Poem, Your Choice

The poem I decided to analyze is “A Dog Has Died” by Pablo Neruda. The poem can be found almost on any poetry website but here is the link where I found it originally: poetry foundation. I chose this work and poet because I am not familiar with either. I think this is the best approach to enhance my poetry skills for the course, writing about literature.

Born Neftali Reyes Basoalto, Pablo Neruda is a Chilean author from the city of Parral. He is best known for having variety in his style of writing such as surrealist poems, historical epics, and passionate love poems. Neruda got his fame as a poet at a very early age when he began his literacy career.

In Neruda’s poem “A Dog Has Died” it is very obvious to the reader through context and the title that the poem is about the passing of his beloved best friend. While analyzing the poem I noticed these lines, “Someday I’ll join him right there/ but now he’s gone with his shaggy coat,” (Neruda lines 4-5). The author has made it very clear early on in the poem that himself (the narrator) has become compliant with the idea of death. I also noticed how Neruda pays special attention to the speaker which is himself in the poem. In the line, “No, my dog used to gaze at me/ paying me the attention that I need/ the attention required”. (Neruda lines 26-28). These lines convey that speaker has made it clear what state of mind he is in. The speaker is now in the grieving period of his dog and reflects back on their life together. After, reading the poems several times, I came across different interpretations. The first way I read the poem aloud was in a very sincere manner. The second time around, I found myself taking on a different approach to the poem. Reading the poem aloud a few times over enabled me to see how he wasn’t just grieving over the dog but praising him and stating how proud he was of their relationship, “all his sweet and shaggy life/ always near me, never troubling me/ and asking nothing”. (Neruda lines 34-36). Neruda’s message is clear and that death is something that happens even to man’s best friend. Neruda makes a connection with death and conveys that even the least “servile” lives will pass.

Source: Poem, Your Choice

Hilborn, “OCD”

It was interesting for me to read and then watch him perform this poem. I think reading the poem first was best because now when I go back and try to re-read I have his voice reciting the poem in my own head.

The first time I read this poem I thought about the concept of the speaker. I asked myself how would someone recite this or who speaking, and what state of mind are they in. The poem to me came off as if someone is always nervous to please their significant other. Now, after watching him recite the poem live, I gained a whole new perspective to the poem. Seeing him recite the poem with such emotion gave a new sound to the poem. The way the speaker emphasized certain phrases or paused briefly created a scenario for the poem itself. When watching the live version of the poem I could really hear how he would speed up and then slow down to show the significance of the words.

Source: Hilborn, “OCD”

Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

In Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” I noticed T. S. Eliot uses a lot of repetition throughout the poem. I noticed right away in the first line of the first stanza Eliot brings up a ‘you’, “Let us go then, you and I,” (line 1). I feel bringing up the ‘you’ so early on (the very beginning to be exact) is a way the author wants the reader to know this person is on his mind. Also, I feel the repetition reflects on this thought of the ‘you’ throughout. Eliot says, “So how should I presume?” (lines 54 & 68) I feel the use of repeating phrases and questions such as this to let the reader know he keeps second guessing himself about the ‘you’ throughout the poem. Perhaps this is a way to let the reader know that the narrator of the poem is also uneasy about the ‘you’ meaning maybe he is uncertain of his relationship with this person.

Source: Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

Shakespeare, Sonnet 116

In “Sonnet 116”, I found that many of the terms mentioned in the book came into play with this particular poem. I found this to be a rather easier read because of the length but that doesn’t mean it lacks in content. Shakespeare wrote this poem utilizing the feature of lineation.

“O, no, it an ever-fixed mark”

Here in line 5, Shakespeare is using a technique called a caesuras. Shakespeare does this to “create variety in the pattern of the line”. (Gardner & Diaz 104) The technique is used to create a long pause within the poem. Often times I feel the author does this to make the reader stop and think about the words on the page, almost as if he wants us to reflect on the theme of love such as in “Sonnet 116”.

