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I'm a huge fan of Frost to be honest, my favorite poem will probably always be The Road Not Taken and in second place would be Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, but instead of writing about something I like I wanted to talking about something that intrigued me, which was Frosts Fire and Ice.
How often do we freeze people out when we don't like someone? Growing up the best way I got back at people was to give them the cold shoulder and boy was I good at it too. Sometimes giving the cold shoulder lasts a lifetime then when something happens to one of the people, the other person feels terrible because all they had to do was say they were sorry.
How often do we get so angry at people that we say things that we don't mean. Our anger and hate hurts the people around us, most of the time someone that has nothing to do with the situation that you are angry about.
I guess I just like that Frost kind of tells it like it is.

In a normal circumstance after reading a poem a person would start thinking about the poem and what it means. After reading this poem I began to think about how fun it would be to pick apples on an apple orchard. I think this little fantasy began when I saw Cider House Rules (which is a really good movie I might add if you haven't seen it). This boy in an orphanage leaves to go see the world. He ends up spending quite a bit of time (most of the movie) at an apple orchard. There is just something about being involved in the festivities. I just always thought it would be something interesting to do even though it might sound kind of silly.

After talking with Dr. Jerz I thought I better add more to this blog.
I have always been a hard worker, just from doing things like habitat for humanity I realized that I like working hard from the beginning of the day till the end - at the end of the day you know you worked hard and got a lot done. I love that Frost mentions something like this in his poem.
"And I keep hearing from the cellar bin
The rumbling sound
Of load on load of apples coming in.
For I have had too much
Of apple-picking; I am overtired
Of the great harvest I myself desired.
There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch,
Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall." (Frost)

The Great Gatsby and Racism?

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The last time I read this book I kind of raced through without really picking up on things. All I could think about was how much I hated Daisy and Tom. This time I took it slow at noticed things that I didn't before. We always talk about the issue of Gatsby being truely great or not, or we talk about issues we have with Daisy and the mistress, Mrs Wilson, but never something like racism.
"'Civilization's going to pieces', broke out Tom violently. "I've gotten to be a terible pessimist about things. Have you read The Rise of the Colored Empires by this man Goddard?"' (Fitzgerald 12).
"The idea is if we don't look out the white race will be - will be utterly submerged. It's all scientific stuff; it's been proved." (Fitzgerald 13)
"This fellow has worked out the whole thing. It's up to us, who are the dominant race to watch out or these other races will have control of things." (Fitzgerald 13).
I really can't remember if the rest of the book makes any mention of this but I'm kind of curious about it now

"Criticism is an inevitable as breathing, and that we should be non the worse for articulating what passes in our minds when we read a book and feel and emotion about it." (Elliot)
I really never thought about how much we criticize authors and poets. When we read a book we compare it to another author of the same genre or we compare it to another book by that same author. In almost every single one of my english classes we have comparied Shakespeare and Marlow. Whenever you read a book or a poem there is some kind of criticism going on inside your head.
When we criticize a poet, author, or some other writer we always look at their history, we have to dind out every part of their background because that may explain why they worte this or that. I have to aks, why do we do this? I'm sure there are times where the author/poet/whoever isn't writing about their life and genearl experiences but something they are interested in. I'm going to used Dr. Arnzen as an example. He writes all kinds of crazy horror stories and poems. He writes these poems and stories because this is where his interests lie. Obviously he isn't some crazy ax murderer in his off hours as a professor. I think it's one thing to look at the history, the things going on during the life of the author/poet/who ever. I honestly think this helps us understand the work better than learning about the author. If we can understand the environment that the author/poet is living in we can understand any kind of reference that is made.
To back this up I love that Elliot even says that our emotions don't have anything to do with what we write, sometimes people write to escape, a person may be miserable and alone but will write a poem or story about finding true love and riding off into the sunset because they are escaping their situation.

Sometimes I wonder why professors or anybody for that matter bothers to ask what is literature. I mean there are so many definitions and I love how this article comes right out and says that there are so many things that can be considered as literature from Shakespeare to some funeral letters. I have to wonder if there is anything that isn't considered literature, seriously. If I wrote something on a napkin (lets say a poem) at lunch and chose to share it with others does that make it literature?
I'm going to jump right in and say that there was one little section that really bothered me, something I totally disagreed with:
"The literary work was neither a vehicle for ideas, a reflection of social reality nor the incarnation of some transcendental truth: it was a material fact whoes functioning could be anazlysed rather as one could examine a machine" (Eagleton 3)
I really don't get this quote, I mean aren't there so many pieces of literature out there that are reflecting something about society of that time such as Animal Farm, If you have read it the book clearly makes a statement about marxism and the stalin era. I think that many writers write to make some kind of point especially when looking at differnt eras where there was some kind of crisis going on, hense animal farm. Guliver's Travels is another example. Swift is obviously making fun of society, such as the debate of what religion is right. I also think that the things that we write do influence other people, we can get ideas from other peoples work (without plagerizing of course).
As much as I disagreed with some of the issues that were discussed in this article in the book I agreed with some statments as well. "All literary works, in other words are rewritten, if only unconsciously by the societies which read them" (Eagleton 12). I really think that we do take the stories we read especially if it's something old such as Canterbury Tales or any of Shakespeare's plays and turn it into something that we can picture today, which I think is such a bad idea. People seem to forget that we need to put ourselves in Chaucer's shoes not the other way around or we won't begin to understand what we are reading.

Now that I"m finished with my little rant I want to add that I'm blogging for two classes this semester, the last two I need to graduate I may add (yay!) so I appoligize now if I put my blog links in the wrong class area.

I thought I would get the ball rolling by dusting off my little old blog and writing an entry. As I was trying to add an entry I found it harder than I remembered, Wow Dr. Jerz, you have changed the movable type so much with so many crazy options but I kind of like it, but we will see if my opinion changes once we get into the semester. It's probably a good idea that I created a new blog instead of waiting until later.
Anyways, this will be my final semester, I can't believe graduation is only a few months away, I will admit I'm excited and a little scared, but I am ready to move on with my life, I'm tired of school. I was kind of hoping I wouldn't have to blog again but I figured since this is my last semester I would make the most of it, so no more negative thinking. I will admit that I am little excited about some of the books we will be reading in class so that's another plus.

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