A Good and A Bad Poem

Ah! Sun-Flower

Short and nice poem, it makes me think about those moments, when you really want something and you never give up until you find it, and despite how tired it may be, you only continue because you know that it is where you want to be, and in this poem the only thing the sunflower was looking for and wanted was to be close to the sun.

The Red Wheelbarrow

I didn´t find any sense in this poem, which has just a few words that give no sense to the poem, I read it several times and couldn´t find any message or a story behind it. In my opinion too short and with no sense or any history.

What´s next?

I can´t believe this is almost finishing this adventure that started 1 year ago, the adventure of living in Canada, I remember a was so nervous but excited at the same time of living a new experience for me, something completely new and different from what I had lived my whole live, I could say this year is gonna be one of the years, I´m gonna remember the most for all the experiences that Canada has given me, Canada has always been a dream for me, and that dream came true, sometimes a cannot realize I´m living alone, so far away for my country, but it´s something that has made me grown and mature mentally and as a person, but now, what´s next? Well when I just came in September I didn´t think about staying in Canada after Brookes, my plan always was to go back home, but now my mind has changed, should I go back home, or should I stay here? that´s a good question I´m wondering in this moment, I love Mexico, it´s my home, my country, I got a lot of reasons to go back home like my family and friends, and just for being Mexico, but as I said Canada is a dream for many people, and shouldn´t go wrong to get the opportunity to be here and get opportunities that maybe my country cannot give me.

Kate

Kate is an actress in process, she is studying acting an she´s taking some courses at her school to achieve it, Anderson, Kate´s best friend, they both are inseparable, he is gay, but she doesn´t know it, Matt is the singing coach, she is in love with him, but she doesn´t know he is in love with him too, even though they are in love of the same guy, he has been so loyal at her, but she doesn´t recognize it, she says he´s the person who knows her the best.

“He knows when I´m in my period” -Kate (p.43)

Sometimes I think we don´t value people thareally worth it, he left for Kate an opportunity of go along to a next level at acting, just to stay with her, because she wasn´t accepted at that level, I like how he is with her, he knows when she is not ok, but she doesn´t see it.

A great and a tedious poetry

“The Burial of the Dead”-T.S. Eliot

To start off, I like “The Burial of the Dead” the most. I consider this poem has a deep and hidden meaning behind what’s actually written. It begins with a monthly pattern, which eventually ends up turning into a seasonal pattern.  Through out the poem, we are able to understand the poem’s perspective is from a dead person. From the line “winter kept us warm, covering”(line 7),  we can interpret that the poem is a reference to the tombs of the deaths. Even though this is a short poem, I like it because it’s interesting and concrete.

“Sonnets from the Portuguese”- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The poem I disliked the most is “Sonnets from the Portuguese”. I consider this poem is written in a way is very hard for non experienced readers to understand. The poem combines lots of topics like the personal experiences with the feelings of a “soul”. Ending with a line that makes unsure if the author is still alive or dead “I shall but love thee better after dead”. I consider the poem is little bit boring and confusing, not to add in some parts it’s not concrete.

 

One Loved, and One Hated Poem

 

The poetry can be very complicated, specially if do not understand or you do not feel identified with the poem. One poem that I liked is “The Road Not Taken” (pg. 26). I feel that it is a good poem written by Robert Frost that represents the decisions of the life, and in a way, it gives the message that if you take a different decision that everyone else, you will have a different life. That little difference in the decisions of your life, could make a big difference in your future, and that is why you need to be careful when you take decisions. It is a nice poem and many people can understand it or feel identified with it, that is why is one of my favorites.

It is very easy to like a poem when you understand it, and easy to hate it when you do not understand it. “The Read Wheelbarrow” (pg.29) is the clear example of a poem that I do not understand. It is very weird for me, it just does not make sense, it seems more like someone describing a scene than someone writing poetry. I am not sure if the author William Carlos Williams tries to represent something or if what makes it poetry is the way in which is written. I won’t say that I hate the poem, but I can not like something that I try to understand and I can not do it.

