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Seamus Heaney poetry (in process)

After reading and analyzing the story «Journey», we came back to the idea of Rite of Passage, something we have not analyzed in a long time. After we finished with that activity, we started working on the poet Seamus Heaney and some of his poems.

As usual, first we need to do some research on the poet:

  • Won the literature Nobel Prize in 1995.
  • Born in Ireland in 1939, live through the Cold War in Europe.
  • Born into a large catholic family.
  • Born in the countryside, has a strong connection with nature.
  • Professor in Harvard and Oxford.
  • Interested in his country’s civil war.
  • One of the most important poet’s of the 20th century.

 

Analyzing songs

In class we have been working on how songs, besides have a nice and sticky beat, the lyrics it has can have a meaningful message. In class, we had to pick a song to analyze, I chose «Revolution» by The Beatles.

The Beatles

  • English rock group which was active during the 1960s.
  • 4 English members; George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and John Lennon.
  • Transformed pop music.

One part of the song which really stuck with me after the first time I heard it is when it says:

«You say you got a real solution
Well, you know
We’d all love to see the plan»

Because it is what happens to most people, everyone has ideas, ways in which to fix what is wrong, but the thing which always remains unanswered is how would you do it.

I understood that the song talks about how someone wants to make a revolution, which is obvious provided you have read the title, but the song goes deeper, talking about first you need a plan, the destroy what they don’t like. From the lyrics one might think this is a song about how they want to change the political system, «chairman Mao» and «change the constitution». Moreover, the voice is doubtful, because we can see how the voice is also concerned about the how and why:

«You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world».

Literary devices

  • There is a lot of repetition: «All right, all right, all right», which is used for emphasize the fact that no matter what comes out, they should not worry.
  • The song is full of oxymoron like when it contrasts destruction and everything being all right.
  • The song also uses an interesting rhyme structure in which the rhyme is found after some lines, for instance:

«You say you got a real solution
Well, you know
We’d all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well, you know
We’re doing what we can»

The rhyme is between the first and fourth line.

My opinion

I have to say I agree with Lennon, there is no need for violence in a revolution, as long as you talk with people and through smooth words you can convince them change is needed, not by imposing fear or shouting in the streets that you are going to take down the institution.

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I believe this has been a very cool activity because having added music gave what we are used to doing a twist. Music is so different from poetry, and yet so similar, so sometimes it is good to give it a look and analyze a song in the same way you analyze a poem.

 

Song by Alun Lewis

This year in literature, we have been divided into groups and given poems to analyze. I worked on Song by Alun Lewis next to Rosario Vago, Ines Galmarini and Otto Kreutzer.

To begin with, we did some research on the poet. We learned that Alun Lewis was a welsh poet, who died in 1944, at 28 years of age, during a campaign to Japan. He was a pacifist who went to war, to try to finish with fascism.

Secondly, we worked on an analysis of the poem. We interpreted the poem as the passing of the husband of a woman and how she deals with it throughout time.  We understood the poem as her process of moving on. How she was stuck, but through time and realizing her husband was no more, it was time to move on.

Moreover, we came up with another interpretation of the poem. We could also understand it as if the poem described the life as a pregnant woman, whose baby passes away in the third term and the woman has to deal with this lose.

This poem is full of literary devices such as enjambment, symbolisms, personification, metaphors and imageries.

Following this, we looked for a song which we could relate to the poem. We decided on the son of could which you can find in the presentation. We felt that the lyrics next to the slow rhythm made this song perfect for this poem.

Lastly, we created a Kahoot, which made the end of the presentation a lot of fun.

War Poetry

Whenever we have talked about war poetry in literature we have talked about soldiers, death and weapons, yet we never have a look at the testimonies of soldiers, about the hardships of war. I remember that about two years ago, three men came to our school to talk about the Falkland Islands war between Argentina and England. One of them was Argentinean and the other two were British. I remember clearly how the Argentine man explained how Argentina has never been a violent country and that is why we have never been prepared for war, whereas England has been at war for the last century, except for just one. Moreover, I could understand how it was that these three men were friends, even after thirty years after the war, and them being in the opposite ends of war. This is because soldiers are just sent to war, but the ones who declare war are not the ones who put their lives at risk and got to the battlefield.

 

The Hollow of the Three Hills Collage

For this story I didn’t have much idea of what I could do, then I realised I had not yet employed my artistic intelligence into the portfolio so I decided it was about time.

In the collage, I added three photos, as the number 3 in the story is key, and that’s why there is a faded 3 in the most gothic font I found in the collage maker. The setting of the story is in autumn, the season of death and destruction, and a feature of gothic literature. Moreover, I added a woman as women are the main characters of the story. Lastly, I continued with the setting and added a picture of dark and gloomy hills to go on with the gothic theme.

Home is so Sad e-Portfolio

When we talk we usually refer to a house and a home as different places. The Cambridge dictionary defines a house as a building that people, usually one family, live in. Whereas it defines home as someone’s or something’s place of origin, or the place where a person feels they belong. Therefore, we can see how a home is a place which one has an emotional attachment to. That is why we don’t usually say that our home is sad, as Philip Larkin does in his poem as homes are meant to be a place where one feels safe and comfortable and happy. One is not meant to be depressed or sad at their homes, and if they do then it probably means that something is not working there and you should look for somewhere else to call home.

After I found this image while browsing the internet I understood another meaning of home. Home is a place where one feels safe, happy, comforted, relaxed and something you care about.

Moreover, I also really liked a picture Juana has in her post about this poem.

Does Charlotte Mew describe her Room or her mind?

In the poem «Rooms», Charlotte Mew tells us that her room is a space where she can’t get out off. I believe that this means that there is something inside the room which doesn’t let her get out. Maybe some toy of her childhood of a picture of one of her dead siblings. She might feel that if she leaves the bedroom she might never be able to get back inside, therefore she will forget of her family. Maybe for poetic reasons she uses a room to describe this, but in reality it is her mind. She still carries the thought of her dead relatives and that stops her from moving on. She had traumas because of death and loneliness, so she might have felt that the only company she would ever have would be the memories of her family. Therefore, she deciding to close herself and not show any interest or capacity to meet new people is not a cause of her loneliness but a consequence.

Ode of Melancholy, a life lesson!

When we were reading and analyzing the poem in class I understood the real meaning of the poem. How sometimes life gets hard and unbearable, you don’t feel like going on, like there is no reason to keep going. Maybe this could be because of disappointment or of lack of love in your life. But no matter what thoughts go through life, one has to understand that life will get better, not easier, but better! There is a famous quote which I’ve seen many times scrolling down my Instagram feed which says; «Life doesn’t get easier, you just get stronger», which is completely true as one learns from different situations.

I can imagine the life of John Keats, losing his parents when he was young, the lack of a parental figure, the economic hardships, they all add up, and it can destroy you. I guess that’s where he got the inspiration of this poem from. He must have been depressed for several periods of time during his life, maybe asking himself if it was still worth to go one with his life, or it would’ve just been better to end it faster. This poem can help out many people who are going through tough times and I am glad that some people are brave enough to talk about and share their experiences with others, who may be going through the same, giving them hope and faith that they will get stronger and their lives will improve, as after a slump, no matter how long it is, one goes into a growth period.

 

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