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February 28, 2006

Levin Academic Article

"Caesar's strength is not as a soldier but as a strategist; keenly observant and aided by spies, he knows and exploits the weaknesses of others."

I thought this was very interesting. In the artcle, Levin uses an example of when he traps Caesar into marrying Octavia to end the threat of Cleopatra. I can't believe I didn't see it before.

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February 27, 2006




This was the first entry of the year. I wrote about how new and old writers have to compete through their books.

Foster chapt. 19 and 20

Here I talked about how I noticed setting of place instead of person when I read.

Foster chapt 10 and 12

Here I talked about depression.

How to Build a Fire

Here I talked about depression again, relating it to my other blog about Foster.

The Love Song

I wrote here that I thought the poem was about procrastination, analysis, and confusion. I also had a hard time understanding this poem.

Antony and Cleopatra part 1

Here I wrote how I got a little annoyed of Cleopatra and how she reminded me of those high school girls that like the attention but do nothing about the people she gets the attention from


I wrote here about how Cleopatra wanted to die easy and painless.


Bernice Bobs Her Hair

Here I talked about how a certain line shows how Bernice feels about herself and what Marjorie does in the end of the story.


The Raven

Here I talked about how Coleridge represented life and symbolixed in ways that I thought of.

Antony and Cleopatra part 2

I vented here about how I don't really feel bad that she and Antony died.

Home (Blank Verse activity)

Here we had to make up blank verse. It took me a half hour to come up with this so I'm really proud of what I come out with.

Foster chapt. 11 and 13

I picked out a quote from each chapter and wrote what I thought.


The Machine Stops

I put in three quotes (two that I agreed with and one that I didn't) and gave my reasons.

Three Poems

Here were the first three poems that we got assigned to read. I had trouble understanding them but I expressed what I thought.

Five Poems

We got assigned these five poems after the first three. I had trouble trying to analyze the first three so when I got these five, the first two were too easy. The last three I liked a lot.

Raven Academic Article

I talked about color symbolism, time, and about the author's family past.


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SHU and Home

I was lying down and trying to go to sleep when I thought of how ironic school is. Read to find out more.

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Claim/Data/ Warrant


Cleopatra's desire for an easy exit with no physical suffering such as a cobra-bite inflicts is elegantly achieved.


According to one authority, the shortest period required for death to supervene following a bite from the Egyptian cobra is fifteen minutes though a healthy victim might survive for several hours.

In the play, Cleopatra kills herself with two snakes. Therefore, the effect of her dying is faster.


Cleopatra would have rather died than been shown off as a prize in Rome. She wanted to die and die fast so she used the asps. It says in the article that the real snake's venom wouldn't have produced a rapid result that fast. Cleopatra used two snakes to make death come faster.

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February 26, 2006

Wilcard - SHU making another Family of Friends -

Firstly I want to say that Andy did a very good job playing "Boston" on the piano i class last Friday. Don't be embarrased. You have talent and it should be shown.

So lately I've been thinking about me being at Seton Hill. This wasn't even my first choice college. I wanted to go to Neumann College which was about a half hour from Philadelphia because it wouldn't be too far from hom and I didn't want to be far from home. Then I realized that Seton Hill had a MUCH better creative writing program then Neumann so I came here instead. I was laying in a wooden cabin last night on a comfy bed thinking what if I went to Nuemann and not here. I wouldn't have met everyone here that I love. It's just funny how things work out for the better. I've certainly experienced a lot and have made a lot of memories. It's just weird. All the friends that I have here at SHU... we're from all different parts of the country (and some from other countries) and school brought all together. We've all found in each other a friend and it's just weird that school does that to people. That was the main reason why I loved going to high school so much. I saw my six best friends 6 days a week (not Sunday except for certain times). It's also de ja vu ish how the friends I have here remind me SO much of my friends from home. I can see my best friend Dominick in one of the guy friends that I have here at school. What's even better is that the people here do tings that I probably would never do with my friends at home. I find that to be better in some ways because it's new experiences. I've found a family in those six friends from home and then in the family that I came across in the Drama Club at High school. Now I found another family of friends here at school. People look at school as a bad thing because it's boring and people learn something that might seem pointless for the future but it has it's advantages and it's good points. It brings us friends, a bond, memories, and most importantly family. I'm pretty much thankful and grateful that I came here to SHU because I don't think I'd want to meet any other people in the world to have as a family of friends than the ones I have now.

