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  1. May 2016
    1. yacketayakking screaming vomiting whispering facts and memories and anecdotes and eyeball kicks and shocks of hospitals and jails and wars,

      chaos. craziness. self destruction due to the lack of truth surrounding them.

    2. illuminating all the motionless world of Time between,

      reminds me "Wasteland" no present, lack of life and not dead.

    3. with dreams, with drugs, with waking nightmares, alcohol and cock and endless balls,

      These "angels" feel more than the bleached socialized beings. Their voices are not heard, they cannot live in a society that constant;y repeats the neverending cycle of socialization and the muting of experience and truth. Therefore these angels turn to alcohol and drugs to escape from the nightmares as soon as they wake from the high in order to numb them of the pain that society enforces. They have "cock and endless balls" because they continue to refuse what society shoves down their throat.

    4. burning their money in wastebaskets and listening to the Terror through the wall,

      The narrator can referring to money that was ill spent on drugs or they can mean the rejection of man made society where everything revolves around money. This rejection labels those rebels to be "crazy" therefore targeted as uncivilized beings that must be locked up. These "angels" that are locked up scream for their freedom and for the freedom to live without the restarint of the man made sysytem enforced upon them. therefore they listen to each others "Terror through the wall" where they are all confined.

    1. The red stain of bastardy, which two centuries of systematic legal defilement of Negro women had stamped upon his race, meant not only the loss of ancient African chastity, but also the hereditary weight of a mass of corruption from white adulterers, threatening almost the obliteration of the Negro hom

      the mixing of the masters with the slaves has tainted the "African chastity" and filled them with unwanted corruption. The rape that these women suffered not only effects those women but their offspring that are also filled with the tainted blood of the corrupt.

    2. The Nation has not yet found peace from its sins; the freedman has not yet found in freedom his promised land. Whatever of good may have come in these years of change, the shadow of a deep disappointment rests upon the Negro people,—a disappointment all the more bitter because the unattained ideal was unbounded save by the simple ignorance of a lowly people.

      Here he reveals that the oppressed will stay oppressed until they have changed their views of themselves. Untimately that they cannot be freed of their oppression until they realize and take action as free people. They must realize and live as free men, and only then they can truly be free. They must stop thinking of themselves as slaves for that kind of thinking keeps them in that state.

    3. this longing to attain self-conscious manhood, to merge his double self into a better and truer self. In this merging he wishes neither of the older selves to be lost.

      Here the narrator speaks of having no regrets for the past has raised him to who he is. It has taught him lessons that no one else could teach him, therefore making him more aware of truth.

    4. Between me and the other world

      Narrator suggest that he lives in/is aware of something or somewhere that other are not. Therefore he knows more that what others know. This "greater knowledge of the unknown" occurs in Levines' "They Feed They Lion" and Hughes' "I, too, Am America." This knowing is a power that the narrator has because it elevates him from the rest.

    1. Or does it explode?

      "Explode" when something explodes it means that it has been provoked by something and there reacts and becomes alive. The explosion infects those surrounding it therefore it lives on within those things.

    2. He did a lazy sway . . . He did a lazy sway . . .

      This action reveals more than just the physical movement of swaying. It is the occurence of the experience that one feels and is controlled by when communicating and allowing the "Blues" music to enter them. It is the physical combination, the stirring of melody with the body.

    3. Tomorrow, I’ll be at the table When company comes. Nobody’ll dare Say to me, “Eat in the kitchen,” Then.

      There will come a day of redemption for this "darker brother" where he will unleash is greatness and will no longer be treated as he was before.

    4. They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes, But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong.

      "They Feed They Lion" is chiming in. The narrator reveals that he is aware that though his bosses send him away and think less of him than of themselves they are blind to the knowledge that he knows. He knows himself more and better than they know him. Furthermore, he knows them better than they think he knows. This "darker brother" is the Lion that Levine speaks of. He is also one the lives the the "veil." His bosses do not realize that he exists as much as he does.

    1. Still, the profound change has come upon them: rooted they grip down and begin to awaken

      Life has taken place. Beautiful and powerful image of plants rooting and growing as they "grip down" on the earth and "begin to awaken."

    2. They enter the new world naked, cold, uncertain of all

      The new lives that are blooming are described in the same way as babies are born. Can the narrator be revealing that the life of nature and human life is the same?

    3. Lifeless in appearance, sluggish dazed spring approaches—

      "WASTELAND" is here!

      "April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. "

      Eliot also writes of spring and the life that comes from death, but slowly. Both Williams and Eliot reference the cycle of life in which death brings life and life eventually dies and becomes death which will again bring a new life.

    1. But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.

      does he go or does he sleep? We do not know.

    2. shall be telling this with a sigh

      In this line, he really does not show much care in which road he has taken for neither is different than the other but one day he make look back to this moment and make it more grandeur than it really is. It is the "sigh" that he will start his great life story with, but it will also be a lie!

    3. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

      The only difference between the roads is that he traveled by one and not the other because eariler in the poem he states that "Then took the other, as just as fair." The narrator did not see a dofference between the two roads therefore in this poem he did not take the "more difficult road" or the one that others did not want to take but instead he simply and literally walked through one of them. His walking through one and not the other is the only difference.

    4. Good fences make good neighbors.

      Is this referencing "separate but equal"? That people are territorial and therefore in order to achieve piece and happiness among separate families there must be set boundaries. In this case physical boundaries such as fences. Do the fences only at to keep people out or do they also exist to keep certain people in? The fences might also reference emotional barriers that keep people distant from one another. These barriers lead to shallow relations between people. What is being guarded?

