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January 31, 2006

Closed Case?

Glaspell, ''Trifles'' (1916) -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

County Attorney: Well, ladies, have you decided whether she was going to quilt it or knot it?

This play is very cynical and the men have a sarcastic attitude towards the women. They think that they are superior and smarter but they do not solve the case, it is the women who figure it out. They are too busy looking for clues where clues don't exsist. The women find clues and slowly piece it together. I think that Mrs. Wright is going to get away with the murder because it is the women that figure out what happened. The women in the play have a lot of sympathy toward Mrs. Wright, especially Mrs. Hale who is upset that she hadn't gone to visit Mrs. Wright more often. It's great that Glaspell left the ending open to so much interpretation.

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January 30, 2006

New Age Writing

Lehman, ''The World Trade Center'' (1996) -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

While I was reading The World Trade Center by David Lehman I thought of something Dr. Jerz said last semester. He said that writers today don't need to put a lot of thought into each word they select because of computers. They can save it and edit later. It seemed as though Lehman had wrote this in one sitting, then I looked some things up on him and found out he wrote a poem a day for 160 days (I think) in a row. I think you could really tell when reading it. I enjoyed it though.

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Judith Oster "On 'Desert Places'"

Oster [On ''Desert Places''] -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

"Having nothing more to say was what he assumed lay behind Hemingway's decision to commit suicide - a motive and a decision Frost defended."

This really made me think, to a poet speaking to the world is their entire purpose in life. So, when they run out of things to say what else is there left for them to do. Hemingway is one of my favorite writers, I never thought of him in that way.

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January 25, 2006

Frost "Mending Wall" and "After Apple-Picking"

If I could put a notion in his head:
"Why do they make good neighbors? Isn't it
Where there are cows? But here there are no cows.
Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offense.
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That wants it down."

I really like this passage because it shows his inability or unwillingness to try to talk to his neighbor and persaude him that good neighbors are more than good fences. He understands that there is nothing between the fences and he doesn't understand why they are putting up the fence. Yet he just goes along with the neighbor, without saying a word.

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