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He Died At His Post

He Died At His Post 
By:J.W. Holman
A soldier had fallen! 'Tis well that we weep!
O soft be his pillow, and peaceful his sleep!
Far, far from his home, and the friends he loved most,
He fell in the conflict, and died at his post.

When brave ones were summoned their country to save,
He hasted war's perils to share with the brave,
And proudly he stood in the van of the host,
And, like his Great Captain, he died at his post.

No more shall earth's conflicts disturb his repose,
He has gone where the weary are free from life's woes;
There covered with glory, on Eden's bright coast,
'Twill be sweet to remember he died at his post.

Farewell youthful soldier! we ne'er will forget,
The life thou has offered, the death thou has met!
Of thee may our nation in history boast;
And tell the whole world, thou didst die at thy post.

A soldier has fallen; but long shall remain
The star-spangled flag which he died to sustain;
For, sooner than let our loved country be lost,
A nation of freemen will die at their post!

I liked this poem because it honors the soldiers who died fighting. 
It also gives a sense that he is resting in peace and he is better off now than when he was fighting.
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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Civil War Poetry

 

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Indian National Pledge

India is my country. All Indians are my brothers and sisters. I love my country and I am proud of its rich and varied heritage. I shall always strive to be worthy of it. I shall give my parents, teachers and all elders respect and treat everyone with courtesy. To my country and my people, I pledge my devotion. In their well being and prosperity alone, lies my happiness.

Origin:
The pledge was believed to be written by Swami Vivekananda. The Pledge was introduced in the many schools in 1963.

I found a video of children reciting this pledge I found it to be rather disturbing because it was so routine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUUGVFc6DdM

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2011 in Pledges

 

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William Blake

 William Blake was born November 28, 1757. He was an English poet, painter and print maker. Throught his life he wrote several poems such as: Cradle Song, Hear the Voice, Jerusalem, The Little Black Boy, Love’s Secret, Mad Song, Night, A Poison Tree, The Sick Rose, Songs  of Innocence, The Tiger, To Spring, To the Evening Star, and To The Muses. He died August 12, 1827.

Love’s Secret

Never seek to tell thy love,
Love that never told can be;
For the gentle wind doth move
Silently, invisibly.

I told my love, I told my love,
I told her all my heart,

Trembling, cold, in ghastly fears.
Ah! she did depart!

Soon after she was gone from me,
A traveller came by,
Silently, invisibly:
He took her with a sigh.

This poem makes me depressed because this poem is about how William Blake loved his wife but she was sick and he wanted to express how he felt about her but before he could she died.

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Poets

 

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George Eliot or Mary Ann Evans?

           Mary Ann Evans was born November 22, 1819, in Warwickshire, England. At the age of thirteen Mary Ann found her passion for reading. Shortly  after completing school at the age of sixteen, she met a group of people that completely altered her way of thinking, her opinions and beliefs. The group was dedicated to studying the bible and treating sacred writings as human and historical documents. Mary Ann then decided to devote herself to translate these works from German to English. After finding her passion for reading and writing she started writing short stories, novels, and poetry. She published all of her work under the name of George Eliot. She then died on December 22, 1880. 

Count That Day  Lost

If you sit down at set of sun
And count the acts that you have done,
And, counting, find
One self-denying deed, one word
That eased the heart of him who heard,
One glance most kind

 That fell like sunshine where it went —

Then you may count that day well spent.

But if, through all the livelong day,
You’ve cheered no heart, by yea or nay —
                 If, through it all
 You’ve nothing done that you can trace
 That brought the sunshine to one face–
           No act most small
  That helped some soul and nothing cost —
 Then count that day as worse than lost.

 

I love this poem because it is saying that if you have not done anything to help somebody then you completely wasted your day.

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Poets

 

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Orwell the clairvoyant!

In Orwell’s book 1984 an image of what the future would be like was cast into many readers’ minds. The image was not necessarily a good thing. The word privacy was not in existence with the various cameras and the thought police supposably lurking around every corner.

Today things are very similar in society with all of the advancements in technology.

