Reader’s Response Journal Entry 1: In chapter one, Virginia Woolf uses logos as a literary device to show the relationship between the food someone eats and what they are capable of doing: “The human frame being what it is, heart, body and brain all mixed together, and not contained in separate compartments as they will be no doubt in another million years, a good dinner is of great importance to good talk. One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” (Pg. 18)
Into the Wild- Allusions Analysis Analyze 7 Literary Allusions from the entire book (choose from any of the epigraphs) Quote (page #) Author’s name and brief bio Connection to McCandless (1-2 sentences) (at least 4 sentences) “Greetings from Fairbanks! This is the last you shall hear from me… I now walk into the wild,” (3).
Udari Munasinghe When you hear the words Australian identity, what images instantly pop up in your head? Is it the diversity, the landscape, the mate-ship, the beaches or perhaps it’s the stereotypical aussis’? Personally, I believe the Australian identity is what each individual interprets and envisions Australia to be. The Australian identity is really what you love about Australia! One way we can express ourselves and the love we have for our country, is of course by, you guessed it, poetry!
In many poems, elements of human nature are displayed. Perseverance to find contentment is an idea developed in “Chicago”, by Carl Sandberg, “Lucinda Matlock”, by Edward Lee Masters, and “Mrs. George Reece, also by Masters. It is suggested that it is human nature to persevere through hard times in order to be content in life through the tones, figurative language, and imagery used in these poems. The tones that Masters and Sandburg develop in their poems display that the speaker or group of people the poem represents are happy with their lives despite the obstacles they have faced.
In the story Krik? Krak!, author Edwidge Danticat provides insight into the everyday lives of Haitians living during a tumultuous time period. Danticat, a Haitian native, understands the struggles that nearly all individuals endured passed on from generation to generation. Through the description of one's struggles, Danticat wants the reader to understand the dangerous power that hope entails. Hope is a powerful tool that can provide a false sense of reality for one, which can result in harmful consequences.
A poem is often distinguished from other forms of writing as an “art of rhythmical composition ... for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts,” (Dictionary.com). Poets use a variety of literary devices to express their emotions and portray what they are perceiving. In the poem, “Crossing the Swamp”, Mary Oliver uses alliteration, tone, and imagery to manifest in the reader's mind the emotions she felt as she crossed the swamp. Alliteration within this poem is used to offer emphasis on perspectives that the swamp is being viewed through. Mary Oliver alliterated the words branching, burred, belching, bogs, peerless, pale, fooothold, fingerhold, hipholes, hummocks as wells as sink and silently within the first half of the poem.
“What’s That Smell in the Kitchen?” by Marge Piercy examines the universal experience of American women under gender expectations of the 20th century. Having every women as its main character, the poem criticizes and challenges the social expectations that systematically confine and oppress them. There was no place in the American Dream for American women, who were suppressed under its ideals. The poem is set in the historical context of mid to late 20th century America, when success meant a house, children, a working husband, and a stay-at-home wife who does all the house works. In a sarcastic tone, the poem mocks how women were expected to “bring [food] with calico smile” on their face, an imposition that women only belong in the kitchen.
"Hush-D Be the Camps by To-Day" has many signs of alliteration throughout the short poem. Whitman has three main pieces of alliteration that all relate in terms of mourning. All of these pieces also differ in some aspects of their meaning in the poem. The three pieces from the poem are war-worn weapons (2), ceaseless clouds (7), and heavy hearts (12). All three of the phrases go in order an adjective then a noun.
There have been many great poets in our world’s history, among them, would be Dante. T.S. Elliot, another great poet in history, even expressed his love and respect for Dante stating, “Dante and Shakespeare divide the world between them, there is no third.” Dante is the author of The Divine Comedy, which is split into three parts where he journeys through hell, purgatory, and heaven. Dante’s journey through hell is documented in his Inferno, where he recounts all his experiences he had when visiting hell. Dante meets many people in the Inferno and listens to the many interesting stories of why certain people were in hell.
Many authors, no matter the context, use allusions to help strengthen their point or illuminate a certain aspect of the text that they wish to be more noticeable; Edith Wharton is such an author, and her novel The Age of Innocence is no exception. From the allusions that even the most casual reader could pick up (for instance, when Wharton references certain areas in New York City, such as Broadway or Washington Square) to the historical and biblical allusions littered throughout the book that sometimes require a reader to look up information, every single allusion Wharton selects to use in the novel is well thought out and chosen for a specific purpose. This careful thought is especially clear with her multiple allusions to Pompeii and her referencing of the Bible passage Jeremiah 2:25. By incorporating these two specific allusions into the text at different points in the novel, Wharton further emphasises the theme of doomed love and also comments on whether or not it is truly possible to love someone in a society which is strictly controlled by an obscene amount of rules and rituals.