For this week’s blog, I wanted to talk about which writer inspired me the most out of the beats.
After reading various poems and working on them during tutorials I didn’t really have a favourite out of the lot, but after sitting down and fully listening to “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror by John Ashbery I knew I had a favourite.
The reason I chose Jon is that there’s something hypnotic and immersive about his poems, while I was listening to the reading I felt like I was completely zoned into and interested in the poem. This was probably due to the way it was written.
It felt more like an intriguing storybook, giving you the information you can understand on a base level straight from the start, rather than having to re-read or listen to the poem again just to understand what’s going on.
I also really enjoyed how he was able to pinpoint a certain object, in this case, a convex mirror, and write about it in a way that created a solid image within my head with a level of precision I rarely get to experience from poetry.
I always love reading authors that are able to entrance a reader and fully immerse them within their writings, and John Ashbery managed to do that for me.
I give John 5 ‘scruffy beat beards’ out of 5.
For this blog I wanted to try the first creative question, of making a voice for someone I don’t know, for this I wanted to use a guy I saw while I was on the train coming home from the city, he was probably in his mid 40’s early 50’s, he looked quite worn down in his old suit and old leather brief case. When I overheard him he was talking on the phone to someone, he said “dear” and “What did your mum say?” so I’m assuming he was talking to his daughter in her late teens. He looked fed up of the conversation as if he’s had it multiple times before.
Saying all that, let’s begin, shall we?
Every time her mother says no she rings me.
“Dad can I go to so and so’s house tonight?”
“Dad can I borrow some money?”
“Dad can you give me a lift to my friends?”
Now don’t get me wrong, I love my daughter, and I would do anything for her, but after being at work all day, the last thing I want to do is drive 30 minutes each way to bloody Susan’s house. I keep telling her she needs to get her P’s.
“Do your hours with your mum after School.” I keep telling her, but her response is always the same.
“No, mum always nags me when I’m driving, she made me go 20kms under the limit last time!’
Why kids have to do so many bloody hours for the P’s I don’t know. She keeps telling me “dad everyone else fakes their hours why can’t I?”
“If everyone else also jumped off a cliff would you?” I often reply dryly.
I don’t want to be the bad guy, and neither does her mum, but I know im only asked if mum says no because in her words “Dad always lets me!”
One day she’ll learn that her mum just wants what is best for her, but until then, I guess I’m stuck driving to bloody Susans…
So for this blog I wanted to respond to Mina Loy’s quote “unconditional surgical destruction of virginity”.
After reading her Feminist manifesto I hope I understood this quote in the context she meant, if not please correct me.
I understood this quote as essentially saying, we need to destroy the importance we put behind virginity, I got this from a later section which reads:
“The value of man is assessed entirely according to his use or interest to the community, the value of woman depends entirely on chance, her success or in success in maneuvering a man into taking the life-long responsibility of her”
If this is the case, I think that outside of religious contexts that the importance on virginity is practically gone already. I know personally, I couldn’t care less about someone’s sexual status as it has no bearing on myself. If a woman wants to sleep with men before marriage then I don’t see anything wrong with this, I believe everyone should have full permissions over their body, as long as those permissions do not endanger another person or being.
So this week we looked at both Robert Frost and Robert Lowell, two American poets, and due to this I wanted t answer the first question, “Write a paragraph that says succinctly which of the two Roberts you preferred and for what reasons.”
It took me a while to decide on which of these two poets I actually liked more as I think both of them write some amazing poetry, however, after reading “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” I knew I had to choose Frost. On first read I really enjoyed this piece, but when we deconstructed it in the tutorials it made me appreciate the piece even more. I love how Frost leaves his poems ambiguous to its true meaning, how there can be so many different interpretation’s of one piece of work, how at the same time it can be both a poem of nature and escaping society while at the same time could be read as a dark poem about death or suicide. To me, deconstructing and analysing shows, games, books etc. is something that I find extremely engaging and satisfying, and Frost’s poems seem to lend better to this kind of analytical mind set. I’m usually am not a big fan of poetry, but Robert Frost has definitely changed my opinion of poetry.
So I’ve been struggling to keep up with these blogs due to a combination of essays, placement and illness but I’m hoping to catch up asap.
For this entry, I wanted to try answer what I believe this statement from Du Bois means “The problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line”.
I believe Du Bois is referring to the racial divide that can still be seen within America even today. During Du Bois’s time, he would have seen the segregation of the black and white community first hand. Unfortunately for Du Bois, he would have not seen an America free from legal segregation as he passed away a year before segregation was outlawed.
While segregation has been abolished and racial relations have improved over time the pain of the past can still be seen in present America with various groups popping up in recent years, from white nationalists to the BLM movement, largely due to the rise of Donald Trump’s Republican party.
I’d like to pop in my own 2 cents at this part to say that any group/person that tries to justify the use of violence as a retaliation to having their feelings hurt by words are wrong. And as long as we continue to demonize and refuse to see those who oppose our political, ideological, and cultural beliefs as people but instead label them as the enemy, no process will be made in defusing the violence. It is only through discussion that we can solve our problems, Violence just breeds violence. If groups have clashing thoughts, talk to them, find out why they believe what they believe and actually listen to what they have to say. Because if we don’t do this, horrible instances like what happened at Charlottesville, Virginia will continue to occur.
For this entry, I decided to review Charles’ discovery of his “Soft Gold”.
Sorry for the late review but better late than never ey?
I really enjoyed reading your entry and can relate to it pretty well as I had the exact same feelings of conflict about my career and I found that coaching sport has also boosted my motivation to continue down the path of education.
I love how you straight from the bat you set the situation for the upcoming short story and provided us with how this coaching you undertook affected your mentality towards teaching. I feel like coaching Ice Hockey has also done the exact same thing for me and I would encourage anyone who is involved in a sport to give back to that community and help the next generation learn something you have a passion in.
Good luck on your teaching career path, I’m sure you will make a great teacher one day!
For this final blog I wanted to answer the first question that was given to us which was to write a short paragraph stating whether I agree or disagree with this statement about Oscar Wildes play The Importance of Being Earnest.
“This play, while mocking deeply at the tribal customs of the late Victorians, has, at its heart, a wish to point the human race in the right direction: away from fraud, hypocrisy and such indecent preoccupation with material realities.”
I completely agree with the above statement when it comes to Oscar Wildes The Importance of Being Earnest. While the play may seem like it is making fun of the rich in the Victorian era it does it in a playful way, It doesn’t come out and say that these people are horrible or what they do is evil, but instead takes there materialistic passion into such a concentrated state but us as the viewer cant help but see how over the top and absurd some people are while at the same time placing it in a relatable context. For example the segment wse watched that teased marriage. While I think most people can agree that marriage is a huge commitment within someones life, and usually when asking friends or family on when you should propose the response is often “when you know she will say yes.” this is for obvious reasons, one of which most likely due to the cost of a wedding ring. Wilde knows this and constantly points out how silly it is that the only time someone is actually willing to ask the question is when there already positive that they know the answer. This is done by Gwendolen Fairfax constantly reminding John (Ernest) that he actually has to say “will you marry me?” despite her already saying she would marry him. It should be the act of forming a marriage that is special rather than the actual words that are said or the ring that is given.