The end

In my opinion the idea of doing an E- portfolio was a instance to learn a little more about what we can do with different tools. I used this space to open and to be more creative than in any other test or work in class. I really liked the way I found new things I didnt know I could connect with. So in conclusion, I hope everyone who reads all my work, could take something that was enjoyable or something to learn.

 

Loss of innocence

The conflict of «The Destructors» is primarily man vs. society. The boys have had their innocence stripped by the events of World War II. They use their imagination to reconstruct scenes of violence, demonstrating the influence of their environment on them. The bombed out area in which they meet symbolizes this. The first thing that came into my mind when thinking about The Destructors was the city of berlin after the war. I immediately connected the feelings of the people living this situation with the kids in the destructors. Here it is also the conflict between man vs society, they have taken lives because of this conflict and also the place where thousands of people lived. By this they have destroyed society. I think that many kids that lived this situation may have loss that innocence the gang in “The Destructors” did.

Rooms and my own Room

I can connect the poem to my room. My room makes me feel comfortable is the place where I think and I make reflections about my life. Everything that is in there is crucial to my personal comfort if something is moved or misplaced I automatically recognised it. I Believe that every room is a world there are certain things which  characterize each of us. Also it represents our personalities. If
A room is gloomy, light is very soft and it is barely seen the sunlight for it means the person is constantly sad and little bit shy. Although if the room is full of colours it has pictures sometimes frames it means for me that, the one who owns the room is very cheerfully, extrovert. In my particular case my room is a mix of things, it has a very soft light and sun barely enters but the color is a light blue which brings me happiness and there are lots of pictures of me and my friends.

Trauma

The “The Death Bed” by Siegfried Sassoon “Soldier Rest” by Sir Walter Scott andA war poet is a poet who participates in a war and writes about his experiences, or a non-combatant who write poems about war. While the term is applied especially to those who served during World War I, the term can be applied to a poet of any nationality writing about any war “Dulce Et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen are three poems that tackle the same main theme War Poetry. This term is associated with a poet who participates in a war and writes about his experiences, or a non-combatant who write poems about war. While the term is applied especially to those who served during World War I, the term can be applied to a poet of any nationality writing about any war. In my opinion I cannot connect this to my daily life, I have never lived through a war in my life the only thing i can connect is the trauma that is left after the war. Soldiers live with a trauma after war and I believe that everyone has their own traumas and that they are very hard to overcome. For example I remember a series called Sherlock which is clearly seen the trauma left in one of the protagonists Dr watson:

Here is a video clip showing it.

 

https://youtu.be/XwFIE4Dft_U

 

Reflections

 

(1929) The Lady In The Looking Glass: A Reflection and Alice in Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass (1871)

 

After reading this story the first thing that came into my mind was the second book  about alice in wonderland. This story it’s all about reflections. In the story by Virginia Woolf, it

describes the images reflected in a mirror situated in a woman’s dressing room, providing a glimpse of the furnishings of her life. It makes you feel she is in a parallel world and there is when the comparison with the movie goes. Alice Through the Looking Glass tells the tale of Alice who enters a parallel universe where the common sense laws that she had grown to take for granted no longer apply. She strives with admirable patience and persistence to achieve new understandings but is constrained as much as she is enlightened by her efforts to reconcile new experiences with her old world view. Also the two protagonists are women which fight with difficulties in their lives. This two stories also have in common that nothing makes sense, everything is confusing and it is complicated to interpret. Everyone has their own interpretation. What I found rare about this two stories is that they were published
with a lot of difference of years, and they have lot of resemblance.

Gothic

 

The Hollow of the Three Hills and The Haunting of Hill House: Gothic Elements

In The Hollow of the Three Hills by Nathaniel Hawthorne we have the theme of sacrifice, death, regret, guilt, desperation and bravery.
Hill house is a series which contains certain elements. Supernatural elements of Hill House are real paranormal manifestations and happenings in the characters’ minds. The trick is to read carefully and find out which is which.

The two of them have things in common, I am not talking only about the themes but the Imagery. As The Hollow of the Three Hills is a poem it only contain imagery which we can imagine the situation and the fear that provoked, in the case of the film The Haunting of Hill House has short video trailers which we can see the same imagery that Hawthorne transmits Both of them left the reader or the viewer with the same uncomfortable emotion.

Hawthorne uses dark descriptive imagery to draw in his audience into the ambiguous and mysterious setting that characterizes this Gothic fairytale. From the get-go, Hawthorne clearly depicts the darkness, mystery, and evil of the world.
https://youtu.be/Um7i1LvOyOM

Lobos

“Home is so sad” is Connected to “Missing Home” and in my personal life there is a song called “Don’t Worry Baby” from the “Beach Boys” and it reminds me from the time where me and my family had a country side on Lobos, Buenos Aires. Also I can connect this feeling to the poem ode of melancholy, and as the poem says is a good nostalgic is something I really like to remember and I miss.


Video of the song
https://youtu.be/X9E1by7PocE

This song still is one of my favourites and I listen to it constantly. And this two poems reminds me a lot to the events of my childhood y lived in Lobos.

