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January 31, 2006

Close Writing; Roberts

I am so used to writing about plot or character that I am having a hard time grasping the concept of the close reading. I started my paper and think that I underdstand. I guess that I will see. I think that trying to pick out what I think are important points based on language is hard.

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January 30, 2006


"Well, Henry, at least we found out that she was not going to quilt it. She was going to--what is it you call it, ladies?"

I really enjoyed this reading. I like this passage because it shows the irony of the story. The men think that the women are clueless and worried about unimportant matters such as fruit. However, it is the women's interest in the unimportant that causes major eveidence to be found. The men are searching "normal" places for evidence and obviously find nothing. What is funny is that the men do not realize that women know other women. They should have used the presence of the women to their advantage.

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January 29, 2006

The World Trade Center

"When the bomb went off and the buildings became
A great symbol of America, like the Statue
Of Liberty at the end of Hitchcock's Saboteur.
My whole attitude toward the World Trade Center
Changed overnight."

-First of all, I like how this poem flows because it is almost set up as a story, not a poem. It is simple yet imformative. It is right to the point. I like that it can be taken literally. To me, it is one of those you do not miss it until it is gone situations. It is sad that sometimes the most simplest of things is overlooked until something bad happens. People need to realize that there is beauty and reason in everything no matter what its appearance. We need to appreciate things more for what they really are.

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Judith Oster

Even when the journey is into one's own desert places, one's humanity or identity is threatened, and loneliness, the apposition suggests, can do this too. What terrifies him so much, however, is not the fact that he is alone, without other people, but that alone with himself he may find nothing—no one and nothing within."

-This is a very powerful statment. I know from personal experience that the feeling of being alone is horrible. However, to know that you are not happy with yourself is devastating. The only way to get through feeling alone is to know that you are loved and will get through something. However, if you cannot do that, it would be terrifying.
-I like this poem. I think that it is put together very nicely. I like the rhyme of "spaces" and "race is". The pun is nicely done.

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January 25, 2006

After Apple Picking blog

That struck the earth,
No matter if not bruised or spiked with stubble,
Went surely to the cider-apple heap
As of no worth.

I like this because of its rhyme of ABBA. This poem states that even the most beautiful of the apples were not admired for what they were, but for what they will be. I think it is sad that an object is not often admired for what they are.

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