In our literature class we are seeing the conection in between music and literature. The debate was open because of Bob Dylan recieving a Nobel prize because of his mesmerizing lyrics.
MIA was born with the name of Mathangi Arulpragasam 18 of July of 1975 in Britain. Then she lived in Sri Lanka with her parents and her brother. Her dad was an activist supporting the EROS that was a paramilitary group that supported the LTTE that was a socialist group of Sri Lanka against the government. The first eleven years of her life she lived changing places because of her dads position in the Sri Lanka’s civil war. She lived in a poor environment when she was young. Then she lived in India because of the situation in her country. Then because of all the violence she escaped to Britain as a refugee of the Sri Lanka’s civil war. In england she suffered of discrimination because of being a refugee. She first started as a filmmaker and then she proceeded to be a songwriter.
In class we worked on the poem “To the evening star” by William Blake. This is the poster with the answers of some questions our teacher pato gave us. I made it with Martina Villafañe Ibarbia and Rosario Segura
This year was very fun. As regards literature we saw a lot of new thing and themes that were great. I believe that i could enjoyed it more because we has already passed our IGCSE literature exams.
This year we saw a lot of things, like war poetry or shorts stories. But the thing i liked the more was the poems about melancholy. In class we read two poems named “Rooms” and “Home is So Sad”. I found this poems very interesting because of how they talked about the human memories. I have always been very keen on psychology, and seeing how other authors work with it was very interesting. I saw psychology as something more emotional, and not so pathological.
Also a very good short story was “A lady through a looking glass” by Victoria Woolf. This author mezmerised me. She wrote things that in her times were very controversial, but now a days its common to hear. She spoke a mesaagw of femminism and of equality of men and woman, which was very interestong because she was very advanced for her era.
I hope next year will be as good as this one! And i wish it will be full of new literature to read!
This short story is situated in London after the blitz. If you dont know what the blitz is, it was a series of bombing made by the german army to the city of London in ww2. This bombings made the citizens be obligated to hide on the underground, for protection. So i found a very cool 360º video, which shows what was like to live in the times of the blitz. Here’s the video:
After watching this video, i could relate more to the characters. The kids lived their childhood throughout this period. And i cant imagine how hard it was for them to live underground for that long period of time hiding for their lives. Because of this, i believe that this would have a very big emotional impact on them, being so young. So thats why, maybe, they have such a destructive way of being , because they grew up with violent surroundings, always fearing for their lives, so they learnt that, that situation was normal, when in reality it was not. That could explain why they only wanted to destruct things, and how they thought that “destruction is a way of creation”.
In this story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne the symbolisms of the number three is very important to the text. In his story Nathaniel uses the number three as a reference to bible. Catholisim believes in the holy trinity and all throughout the text we can see the different signs of the number three showing up, every time they speak about god.
Also the number three is very linked to past, present and future. In the short story the protagonist wants to see the future to see how his family was affected by her actions in the past, which i found really interesting, because once again, with a different meaning, the symbolism changed drastically. Furthermore the number three was mentioned in the title. The title could be a way of foreshadowing this symbolism, but also of foreshadowing how the protagonist would want to go from the present, to the future to understand the past.
This is the picture of the symbolism of number three:
Victoria Woolf talks about the mirror being the true reflection of everybody. In this short story we are introduced to a woman called Isabella Tyson which lives alone in a house full of treasures from around the world. Although she has all this very precious things, she is a mystery, nobody knows anything about her. And she acts as someone else, only for people to like her. At the end of the story we realize that her mirror reflectswhat she is inside, empty.
This story made me remember about a song from one of my favorite bands “El cuarteto de Nos”. This song is called “Habla tu Espejo” and Roberto Musso (the author of this song) sings about the perspective of your mirror. He puts himself in the mirrors place, and he sings as if e was it. I love this song because of it lyrics.
And i could relate it to this story a lot. The lyrics say “Veo en tu cara el barullo que impera en tu cabeza
Veo cuando la culpa supera tu vergüenza”this lyric portrays how the mirror always knows what you are going through, and i could relate this to when Isabella was so lonely that she had to cover her life with material things to feel better. The mirror saw that, and it made an image of her that she wasnt prepared to see. The mirror knew Isabellas intentions because it watched her everyday. The mirror was the only one who truly knew her.
Thats why i recommend this song a lot. You should listen to it, and analyses the lyrics, because they make you think a lot!
Rooms by charlotte mew is about life, memories and melancholy. Mew portrays rooms as memories, and moments in her life. She says each room represents something about her life. So we could say that her head is a house, full of rooms, full of memories, good ones and bad ones.
