March 03, 2005

Blog Portfolio I

Well here it is folks - my first blog portfolio of 2005. As I've blogged more, I have become much more comfortable with this format of writing, and believe these entries are significantly better than the ones I wrote for EL150 last spring. Well, enjoy!

1) In Pygmalian, I blogged about the differences between the 17th Century and the 20th Century translations of the Ancient Greek tale "Pygmalian." I began by giving my readers a brief summary of the plot, then went on to mention some key points that stuck out to me and brought up some similarities with one of my favorite childhood stories.

2) In Blogging 101, I reflected on my past blogging experiences and discussed how Amanda and Julie helped reaquaint me with the ins and outs of this academic experience.

3) After reading two of my favorite stories thus far, I blogged about the blindness issues brought up in "Mike May's Journal" and "The Cathedral." I equated Mike's loss with my experiences in getting glasses, and began to think about how beauty is portrayed to one who can't see.

4) Wow, Those Core Requirements Sure Come in Handy! After reading Plato's "The Allegory of the Cave" I was brought back to last semester's class with Dr. Atherton and was able to use that knowledge to help me understand this text in a different context.

5) After reading Plato's "Ion" and an an excerpt from "Phaedrus," I felt the need to blog about how many times people feel the need to speak about a certain subject, even if they have no prior knowledge about said subject. I also discussed the concepts of Truth and Reality found in these texts, and began the first of many debates regarding Plato's view on art and artists.

6) In Influence of Technology, I discussed certain issues in Churchill's article "What Socrates Said to Phaedrus: Reflections on Technology and Education." I discussed how I had never stopped to think about the sociological impact of technology, and was reminded of my mother by his discussion of people's reluctance to change.

7) Building upon my previous blog about Plato's view on art, I used the blog entry Imitation or Interpretation to discuss Book X of his Republic and Fajardo-Acosta's "Understanding Literature." Both of these texts examined the concept of "dolce et utile" or "sweet and beautiful" in reference to the usefulness of art.

8) In Plato vs. Aristotle - Who Would Win? I pitted Plato's views on art against those of Aristotle in his "Poetics." I discussed how both philosophers agreed that art was imitative, but Plato said it's imitation was worthless while Aristotle argued that its imitation of life should be valued.

9) After reading Eliot's article "Tradition and the Individual Talent," I was reminded of the class period we spent without a professor where we discussed Anne's Blog and Aristotle's view that all poetry is a form of imitation, since we cannot create anything without drawing on our history and prior knowledge. I also used this blog to discuss Pope's "Essay on Criticism." I discussed how I felt that Pope's article was too heavy on the critic-bashing, and that *gasp* rules are good.

10) In Useful and Useless - It's All the Same to Wilde, I discussed both the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray and Wilde's essay "The Decay of Lying." I felt that Wilde contradicted himself in these two texts, for in the preface he stated that "All art is useless," but in "The Decay of Lying" he claimed that art has the most important use - to create beauty in life.

11) I spent two blogs discussing The Picture of Dorian Gray. In the first, I mentioned how I immediately knew why this text was on our curriculum because the emphasis placed on beauty was the driving force of the novel. I then went on to discuss the three main characters and their relationship with and/or theories on beauty. In the second blog, I threw around some ideas for my essay after having completed the book and discussed certain elements of the story such as the yellow book, the manifestation of Dorian's conscience, and the connection between beauty and goodness.

12) In Aesthetic Realism, I connected Waldrep's article to my blog entry where I discussed the contradictions I found in Wilde's work. I found Waldrep's view on Wilde's combined use of Realism and Aestheticism intriguing, and decided to touch on this aspect of his work in my paper.

Well, there you have it. Enjoy!

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