29 Matching Annotations
  1. Oct 2016
    1. There is not even solitude in the mountains But red sullen faces sneer and snarl From doors of mudcracked houses                                       If there were water

      This continues to remind me of the film Taxi Driver, where De Niro's characters calls for the rain to waste away and cleanse the city of its all it's vices and sins. He drives late into the night, disgusted with his environment and fueled with anger and rage. Moreover, the mountains which is the anthesis of the city is also affected by the absence of rain.

    2. I think we are in rats’ alley Where the dead men lost their bones.

      This is about modernity and how we inherit this world where the past remains and death residents in the slums of the streets. It's the grit and the grime, it's the hustle and bustle, it's the city life at its rawest form.

    3. for you know only A heap of broken images

      This poem is all over the place and in this section it sets the tone, which will be reverberated with each book/stanza/line. Fragments, images, and phrases all scattered, leaving the reader with pieces to interpret and conclude.

      Eliot pays homage to the past writers by using their stories of love and loss to highlight the relevance of human behavior and desire and the nature and state of the world. Also, the change of narratives, the different styles of verse and prose undoubtedly leaves the reader more distorted and confused than ever.

      However, there is clarity between the lines of the dualities and complexities of the Waste Land.

    4. when the human engine waits Like a taxi throbbing waiting,

      A taxi is a symbol of modernity, where one can get from point a to point b to point z and back. Eliot descibes this restlessness people feel when they are anxious and dying for some form of action or stimulus.

  2. Sep 2016
    1. blow

      There seems to be plenty of sexual innuendos, no? Yes? No? Yes? Yes? Yes? No? Yes.

    2. Pussy

      Early on the poem, the speaker repeats, 'push sea' and now the same exact sound resurfaces but the meaning and form has transformed?

    3. measure

      There's definitely a play on words, which alters the meanings, which also sounds meaningless at the same time. So, what is being measured here exactly?

    1. Make

      The title of the poem is called,"Provide, Provide" but this Frost guy keeps telling you to decide, decide. Buy your friends, so you won't die alone. Or kill yourself before that happens.

    2. doubted

      In the art of poetry, ambiguity is usually always present. I've read this poem and assumed it was about self-empowerment, decisiveness, or simply choosing what you want to do, however, there are many instances where the speaker's words are dubious and suspect. For that reason, I feel more conscious in doubting the obvious.

    3. fences

      Not only a physical barrier but, also a social barrier between the speaker and his neighbor. It's interesting how positive and light the neighbor is while the speaker's whole aura appears to be dark, negative and dismissive.

    1. vestige

      Consider an alternative meaning to words. As society changes, the meaning of words start to take a different form, e.g. slang. Each generation define their own language, while origin is certainly worth acknowledging, what matters is what it means to us, which is the take-home message in the end of the poem.

    1. acquiescent

      …is defined as ready to accept something without protest; submit or comply silently.

      We get this picture of an old man, Eben, on a night where he is isolated and alone with nothing but a bottle in his hand, Mr. Flood. He looks below his town where friends once revered him, then drinks. And he sees a mother’s love for a child, then drinks. Eben drinks in order to fill that loss by desensitizing himself. He can only look from the outside as he accepts the reality of his situation. We can interpret this poem of how a man who loss himself to alcoholism along with friends and his dreams of love and a family.

    2. sublime

      The poem encompasses the word sublime. The speaker talks about how poets and kings are one of the same: byproducts of Time; how their efforts to reach a level of grandeur or veneration (both definitions of sublime) are needless to say, a waste of time. Moreover, the speaker addresses the reader; stressing how everyone has this yearning desire to leave their mark in the world yet it leaves many, if not most, discontent.

    1. I wonder if they all come out of that wall-paper as I did?

      This moment is where the wife and the woman in the wallpaper become one. Using 'I' creates this fusion effect that speaks volumes as it can be interpreted as a struggle both women have endured. They have been trapped: one in the wallpaper and one against her own will, and now, they have fought and freed each other, evoking a sense of triumph and solidarity.

    2. That spoils my ghostliness, I am afraid, but I don’t care—there is something strange about the house—I can feel it.

      'There is something rotten in the state of..'

