am against it. By doing this project it made me see the way that I argue in general and on paper. Another thing that it made me see about my arguing style was that I usually argue with a lot of fallacies and opinions, but I hopefully will be able to fix that and win more arguments in the future. Also it helped to show how my classmates argue and how they form their arguments. Seeing how my classmates argue and form them I was also able to see a difference between student and teacher (or adult) argument formation. Adults have a little more experience and knowledge when it comes to backing up their arguments which help them be able to win or lose an argument depending on the situation. When it came to picking the topic that I would have to be arguing for, I ended up with the pro side of legalization of recreational Marijuana. After getting this topic I thought that it would be hard to argue for it since I am against it the idea of legalizing recreational marijuana. The one thing that changed for me was the thought of it being hard to argue for something that I am against, but as I was working on the project I found it to be easier than expected. While my thought process on the difficulty of the argument has changed my mind is still against it. Writing this speech wasn’t as bad as I originally thought it was going to be because I found plenty of good sources that I was able to use to show why I was right in this case. This also made me think not only about my side but the other side too, and it helped to see why people want recreational marijuana to be legalized. The overall writing of the speech was a bit difficult because I am not that good when it comes to writing in general but I was able to get it done eventually.
My topic for the debate is to support the legalization of recreational marijuana. I have to support The legalization of it. I personally do not support the legalization of recreational marijuana as I have seen the effects of it on people who say they regularly smoke it. I know the people who want it legalized argue that many people already do it and people will always do it anyways. They argue that police resources can be spent elsewhere and that to many people will get jail time and fines if they keep marijuana illegal. The people who support it also believe that legalization will help the economy and create jobs. Also, They say that the government will regulate the quality, sale, and the tax on it. The people who are against legalization argue that the risk of impaired driving, ER visits, and crime goes up with the access to marijuana. I know these are probably facts and statistics I have to go up against which will be tough. I don’t think the person I am debating against believes in marijuana being illegal because of how they related to getting their topic side so hopefully they might see some of the facts biased in some way. With a basic google search you get about 6 news articles on the first page and about 77,900,000 results. But for facts you get mostly pro marijuana with very few cons. The pro Marijuana articles say that the legalization of marijuana will help the economy greatly and create a lot of jobs. They also said that the police could focus on other issues. To approach this topic I will do my research and stay away from my emotions against it. I guess i’ll also try to get my opponent to be emotional and steer them away from the facts and arguments that would be very bad for me to try to answer or disprove. For the emotion brought into play I don’t really plan to get emotional myself but rather get the opponent angry or tilt them by presenting facts or rebuttals that just end the debate for them.
My first impressions of “The Dodo’s Conundrum” is that this poem is a fun little story. I thought the person was making a model town with a train at first but he was just looking at a model train. In the poem he compares the perfection of the model train to the imperfection of his life. As for the theme the speaker is first talking about a model train set and how perfect it is then he seems to talk about how imperfect life is. He talks about the majority of people in the world but soon focuses of himself and his own life. I sort of figured the theme was about not being content with a life you are not happy with. The speaker says at one point “Some days Thoreau had it right About the teeming masses yearning to be free.” He is saying that people want to have a better life but can’t because of their current situation. They just have unpredictable circumstances and events that traps them in a life where no progress to happiness can be made and no one can help them. The poem was split with every other stanza having a consistent pattern. The stanzas talking about the model train had a clear pattern and the stanzas talking about the speaker’s life were random. This was done intentionally to show the difference between the speaker’s imperfect life compared to the perfect model world.
For the questions I still have I don’t understand the Stanza below.
We don’t dare to ask, “What is it?” when we visit
Each other or another or I
Don’t think I’ve heard the question.
“That is not what I meant at all;
That is not it, at all.”
The sound and sense question were definitely easier to answer than the last poems assuming that I actually answered them right. Which is about a fifty/fifty chance.
Writing poetry has helped me read and understand poetry a little better. Just stuff like thinking about the deeper meaning of a phrase or certain word that was used. It has also helped with finding the structure.
My perception was changed a little through the poetry unit as I sort of began to enjoy certain poems more. This was because I read a lot more poems to build my own poems. I sort of opened my mind to the different rhyme schemes that didn’t really make sense before the unit started. Also, I listened to a lot of different music than what I normally did and I don’t really remember what I listened to but it did affect my final products. Writing poems with requirements has affected how I view other people’s poems for a few reasons. The first is that I have more respect for poem writers as they write poems without restrictions all the time. If I did that, there would be about one and a half stanzas that barely rhyme and I would be a homeless poem writer. The second reason is that I realize that making a good poem that will actually speak to people or make sense will take time and actual writing skill. The difference between my first poem and my second poem was that the topic I was writing about is somewhat different. In the first poem I was writing about my inability to really write at a good pace or write a decent poem. In my second poem I wrote about how I can’t write but also gave the idea that i’m doing it to keep my grades up and that I need to do that to play sports. I felt like that this was a good topic because I know a little about that. I’ve never been ineligible but i’ve been close in past years.