Famous poems Opinion

Do not go gentle into the good night

I really liked the poem because it displays how life isn’t a paragraph, rather a sentence. Basically that life is short and and you have to live it to the fullest in the lifespan of a sentence. It shocked me because although I’ve always kept in mind that my time is limited on this earth, I never really stopped to enjoy the little moments that forge me. I interpreted the line “kisses are a better fate than wisdom” as a reference to the saying that an idiot enjoys life more than a philosopher. The author wanted to show us that wisdom although its good and powerful, wont bring you any joy like a simple act of a kiss which doesn’t bring anything more than pleasure. To really live life with pleasure as it is short.

 

We are going to see the rabbit

I didn’t like this poem because I felt that it was too long and took way too much time to get to the point or at least evoke something in me. I didn’t really understand the message that it was trying to communicate and a fraction of the vocabulary confused me. It repeated the words frequently and what this would do to me is that I would get stuck on a stanza thinking the same thing and basically slow my reading. I felt that in the third quarter of the poem it was getting a bit odd and added elements that  only confused me more. They really had no relevance to the story and it wasn’t an enjoyable reading.

A Text of Liking and Disliking Poems

A poem that I’ve liked from what We’ve read is Not Waving but Drowning by Stevie Smith (1902-1971) because I think it talks too much about most people are in friendships and how some people see and treats their friends, where the friend that is always goofing, laughing and playing around, is in a bad emotional shape in a point where it is possible to say that that friend might be surrounded by sadness & depression as everyone around that friends may think that just because he is laughing he has a perfect mental state and shape.

A poem that I didn’t like was Sestina by Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) because I felt that the way of writing was extremely odd and analyzing the poem was a process very uncomfortable and different from what I used to do in other poems that I usually read as I also think that writing in this type of poems for communication purposes may be stressful because of how complicated it may be to express your ideas correctly in such a strict way for something that I prefer to be simpler.

Famous Poems (Personal opinion)

The poem that I like the most was “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, because the author make us think about choices in life, whether to go with the everyone or go alone. Life is a journey, and this poem talks about those times in life when a important decision has to be made. The main message of this poem is that life is full of choices which will define our future.

My least favorite poem was “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost, because I don’t really understand the meaning. But I guess it’s about the importance of keeping the promises he made before he died.

Poemssss

This term has been quite different from the others. Entering the world of poems is being a great experience. Is that his is a huge controversy on this issue. Many people may misjudge this type of writing, and others may think otherwise. Today I’m going to talk about the best poem I’ve read so far and which one I hate the most.

“Passing Through the Woods on a Snowy Night” by Robert Frost. This poem was one of my favorites. I like it because of the way it is written. As you can see, it looks so simple and it’s easy to understand. But if you dig deeper, you can see that the poem has a bigger meaning and an interesting plot.

“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. I miss him about this. It is that I have chosen the same writer. His best poem, and his worst, for me. I feel like this poem is not as great as the other one. I find it very boring. The main reason, I’m not too sure about it. But the way he tries to express it, it’s something that bothers me. When I first read it I had a hard time understanding it and I don’t see any sense in it.

Famous Poems

The poem that I liked the most was “Not Waving but Drowning”. From Steve Smith (1902-1971). Because it was the one that I understood the meaning the most and I liked the meaning. What I understood from the poem speaks of isolation and the pain of being misunderstood and is a kind of parable about the distance between internal feelings and external appearance. And the one that I liked the least was that of “Kubla Khan” by Samuel Taylor (1772-1834). Because the truth is that I did not understand the meaning behind the poem.

Poems and more poems

This term we have been reading poems and some of them are very interesting to me. Everyone has a different opinion and we need to respect that. At this time my favorite poem is, Not Waving but Drowning by Stevie Smith, I liked it because when you read it, it looks simple but if you think about the meaning, what I understood is some people might look fine, but they’re not and they don’t know how to express their feelings or maybe ask for help.

The poem I didn’t like at all is the Sestina by Elizabeth Bishop, I kind of like that you play with the last words, but when you do those kinds of things is tough to understand the real meaning of the poem, because it can be very repetitive and also can be trying to read it.

Poem that I liked the most and poem that I didn’t like

The poem that I liked the most was “On His Blindness” by. John Milton.

