April 9, 2018
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Here we have a writer touching on a large concept of communication theories without using the word. What is being discussed here is the context to the parties. When other writers solely focus on the larger issue that they came across they fail to provide the context which allowed them to arrive at such a conclusion. Even if the food is nothing special, that in and of itself could provide the needed context in order to interpret the conveyed message without being subjected to noise, either inner or outer.
This section stood out to me because of the absurdly hilarious nature of the example. This moment of course, is symbolic of women being confined to a certain role, forced to take the path while men are free to roam off into the grass and explore or learn freely to their heart’s content. But how silly would it be nowadays for women to be told they couldn’t walk on the grass because it was for “Fellows and Scholars”? I imagine most people (men in this case) would be laughed at, for taking it upon themselves to restrict access to something that is universal owned, so to speak. It’s nice to see that humans as a whole have come far enough to recognize that something like this makes no sense, and that women are free to walk on the grass without quite as many obnoxious obstacles.
I was surprised when I read this, since I’ve written similar things myself, only about kittens learning language. Don’t worry, nobody will ever see it. She’s so right that limiting anyone’s education is going to limit their chances at being a famous writer. I think this statement is true for most things a person might do with their life, if not given the chance and stifled by anyone that doesn’t believe. I remember being in grade school, I think it was second grade, it would have been about 1968 and since Idaho was always about ten years behind New York, this was more of a 1958 thing to have happened. But, in elementary school they used to ask the kids what they wanted to be when they grew up. My turn came up and I said honestly, “I want to be a farmer, a horse rancher and a veterinarian!” I felt proud and refreshed for about 5 seconds, then I noticed the red angry faces around me and after that the voices rang loud enough to stop any ideas I might have had of being anything at all. I’m not sure how many boys said it, but in my memory its one talking, while the rest agreed, “You can’t do that! You’re a girl!” Yeah, I bought it, that I couldn’t do it. That’s probably why it took me so many years to get to college, way too late. Frankly, before that day, although I was rather aware of being a girl, I was doubly aware and the seeds of hatred toward the male sex were firmly planted too. Only very recently I have learned, as Virginia Woolf later points out, that, “men aren’t [really] snobs,” it’s not really them, it’s the systems and beliefs we allow ourselves to be governed by that are the real problem.
The latter half of this section is what caught my eye. Woolf is in such deep scholarly thought, such as in the line “But then one would have to decide what is style and what is meaning…” only to be told she could not go into the library because ladies need to have special permission or an accompaniment to go in with. This seems just as futile of a rule as the one stated in the previous section about turf. Of all the injustices and crime in the world at this time, it the women who are not allowed to do the simplest of thing when it is the men who are causing the destruction on the beautiful natural world. Maybe that is sexist and mean of me to say, but it makes me actually angry to think that an educated woman was not allowed inside a library. I take for granted that I can, that I have access to most everything in the world.
The characterization of women during this time period is tragic. Women are more than pretty faces who attend luncheons and make dinner seven days out of the week.
I find so much truth in this passage relating to my feelings about how male writers write about women in modern times. Yes, women are given much more space to write ad exist now, but I still see this stereotype of women characters being written by male writers because they simply have no idea what it is to be a women. SO why are they allowed to?
The sentence “And though turf is better for walking than gravel, no very great harm was done.” reminds me of the “separate but equal” segregation sect from the 60s. The reason this type of segregation fails, and always fails, doesn’t have anything to do with opportunities available, but with superiority. While the “Fellows and Scholars” Aren’t treating the woman any less, they are still making it clear that they’re inferior.
Looking at Heart of Darkness, would you say Conrad’s presentation of the Africans was just a stereotype, or having some or any truth? Yes, it is offensive, as I’m guessing that the stereotyping of women that you see in modern works offends you. But can you say that it, speaking to the European Imperialist view wasn’t of value in its time, in its context? When I read, I try to understand that every author is drawing on their own very limited human and very flawed experiences, in that little window of time that the author lived. I see it as taking their work, grinding it down to find the gold nuggets of their experiences, and understanding that our own biases can color our interpretation of the work.