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Foster (11 and 13)

Chapter 11

"Writers kill off characters for the same set of reasons -- make action happen, cause plot complications, end plot complications, put other characters under stress."

Ahen I first read this I thought that characters were killed off just to get rid of them because they were not needed for the story anymore (not just in literature but also in tv and theater). I read this sentence at least three times and I thought back to every single thing I've read recently (since break) and I could see those reason to when characters were killed off. I found this sentence effective because I could possibly use it in a story for the future (althought I should know it already lol).

Chapter 13

"Writers tend to be men and women who are interested in the world around them. That world contains many things, and on the level of society, part of what it contains is the political reality of the time -- power structures, relations among classes, issues of justice and rights, interactions between the sexes and among various racial and ethnic constituencies."

I really like this section of chapter 13. Again, when I think back to a lot of books that I've read I can see politics in it. I don't uderstand much about politics (and I'll be the first to admit it) but when I was thinking back and saw so many things speaking about issues and racial things and class issues it amazed me. I can think of one book that had class problems and justice problems. It amazes me more that I never made the connection.

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Ex 1-4c: A Clever Blank-Verse Entry on Your Blog (10pts) -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

Hi everyone and how did your weekend go?
I was in the woods, the weather so cold.
It's now our last week here at Seton Hill
before Spring Break comes where we will go home.
I yearned to relax, maybe read a book.
There' way too many things for me to do
like painting walls and seeing old home friends
but never least I want to just sleep.
As I am here and time goes on and on,
The memory of home is fading so.
I miss my mom and I do miss my dad
And I miss the privacy like I once had.
Although I miss my home and the good ol' days,
my friends at SHU are making this like home.

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February 24, 2006

Antony and Cleopatra Acts 3-5

I think that in the end I kind of felt mixed emotions towards Antony and Cleopatra. I wanted to feel bad for their suicides but in all reality I don't. Antony is whipped by Cleopatra. When she turns the ship around he follors her leading his navy to defeat. I feel Cleopatra is selfish and not really thinking about what she does to Antony. He yelled at her so she told a messenger to tell Antony that she killed herself. Ok I understand fights and everything in relationships but that, to me, is way to drastic. Why would someone tell the person they loved that they killed themself over a blowup??? He's so in love with her that he kills himseld and I don't think Cleopatra kills herself mainly because of Antony's suicide. I think that's at least half the reason. She doesn't want to go to be Rome with Caesae to be shown off as a prize over the victory. I want to feel bad that Antony and Cleopatra killed themselves but I really don't. The only one I really feel bad for is Enobarbus because he had to leave Antony because he was making decisions and not thinking of his people. He went over to Caesars side. He felt for becoming a traitor to Antony so he went into a hole and died. It's sad that he died over someone elses actions.

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February 22, 2006

Antony and Cleopatra acts 1 and 2

I kind of got annoyed of Cleopatra. From the way I see it she was this beautiful exotically looking woman (which yes I know she can't help) that made all the men weak in the knees. She reminded of those girls in school that want attention but don't want to give anything back.

The onyl way I oppose that is when she shows her love for Antony so obviously.

"Why should I think you can be mine and true,
Though you in swearing shake the throned gods,
Whos have been false to Fulvia? Riotous madness,
To be entangles with those mout-made vows,
Which break themselves in swearing!

I felt here that she was jealous in a way of Fulvia. She loves Antony so much. It's like one of those situations where girl loves man, man loves other girl so first girl can't have man.

"Horrible villain! or I'll spurn thine eyes,
Like balls before me; I'll unhair thy head"

Cleopatra learns that Fulvia died later on in Act 1 and that he married Octavia. I think once again she is jealous and envious of Octavia. She wants to be with him so bad that she wants to spurn eyes out and unhair a head. I know when I read this for the first time I thought she was a little crazy but I think she is just so in love with him that the craziness comes out.

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February 16, 2006

The Raven Academic article.

I think this was one of the few times, if not the first, that I read an academic article and understood it. I understood The Raven by Coleridge but as I read this article I kept seeing the connections he made and I actually liked reading it.