Source: Shakespeare, Sonnet 116

RWAL 6 “Writing about Poems”

In RWAL 6 “Writing about Poems” I noticed this passage, “In fact it is always a good idea to read a poem aloud several times, giving yourself the opportunity to experience the role that sound plays in the poem’s meaning.” (Gardner & Diaz 102)

When reading through this chapter of the course book I found many of the poetry terms mentioned to be useful. One section that really stood out for me was the sound and sense category. The text states how important it is to “pay special attention to the sounds of a poem.” I think this is a great skill to get used to doing on a regular basis. Poems more often than not are written to have many different interpretations and by utilizing this skill it allows readers to see this. Also, reading a poem aloud several times helps to orally get the different sounds out of poems.

Source: RWAL 6 “Writing about Poems”

Discussion Portfolio 2

With the second portfolio of the semester I am going into this one, with areas that need work. This time around for the blog posts I did not do as well with timeliness and scheduling out my readings. I will say much of the portfolio will include blogs from “Taming of the Shrew” which I can reluctantly say fits into most of the categories.


The blog that fits this category best would be my post on Act 1 of “Taming of the Shrew”. In this post I went into detail about what challenges I faced reading a play like this for the first one time. I feel I went into great depth about the strategies I used to complete the reading.

Another post that went into great depth was my post on “Shrew to Subject”. For this post I went into great detail about the academic article and explained what I took in and my point of view towards the author’s article.

My post on RWal 5 (1 of 3) also fits into this category. I feel I went into detail about how the author leaves certain information out about characters and it is up to readers to decide. This post I feel I went into depth more because I agreed with the idea that sometimes we just do not have all the insight from the author or other characters.


A post that best fits this category is my post on Act 1 of “Taming of the Shrew”. Here for this post I used different strategies from the course book to take on a new play in a way I have not done in the past.

Another post that was risky was my post on Act 2 of “Taming of the Shrew”. Here for this post I questioned a play for the first and a character’s motives, for me I feel this was a risk and I was able to further enjoy the reading by questioning the text in this way.


For this category I did have much outside sources either linked or talked about in my blog posts.

One post that I feel would go into this category would be my post on Act 5 of “Taming of the Shrew”. For this post I tied Katherine’s monologue to today’s society and standards of women.


One post that sparked a peer to comment on my blog was my “Shrew to Subject” post. The idea I brought up about how Katherine took a stance from an educated female point of view sparked the comment.

I also had another post that caused Dr. Jerz to leave a comment. My post on Act 2 of “Taming of the Shrew”, questioned whether or not Katherine’s wit would hold up later in the play and I believe this drew attention to post that showed my ability to think deeper about the play.


Although most of my posts for this time around were on time, I still got behind on some of the readings for John Henry and failed to complete the posts for these. But, I still have posts that were completed on time: Act 4 of “Taming of the Shrew” and Act 5 of “Taming of the Shrew”.



Most of my blog posts this time around I feel did go into detail and had supporting evidence from quotes within the passages. On the other hand, some did not go into as much detail as I would have liked to but the following are a list of posts that were done: RWal 5 (2 of 3), RWal 5 (3 of 3).


After completing my second portfolio, I am confident the post I chosen for each category match directly with the description of the categories on canvas. An area I would like to enhance upon would be intertextuality, I believe I could enhance my close reading skills in this class by relating more to outside resources and using them to support my stand on the reading material. For this post, I will say I think my depth category is the strongest this time around as I have tried to go into greater detail to make this category stronger than it has in the past.


Source: Discussion Portfolio 2

Portfolio 2

I have reached the second portfolio for Newswriting. This portfolio shows where I have grown in each category and where I still may need room for improvements. I believe this portfolio focuses more on each category rather than just one.


My blog about “details” fits as the number one post for this category. In this post I talk about how about details drive the news stories but with facts. I was able to go into depth with this post from my own experiences.

My post on “rise of mobility” in the news fits here as well. I went into great depth about how the news is already on our handheld devices and argued that this is not the future but the present.


My post on printed newspaper fits best I believe. Within this post, I was tried something new. I attached a google doc of a previous editorial I wrote for another class and tied the two ideas together. I feel I was risky in trying something new.