   With the new social networking pages such as Facebook, it has become very easy to find out any personal information on a total stranger. I believe that technology just causes more controversy, for example in 2006 a 13 year old girl committed suicide after being bullied on the internet by her neighbor posing as a 16 year old boy. If there was no such thing as the Internet she may still be alive today. Another example of the controversey is an incident where  a 13 year old boy who was continually harrassed committed sucide as well. The sucides opened many people’s eyes and 9 states took action to prevent a reoccurance of this event. Among the 9 states that took action was Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennslyvania, South Carolina, And Washington. All of these states now inforce policies within the schools to prohibit cyber bullying. 

 With the new issues arising because of new technology everyday there are new laws and regulations that have to be followed. If society keeps advancing in technology so rapidly eventually our society will become much like Orwell’s 1984.

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2011 in Beyond 1984

 

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Sex, Religion, Beheadings: Long Live King Henry VIII

Henry VIII was King of England from April 1509 until his death. He is known for his role in the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church. Henry had became the Supreme Head of the Church of England when he separated the Church from papal authority and demoralized the monasteries.  He changed religious ceremonies such as the religious holy days, hence holidays, in which it punctuated and defined the calendar year.

The basics of the English Reformation are widely known. Henry wanted to have a new wife, for he and his first wife were not happy together and she couldn’t produce a son for the heir. However, the pope wouldn’t let him divorce his wife because it goes against the Church’s belief of one marriage. In turn, Henry separated the English Church from the Roman Catholic Church so that he could marry someone new.  His remarriages continued for the total count of six wives.  All of this is true, but there are a number of missing details which make the story more interesting and more complicated.

Henry’s reformation of the English church was more complex than him simply wanting a new wife and an heir. Henry’s first marriage had never been valid, but the divorce issue was only one factor in Henry’s desire to reform the church. There were a  number of statutes that was enacted– the act of appeal (Statute in Restraint of Appeals, 1533), the various Acts of Succession (1533, 1534, and 1536), the first Act of Supremacy (1536), and others — that dealt with the relationship between king and pope and the structure of the Church of England. During these years, Henry also suppressed monasteries and pilgrimage shrines in attempt to reform the church. The king was always the dominant force in the making of religious policy, and his was in search for the middle way.

The movement  was seen as going away from religious orthodoxy, or the old beliefs, especially by Thomas More, who had been unable to accept the change and was executed in 1535 for refusing to renounce papal authority. Critical for the reformation was the new theology of obedience to the prince. The founding of royal authority on the Ten Commandments, and thus on the word of God, was a particularly attractive feature of this doctrine, especially the fourth (“Honor thy father and mother”), which became a defining feature of Henrician religion. 

Quite a few people supported Henry purely for political reasons.  It was at the time that nationalism was developing throughout Europe and people were objecting foreign power, even Rome, from having any say in the country’s political future.  That’s why the people liked the idea of English churches being controlled by English people.

This was also during the early stages of Reformation which was sweeping across the continent. Although it wasn’t practiced everywhere, it was still making an impact. There were many people ho appreciated the break from Rome for religious reasons as well. They, however, were to be disappointed because Henry did very little to advance the religious reform in England.  However, he did try to keep the Church as close t traditional Catholic practices as possible.

Unfortunately for Henry, he also had to endure disappointment because he didn’t get the son he wanted – although the surviving daughter from his first marriage, Mary Tudor, was declared by parliament as ineligible for the throne, they had to declare that the one daughter from the second marriage, Elizabeth, was the proper heir. It was not until one of his other four wives, Jane Seymour, produced a son that he finally got a male heir: Edward VI.

Because the English crown employed political authority to protect Protestant ideas and oppose Roman Catholicism, England became a haven for Protestants who had to flee political and religious persecution on the continent.

 

 

Currently Listening: Henry VIII I Am. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kki6VqdXcH4>
Sources:
Hobbs, Jeff.  "The Religious Policy of King Henry VIII." Britannia History. 25 Oct. 2010.
<http://www.britannia.com/history/articles/relpolh8.html>
MacCaffrey, Rev. James, S.J.  "The Religious Changes Under Henry VIII and Edward VI."  ElCore.  25 Oct. 2010.
<http://catholicity.elcore.net/MacCaffrey/HCCRFR2_Chapter02.html>
"The Beliefs of Henry VIII." History Learning Site. 25 Oct. 2010.
<http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/henry_viii_beliefs.htm>
 
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Posted by on October 26, 2010 in Thomas More's Utopia

 

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