Philip Ramirez's blog
William Stanford's poem "Traveling through the Dark" is a very uneasy poem. It has a sad tone. The tragedy of a dead dear and the even more upsetting realization that she was pregnant. There seems to be a moral. A teaching in their somewhere.
The doe was pregnant and this was sad indeed but he knows that he must push the doe down the canyon. He captures the contemplation of the relevance of life perfectly in such a short piece. (I am rambling but I will continue...) The car's engine purring. The lights. It seems his mind is trying to avoid focusing on the thought of rolling this dear off the side of the cliff as if its just a piece of garbage. Then he thinks of the potential lives that could be lost if he did not... it is done and he is on his way.
Just as the biography said... this poem "[captures] a small moment in life that demands immediacy."
Literature, as discussed in class, can be just about anything. So why not choose Badgers selling cars...
The commercial represents modern American culture, mostly through stereotyping people. The Badger personifying a typical car salesman; the way he dresses and treats his customers. The humor of the situation, besides the fact that a Badger is selling cars, works because people can identify with the customer.
The final scene of the Badger commercial compilation can be viewed as insight into how modern society views shovanism. Animalistic, humorous and definitely not a quality valued as virtuous. What a long way society has come...
Sure, its a stretch to call the commercial literary but beauty is in the eye of the beholder and literature is relevant.