For my second poem I really didn’t try to force visual elements into my poem. I don’t really think that visual elements could help my poem because I think it’s pretty easy to understand what I am trying to get at with it. Images could help if a person really can’t figure out what i’m writing about and simple give them a picture to give them the idea. I remember hearing or reading that pictures aren’t really need as the reader should be trying to visualize the poem themselves.
Poetry has always been a rough topic for me as it never really made sense to me. I could understand that poetry can rhyme but doesn’t have . I understand that there are different forms and configurations that a poem can take. I just never really learned how to identify these patterns and put term to them. Whenever a English teacher would say that it’s poetry time student usually dread going to that class because they’re going to sit through a lecture about a pattern. This class was not like that and I was actually interested in maybe writing or thinking of a semi- decent poem. For all the poems we read they were the generic English classroom poems. We went deeper into analyzing them but that’s what I expected from this class. I might begin to understand some of the different terms. When the class went over Eldorado the questions were tougher than any I’ve seen before and again that was to be expected. What we went over made sense eventually. When we were told to give the theme and support it I thought the poem was about not chasing fairy tales or hidden treasure because it will most likely ruin your life. The real theme was about the author’s life and about how you will only find love in your dreams or you won’t and you’ll die lonely. My guess was pretty far off but at least I could tell it was about chasing something. A few assignments later we got a chance to write our own poems. I decided to write my poem about my lack of skill in writing. For example, I only have this sentence in this blog to make the word count. This was an easy topic as it’s something that happened every time I’ve written anything or had to find a topic. I don’t really know what form it’s going to be in or what rhyme scheme I’m going to use but I actually want to make a good poem. It should not be that hard as my topic is pretty easy to write about for me.
Thrawn: Alliances was a great book in my opinion. There was a lot of action with a lot characters that I really liked. The story ended in a way that I liked and it added a lot to the character of Grand Admiral Thrawn. I loved the book and sort of geeked out at certain points where the characters would do something awesome or display some sort power or ability that you didn’t know they had. Then there were the four main characters in the story Padme Amadala, Anakin Skywalker, Darth Vader, and Thrawn. Each of these characters have their own reputation in the star wars galaxy and any star wars fan would know who they are except for maybe Trawn. I read the book because it was the second book in the series first of all and because Thrawn is probably the most interesting character in the star wars galaxy. I read the first book in about five days and read it a second time while waiting for this book to be released. A soon as this book hit the stores I bought it and I was on a family trip through Pittsburgh and I happened to see it at a random book store. I probably spent more time with the book than my family after that point. For most of the book I was Hoping for more information of Thrawn or some new bits of Star wars lore that I could tell some of my friends about. I was not disappointed. Throughout the story there were many mentions about new species of aliens with new and powerful technology. Some new and strange tactics such as a species known as the Grysk who used bugs that turned into stone on contact with any surface. They were able to immobilize Darth Vader with this technology. Another example would be the same species using a small cloaked Hyperspace blocking station to block the only Hyperspace lane in the region. Even though Thrawn found, disabled, and captured the station I thought it was pretty cool because while this was happening Vader was telling Thrawn that this sort of Tech. was impossible because to project the field and stay cloaked would point out their location. Thrawn figured out their secret as the aliens would de-cloak the second the star destroyer would try to jump and project the field and then re-cloak. This is where Thrawn does his awesome stuff. Vader was getting mad because he thought that it was the people on the star destroyer making a mistake somehow and he wanted to take a huge detour that would take four days longer than being able to use the route they were trying to use. Thrawn knew better as he asked vader to stay for twelve hours to figure out the problem. Vader agreed but made it clear that they were not staying any longer and Thrawn gave a little nod that was basically saying that they weren’t going to be there that long. They weren’t. Thrawn found the station in half the time. There were just little pieces of the story that added so much to the character of Thrawn and made him so much more awesome. The story also was from the point of view of Anakin Skywalker, Darth Vader, and Padme Amadala. I thought that was cool because I haven’t read a book from any of those character’s point of view before. Besides Thrawn I think Darth Vader’s point of view was my favorite as it showed his thinking process. I would definitely recommend this book to any star wars fan but only after reading the first book in the series.
The story that I chose to write about is about two guys, a doctor and a military person, that went on a space mission to explore a new world. They end up having multiple disagreements because one of them is a doctor and the other is a military person who has a problem with being told what to do. Also the age difference has a role to play in them having these arguments, being that the older one is the doctor and the younger one is from the military. This again has its own problems like the younger military person having a problem with the doctors commands and the doctor who was not having any of that. Then when I was choosing an idea to develop I went with the idea that I saw in the the quote “Goodbye, mission control. Thanks for trying.” and I picked it because there was room for many different possibilities and outcomes. When working on the activities both in class and out of class, it basically has given me help through the ideas that it provided and it also helped to build up my story by giving me the outlining tools that I needed for the ideas I already had and just needed to find a way to word. As for my way of writing a story, it has changed because of all the work that has gone into us deconstructing the process of writing a story in class. When it comes to the way that I think about writing a story and how it has changed I see that its now a little bit easier, for me to make all the parts of the story come together because of the all the worksheets that really broke it down piece by piece. Then the reason that writing a story has really changed for me is because we did do so many different activities in not only class but out of class as well, that really required us to think of and about every possible detail before we could even think to write the story.