Friday, April 26, 2013

We Real Cool

"We Real Cool" by Gwendolyn Brooks is one of the poems we read in class this semester. This poem appears to target teenagers who are making wrong choices in life. As it been seen and statistically proven that teens in the new millennium drop out school and experiment with drugs. They are influenced by peers and thinks this is apparently "real cool". Even though this poem is short, it relate a message that is easily to interpret.In class, Professor Sweeney showed the youtube link to this poem where Brooks recites it. Her tone and rhythm to this piece of work was unique. I overall enjoyed reading the poem and the watching the short performance of it.

Poetry is Floetry?

Poetry is always something I enjoyed reading. Poetry has distinctive style and rhythm, it can express a spectrum of emotions which the reader can relate to. Its has it defined beauty that is capturing to ones ears. Def Jams Poetry, a television show produced by Russell Simmons, was of great interest to me,  poets would recite their piece of writing. Some poems consisted of love, violence, and political issues but all appeared to be very stimulating to the mind. Seeing the poet gestures, and hearing the poet tone of voice always emphasized the importance of the message they were conveying.


Harlem is a very short poem written by Langston Hughes during his life time of 1902-1967. After reading this poem I realized that there wasn't any connection to Harlem. I was under the asumption that the poem would refer to the music and cultural aspectS of Harlem however, It revealed the total opposite. The poem refers to dreams being deferred. In conclusion, what I interpet from this poem is that if you dont put any actions into the things you dream of or desire in life your dream will not come.

" What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode? "

By Langston Hughes

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

How To Become A Writer

This semester in my English class How To Become A Writer was one of many pieces we read. The main character of the story is a writer who struggles with writing. I myself can relate to the character of this story. I  also find myself struggling to get words and my thought onto paper. I've been exposed to articles that explains how to become a better writer however, when I try to apply the techniques I always seem to fail. I notice that my ideas tend to flow better when I'm under pressure and meeting a deadline. My writing has improved since I've been in college however, I still have a long way before I actually can say I feel confident enough in my writing.

The Yellow Wallpaper

In the short story the Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gillman, a woman is suffering from what seems to be Postpartum psychosis.Her controlling husband locks her into the bedroom where she begins to see images within the wallpaper. The narrator does an extremely good job at creating the disturbing images of the wallpaper.  I enjoyed reading this story but it was almost painful to read because I felt like at one point in my life I almost fell into postpartum depression.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

A Glimpse at Ancient Egypt

I've always been interested in the Ancient Egyptian culture. My visit to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts I observed many pieces of art from this period. I wanted to learn a little more about the scribes,writing and the God Osiris.The scribes of Ancient Egypt were the men who were educated in various scripts and were responsible for most of the written communication in Egypt. The scribes used brushes and a palette of pigment to write. Thoth was the god of wisdom and learning. He was also scribe of the gods, and recorded the judgments of the hearts of men in the underworld.

In The Resurrection of Osiris, 975-950 B.C., Egyptian Dynasty 22 we first notice him laying back on sand mummified with a black erect phallus. Then there’s what seems to be the observance of Osiris by the god Anubis and the hidden god Ra, within the eye and scarab beetles. There seems to be a process taking place where the serpents and beetles advance and become a little larger until they reach what appears to be Isis, Osiris’ sister-wife. She then gives him new life and Osiris is resurrected as the god of the dead, which sounds bad, but he was considered by the Egyptians to be the same god that gave new life.

A Good Man is Hard to Find

In the short story A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Conner there's a criminal on the lose by the name of  "The Misfit". The Grandmother reads of the article in the paper and tries to persuade her son(Bailey) to re-consider the family from taking this weekend getaway however,that doesn't happen and they head off on the road-trip. While her son is driving the Grandmother talks continuously, becoming very annoying.She then informs her grand-kids of a house with secret passages she visited as a child. The kids becomes curious and wants to visit the house. When her directions lead them down a dirt road is when she realizes that the house she was referring to is in Tennessee not in Florida. While heading down the dirt road the car flips over ending up in a ditch.Shortly afterwards an on coming car is seen and the grandmother flags it down. Three men all armed, and one identified as the "Misfit" appears. The whole family is murdered by the Misfit and his two accomplices.