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Oath of Citizenship-Canada

The Canadian Oath of Citizenship is recited and signed by those who want to become citizens of  Canada.

I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfill my duties as a Canadian citizen

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Posted by on August 28, 2011 in Pledges

 

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William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth was born on April 7, 1770 in Cockermouth, England. He was a major English Romantic poet who helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature. Wordsworth received an honorary Doctor of Civil Law degree in 1838 from Durham University and the same honor from Oxford University the next year. In 1842 the government awarded him a civil list pension amounting to £300 a year. He stopped writing poetry when his daughter died in 1847. William Wordsworth died by re-aggravating a case of pleurisy on April 23, 1850.

Perfect Woman

HE was a phantom of delight
When first she gleam’d upon my sight;
A lovely apparition, sent
To be a moment’s ornament;
Her eyes as stars of twilight fair;
Like twilight’s, too, her dusky hair;
But all things else about her drawn
From May-time and the cheerful dawn;
A dancing shape, an image gay,
To haunt, to startle, and waylay.
 
I saw her upon nearer view,
A Spirit, yet a Woman too!
Her household motions light and free,
And steps of virgin liberty;
A countenance in which did meet
Sweet records, promises as sweet;
A creature not too bright or good
For human nature’s daily food;
For transient sorrows, simple wiles,
Praise, blame, love, kisses, tears, and smiles.
 
And now I see with eye serene
The very pulse of the machine;
A being breathing thoughtful breath,
A traveller between life and death;
The reason firm, the temperate will,
Endurance, foresight, strength, and skill;
A perfect Woman, nobly plann’d,
To warn, to comfort, and command;
And yet a Spirit still, and bright
With something of angelic light.

I thought this poem was interesting because it showed off William Wordsworths Romantic style. Love was a big theme in Wordsworth’s poems, and this poem reflects his passion for love.

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Poets

 

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Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas was born on October 27, 1914  in Glamorgan, Wales. He was a Welsh-born poet who wrote exclusively in English. In addition to poetry, he wrote short stories and scripts for film and radio. He was designated in the second World War  as a C3, which meant that he could be called to fight but would be one of the last ones to go. Thomas died on November 9, 1953 at the age of 39 due to pnuemonia.  His best-known works include Under Milk Wood and Do not go gentle into that good night.

Before I Knocked

 

Before I knocked and flesh let enter,
With liquid hands tapped on the womb,
I who was as shapeless as the water
That shaped the Jordan near my home
Was brother to Mnetha’s daughter
And sister to the fathering worm.

I who was deaf to spring and summer,
Who knew not sun nor moon by name,
Felt thud beneath my flesh’s armour,
As yet was in a molten form
The leaden stars, the rainy hammer
Swung by my father from his dome.

I knew the message of the winter,
The darted hail, the childish snow,
And the wind was my sister suitor;
Wind in me leaped, the hellborn dew;
My veins flowed with the Eastern weather;
Ungotten I knew night and day.

As yet ungotten, I did suffer;
The rack of dreams my lily bones
Did twist into a living cipher,
And flesh was snipped to cross the lines
Of gallow crosses on the liver
And brambles in the wringing brains.

My throat knew thirst before the structure
Of skin and vein around the well
Where words and water make a mixture
Unfailing till the blood runs foul;
My heart knew love, my belly hunger;
I smelt the maggot in my stool.

And time cast forth my mortal creature
To drift or drown upon the seas
Acquainted with the salt adventure
Of tides that never touch the shores.
I who was rich was made the richer
By sipping at the vine of days.

I, born of flesh and ghost, was neither
A ghost nor man, but mortal ghost.
And I was struck down by death’s feather.
I was a mortal to the last
Long breath that carried to my father
The message of his dying christ.

You who bow down at cross and altar,
Remember me and pity Him
Who took my flesh and bone for armour
And doublecrossed my mother’s womb.

 

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Poets

 

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Is Big Brother watching you?

In George Orwell’s classic novel 1984, Orwell writes of a future in which the government controls every aspect of its citizens lives. The “Party”  or “Big Brother” as it was called, knew what you were doing at every moment through telescreens. If you were caught acting or thinking against the Party, you were either re-educated or killed. 

