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Farewell To Brother Jonathan

Farewell! we must part; we have turned from the land
Of our cold-hearted brother, with tyrannous hand,
Who assumed all our rights as a favor to grant,
And whose smile ever covered the sting of a taunt;

Who breathed on the fame he was bound to defend,--
Still the craftiest foe, 'neath the guise of a friend;
Who believed that our bosoms would bleed at a touch,
Yet could never believe he could goad them too much;

Whose conscience affects to be seared with our sin,
Yet is plastic to take all its benefits in;
The mote in our eye so enormous has grown,
That he never perceives there's a beam in his own.

O, Jonathan, Jonathan! vassal of pelf,
Self-righteous, self-glorious, yes, every inch self,
Your loyalty now is all bluster and boast,
But was dumb when the foemen invaded our coast.

In vain did your country appeal to you then,
You coldly refused her your money and men;
Your trade interrupted, you slunk from her wars,
And preferred British gold to the Stripes and the Stars!

Then our generous blood was as water poured forth,
And the sons of the South were the shields of the North;
Nor our patriot ardor one moment gave o'er,
Till the foe you had fed we had driven from the shore!

Long years we have suffered opprobrium and wrong,
But we clung to your side with affection so strong,
That at last, in mere wanton aggression, you broke
All the ties of our hearts with one murderous stroke.

We are tired of contest for what is our own,
We are sick of a strife that could never be done;
Thus our love has died out, and its altars are dark,
Not Prometheus's self could rekindle the spark.

O Jonathan, Jonathan! deadly the sin
Of your tigerish thirst for the blood of your kin;
And shameful the spirit that gloats over wives
And maidens despoiled of their honor and lives!

Your palaces rise from the fruits of our toil.
Your millions are fed from the wealth of our soil;
The balm of our air brings the health to your cheek,
And our hearts are aglow with the welcome we speak.

O brother! beware how you seek us again,
Lest you brand on your forehead the signet of Cain;
That blood and that crime on your conscience must sit;
We may fall--we may perish--but never submit!

The pathway that leads to the Pharisee's door
We remember, indeed, but we tread it no more;
Preferring to turn, with the Publican's faith,
To the path through the valley and shadow of death!

I chose this poem because I really liked how it flowed and how the format rhymed. It provides a very confederate opinion of the war. It also gives a clear description of how violent the war really was. A couple lines I really liked were, ” Then our generous blood was as water poured forth, And the sons of the South were the shields of the North;” and ” O Jonathan, Jonathan! deadly the sin Of your tigerish thirst for the blood of your kin;”.

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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Civil War Poetry

 

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Pledge of Allegiance to the Philippine Flag

I am a Filipino
I pledge my allegiance
To the flag of the Philippines
And to the country it represents
With honor, justice and freedom
Put in motion by one station
For God
for the People,
for Nature and
for the Country.

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2011 in Pledges

 

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Adrienne Rich

On May 16, 1929, Adrienne Rich was born.  She was born in Baltimore, Maryland.  Rich graduated from Radcliffe College in 1951.  She has written many poems and won many awards in her lifetime.  Adrienne Rich is still alive and living in northern California today.

“My Mouth Hovers Across Your Breasts”
 
My mouth hovers across your breasts
in the short grey winter afternoon
in this bed we are delicate
and touch so hot with joy we amaze ourselves
tough and delicate we play rings
around each other our daytime candle burns
with its peculiar light and if the snow
begins to fall outside filling the branches
and if the night falls without announcement
there are the pleasures of winter
sudden, wild and delicate your fingers
exact my tongue exact at the same moment
stopping to laugh at a joke
my love hot on your scent on the cusp of winter
 
I chose this poem because i liked the way it sounded.  It is a very sweet and romantic poem that paints a picture of an intimate encounter between two people in love.  What stands out to me is the line:
our daytime candle burns
with its peculiar light and if the snow
begins to fall outside filling the branches
and if the night falls without announcement
there are the pleasures of winter
sudden.
This poem simply tells the tale of lovers engaging in a romantic moment.
 
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Posted by on May 26, 2011 in Poets

 

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Denise Levertov

Denise Levertov was born in 1923 in Ilford Essex England.  She was educated entirely at home and decided she wanted to be an author around the age of 5.  At age 12, Levertov sent some of her poetry to T.S. Eliot who sent her an encouraging letter.  After she was married, her and her husband moved to America where she became a U.S. citizen in 1956.  When Denise Levertov was 74 in 1997, she died of complications of lymphoma. 

