The Destructors

In our literature class, we read the short story called “The Destructors”, written by Greeme Grehene. I took notes while we were reading the story and we talked about the rite of passage and  the temes of it.

 

Afterwards, we had to answers some questions in groups. I did this with María Roggero and Milagros Montanelli.

 

“Dulce et Decorum Est” illustration

After reading the poem “Dulce et Decorum Est”, written by Wilfred Owen, I thought that it could have an illustration to emphasize his emotions in a more realistic way. By presenting a scene based on the incident, I believed it would call the reader’s attention, making us feel pity for the voice of the poem who had the bad luck of living the moment when his friend died at war. I really like the drawing I chose because it shows the scary, gloomy and obscure face of war, while at the same time it shows the fear of the soldiers and their desperation of the attack. The painter wanted to express the dark side of war, rather than the honorable one that the church and the government showed. He achieves portraying the “Old lie” in his paint: “It is sweet and honorable to die for your own country”, since he illustrates the fact that there is nothing sweet in that. It is the “old lie”.

Dulce Et Decorum Est

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of disappointed shells that dropped behind.

GAS! Gas! Quick, boys!– An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And floundering like a man in fire or lime.–
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,–
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

 

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This drawing is done by someone called Haizeel.

 

War Poems

In our literature class we are reading with our literature teacher, Pato Chujman, war poems. We started reading the poem called “Dulce Et Decorum Est”, written by Wilfred Owen. Afterwards, we read “Soldier rest!”, written by Sir Walter Scot and “The Death Bed”, written by Siegfied Sassoon. Then we read other poems related to war too from a webpage she gave us. Here you can see which poems were. Hope you like my post!

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Task 1: 

Pato gave us a task to work on with it, we had to answer some questions about the poem “Dulce Et Decorum Este” in pairs. I worked with Vignesh Manwani.

 

 

Task 2:

Afterwards, Pato gave as a new task. We had to read two poems: “Soldier, Rest!” and “The Death Bed” and prepare an analysis of them. I did this with Vignesh Manwani.

 

 

Task 3:

After that we had to choose two different poems from this website, prepare an analysis of them and illustrate them with pictures. I worked with Vignesh Manwani and we chose the poems “The Kiss”, written by Siegfried Sassoon and “In Time of The Breaking of Nations”, written by Thomas Hardy.

 

After analyzing so many poems we had to write an essay about them (individually). This was the task:

Compare and contrast 2 of the poems you have worked on. Comment closely on the themes, tones and how the writers convey their message.

The Lady in the Looking Glass: A Reflection

In our literature class, we had to answer some questions in our blogs about the story we read “The Lady in the Looking Glass”. I did this assignment with Vignesh Manwani. After that Pato told us to find a picture of a room inside and a garden to illustrate the house in the story. I did the second task individually.

Questions: Group work (Done with Vignesh Manwani)

 

Picture of a room and a garden: Individual work

In order to illustrate the house in the story I chose the following picture. I chose it because it has antique wooden furniture and because of the fact that the dinning room matches with the “Italian glass” which has a “marbled topped table opposite” it and it reflects a garden beyond with “a long grass path leading between banks of tall flowers”. The only thing that the picture does not provide, is the constant movement the room in the story has. However, we can image chaos and intranquility in this picture.

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The story is related with this text since Sandra Gilbert, Susan Gubar and Virginia Woolf were all feminist literature writers. Over 1980 women writers were badly seen and they were discriminated by men writers for their work. What they have in common is that they fought for their rights in both their poetic identity and in their role in life rights. Virginia argued that women should kill the “angel” and the “monster” topology on her storys in order to end with the masks invented for women. We can see this in the story as the Isabella at the beginning of the story, the one who only shows her appearance, is dead, as that is not reality. At the same time, the Isabella at the end of the story is almost also killed as she is dead laive for not  having feelings or thoughts. So Virginia applies to the story her ideas of how woman must behave in order to make themselves be respected by men in their day to day life and in their literature works.

“Home is So Sad” Song

Furthermore, I would like to add to my e-portfolio another activity on the poem called “Home is so Sad”, written by Philip Larkin

Home is so Sad

Philip Larkin, 19221985

Home is so sad. It stays as it was left,
Shaped to the comfort of the last to go
As if to win them back. Instead, bereft
Of anyone to please, it withers so,
Having no heart to put aside the theft

And turn again to what it started as,
A joyous shot at how things ought to be,
Long fallen wide. You can see how it was: 
Look at the pictures and the cutlery.
The music in the piano stool. That vase.

While I was reading the poem, I realized something was missing. I could not understand what it was, but later I had an epiphanic moment. The poem is full of images such as tactile, visual and auditory. So I imagined that I could increase those nostalgic and melancholic emotions about home, by adding “piano” music and images to visualize and set to music the magnificent alliterative poetry.

This is the song I chose to musicalize the poem:

Resultado de imagen para home is a place you grow up wanting to leave and grow old wanting to get back to

 

“Rooms” Collage

In our literature class, we read the poem called “Rooms”, written by Charlotte Mew. In this post I made a collage that shows many kinds of rooms: happy ones, abandoned, forgotten, rotten, colorful, etc. I created this to portray Charlotte’s point of view about the fact that rooms are memories, and memories die in our minds. No matter if they are delighted or sorrowful memories, what matters is that, at the end of the day, they will disappear, they will die.  “Out there in the sun—in the rain” it does not matter when, since they will all finish in a “dustier bed”, buried inside our memories, our minds, ourselves. Such personification is portrayed by the use of images that exposed melancholic and nostalgic emotions.

 

Art Project

In our art class, we started a project after our teacher, Toia, showed us many sculptures, installations, paintings, etc done by different artists. The task consisted in choosing one artist with their art piece, as we were going to work with it all this term. I decided to do my work in group, so I worked with Rosario Vago, Federica Marty and Milagros Mendez. We chose Cornelia Parker with her installation “Dark Matter”.

Following our deep analysis on the installation, we had to create some of our own, so we started having a lot of ideas in order to create something new based on what Cornelia exposed. In our following presentation, our creative process is shown.
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