E-portfolio, last post

This year we had worked with the e-portfolio, our teacher made us relate the poems or stories we`ve read with something that was familiar to us, or do our own reflection about the poem/story. I believe this is a good way to understand what we read since we can compare it with something we already know, so we can reach and understand the message of what we have read more easily. I enjoyed doing the e-portfolio, comparing poems with each other and with songs I hear every day. I usually not enjoy the questions we have to answer after reading something, I believe is not an interesting way to understand the poem, but I know its necessary. I think the e-portfolio is the best way to learn and analyze, I don’t know how to improve that idea!

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Ode on Melancholy

The poem “Ode on Melancholy” I am going to relate it to the song of Gustavo Cerati, “Adios”. This song is about two lovers that suffer from melancholy, but the message that comes with this song is that melancholy is not related to depression. For example, in the decade John Keats wrote this poem, melancholy was an illness, was seen as something terrible, but as Gustavo Cerati, he could see that it wasn’t a feeling that people should abolish, is something they should embrace. “Pones canciones tristes para sentirte mejor”, this is a phrase in Cerati`s song, I could realize that Cerati could relate sadness that was caused by melancholy to a feeling that made people feel better.

 

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Dulce et Decorum Est vs. Soldier, Rest

These two poems tackles the theme of war. However, their messages are not the same. In “Soldier, Rest” the author transmit a sense of peace that can be reached by death. He conveys death as a infinite sleep. The author tries to convince the soldiers to give up their fight and just die, since that way they would be able to be at peace.

On the other hand, in “Dulce et Decorum Est” the message of death is different, it tries to convey death as something holy, that war gives you honour and is something amazing to die for your country. The poem ends with the phrase “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori” that means that it is sweet and proper to die for one’s country. However, it is ironic, since the author conveys death as something horrible, he describes the death and the images that got stuck in their head when you see people dying around you.

I believe that “Dulce et Decorum Est” sees the reality of war and the horrible death, but tries to hide it with the last phrase I mentioned above. Furthermore, “Soldier, Rest” conveys death as something that could release you from the suffering of war.

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War Poetry

In Berlin, a city destroyed and fragmented by the Second World War, we can see, as in war poetry, the sequel that remains latent in the streets.

I want to compare the destroyed minds and the sequels that war left in the soldier’s minds with the physical sequel in a physical place, like Berlin. In this city, the remains of the war are modernized. There is remains of the Berlin Wall, painted by citizens, and the Holocaust monument.

In war poetry, many soldiers had problems to continue with their lives, psychological problems appeared and in some cases, they are still latent.

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The Destructors

This story reminded me of a song, “Destruccion” by V8. This song was composed in 1983, people like the singer of V8, showed their feelings through the music. They thought the only solution was destruction, and suffering:

 

“ Que la decisión
del juicio final
será la solución, destrucción

Parece mentira, tanta estupidez
tanta hipocresía, tanta tozudez
gente en la miseria eso es lo que son
conformando el planeta
del yugo y del dolor

Sé que la decisión del juicio final
será la solución…”

 

The members of the band blamed the society and the government, the kids of “The Destructors” lived in a fragmented society, and they are in a gang thanks to that. They destruct because of all the physiological damage caused by the war, and the members of V8, thought destruction was the only way to show their feelings.

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Ode on Melancholy

In our literature class, we read the poem “Ode on Melancholy” by John Keats. Here are our answers to the questions.

 

 

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The Destructors: essay

Question 1

 

After WW2, London was destroyed because of the Blitz. The story takes place there, and the hole story is based on the consequences of the destroyed town. It contributes to the story in many ways.

 

First of all, the fragmented society because of war was very notorious. The children and Mr Thomas were the two sides of human nature. The children, brutally affected by the war, were the evil part of society. They lost their compassion, trust, hope, everything they had, “we’ll show him we don’t take bribes”, that’s the way the kids reacted then Mr Thomas gave them a chocolate. As the story takes place in London, the centre objective of the Blitz, the society was very affected by that. On the other hand, Mr Thomas was the kind and less affected part of society. This man represented the little hope that was left after war. The destroyed London it could be seen as a symbol of the fragmented society, is as destroyed as the city.

 

Furthermore, the idea of the kids of breaking Mr Thomas’ house came from the setting in London. As Mr Thomas’ house was one of the only things that survived the horrible bombing, it was a symbol of hope and strength. The kids hated that, and decided to destroy it “We’ll pull it down”. If the setting were in anywhere else, the idea of destroying something so big wouldnt go through the kids’ mind. Since the society was so affected, they wanted to rip apart everything that could mean hope and little strength.

 

In conclusion, the setting affected the fragmented society and the destruction of London in the Blitz took to the destruction of the house.

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The Destructors

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Dulce Et Decorum

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Questions “The Lady in the Looking Glass”

Answers:

1. The looking glass “framed” Isabella, wh. she looked at herself in the looking glass, all the superficial things that she carried fell off. She stood completely naked in front of the mirror, making the readers able to see what were her thoughts and feelings, she had none. The mirror framed her, uncover and found Isabella’s inner self.

2.The images reflected in the mirror are images of death. While the lady was standing in front of the mirror you could see that, even though she seem calmed and normal on the outside , she was dead on the inside.
While the inside of the house was very messy and lonely, the outside was full of life and bright. This contrast between the two places, inside and outside, reflect the lady’s state of mind, she was calmed on the outside but a mess on the inside.

3. The objects inside the house are described as constantly moving; chaotic. While the objects outside the house are described as fragile. The mirror reflects this two states of mind.

4. The facts known about Isabella’s outer self are that she had a lot of money. Also that she had travelled all around the world, and we can say this because she had gathered one thing from each country she was in. Also she was a spinster, and she seem to not have any family connections.

5. We can suppose that Isabella Tyson is a very materialistic and rich woman. She is what she chooses to show; the physical part. Isabella is a spinster.

6. The letters that Isabella wrote concealed her inside self, so her personality and her illusions. So if you read the letters you could see what she’s thinking and feeling.

7. Yes, in the end of the story Isabella realizes that she is dead inside and she is naked of personality, so her reality is given away to the reader, and we realizes that she is lonely and lost.

8. We can know one’s inner self but at the same time, it is empty so there is nothing to know. At the beginning we think that Isabella owns some letters that we later come to realise that they are nothing but bills.

9. We believe the mirror is a reflection of the inner self, in the story, it has the role of discovering the real Isabella, and make her see how empty she is. The mirror is a metaphor of purification, self realization, in this case, what Isabella really is.

10. The stream of consciousness is a technique that Virginia Woolf used when she wrote whatever that came through her mind. She used Isabella to convey her feelings, thoughts and ideas. At the end of the story, we realize that Isabella and Virginia Woolf is empty inside.

Find a picture of a room inside and a garden to illustrate the house in the story

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