 

Orwell was right to an extent on his predictions of the future. Some comparisons of Google have been made to Big Brother, such as in Forgot What You Searched For? Google didn’t.  Google keeps tracking cookies on whatever sites you have entered.  Such things as your IP address, what you have searched, and when you searched that item is all stored by Google.  It is possible that the government could get ahold of this and keep track of you and you would never know. The government could find a way around the privacy laws and get this information if needed.

In the article Privacy at stake:Carnivore on the Prowl  it talks of how intelligence bureaus are using passcodes to intercept mails from IP addresses from certain zones of interest. The FBI can then re-construct emails, steal files and webpages. Though this could be a good thing to stop criminals, it is clearly and invasion of your personal privacy.

In 1984, the government changes the history books to say what they want them to say. This can be seen today, as the government can change what is released in the media.  The government can choose certain facts to release to make them look good or just choose to cover it up all together.This is seen all of the time in todays society and is a great way for governments to control the thoughts and emotions of its people.

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2011 in Beyond 1984

 

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Naturalism in Literature

Naturalism

Naturalism is a philosophy which has more than one accepted meaning. In one way naturalism is defined in terms of natural causes and there being  no God or spirit. Another view denies the existence of god and supernatural or spiritual elements. One more view, states that God is the creator of the universe but he does not interfere with nature or man.

This view began during the late nineteenth century when the writers were influenced with science and philosophy. Having more education, writers based their literature off of reality versus tales and stories. Naturalism can also be seen as a blend of realism and romanticism.  It combines what you see as perfection with what is reality.

Cuizon, Gwen. “What Is Naturalism in Literature?” Bukisa – Share Your Knowledge. 12 Feb. 2009. Web. 25 Oct. 2010. <http://www.bukisa.com/&gt;.

Dubray, Charles. “Naturalism.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 10. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1911. 25 Oct. 2010 <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10713a.htm&gt;.

“Naturalism.” Philosophy – AllAboutPhilosophy.org. Web. 25 Oct. 2010. <http://www.allaboutphilosophy.org/naturalism.htm&gt;.

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2010 in Thomas More's Utopia

 

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Dante’s Influence on Art: Dante and the Three Kingdoms

Renaissance Art

Domenico Di Michelino of Florence, was born in 1417. He attended schoool in Florentine where he was an Italian painter and worked for awhile as a carpentar. He normally painted biblical scenes in similar style of Fra Angelico, whom he also worked as an assisstant for.

Michelino’s most famous piece of art is located inside the Santa Maria del Fiore church in Florence. This painting is called Dante and the Three Kingdoms. Domenico was famous for his work with dreamlike, fantasy worlds, hence maybe why he decided to paint the Christian after world. Painted during the early Renaissance in 1465, Domenico became famous for his work reflecting the Divine Comedy.

Dante and the Three Kingdoms depicts Dante Aligheri surrounded by the three regions of afterlife included in the Divine Comedy. To the right of Dante is the City of Florence, here you can see the church of Florence in which the actual painting is located. Florence here is depicted as the Heavenly City. On the left of Dante is the Inferno, or otherwise Hell. This section of the picture illustrates the sinners making their way down to Hell, haunted by demons. At the bottom of Hell you can actually see Satan as if he is in flames, which is how Dante described him in his story. Directly behind Dante is Purgatory and Paradise. Purgatory is more detailed in that you can see the seven different levels of sinners as they carry out their punishments, for examply carrying bolders. The seven levels of purgatory represent the seven deadly sins.  At the very top of Purgatory is Paradise which is represented by Adam at Eve on the top.

Great pieces of literature bring together ideas and people and last with strong influence through out time. The Divine Comedy has lasted beyond Medieval literature and has influenced far beyond Renaissance art. His story has created an era of art, where everyone illustrates Dante’s visions on Christian afterlife. He perhaps made a few artist famous. When researching Domenico di Michelino the only information that was really able to be found was on this painting. There was not even much on himself as an artist. He did not create much art at all, but was included as one of the leading artist of his time.

Domenico Di Michelino. The History of Art and Curious Painters, Walter Pater. 2001. Oct. 17, 2010. http://www.historyofpainters.com/domencio_michelino.html

Domenico Di Michelino. Wikipedia Foundation, Inc.  2010.  Oct. 17, 2010. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domenico_di_Michelino

Painted Into Immorality. Three Pipe Problem. 2009. Oct 17, 2010. http://threepipeproblem.blogspot.com/2009/12/painted-into-immortality-dante-and.html

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2010 in Dante

 

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