What I like the most about the poem was not the poem, it was the story behind the poem. “On his blindness”, this poem speaks of Milton’s faith in God when he loses his sight. It talks about Milton’s fear, frustration, and acceptance in the process of going blind. The poem marks a turning point as Milton moves from fear of punishment to fulfillment. Without a doubt this is a poem that makes you think what would become of us if we lost our sight, how would we react? What would happen to us? etc. This is a poem that I enjoyed reading and talking about with the teacher since Jhon Milton’s life is very interesting.

The poem that I didn’t like was “The Red Wheelbarrow” by. William Charles Williams.

I didn’t like this poem because it’s too short, and what it says almost make no sense, I know it talks about the importance of agriculture and day laborers. But it took me a long time to understand what the poem is talking about. I am sure that if the poem had been longer, I would liked it since the idea is good, but it is very short.

Next Step

In 15 days is my graduation and I am very excited because I feel that it is another achievement in my life and that encourages me to set new goals, although going to university scares me a little because it is a very big step in my life and deciding that I want to study and dedicate the rest of my life is a very big decision for me, I am not ready to decide what to do with my life, one that in 2 months I will enter university, which basically is already a very short time. I’ll do the university in Mexico and I’ll do a few semesters outside of Mexico, maybe I’ll do a semester in Milan or Florence because in those places there are good fashion design courses, which is something that I like a lot, I still see yes, yes. I will go or not.

Tired

I am starting to feel tired of doing this writing assessment because I usually have something to write about which at the moment I won’t find the words or find a way to express myself, but from what I am sure about is that I am also tired of how there is a lot of people which aren’t empathic with other people or even try to show some respect to them as also lying to them in their faces, which probably can be addressed as being a hypocrite, a non-honorable and a non-trustful person.

But in the end, I also cannot comprehend how are there some people that can feel proud of telling people what someone trusted you, without respecting their privacy, and I am tired of it.

Exploring the rainy city from the USA (Seattle)

My trip to  Seattle first began in the Victoria Harbour Bay. From there I took the Victoria Clipper ferry, a well known and classic connection method between the island of Vancouver and Washington State. The ferry trip lasted no more than three hours, and it ended up arriving at the ferry port in Seattle bay. When I finally entered the USA after passing immigration check, I walked out to the street and raised my thumb asking for a taxi cab. The ferry building is located in a very transited street, so lots of taxi cabs were going through. When I finally reached my hotel, I left all my stuff in the bedroom I was given. I went for a night walk under Seattle sky. I walked through the stadiums zone and entered a little bit to the downtown area. Since everything was closed I went on my way back to the hotel. In there I asked for some Uber eats food from McDonald’s.

On my second day, I explored the city downtown. I went to iconic spots like the Public  Market or the First world Strabucks Coffee. But honestly what I liked the most was walking through downtown Seattle, and being able to explore the city freely. If I was asked, I would say Seattle is a combination between San Francisco and Chicago. The streets shapes are steep like in SF, surrounded by tall corporative buildings like the ones in the Windy City. In the afternoon, I went to probably the most iconic building in the city. The space needle a tall observation building located outside downtown.

On my third day, I went for some more exploration. The real purpose was going to a soccer match. The match took place in the Lumen Field, between my Mexican soccer team Pumas and the Seattle Sounders. Even though, Pumas got defeated, it was a great experience. To finish with, the day I came back I arrived once again to Victoria Harbour Bay. Making it a perfect rounded trip.

Time to think about universities

The time goes very fast, even more in a pandemic. It is weird to see that I do not have as much time as I though, I still remember when I entered to high school and everyone was doing comments like; “you have many years to choose a career and university” or “do not worry about that, you are too young” and right now many people tell me things like; “you still have a year to choose” or “a year is more than enough time”. if I needed sixteen years to choose a career, how am I going to choose a university in a year? I do not know what I am going to do, because I need to analyze many things. I already thought in a few universities and it is not an easy decision, specially because all of them are far from my home city. There is only one university where I can go by car, in the rest of them I would need to take a flight if a I want to see my family. Sadly, I do not only need to thing about distance, I need to think about the level of the university too, thing that is not easy, because higher the level of education, higher the amount of people that will apply and lower the probabilities of being accepted. In these moments that my mind is completely busy thinking in the university stuff, I try to relax my self and think that I still have time, because I do, but time goes fast and soon I won’t have anymore time. In conclusion; maybe is time to think about universities.

