Seamus Heaney Poetry

Biography of the writer:

  • Eldest member of the family
  • Nine siblings
  • Father is a farmer
  • Father’s real commitment was to cattle-dealing
  • Uncle cared for him after the early death of his own parents
  • his parentage thus contains both the Ireland of the cattle-herding Gaelic past and the Ulster of the Industrial Revolution
  • Heaney grew up as a country boy and attended the local primary school.
  • As a very young child, he watched American soldiers on manoeuvres in the local fields, in preparation for the Normandy invasion of 1944
  • Born in between war
  • 1995 won nobel prize

First poem (Vicky): digging

Title:

  • The world digging connects with the fact  that Seamus Heaney was raced in a farm.
  • They are digging the farm (literary) and he is digging inside (internal journey to be able to discover what he wants to do)

Tone: reflection, admiration, pride

Theme: family history, epiphany

Rite of passage:

  1. An attainable object of desire —> the pen
  2. Trespassing  the father figure authority —> he does not want to do what his father wants him to do
  3. A dare —> cut off rutes with the family
  4. Understand the mischief —> confess and tell the family he does not want to be a farmer
  5. Apologizing —> feeling sorry because of finishing the legacy

What the poem is about: the voice is going back in his history and watching the family work. He understands what his legacy is but he denies it since he did not want to follow what his grandfather and father do, he wants to be a writer and cut the roots of his legacy.

Epiphanic moment: he cannot work on on the land because he wants to be a writer  

Metaphor: ‘snug as a gun’ the gun wants to express that the pen is as dangerous as a weapon. He cannot write because he is eliminating the legacy as weapons eliminate life.

Seamus life: the poem connects to Seamus’s life since he is describing the moment he realized he did not want to continue working in the fields. He wanted to do what he was born to do, write. In the poem he exploits the moment of revelation he had, by digging with his pen inside him. He discovers what would make him happy and defies the family tradition and figure. His happiness is more important than what his family would think about him.

Second poem: Ignacio Death of a naturalist

The rite of passage in «Death of a Naturalist» is portrayed by the emphasis done Heaney on the loss of innocence the voice of the poem passes through after observing two frogs reproducing themselves. The object of desire in this case would be the wish to adquire more knowledge, in this case, by observing the frogs.

Third poem: Lola Personal Helicon 

  • The poem describes the voice’s childhood, in this case Heaney’s
  • We can appreciate the transition from his childhood to his adulthood
  • When he was young he was obsessed with wells, but now he no longer cares for childish obsessions. However, he expresses how the wells are a source of inspiration for his writing

Songs and Literature

Radiohead – idioteque

Buography of the band:

Radiohead are an English rockband formed in Abingdon-on-Thames in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), brothers Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboard, other instruments) and Colin Greenwood (bass), Ed O’Brien (guitar, backing vocals) and Philip Selway (drums, percussion). They have worked with producer Nigel Godrich and cover artist Stanley Donwood since 1994.

Video of the song:

 

The pictures:

Themes:

Critizising the society as it is

The world is awful

The world could be worst than this

People have to awake

Society does not care about what is happening

Tones:

A warning

Pessimistic

Opinion:

In my opinion, this song is about beggining to feel that everything is going to go down. ‘Ice age coming’ This quote means that the worst is yet to come. ‘I have seen too much. I haven’t seen enough’. In other words, I have seen the world as awful as it is but it can be worst than this so I have not seen it all. He is warning us.

Literary devices:

‘Let me hear both sides
Let me hear both sides
Let me hear both’ Repetition to emphazise he does not want his pessimistic view of the world to be true but he does not see another possibility anyway.

‘I’ll laugh until my head comes off’ Visual image to prove that he had warned us and when the worst happens because we did not listen to him, he will laugh.

‘Who’s in a bunker?
Who’s in a bunker?’ Repetition to makes us understand that most of us are inside bunkers and not knowing or not caring of what happens in the rest of the world.

Connectors

Task 1:

Task 2: Copy this essay in your blog and add connectors.

Causes and Effects of Uncontrolled Urbanization

If you are an urban dweller, you may know the real meaning of urbanization. 1. However, this does not always indicate your sufficient insight in the “uncontrolled urbanization”  topic too. To form a causal chain, it is right to say that more jobs, more services in the urban side and absence of land in the countryside force people to migrate to larger cities which brings about uncontrolled urbanization. 2.Yet, some problems arise such as unemployment,inadequacy of infrastructure/services and some environmentally unwanted events as well as unpleasant demographic incidents.