“Intrusion”

After I had cut off my hands

and grown new ones

something my former hands had longed for

came and asked to be rocked.

After my plucked out eyes

had withered, and new ones grown

something my former eyes had wept for

came asking to be pitied.

I chose this poem because it is very interesting.  I like how it is odd in the metaphors she uses.  What stands out the most is the words she uses, such as,  plucked out, withered, and longed for.  This poem is about  giving up too soon.  Her hands wanted something to come along but just before it did her hands were cut off.  The point of this poem is to inspire people to hold on because what they desperately want is just around the corner. 

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2011 in Poets

 

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2011 or 1984?

In our world today there is not really any such thing as privacy.  The only way you can have a private conversation is to have a face-to-face conversation with someone in a secure room.  Nothing that is done online can be private even if privacy settings are applied.  The government has access to all things, Google searches, text messages, and personal information.

George Orwell was definitely on to something when he wrote 1984.  Obviously he wasn’t completely correct on all the logistics.  Not every moment of our lives is documented but every move we make online is.

In The Other Big Brother it says “the scope of the U.S. government’s spying on Americans may be far more extensive than the public realizes”.  People do things everyday that the government can track and we don’t even know it. There are things that everyone knows is public record like criminal history and tax information but the government can also do things like track transactions, social network pages, telephone records, and even library records.

In 1984, Big Brother controlled all thought and could easily sway public opinion thanks to doublethink and Newspeak.  No one knew what the honest truth was because the government was constantly changing history.  “The past was erased, the erasure forgotten, the lie became truth” (Orwell 64).

Newspeak limited the citizens’s vocabulary, “‘Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.'”(Orwell 46). The citizens’s opinions could only come out of a handfull of words which prevented them from truely expressing their feelings.

These days our opinions are swayed by advertisements on television, in magazines or newspapers, and on the internet.  Ads pull at our emotions by making us laugh, cry, feel scared, or become concerned.  There are so many tactics used to make us buy a certain product, use a certain brand, or even vote for a specific political candidate.

Orwell was on track with the ideas of the future he included in 1984.  2011 is much more like the novel than anyone would want it to be.

Works Cited

Isikoff, Michael. “The Other Big Brother – AnandTech Forums.” AnandTech Forums  – Powered by VBulletin. Web. 05 Apr. 2011.                      <http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=1793174&gt;.
Orwell, George. 1984. New York: Signet, 1950. Print.
 
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Posted by on April 6, 2011 in Beyond 1984

 

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Renaissance Humanism

Renaissance humanism was a cultural and educational reform.  It began in Italy around the fourteenth century and lasted until the sixteenth century.  It was believed that humanism started in Italy because of its obvious connection to ancient Rome.  Many people say that the beginning of humanism stared with Dante’s writings.   This reform ended the Middle Ages, and began the modern era.  During this time the focus was on human beings.  Humans were being praised for their achievements.  The concerns of humans were given greater attention which led to humans focusing more on their work that would benefit them rather than the church.

Petrarch

Renaissance Humanist Petrarch

Early humanists like Petrarch, Thomas More, and Cosimo de Medici were connected with transcription, libraries, and linguistics, which is the study of human language.  Humanists also needed to learn Greek and Latin to be able to understand ancient manuscripts.  This meant that they needed to have an advanced education which made learning even more important.  There was an increase in the importance of education as well as an increase in scientific and technological development.  This emphasis of education could be a good thing or a bad thing.  It could be a good thing because a good education could lead to a good future, but bad because ancient science had been neglected.  A lot of humanists were political figures whom used their influence to their favor.

The important characteristics of humanism was not in its contents, it was in its spirit.   It was argued that people needed more intellectual freedom.  Also humanists had anti-clerical and anti-church inclinations however many famous humanists were church members.  These inclinations were said to be influenced by ancient authors who did not care about or believe in gods. 

“Renaissance Humanism was a revolution in thinking and feeling which left no part of society, not even the highest levels of Christianity, untouched” (Cline 2).

Cline, Austin. “Renaissance Humanism: Renaissance Humanism & Education.” Agnosticism / Atheism – Skepticism & Atheism for Atheists & Agnostics. Web. 25 Oct. 2010. http://atheism.about.com/od/abouthumanism/a/renaissance_2.htm 
 
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Posted by on October 26, 2010 in Thomas More's Utopia

 

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