Wednesday, December 08, 2004

The Meaning of Literary Studies

So its pretty much the end of the semester, and i must say i have really enjoyed Dr. Sexsons literary criticsim class. i learned alot of important terms, concepts, and theories concerning English literature. Although at times some of the material was a little confusing and complex, it really helped me to understand literary issues from my other English classes. I think the aspect of this class i enjoyed the most is the way the class successfully fused discussions about
everything ranging from literary criticism and theory to history, culture, and politics. After taking this class i have gained some insight into what it is like to sit around in coffee houses smoking a pipe, wearing a sweater, and engaging in complex and intellectual discussions about abstract issues pertaining to a scholastic atmosphere...
Wow, i better shut up before i get carried away. Thanks for a great experience!

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Poetry in Motion

By this point in the semester it is no secret that great literature and poetry have the power to inspire. We are affected by poetry every day, and one of the most common forms of poetry is music. The way i see it is that music is like a strong drug because it can turn someone into a savage beast ( football players plugged into headphones before the game ) or a fearless warrior ( a snowboarder riding the halfpipe ). it can make you cry ( not me, but ive seen it happen) and it can put you to sleep. Because poetry has come up in discussions throughout the semester i thought it would be appropriate to share some powerful lyrics from one of my favorite songs. this is "release" by pearl jam:

I see the world
feel the truth
which way to go
windowsill
I see the words
on a rocking horse of time
I see the birds in the rain
oh dear dad
can you see me now
I am myself
like you somehow
I'll ride the wave
where it takes me
I'll hold the pain
release me
oh dear dad
can you see me now
I am myself
like you somehow
I'll wait up in the dark
for you to speak to me
I'll open up
release me

Friday, December 03, 2004

Shout Outs:

i just want to say that i have been really impressed by all the presentations this semester. from the Critics to the groups to the individual papers i have learned so much that i would have missed just reading out of the Anthology. Not only did people do an excellent job of teaching the class something important, there were also some very creative and entertaining approaches too. Great job to everyone!