3.After all, it is a good point to dig up the reasons for people to come to larger cities. First of all, by all accounts, cities are perceived to offer a wide variety of job opportunities on the grounds that there are very different branches of  businesses in cities. Inasmuch as unemployment level is hugely high in the rural areas and the work is only about farming in contrast to countless business sectors in chief cities, more and more people choose searching for their chances in the metropolis.



4. Here it comes another significant reason: There are better services in cities. As a matter of fact, transportation is extremely developed so as to make use of time efficiently. Medical services are supported with the latest technological improvements, there are unbelievably modern hospitals. 5. In addition, education is taken into account seriously. There are very high-quality schools with excellent teachers, teaching with up-to-date techniques. None of these can be found in the rural areas, at this stage.



6. Between factors causing migration to big cities, there is a strong push factor stemming from absence of enough land. It would be very hard and useless to cultivate the land if it is too small to make an agricultural production. One important thing triggers this incident increasingly during the last years; namely, division of land. To explain, in the rural areas when someone dies, the inheritance would usually be the land. 7. Therefore, the land is divided into many parts due to the fact that in the countryside it is common to have lots of children and they all have rights to take one part of the inherited land. 8. But, what they get are useless small lands rather than a gigantic land which is capable of making a great deal of agricultural production itself. The inability to do the only thing, farming, again brings about migration to big cities with the hopes of making money.



As mentioned earlier, all these facts and figures necessitate uncontrolled urbanization, in the midst of the causal chain. 9. But, what are the side effects and drawbacks of this growth?

Exercise:

Fill in the blank spaces with connectors such as: whereas, but, although, however, despite

  1. Dave smokes … he seems to be in good health.
  2. I couldn’t sleep … I was tired.
  3. Kate never learnt Spanish … she lived in Spain many years.
  4. It was raining very heavily … they continued the match.
  5. Some people enjoy city life … others prefer the quiet of the country.
  6. … Jon won the race, he didn’t feel happy.
  7. She was very intelligent … she pretended not to understand.

To the evening star

William Blake

Task 1:

  • Had visions
  • Studied gothic art
  • Influenced by religion —> got married in a church
  • He stopped going to school when he learned to read and write 
  • His wife was an-alphabet
  • He was unfairly accused by  a policeman
  • His first proposal to marriage was declined —> unrequited love
  • He was an artist —> draw his poems sketches 

Ideas:

  • Portray of feelings through nature
  • Love and protection of nature
  • Difference between romanticism and enlightenment
  • The temptations of the night 
  • Love shall be prevailed through the elements of the nights
  • Day is different than night
  • Light is different than darkness
  • Innocence is different than experience
  • Venus find light at night

Analysis:

  • A sonet
  • Couplet: message 
  • Voice: a person
  • Addressee: the star (‘angel’)
  • Personification
  • Topic=Sleep-religion
  • Venus = first star to appear
  • Venus is the romantic goddess of love and sexuality 

L5-10 

  • Fully alliterative 
  • ‘S’ —> silence of the night
  • Personification ‘star’
  • Metaphor —> ‘blue curtains of the sky’  (night)
  • Oxymoron ‘speak silence ‘
  • Auditory and visual images
  • Blake proceeds to describe the night and how the star and the dew protect is from the evil and temptations and help us to gave peaceful sleep

Topic: fear of the night temptations 

Themes:

  • Religion
  • Secularity
  • Protection
  • Love
  • Faith
  • Sleep

Tone:

  • Protective
  • Religion
  • Reflective
  • Calm
  • Worship
  • Binary
  • Opposite

Task 5:

Take

My expectations for 2019

My expectations for 2019

I expect to have lots of fun with my friends. However, I want good grades in my last year in school. Plus, I want to take advantage of my professors and learn so as to be prepared for the next year.
My dreams are passing every subject and passing the UBA xxi.
I plan to spend last year at school laughing and having a good time.

Rooms and Home is So Sad

Our firsts poems this year were Rooms by Charlotte Mew and Home is So Sad by Philip Larkin. Both poems deal with to different meanings of the word “rooms”. Mew used experiences to describe the security of a room and how we all spend lots of time on our rooms. How every room is personal and especial. On the contrary, Larkin described desolated rooms and used voices to conclude that despite the changes home is home. However, both conclusions give the same message.

What does home mean to me?

Home is not a house nor a building. Its is not the place you live in. Home is the place where you feel loved, comfortable, safe, happy. Where you can be yourself, where no one will ever judge you, where you will create lots of memories. Home is a place which you can go back thirty years later and will still feel the same, because in that moment it was your place i the world. It is like, for instance, when you love a song. You will hear it ten years later, and it will still give you the same feelings it gave you when you were ten years younger.