"To make the effect even more powerful, the poet conctrasts the particular symbols in dialectical pairs, such as the rose and the raven, sun and moon, or day and night."

I think out of this whole article I liked the connection between the raven and the rose the most.

"The Rose is frequently either white or red, and the raven is black. this combination of colors means: White -- 'birth and growth' but also purity, and immaculation, red -- 'love and battle', and black -- 'death-divination"

I felt like these three colors depicted the whole play. White is birth and growth. The birthing part was the acorn being planted and the baby birds. The growth was how the tree became more powerful but I also felt that growth could represent how he searched and searched for a lady bird.

"Many Autumns, many Springs
Traveled he with wandering wings:
Many summers, many Winters
I can't tell half his adventures."

That part of the third stanza in the poem made me feel like that was growth too because he was growing older as a bird. The color red means love and battle. There was love for a short time in this poem when Coleridge mentioned the lady bird and the baby birds. The battle is between the Woodman and the raven once the tree is cut down. Black means death. Symbolized by black in the poem was the ravens family dying, the tree dying and the Woodman dying.

"The Woodman used the oak wood to make a ship, but, absurdly, this ship became his coffin."

I really loved this line. I loved how the line was worded. Hacova mentioned right after that sentence that coffins are very often made of oak. I thought that was such a great piece of symbolization because I would have never noticed that if Hacova did not say it.

"Reverend John Coleridge was always preoccupied with his parishioners at Ottery St. Mary and young Samuel felt he never got enough attention, time, and love from his father."

I wondered for a second if this was how his life was then why he did he write about happy love (for a short time). A few seconds later I felt that it was because this is how he wanted his life to be like. It doesn't mention his mother so that makes me wonder. But his father kind of neglected him. I feel that the happy part of the poem is the relationship he wanted with his father and maybe when the woodman died that was a relation for the death of his relationship with his father.

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February 14, 2006

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Eliot, ''The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock'' -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

This poem took me a while to understand but I think it is about procrastination, analysis, and confusion. I think this guy in the poem (which I do side with Amanda and feel it is a poem and not a song) thinks he has all the time in the world to tell this girl how he feels.

And should I then presume?
And how should I begin?

I feel here that he is analyzing what to do too much. I do this all the time (not just with people that I have feelings for) and by the time I know what to do I have to rush to do it the way I want to. It's aggravating in a sense but I know what I want to do.

It's human to be scared to tell someone how you feel. You feel doubtful on your part but there is a risk in everything.

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February 13, 2006

The Raven

Coleridge,''The Raven'' -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

I liked this poem a lot. Once again I felt like Coleridge was symbolizing life. As I started reading the first stanza I thought that the Raven was going to be mean to the man cutting down his tree. But the man that cut down his tree made me feel like he was the actual Raven and the bird was just helpless. When the Raven planted the seed and went away for "Many Autumns, many Springs", I felt that symbolized life. The bird found a mate and had little birds while the tree was growing. Then when a Woodman came and cut down the tree his family died and so did the tree. Life just came and went and the Woodman didn't care for he needed to make a ship. I never really thought about how much humans affect animals. Our needs are their ways of life.

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February 11, 2006

The five poems

The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay

I have to agree with Dena and say that I don't understand this poem at all. It seems like someone just made it up in 2 minutes and thought that was good enough.

The Turtle
by Ogden Nash

Once again I don't understand this poem. If anything, I agree with Andy and say he was just mavelled at how nature is. It kind of reminds me how kids are always asking questions because they are curious of things. We don't necessarily want to know what gender the turtles are but we're curious at how they both look the same (we can't tell them apart) and they are still reproducing.

Trees by Joyce Kilmer

I liked this poem a lot. It's obviously about nature.

"Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree."

This is my favorite part of the poem. I felt like it was saying that humans can do a lot of things in their lifetime and we might think we're powerful beings but God created nature and makes it grow. Yeah, humans plant flowers and whatnot but God was the one who created those flowers and they evolved.

The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson

I liked this poem a lot as well. It reminded me of my childhood when I would try to go as high as I felt comfortable on the swings. Sometimes I'd lay back a little and stare at whatever comes to vision.

I also felt like the swing was a journey and going up and down and seeing all the things that the person in the poem saw are steps in the journey that someone will face. Maybe I symbolize too much (lol) by Robert Louis Stevenson
but that's what I feel.

