Song of Myself Initial Thoughts

While reading Song of Myself, I was annoyed at first. Not because I couldn’t read it, but because I couldn’t understand it. Song of Myself uses such a higher up or more sophisticated way of talk, and words didn’t have the same common day meaning. For example, we were assigned (Me, John, and Michael) section 3, and in about the 4 stanzas down it reads, “Sure as the most certain sure, plumb in the uprights, well entretied, braced in the beams, Stout as a horse, affectionate, haughty, electrical,
I and this mystery here we stand.” When I first read this I was so confused because he goes from talking about plumb in the uprights, well entretied, braced in the beams. All of those words have relatively the same meaning, they all mean sturdiness. When he continues talking about stout as a horse, affectionate, haughty, and electrical, he refers to the horse as being healthy, affectionate to emotional, haughty as in superior, and electrical to energetic. So everyday words now don’t have the same meaning as before. While writing this, there is a heavy influence on what he’s writing from his devotion to a transcendentalist philosophy. The whole poem is about him becoming a better person physically and spiritually, so a lot of the writing is heavily influenced by the philosophy. One of the most important parts from section 3 is the very first stanza, “I have heard what the talkers were talking, the talk of the beginning and the end, but I do not talk of the beginning of the end.” The meaning behind this stanza is the talkers, or society all talk about life and death the beginning and the end, but they never talk about now, what’s happening in the present. Another important part of the poem would be a stanza 7 when he talks about the human body is familiar with itself. “Welcome is every organ and attribute of me, and of any man hearty and clean, Not an inch nor a particle of an inch is vile, and none shall be less familiar than the rest.” What he’s saying in this part of the poem is that every organ of any man is clean and ready to work properly, not an inch of the human body is vile or bad, and non shall be less familiar with the rest, or the body works around each other, if one part is missing the whole system fails an we die. So basically at the beginning of the poem, it was hard to understand which made it frustrating but after we went over it and explained it in more simplified words the poem was actually pretty cool and had a deep meaning to life and becoming a better person in general, which was pretty cool.

Didric and Fletcher

At the beginning of the novice, there are two main characters introduced into the story in two very different ways. Fletcher the hunter that was hunting the young elk earlier in the book was introduced in a very mysterious and kind of cool way. The way he was introduced lead for me to envision him the way I did, he was introduced in a way that it automatically made him a tough and hard character that you don’t want to mess with. He was a hunter struggling to survive or pretty close to it, very smart and good at his job because of how he pays attention to the small details about the deer’s eyes. Now the other character was introduced so that you can already tell he is the stuck up rich kid that just drives the conflict in the story most of the time emotionally for the main character to not do anything about him being the bully in the story. I feel like the way the character is introduced has such a deep influence on the viewer’s opinion either positive or negative. For example, I relate or find more interest in characters that have it bad or struggle to do good cause it’s semi relatable to people I know so the story or the characters’ problems are more realistic. When Fletcher was introduced his struggle was put right in your face in the very beginning almost trying to get the reader to feel sympathy for Fletcher but also a positive vibe for him working so hard for what he has and getting over his struggles. Didric was introduced as the bully character or the main conflict driver and I automatically disliked Didric for his cruel punishment towards Fletcher simply because he is poor and is nothing but a peasant to him. Didric is the one that will take from the poor even though he has more than enough shillings which are the currency of the village, which is exactly what he does to fletcher. He uses a play on words to trick Fletcher on giving didric his elk head the most prized piece and still leaves him outside of the gate just to be snobby.

First thoughts on The Novice

From the very start, the book gives off a very dull kind of tone. The first sentence is, ‘It was now or never. If Fletcher didn’t make this kill, he would go hungry tonight. Dusk was already fast approaching and he was already running late. He needed to make his way back to the village soon, or the gates would close. If that happened, he would either have to bribe the guards with money he didn’t have or take his chances in the woods overnight.’ So what I gathered from the first paragraph, is that the present characters name is Fletcher, sounds like a hunter, is dealing with physical struggles along with mental stressing on how important this kill was. But Fletcher seems like a very experienced hunter, he pays attention to every little detail. For example, ‘From its small size and stature, Fletcher could tell it was a juvenile, sporting its first set of antlers. It was a fine specimen, with glossy fur and bright, intelligent eyes.’ Now I’m no hunter but the few hunters I do know don’t pay attention to the mystical looking eyes, they look for how much meat and fur, and how big the rack is if any at all. But so far not so bad, the character seems like a more bone-chilling kind which is cool, and they seem to be set back in a later time period seeing on how if he missed his shot he was going hungry, couldn’t just go to Wendy’s and grab a burger, but so far so good, the only thing is I can already see that this character is gonna be abused in so many ways, so far mental and physical conflicts but there is always a possibility for more conflicts to the story. I don’t really think there will be any religious conflict in this story but definitely physical and mental conflict towards Fletcher.

My mental image of Fletcher