Friday, April 26, 2013
I like this poem more than others because it's short, I believe that sometimes less says more. There are a lot of similies and metaphors, so there is a lot of thinking involved in reading this poem, but it's definitely worth it. This poem contains a very important message, GO FOR YOUR DREAMS! If they're deffered then it may "sag like a heavy load" and who wants that weighing on their shouldars? Not I!
I read "The Road Not Taken" a couple of years ago in high school and I really liked it then and even more now. Every single person makes a thousand choices a day, what time to wake up, what to wear, what to eat for breakfast, etc... As the choices get more important I believe they become roads instead of tiny little paths, and that's when they become life-changing. I would consider these "roads" to become weather or not to go to college or deciding what you would want to do with your life. I think this poem is saying go for the road less taken, meaning don't take the easy way out. Go for the one that your heart tells you to follow, the one that most people wouldn't take because it would be "too hard".
My first paragraph of one of my essays describes exactly how i feel about the Lone Ranger story and racism!
"Racism is sadly just as rampant as it was in the olden days and with the modernity of times there’s even less excuses for in now than back then. When one thinks of racism, harassment of African Americans is usually the first type that pops into the mind, however the story of “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” shows that they’re not the only race discriminated against. No one should have to live in embarrassment, especially for being who they truly are as a person."
I really enjoyed reading the Dog Poem "Beau: Golden Retrievals" because the author was exactly right about humans. People are often so involved and wrapped up inside their own thought that they're not focused on the positive and enjoying life. So many daily thought are concerning regret, the past, what you could change, and what you have to do for the future that you don't realize all of the positives in your life. As the dog puts it, just live day by day. Go for your current dreams and don't stress about what could have been!
Even though we didn't read Taboo in class, it still attempted to teach me as much as some of our readings have. My main problem was I didn't want to look at the words at the bottom of the card because then that was all I was going to be able to think about. However, by not looking at the words, I ended up saying just the words I wasn't allowed to use. Too bad I didn't have the chance to practice around my friends and family before I seemed entirely goofy in front of everyone in the class! Lol!
I didn't enjoy reading the poem "Retired Greyhound, 1" at all. I followed what was going on with the first few lines where he talked about houses growing bigger at night, because I assumed he was talking about parties. Little did I know he was going to start talking about ripping a poor little bunny apart and throwing it out a window! I understand that this is from a dog's point of view and I suppose that this would be considered their ultimate dream but I wouldn't want to have to read another poem like this again...GROSS!
Monday, April 8, 2013
Gwendolyn Brooks is the author of my favorite poem, "We Real Cool". This poem is about teenagers making bad decisions and hints if they don't slow down, they're going to die soon. I like this poem because it's short and sweet, plus it has rythem to it. I also like the fact that there's no hidden messages that you would have to discover, it's very literal and means what it says. Why can't more poems be like that?