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The Bivouac In The Snow (Confederate)

By Margaret Junkin Preston

(1820-1897)

Halt!–the march is over,Day is almost done;Loose the cumbrous knapsack,Drop the heavy gun.Chilled and wet and weary,Wander to and fro,Seeking wood to kindleFires amidst the snow.

Round the bright blaze gather,Heed not sleet or cold;Ye are Spartan soldiers,Stout and brave and bold.Never Xerxian armyYet subdued a foeWho but asked a blanketOn a bed of snow.

Shivering, ‘midst the darkness,Christian men are found,There devoutly kneelingOn the frozen ground–Pleading for their country,In its hour of woe–For the soldiers marchingShoeless through the snow.

Lost in heavy slumbers,Free from toil and strife,Dreaming of their dear ones–Home, and child, and wife–Tentless they are lying,While the fires burn low–Lying in their blankets’Midst December’s snow.

When I think of the Civil War, I think 0f dark and cold, like winter.  This poem talks about the war during the winter.  Also the war makes me think of debt and the soldiers not having the best uniforms and this poem talks about soldiers marching without shoes. It’s sad and depressing, like this poem. Also I know the soldiers miss their home and families, just like this poem says.  The war makes me think of hard, cold, lonely times and this poem describes that perfectly.  The other thing I like about this poem is that it rhymes. 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Civil War Poetry

 

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Pledge of Commitment

From this time forward, under God,
I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people,
whose democratic beliefs I share,
whose rights and liberties I respect, and
whose laws I will uphold and obey.

All new citizens have the choice of making the pledge with or without the words ‘under God’.

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2011 in Pledges

 

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E.E. Cummings

E.E. Cummings’ name was actually Edward Estlin Cummings.  He was born on October 14, 1894 and died on September 3, 1962.  Cummings was an American poet.  He was also a painter, a playwright, author, and an essayist.  He has wrote nearly 3000 poems, four plays, several essays, two autobiographical novels, and many drawings and paintings.  E.E. Cummings is one of the most popular poets.

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

I like this poem because I like stuff about love.  This poem is so sweet and it gave me goose bumps when I read it. I love it!

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2011 in Poets

 

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Emily Dickinson

Emilly Dickinson was an American poet who was born in Amherst, Massachusetts.  She was born on Decmber 10, 1830 and died on May 15, 1886.  Dickinson lived a very private life.  She wrote almost eighteen hundred poems, but less than a dozen were published during her lifetime.  Many of her poem’s themes deal with death and immortality.

WHEN night is almost done,
And sunrise grows so near
That we can touch the spaces,
It ’s time to smooth the hair
  
And get the dimples ready,         5
And wonder we could care
For that old faded midnight
That frightened but an hour.

I like this poem because it rhymes a little and it just flows.  I  don’t understand what it means quite yet, but I like it.

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2011 in Poets

 

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George Orwell and 1984: the future has been predicted

In “1984” George Orwell predicted the future.  In his novel, there was no privacy.  In 2011, there is no privacy.  Nothing is secret.  Everything, including your thoughts, is known.  Technology makes this possible. When does one actually have privacy?

Take Google for example.  They know you, your computer history, personal information, and your private e-mails.  We think we are able to erase things we do not want anyone to see, but actually we don’t.  People still have our information.  Google will not give up what they know about us.

The internet knows so much about us!  Therefore anyone can get our information so easily.  The internet allows us to do many things, but it keeps tabs on us as well and just about everything reveals our private information:  blogs, websites (facebook, twitter), just browsing, etc.  Anyone can get our information, including the government and even your neighbor.  So how do people get our private information?   People can get it by marketing, from the government, court records, and even employers.  Technology is such a useful thing, but it also deceives us.

This is just what happened in Orwell’s “1984.”  The government was checking in on people with their technology.  They read your mind and watched your every move.  If you did something that wasn’t acceptable, like plotting against the government (Winston), then they catch you and you’re punished.  In today’s government, if you do something suspicious or write something “unacceptable” on the internet, then there will be consequences by the government.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walker, Leslie. “Leslie Walker – Forgot What You Searched For? Google Didn’t – Washingtonpost.com.” The Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines – Washingtonpost.com. Web. 04 Apr. 2011. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/20/AR2006012001799.html&gt;.

“Online Privacy: Using the Internet Safely | Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.” Privacy Rights Clearinghouse | Empowering Consumers. Protecting Privacy. July 1995. Web. 06 Apr. 2011. <http://www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs18-cyb.htm&gt;.

 
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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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