    1. force

      The "force" is mentioned many times. It is a power that cannot be taught but felt. It is the most valuable intangible power that one holds. It is what allows one to feel and to experience. This force is threatened by education that neglects the value of experience by only teaching fact and that which is tangible. One must be a man-thinking, action.

    2. A historian who asked only to learn enough to be as futile as Langley or Kelvin, made rapid progress under this teaching, and mixed himself up in the tangle of ideas until he achieved a sort of Paradise of ignorance vastly consoling to his fatigued senses.

      One who only studies limits himself from progress, experience and greater knowledge. He confines himself into a limited space where he has reached an end due to his own doing.

    3. Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.

      The narrator can be saying that education blinds its students from understanding, seeing and feeling something as whole and for its entirety. Instead it limits students from communicating with the work in their own natural way. The experience is killed.

    1. Woodlands, meadows, streams and rivers– Blind to all of it all my life long.

      The narrator reveals regret. Regretting that she/he did not acknowledge the beauty and existence of nature. Now the narrator seems to be obsessed with nature, even with the smallest seed. The seed matters, the seed is now seen. Could the narrator be referencing their own life through the seed? Maybe they lived a life without any acknowledgment. Yet they had potential, they had the potential to bloom into something great and take their place in the "woodlands, meadows, streams and rivers?"

    2. For I could never make you see That no one knows what is good Who knows not what is evil; And no one knows what is true Who knows not what is false.

      The narrator reveals that in order to know one thing you must know its counterpart. Therefore no one can know just the truth: in order to know truth you must also know the lie. Could the narrator also extend this to life and death, could we not die until we have lived?

    3. As if to destroy the last vestige Of my memory and influence.

      The narrator reveals that no one considers her life's work once she is gone. Her work is no longer valued but instead has crumbled and given away.

    4. WHEN I died

      These words reveal that the narrator is looking back to his/her death. SO what stage of the cycle is the narrator in? "The Wasteland" is chiming in maybe? Why does the narrator begin the poem with the death which represents the end?

    1. It is a dull yet lurid orange in some places, a sickly sulphur tint in others.

      It is interesting that colors that are supposed to be bright and cheery have become the colors that are "dull" and "repellent." This reveals the decomposing/rotting of something that was once viberant and alive. In this process they have now transformed in something that is "sickly." The "sulphur tint" hints to rust. This evidences that there is metal present. The room that was once vibrant and beautiful has been transformed into a prison.

    2. John laughs at me, of course, but one expects that in marriage.

      Feelings of not being taken seriously are chiming through this line. Her husband laughing at her shows that her voice is one that does not hold value to him therefore he laughs. This also shows the lack of happiness within the marriage because if he thoughts and opinions and ideas cannot be taken seriously then that shows that her existence is also neglected. Here we have another reference to the lack of existence/life that we had seen in Eliot's "wasteland." Only in this work, the wife's existence is not nulled by her own doing but by her husbands.

    1. Are you alive, or not? Is there nothing in your head?”

      Another line where life is questioned due to the lack of "living" in the present. This line references the "zombie" theme where the present is also neglected. The lacking of the present is the "wasteland" because it is the stage where there is no life but only existance, it is not death but a stagenant and frozen state where one is in between life and death.

    2. Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing

      The cycle of life is addressed in this line, where without the death of something the creation of a new life cannot take place. The decomposing of the once living but now dead in order to create something living once again also refers to the process of fragmentation where different parts of separate things are combined and therefore create something new.

    3. Memory and desire, stirring

      Memory refers to the past while desire refers to the future. Therefore the past and the future are mixing leaving the present to be unacknowledged or not in existence. The two separate worlds of the past and the future might represent the lack of life because there is one to speak of the present.

    1. the thorax of caves

      "the thorax of caves" is another way Levine humanizes the Earth. Giving the earth a thorax that has been corrupted into a cave due to disease is yet another image of the Earth's sick and collapsing condition.

    2. Earth is eating trees, fence posts, Gutted cars, earth is calling in her little ones, “Come home, Come home!”

      In consequence to mankind's mistreatment of nature and over-consumption, the Earth's harmony is destroyed. Therefore the Earth begins to crumble and destroy itself in order to stop mankind's cycle of abuse. By this, the Earth not only exists as a passive substance but an active force that is retaliating against man.

    3. Out of the gray hills Of industrial barns

      Are the "gray hills" a result of deforestation? If so, the "industrial barns" are references to factories. The factories are made from clearing out lands of their natural inhabitants and so "gray hills" represent the lifeless, natureless, raped lands that industrial factories were built on. These are the new "barns" that were created by destroying land instead of working the land.

  2. Oct 2015
    1. He who was living is now dead We who were living are now dying With a little patience

      Eliot's reference to fragments and ruins: the first group revealed is the "He." They are a group of people who are already dead, functioning as a forshadowment of the future. The "He" community is the community of "ruins." They serve as statues representing the remnants of life. In a way they are fragments as well because they are part of a past, a piece of history, therefore they are fragments of the life cycle. Those that are living but not quite dead, the "We," will soon join the community of the "ruins" and of the dead because they are also in the process of dying. By dying they are parting themselves into fragments that no longer work and therefore can no longer live. In order for life to be sustained the body must function as whole, all organs must be working together one. But as they decay they become fragments that can no longer sustain life. By this, they are not living but merely waiting to die and become ruins themselves. This process of ones life decaying reveals the entropy of the "We" who are losing fragments of their living selves as they are dying. This reveals that life itself is ironic in nature because no matter how one lives he will always die. Similarly, Robert Frost reveals that decisions made by the living cannot manipulate the end result of death. Therefore life itself is single a road that leads to ones own fragmentation and fate of becoming a "ruin" without diversion. Image Description

  3. Sep 2015