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.
My initial reaction to the story of “The Devil and Tom Walker” was the simple question of “what am I reading?” Then after reading “The Devil and Tom Walker”, I found out that the story was somewhat similar to other stories and books that I have read. Yet at the same time that there were some similarities between this and the others, there was at least one major difference between this story and the other books/stories that I have read. The one difference being the wording of the story and how the story is being told in comparison to the words used and the time that the story was set in through the setting and the plot. Using the similarities and differences that I found, my impression of the society that the author was trying to tell us about was that the majority of people were poorer or working class and these people would do anything to be able to help better their lives. While knowing that the author was trying to say that the people were poor he was also writing this story in order to show how greedy the society as a whole has become. Also to add on to that sometimes the people with less or those that are poorer are happier than the people who are greedy. And with that those people that are greedy, will never be truly happy with what they have because they will always want something more. Whether it is more money, some sort of physical object or even a metaphorical object that they want. For those people the author is trying to tell them through the eyes of Tom that money can corrupt the mind and that if you are not careful it will be able to control you because it would be like making a deal with the devil himself. Then if I could change, modify, or add to the story I would tell what happened to Tom Walker by the end. Unlike in the story I would give a clear ending of what happened to Tom Walker instead of the loose ending that it actually gave us even though it’s obvious he was taken by the Devil.
For IR I am reading “Thrawn Alliances”, a Star Wars story. I like the book because it goes in between four different peoples points of view; Thrawn, Padme, Anakin Sky Walker, and Darth Vader. I consider Anakin Sky Walker and Darth Vader different characters because Darth Vader doesn’t recognize Anakin as a part of his past, and also they have two completely different personalities in the story. My favorite character in the story is Thrawn, this was an easy choice because he outsmarts everybody in every situation. He even manages to figure out Darth Vader’s true identity. He is faced with many challenges on his missions and never panics, gets mad, or doesn’t know what to do. My second favorite character is Anakin Sky Walker because his part of the story is interesting. His part is interesting because it shows how he reacts in certain situations, and tells how Jedi’s perceive threats because he describes them as a short vision of the future that is extremely detailed. Relating this story to something in real life that I know about is not as hard as it may seem because of the school setting. In school sometimes there is that one person in your class where they just have a greater understanding of everything that is going on, such as just know how stuff works as soon as it is brought up. Or even just seeing something in a different way that just makes more sense. This is how Anakin felt around Thrawn. When Anakin and Thrawn were on a planet together looking for Padme, Thrawn would always seen to find all the clues that Anakin would miss. Thrawn would find piece after piece to the puzzle in ways that were completely unconventional. Also he told Anakin how to do certain things in ways that he would have never thought to do them, such as ways to interrogate people. As for what I think the resolution would be there is going to be two of them, one with Anakin and Thrawn, and the other with Darth Vader and Thrawn. For the Anakin and Thrawn ending, I expect them to find Padme and take down whoever made the plot against her. Then for the Vader and Thrawn ending, I think that Vader will find the disturbance in the force that he was looking for.
Week one is over and all of the work is starting to set in. A lot more was learned than what was expected by me. One of the things that I learned was that some of the characters may seem more important then what they actually are. Also there are a lot more types of characters then what I had originally thought there were. This helped me to understand why certain types of characters are in books for what seems like one reason, and then being gone right after that reason occurs. With that you can see what kind of reader you are, even though you might be just reading to read or you might be looking for something within the story. For me most of the time I don’t just read to read I usually pick books that I know I will like, and they are usually from a related author, genre, series, etc. When I read a book I try to imagine every character, every setting, and more. This is why I am more of an active participant as a reader compared to being just an observer. To go from being an active reader to more of an observer kind of person I could pick a book that I don’t want to read or don’t like to read.
Week two had three main differences from week one, for one every class began to give us a lot of work. I expected this to happen because we have to start working some time and week two is normally the time to start class work. One of the other difference from week one was that procrastination is at an all time high for me, its just a really bad habit that I have always had and just can’t seem to get rid of. The third and most important change in my opinion is that the lunch ladies have finally excepted that they will never be able to get us to stand in a line for lunch. This is important because this means that the bigger people will get lunch first and this benefits me because I am a varsity lineman. This has been your weekly blog with me…please read again next week.
The first week of school was actually fun for me. My teachers are nice, the food wasn’t bad, and my classes seem interesting. The football season just started and we played Southern first. We may have lost but it was fun to be a part of. To start of my day I have American Lit. with a really fun teacher. Then I go to physics with Kanaskie, it is a fun class so far and I am looking forward to see what comes up. After American lit and Physics, I go to Geometry with Shuman. It seems like it will be an interesting subject but I don’t really like the mix of people that are in my class. Also I have this class as a double period every other day, this might make the class a little bit boring or even monotonous. Unlike 3rd and 4th period (every other day) I have a really fun possibly one of my favorite classes after it, American Cultures with Murphy. One of the better parts about this class is her stories about her rabbits. Another thing about her is how she almost makes me think that taking physiology will be worth it. After 5/6 with Murphy I go to Lunch, the best subject of the day. Personally I don’t think that the lunches at our school are bad, this is because back at St. Columbia, my old elementary school, lunches were small and didn’t really taste all that good. So when I came to public school I was happy about the portion sizes and the variety of choices that were available to eat. Next period I have a study hall were I do most of my work and defiantly do not play games on my surface pro. Then my favorite teacher of them all Marsh. I spend my last two classes of the day with him and they are anything but boring. 10th period is robotics where we are working on building combat robots. Then 11th period is my CAD class, this class is going to be a tough course because it is a college level class and counts for college credits. And to end out my day I have football everyday until about 6. That is about all that I have to say about my first week, I know that I won’t be saying the same things next week but for now everything is good.
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