Home is so sad, tackles the same themes as rooms. This poem is about melancholy and memories. Larkin talks about leaving his house as sad. Because he has so many memories that he doesn’t want to forget. So in a way his head is his house, and as he grew older he starts losing this memories, which is sad, and it is represented as moving out of the house.
So i decided that i will represent my rooms. My memories in pictures, like charlotte and Philip did. This is my project. Each of this pictures represents a moment in my life which was important to me, and which represents a room in my house. Instead of writing about my rooms, i decided to photograph them. Each of this pictures represents an important part of my life, which has made an impact in my life deeply.
When we first started analyzing this poem, the only thing I could focus was on the title of the poem. This piece of literature is called an”Ode” which means “a lyric poem, typically one in the form of an address to a particular subject, written in varied or irregular meter.” This ode talks about melancholy, and how to deal with it. It also talks about suicidal and negative thoughts. We could say John Keats wants to advise the reader about what melancholy can cause. As I said in the previous paragraph I was very interested in the title of the poem, and the reason is that I knew a song that is called “Ode to Melancholy” by a band called Twenty One Pilots. This band is very particular because it has a very different sound to a lot of musicians nowadays, and they also tend to address taboo themes in their songs, like mental health issues.
This is the song:
Their song “Ode to Sleep” talks about death and depression. The songwriter of this song, Tyler Joseph, talks about bad thoughts and how when he goes to sleep a lot of his thoughts turn to demons which torment him. In Christianity, it is believed that these bad thoughts are demons. And it is also believed that demons torment people who are a threat to them. So we could say, Tyler has trouble with demons because he is an instrument of good. “But I’ll tell them Why won’t you let me go? Do I threaten all your plans? I’m insignificant” All throughout the song he tells god, he can’t support the torments of these demons, and he questions his existence. “Please tell them you have no plans for me I will set my soul on fire What have I become? I’ll tell them” And at the end of the song, it ends with an “I’m sorry” so he is telling God he is sorry because he has realized what his purpose in life is. He discovers that he has to spread positivity to everyone, and he has to address this issues for the world to be a better place. I could relate this song to Keats poem because John is an instrument of good like Tyler. In his poem, Keats addresses melancholy and sadness and he tries to advise the reader how to avoid feeling sad, and how to deal with melancholic thoughts, like Tyler does in a lot of his songs.
The poem of Siegfried Sassoon «Everyone Sang» talks about the ending of the war and how he feels about the aftermath of it.The two stanzas are very diffrent and have contrast in between them.
Firstly when i read stanza 1 i remembered a song that Paul Mccartney made that its called «Pipes Of Peace». This song talks about ending war, and finding peace. It talks abot teaching the younger generations that war isnt the answer. Although this song is from 1983 it is constantley linked to world war 1. I can link this song and the poem because they talk about freedom and about peace. In the poem the bird symbolises the countries after war singing a song about peace, and the quote, «As a prisoned bird must find in freedom» in my opinion, conveys how after the war peace can be free from its captivity in the war.
Here is Paul’s song:
Secondly, when i read the last stanza i remembered something that we learnt in my history class in senior 1. In stanza 2 the birds are portrayed by the triumphant countries. The quotation «and the song was wordlss; the singing will never be done» in my opinion can be portrayed as the treaty of versallies that happened after ww1. The winner countries wanted to promote peace, but by signing the treaty of versallies they were causing the hatred of Germany, which had lost. This treaty would create a very big rivalry that would last almost for 4 decades. This treaty didnt bring peace to Europe, it brought a growing tension to the countries.
In our second term, on our literature class, we worked with War poetry. We worked with poems like, «Dulce et Decorum est.», «Soldier, rest!», «Everyone sang» and «The Kiss». Most of this poems portray how hard was life in ww1, when soldiers fought in trenches.
Firstly, i will write about the poem «Dulce et Decorum Est». This poem was written by Wilfred Owen. This man was the most important poet of the war poetry movement.
Here i found a video of the poem being read by Christopher Eccleston, a very famous actor from the UK. I really liked this because it gives the poem a face and avoice, which makes you listen the poem in a very diffrent way.
Secondly, what i found very impresive about this poem is how Owen talks about the soldiers after war. This makes me remember what i learnt about shell shock soldiers. The quote «I saw him drowning.In all my dreams,before my helpless sight,» shows the aftermath of the war. Owen wants to portray what all soldiers live after war. They were traumatized, with physical, emotional and psychological wounds.Most of shell shocked soldiers ended up with PTSD(post traumatic stress disorder. This made them act very diffrently from the rest.