How I Met Dina

Dina and I first met at the airport before we left for Canada. My first impression of Dina was that she was a bit weird and that she was part of the LGTBQ+ community. At first, I had no interest in meeting her because she looked a bit weird. Until she asked me to go to the subway with her so I went. There we began to talk about our ex-boyfriends and  I realized that she is very cool, we have a lot of things in common, and that we could be good friends. Since that day we have been inseparable and she has become not only one of my best friends and more like a sister. I learned to never judge a book by its cover and be more open to meeting new people because you never know that weird crazy girl you meet at the airport can be your next best friend.

My dreams

Everybody sleeps, but not everybody can remember their dreams. Sometimes I do, so I’m going to write what I dreamed of last night. Everything started in my house in Mexico, I was back from Canada, with my friends and we were getting ready to go out. Then we were at Pizza hut and we ate some pizza with Obama and he told us some funny jokes, finally we went back to my house and I woke up.

I love onion

The onion is my favorite vegetable. Many people hate it but I love it, the onion is a vegetable that adds flavor to any meal. There are many types of onion, for example white, purple, red and cambray onions. My favorite type of onion is cambray. I like onions so much that I can add them to any meal, and I can even eat them on their own. The only bad thing about onions is that they have a strong flavor that stays in your mouth all day, and the only way to remove it, is brushing your teeth very well. The onion is a very good vegetable since it gives you vitamins such as A, B6, C and E. It also provides minerals such as sodium, potassium, iron and dietary fiber. They are also a good source of folic acid. Without a doubt, onion is a vegetable that, in addition of being delicious, is good for your health.

Paddelboard

Yesterday I went paddleboarding. We were very lucky because the day was very beautiful. The sun was nice, accompanied by a fairly hot breeze. When we arrived at the lake, our instructor was waiting for us with the paddles ready to enter the water. When I got on the paddle, I could feel the water, and instantly I realized that if I fell I was going to die of cold. We went all the way around the lake until we reached the other end, and then we turned around and went back. When I arrived I realized that all my pants were wet, of course I went to the bathroom to change so as not to die of cold.

We took the paddles to the beach to dry, we took off our vests and we went to the bus to go back to school. I really liked it a lot, it’s an experience that I can’t enjoy in Mexico. Looking forward to the next class.

My after school activity

Today I’m going to talk about my after-school activity. This Monday I have paddleboard and I like that activity because I’m in the water, with nature and for me, that is a very relaxing thing. It was very windy, so for me, it’s harder because you need to row more hard to keep moving forward. One thing that I don’t like about paddle it’s that you need to row on one side and then on the other to go straight, instead of just row to one side and go straight.

Another reason why I like that activity is that we can play music while we are on the boards. So, in the end, we can enjoy being in the water with the wind, rowing, and listening to music and nature. That is something very relaxing.

stargirl

A new student arrives at school who has a very particular name and is called Stargirl, she arrives at school and the first thing that happens is that everyone begins to notice her since she dresses and acts in a way that is not so common and his attitude was so peculiar that people could not believe it and that is when Hillari said.

“She is not real ,she is an actress. It’s scam”

In my opinion, most adolescents always want to fit into a group or situation and do not give their true opinions or are not themselves for fear that others will judge them or begin to see them as weird, but the truth is that all of that it’s very dumb and boring. So there is nothing wrong with Stargirl, the only thing wrong with her is that she wants to be herself without fear of being judged.

Angelica Pabst in David Lodge’s Small World

Angelica is one of the main characters of this book, the first appearance of her in the book is when Persse sees her for the first time. (Page 8), Chapter 1.