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April 10, 2018 at 2:12 pm
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April 27, 2018 at 2:08 pm
This poem emphasizes the cyclical qualities of life. This stanza acknowledges the transition from the innocence of youth into a complicated older society. It demonstrates how happiness and youth are fleeting. In the previous stanza we are told about a carefree old man. He demonstrates how in our old age we might return to the same wonderous joy of youth. Although the elderly might posess this same happy disposition, the still carry wisdom and pain with the memories of a complicated life. Many reminisce about the simplicity of being a young girl or boy where everything is exciting and new. It takes a realist perspective where, “The sun does descend,/And our sports have an end.” This poem demonstrates how neither happiness nor sorrow are permanent afflictions. The cycle continues with no true end in sight.
April 27, 2018 at 1:58 pm
In the final stanza we see that, while the narrator doesn’t truly move to the Lake Isle of Innisfree, he takes the isle with him in his thoughts, memory, and temperament. He is expressing how he will take refuge in his memory of the isle in order to live amongst society while embracing a feeling of peace and connection with nature. Even, “While [he stands] on the roadway, or on the pavements grey”, he is able to connect with the Isle in his , “deep heart’s core” and in his soul. This is a form of escapism, while he still allows himself to be somewhat entrapped by a materialistic society. He gives in to most social conventions while holding on to romantic ideals.
April 27, 2018 at 1:48 pm
This poem reminds me of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. The narrator desires to escape from society by living alone in nature. This is likely in response to an increasingly industrialized society. He glorifies nature and it’s peaceful qualities by describing the Lake of Innisfree with a natural supernaturalist perspective. This sort of ideal is expressed often throughout the arts and can be described as a romantic perspective.
April 26, 2018 at 1:51 pm
The final stanza in Dover beach is provoking in that Arnold speaks to lover about a dark and unhappy world. His is a realists perspective, likely in light of a declining faith in humanity and religion. This is a time, “Where ignorant armies clash by night”. In the dawn of industrialization conflict seems prevalent as society becomes materialistic. At this time society was fighting unaware over materialistic, and capitalistic reasons. Arnold has lost faith in humanity and struggles to move past, “The eternal note of sadness”. His is a romantic perspective where he looks at war, materialism, industrialization, and capitalism, as a true decline in humanity with no end in sight.
April 24, 2018 at 11:45 am
This poem exemplifies the transcendent ideals of writers in this period. “I’m happiest when most away” followed by, “I can bear my soul from its home of clay” suggests that the author finds happiness in spirit. She desires a freedom that comes with escaping the physical world before her. The, “home of clay” she speaks of is likely her physical body. In some religions a deity creates humans with clay. This poem is likely demonstrating escapism where the author would enjoy escaping reality if only in spirit. This is likely a response to industrialization which tends to strengthen attachment to the physical/material aspects of society.
April 24, 2018 at 12:13 am
Yes, definitely hearing your lover tell you they love you while meaning it is beautiful to the soul. Sometimes, though, feeling it is more important. The passionate intensity throughout the whole poem shows that she does need to hear it more than feel it. It soothes the soul to hear your lover telling you how they love you.
April 24, 2018 at 12:02 am
The forbidden fruit is indeed strong throughout the whole of the poem, I wholeheartedly agree. It seems that Laura is full of curiosity, but is that on the whole wrong? I think Lizzie’s warnings are what made Laura curious; a lot like the parent telling the teenager not to do something which in tern makes the teenager even MORE inclined to do it.
April 23, 2018 at 10:54 pm
This whole poem brings to mind an ending, as in a changing of the season; possibly a spring straight into winter. There is a loss and isolation feel to it, especially at the mention of Danae. I do love winter and I know now everyone does, which is why to me this feels like he’s writing about an ending of a beautiful spring.
April 23, 2018 at 9:52 pm
There are two phrases that stand out to me in this: train-oil breath and petitionary growl. I have no idea why, but the first thing that came to my mind is world weariness. Carlyle is excellently descriptive about this Hyperborean Bear, this Russian Smuggler. Carlyle is trying to explain to him that he is absolutely not interested and who can blame him? It’s only after he shows the Russian his pistols that the Russian backs off. An everlasting no? If the pistols hadn’t dissuaded him, Carlyle might have been involved in a Duel, which is not something he wanted.
April 23, 2018 at 8:54 pm
I, too, thought war when I read this. The hope he shows until the stanza you mentioned was palpable, but so is his despair.
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