As the song tittle is “Don’t worry baby” I connect that feeling of relaxation of good vibes to the feeling of nostalgic. I believe they have a lot in common those feelings because they can connect to each other.  For example I feel nostalgic to my countryside and the memories I have there are pure, full of relaxation, being in the pool or being in a chair under the sun in a lovely day. The lyrics to the song goes

“Well it’s been building up inside of me
For oh I don’t know how long
I don’t know why
But I keep thinking
Something’s bound to go wrong
But she looks in my eyes
And makes me realize
And she says «don’t worry, baby»
Don’t worry, baby
Don’t worry, baby
Everything will turn out alright
Don’t worry, baby
Don’t worry, baby
Don’t worry, baby
I guess I should’ve kept my mouth shut
When I started to brag about my car
But I can’t back down now because
I pushed the other guys too far
She makes me come alive
And makes me wanna drive
When she says «don’t worry, baby»
Don’t worry, baby
Don’t worry, baby
Everything will turn out alright

When they say “everything will turn out alright” Is the moment when I feel nostalgia, I interprete, for knowing the song and listening to it for many years, that although a lot of things change for good or bad everything at the end is going to be alright

Analysis

First Stanza:

  1. Stanza 1 begins with a description of the shocking condition of a group of soldiers retreating from the battlefield. Owen is the observer of another incident of misery and the horror if trench warfare.

  2. “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks” simile undermines stereotypes, imagine of a soldiers as young and fit. Suggests they are filthy and weak.

  3. Owen gives an impression that war was disappointing and makes the soldier appear drunk, or even like zombies from the exhaust and continues fight to survive, even without a gas bomb or a battle, they are zombie-like.

 

Second stanza:

  1. “Gas! Gas!” This line begins with two disruptions of the rhythm, with the succession of the four sharp, short, stressed syllables and the disruption of the telling voice.

  2. The «ecstasy of fumbling» which goes on here, however, is anything but rapturous.
    We’re back to the sort of ironic language that we’ve seen in the title – combining elevated language with absolute chaos makes the whole experience seem totally out of proportion, they are scared and mad because of war.

  3. “As under a green sea, I saw him drowning”  an extended metaphor describes the man choking to death – unable to breathe, he falls about. Owen describes having flashbacks to the death of his comrade highlighting how the impact of war last over many years and across generations.

 

Read the poem:

  1. Look for information about Wilfred Owen

  2. Characteristics of war poetry

  3. Explain each stanza with your own words

  4. Which images predominate? Quote and explain

  5. What does the title mean?

 

Answers:

  1. Wilfred Edward Salter Owen, MC (18 March 1893 – 4 November 1918) was an English poet and soldier. He was one of the leading poets of the First World War. His war poetry was on the horrors of trenches and gas. He had been writing poetry for some years before the war.

  2. War poetry is poetry written that was written during WW1, between 1914-1918. It deals with 4 important themes: honor, injury, gender relations, and poetic formalism.

    1. Stanza N°1: The first line takes the reader straight into the ranks of the soldiers, an unusual opening, only we’re told they resemble old beggars and hags by the speaker who is actually in amongst this sick and motley crew.

    2. Stanza N°2: We delve deeper into the scene as chemical warfare raises its ugly head and one man gets caught out. He’s too slow to don his gas mask and helmet which would save his life by filtering out the toxins.

    3. Stanza N°3: Only two lines long, this stanza brings home the personal effect on the speaker. I, my, me – the image sears through and scars despite the dream-like atmosphere created by the green gas and the floundering soldier.

    4. Stanza N°4: The speaker widens the issue by confronting the reader (and especially the people at home, far away from the war), suggesting that if they too could experience what he had witnessed, they would not be so quick to praise the war dead. They would be lying to future generations if they thought that death on the battlefield was sweet.

  3. The title of the poem is a reference to one of Horace’s, a roman philosopher and poet, odes. The phrase is translated to “It is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country.”

 

Poem analysis

 

Soldier, rest! by Sir Walter Scott

 

It is composed by three stanzas each one of 12 lines

It has repetitions:

 

“Soldier, rest! thy warfare o’er”

“Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking”

“dream of battlefields not more”

“nights of waking”

“Huntsman, rest! thy chase done”

“rising sun”

“bugles”

Sleep”

“Reveille”

 

literary devices:

 

Anaphora

 

Sleep! the deer in his den;

Sleep! thy hounds are by three lying;

Sleep! nor dream in yonder

 

Alliteration

 

Sleep the sleep

days of danger

fairy strains of music fall

 

Metaphors

 

Days of danger, nights of waking

morn of tail, nor night of waking.

Hands unseen

Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking

The warfare o’er

 

Oxymoron

 

nights of waking

 

Imagery

war and army, hunting, deer, den, hounds

 

Theme

 

  • Criticism of war

  • Struggle of life

  • Battle of life and death

  • After life

  • Meaning of life

 

Tone

 

  • Dreamy

  • Reflective

  • Calm

  • Reassuring

 

Our interpretation of the story is based on life and death and life after death, we believe that through the poem the author is trying to transmit us that life is a constant battle and that has lots of difficulties and that there are obstacles that we are going to get through but they are some we won’t, at the end death is compared with finally resting and being in peace and never suffer again because that was life. The poem has a connection with Romanticism because the Romantic movement had a strong influence on death and the afterlife, this afterlife is became idealized in literature, they were against their society and so they had other alternatives; to focus on the past or to focus on the life after death.

 

Death Bed by Siegfried Sassoon

 

The poem “Death Bed” by Siegfried Sassoon portrays the experience of a soldier who is badly hurt and is coming in and out of consciousness. The soldier is suffering a battle between life and death, which finally ends with him dying because death “chooses” him. As, during the poem, he is coming in and out of consciousness, he can’t distinguish reality from dreams. This confuses us readers as we as well can’t differentiate what is real and what isn’t.

 

  • Themes

    • War

    • Death

    • Battle of life and death

 

  • Tone

    • Agony

    • Dark

    • Confused