Hey Catherine, these links were very useful. They very much furthered my understanding of Blake’s poetry. His biography was also quite interesting. The Gutenberg website is a great, free resource, that I’ll use again.
1/ Does Allen Ginsberg’s account (page 519) of his experience with WB give you any sense of the power of Blake’s art (poetry and painting)?
In Ginsberg’s account of his experience with William Blake’s poetry, he describes it as a catalyst. It’s an awakening at the sound of Blake’s voice. His better understanding makes him more aware of his surroundings. Ginsberg also describes it as a heightened conscious. This conscious allows Ginsberg to see more details of the life around him, as well as the ability to see the conscious that lies within others, referring to this as the unconscious. By the sheer power of Blake’s words Ginsberg’s imagination was able to conjure up something much more physical. Through this stronger representation Ginsberg is able to more deeply understand the poem which unlocks Blake’s own revelations to Ginsberg. This has the result of influencing how Ginsberg views the world. Anything that can have this type of influence over thought, in this case Blake’s poetry over Ginsberg’s perceptions, is an art that I sense to be immensely powerful and effective.
Your digital resource kit on Margaret Atwood was really pretty succinct. I liked that you had resources that were related to all facets of Atwoods life and work. The documentary and biography give me a good indication of her life, the poetry extracts show what her work material is like and the interview with Margaret herself is very appealing to read. To hear how an artist identifies themselves is quite fascinating.
Reading your thoughts on Gastby was pretty enlightening. I agree with all of what you said. I too think that Gastby in his courtship of Daisy, he was in turn tainted, Corrupted like the question says. In his attempts to win over Daisy, Gatsby reduced himself and his morality by declining to the level of the majority of the other characters. Gatsby works and works to win over Daisy, but I agree very much that Gatsby is indeed morally bankrupt by the end of the story.
This was a great read. Different from some of the others I have read. In the ones I’ve seen most have chosen “The Daughters of the Late Colonel”. To read up on a different choice is refreshing and educational. As I learn about Katherine Mansfield’s use of descriptive language and he emphasis upon social class distinction, especially the constraints it had for women and the strict division that it enforced between the wealthy and the lower class. Although maybe paragraphing might be useful to accentuate the points of your argument, I definitely enjoyed going through that.
I just wanted to say how much your resource kit helped me understand Orwell better. I didn’t see the BBC production on YouTube when I was doing my own research kit, so it was something new and cool to see. However I think you could have researched just a little more and perhaps if you found more resources to fill out the Digital Kit a little more.
I liked this story too! I could relate, having sisters myself. I agree with the others too however, separating your work into paragraphs makes it seem a little less long winded. It would help shape your arguments better. Although I do like how you’ve identified techniques to explain and support your arguments, it shows how much thought you gave towards the story and the extent of your understanding of the subject.
I enjoyed reading your poem. It took me a couple of times through to discern and understand its meanings. But the main subject was time, with its variations of time, like age, eternity as well as tense, past, present and future. My favourite line is the very last one, to live in free fall. There’s something almost exhilarating about it.
I enjoyed this quite a bit. It was very weird. I do mean that as a compliment and hope you take it that way. After all Kafka’s own text was extra weird too.But it did tie in well at the end. It was meaningful in the sense that it reversed what Kafka did. Turning his protagonist into a bug made him more unique, in your creative task you’ve made your persona the same as everyone else. This proves just as depressing as Kafka’s persona being completely different.
Just wanted to say that I agree with this post 100 percent. Your takeaway from Conrad’s “Nigger of Narcissus” encapsulates, I think, exactly what he’s trying to convey. Between the differences of the scientist and the artist and how he uses this comparison to implore people to turn away from cold fact and experience more as similar the artist is able to do and to help others to do. I also think your modern day comparison is inspired!