Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Music Poetry

Amos Lee- Dreamin'
My soul is as open as the sky
Often time it’s just as blue
People tell me to keep on dreaming
That’s just what I’m gonna do

Now everybody want to treat me like a house fly
Turn me around and tell me to shoo
They want to tell me to keep on dreaming
That’s just what I’m gonna do

Every moral has a story
Every hand needs a glove
Sometime it’s for the glory
Ah, but mostly, it’s for the love
It’s the love
It’s the love
It’s the love that pulls me through
So when they tell me to keep on dreaming
That’s just what I’m gonna do

That’s just what I’m gonna do

New Boyz- You're A Jerk
I'm so cocky with it got my iced out clubs like rocky hit
Got your girl on my swagg she lovin them jerkin songs
Like the new ipod just touch it and turn her on
And when the bass start beatin and the waist I'm beatin
Done I got on my way I'm leavin she like where your goin I ain't got my shoes and purse
I said it's none of your concern and she yelled (your a jerk!)
So I walked out the door, called Ben J. told him it's a function he said I'm on my way
We pulled up to the party ices on my shirt and got geeked up everybody jerkin
We was jerkin to the right jerkin to the left then she popped out of nowhere she was still half dressed
She like fareal jerk you love it but it's sumthin the whole party heard her but all I could hear was

Amos Lee's Dreamin is a poetic song because his lyrics are meaningful and not written to catch someone's attention like New Boyz's You're a Jerk. Besides being really annoying the song was basically written by teenagers who wanted a hit that got them famous fast. I'm not saying they aren't talented but just the song isn't meant for a poetic purpose but for entertainment.

1. I think certain kind of Rap/ Hip-Hop songs are considered poetic expression. As with any other genre of music it depends on the artist. Many people find Tupac's really poetic, and LL Cool J just a guy who thought he had a good flow, or it can be vice versa.

2. Rap and Hip Hop music has many literary characteristics such metaphors, rhythym, rhyme,tone,denotation,connotation,,symbolism,alliteration, etc.

3. I think I'm a pretty fair critic because I like all types of music. I think I can differentiate what meaningful songs are, and the songs that are created to get money or an audience. Even though I may not agree to some of the lyrics some artists may say it is their way of releasing their creative juices, and yeah sometimes I like the stupid songs and even the ones that mean something, but in the end it is the artist who the song is meant for.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


1. After reading Dylan Thomas's Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night I got a sense of heroism in it, also a bit of violence. I suppose that the poem was reflecting something of war. The war must have been in the ocean because it reveals that there are waaves. You could feel the passion that the heroism and violence brought on. I chose a photo of a gun because that is what war and violence represent.

2. Gwendylon Brook's We Real Cool is making fun of people who pretend to be cool. I get more of a sarcastic feel and maybe a hint of anger. It's a simple poem but it's straight to the point, whomever "we" is they are cool because of the things they do. I assume Brooks isn't talking about himself, but about people who act a certain way believe they are cool. At the end I can imagine that is where the anger part comes in. I chose a picture of a saxophone player because it reminds me of the time period where jazz was popular. This poem may be in the wrong time period, but it's what I imagine; a kid rebelling going to a jazz club.

3. In I Felt A Funeral in My Brain there was an obvious sense of sadness. The narrator or whomever was at a funeral and she/he was so sad that she/he felt numb. I also felt some kind of inner body feeling where I can relate because I've experienced with a death. When Dickinson writes "... and I dropped down and down..." I understand the lost feeling of one might go through. I chose a picture of someon having no emotion. You can't see the girls face because it would show how she felt and in the poem she/he was numb.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Ernest Hemingway

Part 1
1.The setting is a small town in a Spanish speaking country, in a café. The idea of a well – lighted place is significant to the story because representation of “light” in the café. Light in the story in my opinion represents life or something positive for the older man. It also sets the tone for the short story allowing the story to be somewhat ominous. Rather than light being one definite answer light is more abstract and subjective. Light in the story for me represents to the older waiter represents familiarity.
2.The characters are nameless because Hemingway like the light wanted it to be subjective. Who are you in the story? the alcoholic man, the young waiter or the one who rather stay in a clean, well lighted café, not a bar. If names were added it would have taken away from the story and Hemingway didn’t want the characters to define the story but the moral of the story to.
3.The young man wants to go home and doesn’t want to give the old man anymore brandy. Whereas the other waiter doesn’t mind giving the older man more, and doesn’t mind going home at three in the morning. According to the older waiter he didn’t have confidence or wasn’t young. He also liked the well-lighted café. The purposed of the younger waiter is to contrast with the old man and the older waiter.
4.Plot: The plot is a series of events in a story.
a.Conflict: The old man continuing to drink and not leaving the café.
b.Rising Action: The younger waiter went to the old man to see what he wanted and the old man asked for more brandy. The younger waiter denied him. The older waiter gives him more, and if falls over the cup into the saucer.
c.Complications: The old man asks for more but is denied then he leaves and gives a tip.
d.Climax: The older waiter tells the younger waiter he likes to stay at the café because it is a clean, pleasant café. The younger waiter leaves.
e.Falling Action: The older man continues to talk to himself while shutting the café down, and then says he will sleep when it is daylight.
5.The theme in the story is you finding what you feel most comfortable in.

Part 2
Ernest Hemingway born on July 21, 1899 to Dr. Clarence and Grace Hall Hemingway. After graduating high school in 1917 he got a job as a cub reporter given to him by his uncle. When World War I took over Hemingway was willing to go; however could not due to poor vision. So instead he volunteered with the Red Cross to drive ambulances. He was given many awards through the Italian military for his good deeds. He later went in to reporting and did very well; he then produced many short stories which include; In Our Time, and The Sun Also Rises. Throughout his life he lived in various places which include, Paris, Spain, Cuba, and Key West, which can relate to the story because it mentions the military man and the language spoken in the story.