There, hesitating on the threshold, was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen in his life. She was tall and graceful, with a full, womanly figure, and a dark, creamy complexion. Black hair fell in shining waves to her shoulders, and black was the colour of her simple woollen dress, scooped out low across her bosom. She took a few paces forward into the room and accepted a glass of sherry from the tray offered to her by a passing waitress. She did not drink at once, but held the glass up to her face as if it were a flower. Her right hand held the stem of the glass between index finger and thumb. Her left, passed horizontally across her waist, supported her right elbow. Over the rim of the glass she looked with eyes dark as peat pools straight into Persse’s own, and seemed to smile faintly in greeting. She raised the glass to her lips, which were red and moist, the underlip slightly swollen in appearance, as though it had been stung. She drank, and he saw the muscles in her throat move and slide under the skin as she swallowed.

After we get to know a lot more of the character of the story, we get to find out that she possibly lied to everybody that was in the conference because Persse finds out she is related to adult movies as an actress and who also teased him to go to the room 213 to probably have sex, where our first character is lied by Angelica giving him the room number of Dempsey, who had been teased and invited to the same room with her as it is described in page 55, chapter 1.

Also, on page 56, chapter 1, Persse goes to look for where She was staying when he finds out that she didn’t have a room, she wasn’t registered with any university, and they didn’t know how did she enter the conference when she also said in (Page 10), Chapter 1 .

…I’m still working on my PhD…

which is even something to suspect by now that is something reliable to believe that she was inside any university at all.

 

 

The dark path of dark decisions

Holden is a teenager who passed through something dramatic which changed his life forever. When Holden’s brother passed away he began to have lots of emotional changes. At first he began to experience rebellious attitudes/conducts, which deliver him of being expelled from Pency Prep, a wealthy boarding school in New York City. Even though it’s not written physically on the book, the author wants to transmit that Holden becomes a lonely human being.  We can realize about this through his actions around the story. He starts to drink alcohol, smoke and move around a dark environment in society. As an example when he accepts the offer from the elevator operation man of having sex with a sexual worker. When the prostitute arrives to his room seems like Holden has a 180º change of mind. Instead of having sex with her, he repents from loosing his virginity that way. Instead he begins to talk to her, and describes her as “depressive”. He ends up by not doing anything rather than a small talk with friendly questions like her name and stuff. Noticing how depressive and looking for attention he was. (Page 102-111), Chapter 13.

I felt more depressed than sexy, if you want to know the truth. (page 107)

I choose this quotation because, I think its a reflection of what Holden is going through. He is facing depression and loneliness trying to go over it choosing a dark path like the one of smoking and getting drunk. A reflection of feeling lost in the path of life.

IRJE

The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger. Jim Steele, the main character, was talking to Maurice, to see if he could get him a hooker. Since he felt quite lonely and bitter. Maurice did what he could, and finally succeeded. She was a rather disrespectful young woman who was just going to do her job. In that the young lady, is taking off her coat and her shoes. Jim begins to realize that what he wanted was to talk to someone to have a conversation. But she just came to do her job.

“Don’t you feel like talking for a while.” I asked her. It was a childish thing to say, but I was feeling so damn peculiar. “Are you in a big hurry?” She looked at me like I was a madman.”What the heck you wanna talk about?” She said. “I don’t know. Nothing special. I just thought perhaps you might care chat for a while (pg.106).

Jim, is definitely a person with. which still does not know how to decide clearly. On many occasions he does not have a clear mind. I suppose that as his years go by he will learn and he will be able to choose his actions well.

 

 

 

Holden, A Teenager Looking for Attention.

 

Holden is a teenager that seems to have many emotional problems, and probably he does, but may be most of his problems could be solved with attention. If I am not mistaken Holden is around sixteen years old, and he is alone in a big city drinking and looking for attention. We can find the first great example of his need of attention in the page 65; he lied to the woman in the train station about his health. he made her think that he was going to have a brain surgery. That was not the only time that Holden lied about his health, he did the same thing with the prostitute that he hired just to be heard (p.101).  In the book are many more examples of this attitude, so is evident that Holden always tries to be heard or just to have a talk with someone (specially with girls, some clear examples are in the pages; 78,117,122). It is very evident in all the book that he just needs attention.

“Have just one more drink” I told him. “Please. I´m lonesome as hell. No kidding.” (p.165).

I choose this quotation, because is the first time that Holden accepts that he feels alone, and that he needs attention, and curiously he says this to Old Luce, and not to a woman. If I am not wrong, this is the first time that he really asks for attention.