My article on Mac Miller I submitted also falls under this category. I took a risk and made an editorial into news but also made it awareness. This was the first time I wrote about something that was published all over the country and tied it to our community.


The best post for this category is the printed newspaper post. I was able to take a paper from another class and bring it into my post with a link to tie my ideas together. I think this area I have improved on.

My post about objectivity, fits here as well. I was able to talk about the ideas on objectivity the book had. I also went online and found a video showing bad examples to help what I had to say from my experiences being a student journalist.


Even though this post did not generate any comments from peers. I think my post about sharing news stories is worth bringing up in discussion. I see too many people sharing news that has click-bait like titles.

Caitlin’s post on adapting to medium’s had me commenting on her blog.  I talked about how the mediums are always changing and how I agree but it is not just journalists but everyone including the readers who adapt as well.


My post on point of view I feel fits here best. In class we were given a certain amount of time to post this during class. I was able to meet the deadline given to me.

Also my post on the competition with news and technology fits here as well.  This post was published early and I feel I put my thought into not to just get it done but put my effort and timeliness into this.


My post on sharing news stories fits here as well. This post did not go into great detail or tie in anything except for brief personal experiences. I could have made a stronger post.

My post about details and why they matter definitely fits into this category as well. I feel I covered everything there is needed to be said about details within a news story and more, covering several aspects of being journalist.

With the end of my second portfolio I feel have grown in some areas. My timeliness has improved and I have not missed a blog post since my first portfolio so the timeliness category reflects this. The intertextuality category is something I have been improving on since the first portfolio and I think this is becoming one of my strongest areas. I would like to improve in all areas but discussion and depth are going to be my next major focus.

Source: Portfolio 2

NM The Future (2 of 4)

One section that sparked concern in the journalism realm was the section on the “rise of mobile” on page 137. I feel as though there is a lot to be said about news becoming an even bigger presence on mobile devices. I have to say I disagree with what the book has stated. Although it is true most news sources on mobile devices come from social media rather google, I think this is only aa small portion of the possibilities and what is already out functioning with our mobile technology.

For example, even though my household still gets a print edition of the Tribune Review, I get a lot of my national news on my phone. Most smart phones, not all, in our modern age are equipped with a news app. This app allows most users to pick favorite publications and media sources. This is where I get a lot of my political news stories and updates. With that being said, I think journalism has already begun the rise of mobile news. Also, with technology changing so fast over the years, I can easily see how news corporations will take the needs necessary to provide mobile users with the capability.

Source: NM The Future (2 of 4)

NM The Future (1 of 4)

In NM The Future (1 of 4) I noticed this passage, “Even the printed newspaper seems destined to last for a long time in one form or another, and the same goes for a variety of other news media formats.” (Anderson, Downie, and Schudson 121)

Reflecting on my own experiences and what research I have done on my own. My argument stands with this particular passage. For my course, Writing About Literature, I just recently wrote an editorial on why online articles will not outlive print editions.

Editorial: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FwbYFIVlpPbTQKLA2XnMDjdK3Kim7Gn-83j8_Xoecfk/edit?usp=sharing

The article goes on about how people will always have a preference. It is about the idea of analog vs digital. The old vs the news. Both have pros and cons when broken down into certain variables. Online offers an endless database where you can search for hours and the print forms offer the experience of actually reading through without pop-up ads. It really comes down to which form people prefer and as of now, both are in existence for a while.

Source: NM The Future (1 of 4)

Details Matter

The blog from Dr. Jerz was full of quality information student journalists should take in because the following were very key journalistic formatting tips. As a student journalist and online-editor of Seton Hill’s student newspaper, I have grown to understand the importance of letting the facts and quotes write the article for you. If you do not have any quotes then it seems the reporter is the one with the opinion. Also, news story need to be fact-driven with some minor detail. Within a news article the reporter should include facts but they should keep them down to a minimum to keep the reader informed and also engaged. Reporters do not write to give their opinions but opinions of the people. With this being said about facts, details, and quotes, reporters must also just state the quote or fact straight up in the article in a way that is grammatically correct. There should be no summarizing of quotes. From my experiences this is just what I got from the blog and also the student paper.

Source: Details Matter