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The sources are in the credits.
**Make sure to watch the video through the credits. There is a quote at the end.**
Robert Frost "The Road Not Taken"
**I used all the same images as the original collage**
Sources are in the credits :)
I used most of the same images as my last Dorothy collage. I used a different rainbow scene. (http://flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=147866718&size=o)
I really like this poem by E.A. Mares. This poem seems very colorful. Mares uses words that make me think of happy and colorful things. There is a lot of repetition. I think the repetition emphasizes the words or phrases that are being repeated like "sacred" and "In the name of God". This poem also gives a lot of history of this person's life and of the the community in which he lives.
Richard Wilbur does a great job with this poem. It is very cute, witty, and entertaining. It is crazy to think of what words would be without certain letters. He uses a lot of animals as examples, like chipmunk (hipmunk), duck (uck), and elephant. It is interesting how he suggests that people would be confused if letters disappeared. I love the ending. It is classic...and funny.
"Good heavens! It would be an awful mess
If everything dissolved to nothingness!
Be careful then, my friends, and do not let
Anything happen to the alphabet."
I really enjoyed this story. It was interesting to see how close two brothers can be by sharing a car. I also liked how the brothers were of Indian heritage. There are not many stories about Indians and it is good to read one. The story also shows how war can change an entire person. Henry changed a lot due to his experiences in Vietnam. It was sad to see Lyman's efforts to get Henry to change back to the "old" Henry. The red convertible was significant to the story. The car was something that the two brothers shared together besides their blood.
I had a hard time reading "Open Boat". I didn't really understand it. At times I knew what was going on and at times I didn't have a clue. Hopefully discussion will help me understand it better. Or I might have to read it again.
"I Stand Here Ironing" by Tillie Olsen is a very interesting short story. The title itself is interesting. Ironing is mentioned a few times in the story but it is unusual that someone would title their story concerning "ironing". I am uncertain on who the narrator is telling the story to. Is she telling it in general to anyone? Or to someone in particular? I can't decide.
Knight's "Hard Rock..." is a hard core poem. It has some intense content from talking about "doctors bored a hole in his head" to "cut grooves too deeply across our backs". There is strong words used in this poem. Knight also gives a good detailed description at the beginning of Hard Rock. I can imagine what Hard Rock looks like by Knight's words. I am a little confused about what "WORD" really means in this work. I am wondering if it is just "word of mouth" or if it has a deeper meaning. Overall, I actually liked this poem. It is very different than many others I have read before.
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
My poem collage is of Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken". It is on page 585 of our book.
Yellow trees: http://flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=395589127&size=m
I love Steve Earle so it is nice to read a "personal" story from him. I was hooked from the beginning with this essay. I was very interested in Jon's fate. I am very interested in stories about the Death Penalty because it is viewed in many different ways. I want to hear different points of view. I really enjoyed reading Earle's point of view and hearing from Jon Nobles. I like how Earle broke down the events at the end by starting off paragraphs with the time of day. It put everything into perspective.
Images used: Courtesy of Google.com and Flickr.com
www.flickr.com (farm house)
www.flickr.com (hot air balloon)
http://www.dargate.com/247_auction/247_images/997.jpg (picnic basket)
Joyce Carol Oates does an amazing job with this short story. I did not want it to end. I wanted to know more about Connie's situation with Arnold Friend. I was disappointed with the ending. When Arnold was introduced I saw him as a "sketchy" character. I was certain that something horrible was going to happen to Connie because of him. After finishing the story and reading the example essay in Chapter 9, I think that the story is all about Connie's changing from a girl to a woman. The situation with Arnold could be real or it could be a fantasy of hers. I really do not know.
I did not like the story "Cathedral" all that might until we had our chat in class today and actually "watched" the story. Just reading it, I thought that it was boring and pointless. The short movie showed me the interesting aspects of the story. For instance, the husband's change of view towards Robert and Robert's impact on the narrator. In the story, I did not sympathize with the wife at all but in the movie I did feel sorry for her a bit. At the beginning, she was trying so hard to make sure that Robert's stay would be a good one and I think her husband did not even care at all.