Happy Thought

There are only two lines in this poem. I felt that the first line was true but the second line was not so much. Yes there are a lot of things in this world that will make us happy. But I don't think we should all be as happy as kings. I don't think that ever single king in the world is really happy. I mean I don't know a king personally and I don't have any phone number from a king but it's just what I feel. I think that the only reason that they are a king is because their father wanted to keep the royal name in the royal spot. They commanded their son to be king. Yes, they have "the life" as some people would say. they have food served, they live in a big place... kinda like you have the fame and fortune. I don't think kings have many true friends. I mean they are respected because of who they are but they're missing that friendship from their lives. I don't know if this is how everyone else feels but this is how I feel. Let me know what you feel about any of these poems.

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February 09, 2006

The Three Poems

I haven't read poetry in a while so reading these three poems were kind of a challenge to understand. I think I must have read all three at least three times.

When I read Because I Could Not Stop For Death, the first thing that popped in my mind was A Christmas Carol when Scrooge was being taken around by the three ghosts. It really opened his eyes. I felt like "I" (whoever I is in the story) was being shown life.

"Feels shorter than the day"

This reminds me of as people grow older the days seem to feel shorter. They live their life to the fullest but when there is nothing more you can do the days just seem short.

In Spring and Fall I related the title to the part

"Ah! as the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder"

When we're a little child our parents tried to protect us from the "real world" as they know it. So when we were young we were happy and we were cared for. As we grew older the real world is shown to us and we really did see sights that are colder than when we were younger. And when we grow older to when we're above 50 we saw sights that were colder than when we were 20. I think though that we don't just see sights that are colder, we feel differently about the way of life.

Dillusionment of Ten O' Clock

The part
"The houses are haunted By white night-gowns"

reminded me a little of Forster's A Machine Stops. They lived in their little hexagonal cubicles and from what I got out of the line in Dillusionment of Ten o' Clock, that is what they do too. I feel like the people are normal but their also dreary and just plain boring.

"People are not going to dream of baboons and periwinkles."

I feel that these people who are boring and dreary think that if they dream about these sort of things that they will be looked at as weird and abnormal. I think this relates to society today. People are scared to think outside the box and maybe even act outside the box. It's like outside of the box is abmnormality and inside the box is the safe normal people who are afraid to get made fun of and take a risk.

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February 07, 2006

Forster "The Machine Stops"

This story kind of reminded me of the movie Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Don't ask me why it just did. I don't know what it was based off of but there were like flying robots and there was a air base that was like a ship that carries planes (would that be a carrier? I don't know lol) The movie is futuristic like that.

"The machine is much but it is not eveything."

I pretty much agree with this sentence. A machine (whatever it is) is much but it is not everything. The first machine-like thing that I thought of was a computer. I know that I'm on my laptop all the time. It keeps me in contact with my friends from home, some family members and I have the Internet. But I know that I don't have to IM my friends and family and look for things on the internet. I can mail them letters and use a phone book to find things that I really need to find.

"People never touched one another the custom had become obsolete owing to the machine."

I think that Forster predicted AIM as we know it today. I mean yeah I hang out with my friends a lot here at SHU and when I'm home with my friends I hang out with them too but I talk to them more over AIM than I see them probably.

"All the fear and the superstition that existed once have been destroyed by the machine."

I disagree with this in the sense of computers. There are many fears and warnings for people on computers. Never meet people online. It's common sense but for some reason people still do it. I don't really know of any superstitions with other things.

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February 02, 2006

How to Build a Fire

"There was nobody to talk to; and had there been, speech would have been impossible because of the ice muzzle on his mouth."

I thought this was kind of ironic when I read this because I kind of feel like it relates to my other blog about Foster. It reminded me of the winter making some people feel depressed and that there was nothing. I'm not saying that he was depressed or aything like that I just found it to relate in a way.

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Foster (Chapter 10 and 12)

Wallace Stevens uses snow to indicate inhuman, abstract thought, particularly thought concerned with nothingness, "Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is," as he puts it.

I thought this was interesting. My mom has always been told that during winter people get depressed or are just kind of blah (I guess you can say it that way lol). That's what snow represented to her so I thought that this was kind of funny because depression, to me, is like you feel you have nothing left...well that's a part of it.

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