September 18, 2004

Essay question #6 from quiz 1-1

Essay question number 6 asks, what does Poe mean when he writes, “How should he love thee? Or how deem thee wise, / Who wouldst not leave him in his wandering / To seek for treasure in the jeweled skies”? Refer to other specific concepts or images from the poem.

In my opinion when Poe writes, “How should he love thee?” he is talking about mans relationship with science. “How should he love thee?” How should man accept science? Will the relationship between science and man be a pleasant one, or a troubled one? The rest of the phrase asks, “Or how deem thee wise?” What makes man wise? To me, Poe is asking what makes a person (man) wise. Does a person’s grasp of science make them wise? The next part says, “Who wouldst not leave him in his wandering / To seek for treasure in the jeweled skies” What Poe is saying in this phrase is that science leaves us wandering. Science is so vast and so great that it makes us curious and leaves us wandering. When Poe exclaims, “To seek for treasure in the jeweled skies,” I think he is referring to the stars and the constellations. Back then the stars, meteors (falling stars), the sun, and the moon would have extraordinary to the people. Today we have advanced technology to explain to us some of the activities of outer space, back then those things would be leaving people in wonderment. I understood this poem in the way that science is everywhere and it leaves an impact on people. In the beginning of the poem Poe writes, “Why preyest thou thus upon the poets heart / Vulture, whose wings are dull realities.” Poe asking science why is it so incredible that it drives poets to write poems. Then he explains that science consumes everything and science is fact, is reality.

I think this poem is really fascinating because of the time when it was written. Today science is still boggling our minds but we have some explanation, Poe wouldn’t have had those explanations. It is really interesting to read about science in a different way from a different perspective.

Posted by JessicaZelenak at 12:24 PM | Comments (0)

September 8, 2004


In my opinion, the relationship between Barnleby and the author reminded me somewhat of the movie Rainman. No so much the story, but the relationship made me think of the connection between Cruise and Hoffman in Rainman.

Posted by JessicaZelenak at 3:34 PM | Comments (3)