      The narrator is a constant in a state of conflict. She mentions how the house was haunted and abandoned but then describes it as beautiful and lovely but she has strong inkling there is something wrong with it. Frightened, she tells John, her husband/doctor, but he treats her like a delusional patient: denying any of her feelings or claims as unsound or unfounded. Similarly, she expresses gratitude with John one second then reveals her unexplained angry and frustration the next. Tension and turmoil is seeping through her words in regards to her relationship with the house, John, and her own state of mind.

    3. I did write for a while in spite of them; but it DOES exhaust me a good deal—having to be so sly about it, or else meet with heavy opposition.

      We've discussed in class how silence can be form of action and sign of strength (double-consciousness), but also a form of oppression. In this story, we have the narrator's inability to express herself: how she has to hide (the veil) and even be ashamed for her own feelings by her husband!

    1. To add on, this 'double consciousness' is still is very much relevant and relatable because it is universal, especially living in America. We are always dealing with some form of inner conflict, mainly struggling to form, create and maintain an identity for ourselves.

      Who am I? Am I x, y or z? What make me, me? These type question has always been, in my opinion, something you can only answer yourself.

    2. Then it dawned upon me with a certain suddenness that I was different from the others; or like, mayhap, in heart and life and longing, but shut out from their world by a vast veil. I had thereafter no desire to tear down that veil, to creep through; I held all beyond it in common contempt, and lived above it in a region of blue sky and great wandering shadows.

      This is the epitome of transcendence: not only is he unaffected or intolerant of ignorance but to rise above it and to define himself through his own will is a whole different level of maturity.

    1. Adams’s mind that, for his purposes, St. Gaudens on that spot had more interest to him than the cathedral itself.

      This is important to note because Adam's cared more about St. Gauden's reaction than the sculpture itself aka 'people watching.'

    2. She was goddess because of her force; she was the animated dynamo; she was reproduction–the greatest and most mysterious of all energies

      Force is reiterated as the main focal point in the statue of Diana of the Ephesians. She evokes a force and reaction that goes beyond science and nature. She is the god of the hunt, moon and nature; more importantly, she is able to talk to and control animals.

    3. his mind was ready to feel the force of all, though the rays were unborn and the women were dead.

      A parallel can be made here in terms of Levine's description of dead woman.

    4. Satisfied that the sequence of men led to nothing and that the sequence of their society could lead no further, while the mere sequence of time was artificial, and the sequence of thought was chaos, he turned at last to the sequence of force

      Force like Levine's 'Rise Up', the people begin to change out of necessity for their own well-being. In Adam's case, his curiosity led even forced himself to broaden his mind and way of life.

    5. In these seven years man had translated himself into a new universe which had no common scale of measurement with the old.

      A new era arises. From antiquated thinking, science and and the innovation of technology began to wired-in society into a different realm and even quality of life.

    6. As he grew accustomed to the great gallery of machines, he began to feel the forty-foot dynamos as a moral force, much as the early Christians felt the Cross.

      'Force' as discussed in class is the core of Adam's belief. The cause and effect begins to shape time where their society is influenced from the way they see, think and live their lives.

    7. He had studied Karl Marx and his doctrines of history with profound attention, yet he could not apply them at Paris.

      That type of philosophy is incompatible in the nature that is art; art is all about ambiguity, thus trying to grasp it from subjective perspective would nonetheless be difficult.

  3. Aug 2016
    1. West Virginia to Kiss My Ass

      From the first stanza, the syntax represents a sense of order and construct but it quickly turns gritty and grimy as the poet's attitude is expressed.

      Specifically, the language on stanza two gives off this sense of extreme manual labor and a strong indication of exploitation – physical and mental pain/loss thus rage is born.

    2. From my car passing under the stars,

      There is definitely progress: the speaker describes 'out of bus ride' on the 2nd stanza but in the 5th last stanza he is cruising, chillin' under the stars in his own car.

    3. From “Bow Down” come “Rise Up,”

      Still relevant to this day. They say, 'the system is broken' but I say it's not, it was designed like that on purpose..

    4. They Lion grow.

      Notice how aunties and mothers are mentioned but men aren’t. Instead they are seen and even possibly viewed as an animal, like a Lion.