I love walking down my street and start remembering all the memories I have in each place and I can certainly  imagine myself going back after I grow old to the places I appreciated the most. Where i laugh, cried, hug, suffer and love.

How was my school year according to literature?

This year I learnt a lot about literature. I could notice that it was easier for me to analyze and understand a poem by myself. When I started having literature in Senior 1, I could not understand a bit the first time I read a poem. Eventually, it became easier and easier. But this year was particularly easy for me.

This year I have learnt a lot about Virginia Woolf as we also saw her in Literatura. I found her writing very interesting, compelling and meaningful. Nevertheless, my favorite topic these year was War poetry since I liked very much the way the poems we read were written. I found it wonderful how the two poems and the story were about the same topic, how excruciating war was, but  so different at the same time. They all tackled war in different points of view.

Although my favorite topic was war poetry, the activity I enjoyed the most was making the essay of the Hollow of the Three Hills and Harry Potter, since that series is my favorite of all times.

I took my a while to think what I disliked the most and sincerely I could not really think of some poetry of prose which I did not enjoyed at all this year. Of course I found some parts that bored me a little, like some parts of The Destructors. But at the end, I enjoyed either the story itself or the message it carried. I do not regret reading everything we have read this year.

I consider that the e-portfolio is an excellent way of learning since it gives us freewill and makes us exploit our creativity. Literature is a subject which I do not really need to study hard since when you pay attention to the class, it is sufficient for you to understand. I cannot think of another way of learning since the way we use now is very useful for me. However, I would like to see movies!

Ode on Melancholy is a poem that reflects the author’s feelings about the word melancholy. The main message of this poem, what the author feels when he is melancholic, is that higher the sadness you feel, higher the happiness will be afterwards.


For this poem I chose another feeling present in the daily life.


Ode on Jealousy


Her anguish was reflected in her eyes.

The eyes,

the portals of the soul,

a machine of the truth.

Eyes that do not let you fool anyone
or pretend.


Her eyes mirrored a huge hatred.

It seemed as she was not enough

Like she could not reach the top.

In his eyes, she became unseen


When had it happened so fast?
she thought.

How?

A lot of meditation had to happen
so that she realizes that,

the more he walked away,
the more satisfying was going to be for her to get him back.

The moment he realized the error he had made,

he would go running to her arms again.

Her arms, protective as a shield and comfortable

as an old lucky shoe.


She did not want to wait for him
but after a while,
she would eventually forgive him.

An epic love like that could not be lost
only for jealousy.


Jealousy
was not so bad after all.

War poetry: The Death Bed, Soldier, Rest! and Dulce Et Decorum Est

The Death Bed is a poem about a soldier in World Word Two who was wounded during battle.  Sassoon’s aim was to prove that soldiers are hurt as much as in war even if they do not die in the battle field. In other words, veteran soldiers suffer equally in their homes after war than if they had passed away in there. He tackles death, and makes the readers feel disorientated about whether the main voice is dead or alive.

 

“Soldier, Rest!” is another war poem written by Sir Walter Scott whose aim is to protest the whole meaning of war. Scott criticizes the causes and consequences of it. He concludes that it is even better to die than to live after war since living as a veteran is that bad. Moreover, he also emphasise that it is better to die in war than to fight. According to Scott, war is the worst fate.

Dulce Et Decorum Est starts talking about how the soldiers lived in the trenches. They were dehumanized because they were so exhausted that they couldn’t even see the gas bomb that had fallen besides them. Furthermore, the poem shows an inside of how difficult was to survive in the war by showing a reaction of the soldiers when a bomb was thrown at them. Thirdly, Owens shows his feelings towards war, and how he was very traumatized because of the events. Lastly, Dulce Et Decorum Est shows a criticism to the church and the government, that made kids go to war compulsory

I found a Ted Talk that could make me understand how war is really the worst fate and brings nothing but misery to the soldiers, their family and the society.

https://www.ted.com/talks/janine_di_giovanni_what_i_saw_in_the_war/transcript

“One day you’re living your ordinary life, you’re planning to go to a party, you’re taking your children to school, you’re making a dentist appointment. The next thing, the telephones go out, the TVs go out, there’s armed men on the street, there’s roadblocks.”

In my opinion, Scott is right to portray war not as the ultimate solution, but as the worst event it can occur. War not only damages soldiers badly, but also hurts society, the environment and the relationships between the countries. In the ted talk it is described how war changes your whole life and daily routine. War affects soldiers, citizens, society and nature.

I made a movie with my friend Lola Villegas Argento with the help of Martina Ibarbia that aimed to portray how friends and family are lost during battle. Furthermore, the movie shows how the families of war veterans suffered.

https://youtu.be/aO1iiIz3t_s