#7 Burnt Norton V

 Select the one modernist poem or text that you found spoke to you most directly. Quote the text and tell us how the text moved you.

Section V of T.S Elliot’s “Burnt Norton” is the closing of a truly miraculous perspective of the way human beings are able to create words to allow us to see things that we’re constantly trying to comprehend. The power of the word choice seizes to amaze me “Words strain, Crack and sometimes break, under the burden, Under the tension, slip, slide, perish, Decay with imprecision, will not stay in place, Will not stay still.”. When we are placed in a situation, such as arguments, we tend to retaliate in the heat of the moment. In this pice words play a part in the cause and effect of any circumstance, this is the nature of language in human experience. Words are trying to carry some meaning for us, they help us understand.

These words are the powerful concepts that we as human beings create ourselves, “words move, music moves.” resulting in the ideas on paper being one thing but in life, it is a powerful experience. However the idea of love, “love is itself unmoving, only the cause of the end of movement” can be seen as a strong element in the development of our words. Religious ideologies are placed in this text as a representation of love, insisting that before time there was love and now the being at the places where we are is the implications of love and it works and flows in a creative way. Words also reach into our core and as such an internal silence, this can be seen as atmospherical silences and this compliments the mood that T.S Elliot is surrounded with. 

After reading this piece more than once it has become more aware to me that is surrounding mainly by the theme of time. It’s as if people are stuck in the past and are unable to see the beauty of the present. “Quick, now, here, always– Ridiculous the waste sad time Stretching before and after.”, the finishing words of the text truly spoke to be as it was alluded to be a call to anybody reading this to give a childlike perspective of life to live in the moment without getting caught up in the rush of life and to see the world for what it really is. 



“Burnt Norton” Part V 

Norton Anthology D – Page 398-399



#5 Peer Review

Hey Biancah,

Your blog this week was a real interpretation on how Mark Twain uses his description of nature to enhance the quality of life and the environment he observes in allowing momentous however simplistic elements to arise! I appreciate that you have included this quote, “a whippowill and a dog crying about somebody that was going to die; and the wind was trying to whisper something to me”, as it refers to the natural elements of life all having voices in our world which we accidentally may ignore.Twain’s writing is so raw and intuitive that it allows the readers to capture the essence of the being with nature, the stillness of emotional break one is able to be a part of with nature. You’ve done a great job, however,  a little extra description of what you received from reading this novel has done to your perspective of nature would create a better blog.

– Annaliese 🙂


#6 Robert Frost

If possible try to explain in your own words what you understand by this statement. Can you give an example of poem you have read that does just this?

A tradition and experimentalist poet such as Robert Frost clarifies the affect poems have on individual’s thoughts and feelings. “A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom..” (Frost) hones in on the opportunity displayed in the word choice, structure, rhyme scheme and comparatively the newfound knowledge an individual can acquire which may, in turn, change their opinion completely or add to the beliefs they already possess.

A poem, which expresses the idea of delight into wisdom, is Neither Out Far Nor In Deep’. Frost eludes to in the first stanza an image of society turning their back on the land and is fixated on the see, All turn and look one way”. The third stanza suggests that they aren’t turning their backs on the land but instead are searching for the truth, which they believe to find in the unchanging ocean. “The land may vary more; But wherever the truth may be- the water come ashore, And the people look at the sea.” The motif of the ocean portrays the repetition in its movement and as a result, is more subject to change. The people on the beach are representatives of individuals who can’t help searching for answers that are hard to attain, however, they choose an unlikely source such as the mysterious ocean. What I personally get out of this poem is that we understand that of the human experience, literature changes the way we see the world and the way we see ourselves especially with the help of the unbiased ocean.


“Robert Frost.” 2017, http://williambertrand.fr/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/RobertFrost.jpg.

Neither Out Far Nor In Deep – Robert Frost

Norton Anthology Volume D (Page 247)


#4 Peer Review

Hi Ngaire,

I to choose this blog topic to answer as I believe “Going to meet the man” is such a confronting piece of text which allows for many ideas and outlooks to come out when reading it. The character Jesse as you have described ‘experiences growing up in a racist society’. As a result of this, it reveals the harsh reality that individuals of colour faced as well as being objectified to the power of the white people. I appreciate the fact that you have included certain techniques such as rhetorical’s, imagery and simile in your blog as it alerts readers to be inclusive as well as having an insight into the grotesque events which occur in Baldwin’s text.

My critics are that a picture expressing your opinion or highlighting the key points which you were addressing would have created such a perfect finisher to your blog. As well, I can see that one of your paragraphs are larger than the rest, although that might be the way you’ve typed in the structure of the paragraphs looks a little unbalanced but other than that you’ve done an incredible job with this entry!

