For the first assignment of the year in Literature we worked on the poem «To the Evening Star» by William Blake. I worded on this with Otto Kreutzer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the lady in the looking glass we are shown that what we want to see or be seen as is not always how it reallity is, and this may have negative consequences. In snowwhite the stepmother of snowwhite realises that she wasn’t told what she wanted to hear. This teaches us that if we are not prepared for reality or what other people have to say, we shouldn’t ask for opinions, specially if we are not able to use them constructively, and just receive them as negative criticism.
As an Argentinean I am aware my country doesn’t normally get involved in wars, however, when we have been involved we were heavily outperformed by our rivals. Our soldiers, during the war for the Falklands with Britain, were told that it was sweet and noble to fight for their country.
There is a song by fun. that talks about soldiers who don’t know who they stand for. I recommend you all to listen to the lyrics of the song as it has a lot to do with war and the mentality of soldiers.
While we were reading the story «The Destructors» by Graham Greene I felt like I already knew the story, all the events and characters and their personalities seemed quite familiar. Then I realized that I had played a video game that copied all of these. If you have a look at the story of Grand Theft Auto V, then you will be able to see how they resemble. It is clear how Blackie can be connected with Mike from the game, Trevor from the story and Trevor from the game to, finally Mike from the story and Franklin from the game. At first Blackie and Mike were in a relationship were one had more power than another, but then T got in the middle and challenged Blackie. The same happened in the game! Moreover, in the game there is a task were the gang pulls down a house with a truck. just like in the story! I haven’t found any source that says that the company that created the game got inspired by the story, but it is a possibility.