– Annaliese



#5 A letter to James Baldwin

Dear Mr. Baldwin,

Firstly, I would like to show my many praises for the writing you have produced. In my honest opinion, the raw and powerful messages opaquely reveal itself through your writing “Going to Meet the Man”. Although, the simplicity of your writing portrays one side when we as readers look deeper into this particular story the gruesome and barbaric words are highlighted even more and as a result of this enlighten your audience with the horrific tone of the time.

I would like to look back on the realization of the character Jesse. He is at a stage where he questions what he observes and how this man has ended up in this position.

“Going to meet the man”, as an overall piece, hones in on the desperation of the white people in that period of time. However, the youth, in this case, Jesse, from a young age is opened to the vindictive violence which was conducted. The passage that has created a visually present moment is where Jesse remembers a time when his father allowed him to see the abuse of the “nigger”.

The language you have used to express this create a momentary initial impact, however, leaving a stained mark on the reader. When Jesse describes his environment the alliteration in “blood bubbling”, illustrates the freshness of the blood and how real this act of violence is for a young boy. As well his description of “the veins of the neck jumped out”, personifies the shock, which occurs, and the humanistic picture which you tried to paint.

You also include the thoughts of the human psyche with use of rhetorical questions and repetition in “What did he do? What did the man do? What did he do? – but he couldn’t ask his father.”. The child has some moments of conscience but instead roles with the events that are occurring. This shows your readers how Jesse as a child is trying to make sense of what he has just witnessed. As he asks himself what did this man do to deserve such gruesome forms of torture. Through this particular line, you have successfully expressed the character’s youth and innocence in question an experience as well as growing up believing that this act is normal. Seeing his father, a role model for him, conducting this act makes it feel believable as well like it has a purpose or validity behind it.

Through the use of your specifically chosen language techniques, you have been able to portray such a moving piece from more than one angle. However, in the eyes of Jesse, this barbaric moment is seen as something that drives him through to his future because he deems it as normal.

This is an incredibly artistic and powerful text, thank you for sharing a slight insight into the incredibly difficult times of the African Americans, I truly am a fan of your work.

Kind Regards,

Annaliese Ferraro

American Literature Student.


Page 434 – “Going to meet the man” – James Baldwin

#3 Peer Review

Hey Raina,

Firstly, this is a great blog, good job!
What a lovely blog describing Dickinson, her poetry and the meaning she professes behind them. I was surprised with the way you expressed her poetry in true fashion to her lifestyle and beliefs. Although your sentences are short and sharp they are straight to the point identifying the reasons why she chose to write the way she did.

Moreover, if I did have anything to critic it might be that I thought your blog lacked a personal opinion. What I mean is although these facts about her are great maybe adding how they make you feel or how it makes readers feel in today’s day and age may add extra quality to an already great piece!

Keep up the great work!

– Annaliese



#4 Mark Twain’s description of nature

The opening passage from chapter 8 of Huckleberry Finn defines nature with such vividness and imminence:


“The sun was up so high when I waked, that I judged it was after eight o’clock. I laid there in the grass and the cool shade, thinking about things and feeling rested and ruther comfortable and satisfied. I could see the sun out one or two holes, but mostly it was big trees all about, and gloomy in there amongst them. There was freckled places on the ground where the light sifted down through the leaves, and the little breeze up there. A couple of squirrels set on limb and jabbered at me very friendly.”

Chapter 8


Within this snip-it Mark Twain expresses through specifically chosen words which allow for momentous however simplistic elements to arise. The use of the personal pronoun “I” conveys his familiarities and his feelings in that exact moment. This can also be seen at the end of the second line through the words “comfortable and satisfied.”, illustrating his content feelings with what he mentions. Certain word choices can be understood as Huck’s recipe of his environment, “freckled, sifted, satisfied, rested”, each of these is items of the methods which make his beautiful setting.

The picture that Twain paints is through each idea the protagonist observes which the author has envisioned. Each line moves as if it were vectors, from the sun which explains the time element, then seeing the shade from the trees which made him feel comfortable, the leaves on the trees and the “freckled place” sun spot which shone through onto his face. This by far is an instance of clarity and highlights the beauty of the surroundings he is bounded by. The ways sentences are structured confirm the tone of the novel. In this specific paragraph, the sentences are short and sharp but meaningful. Most sentences contain two clauses connected by a comma, Twain uses this to not make his descriptions short and boring instead making them meaningful to the protagonist and the reader. Combined these features all form a depiction of what an amazing life which was around for Huck at the time.



Mark Twain and Peter Coveney. Huckleberry Finn, Level 3. London, Penguin Classics [Imprint], 2003