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Creative Writing Assignment on TS Eliot's "The Wasteland" Emily: Mr. Gordon, it's really nice to meet you. I'm really excited to talk about T.S. Eliot, his poetry, and his life, because he has always been one of my FAVORITE poets. Mr. Gordon: Emily, the honor is mine. I am a fan of anyone who is a fan of Eliot's. Now, where would you like to start? First, let me buy you a drink. Emily: I'll take water with lemon, please. Mr. Gordon, I have heard a lot about Eliot's thoughts on the idea of head and heart. What exactly does he mean by this? Mr. Gordon: Well, as in the Wasteland and Four Quartets, they enact a classic opposition between the head and heart. It is re-cast in the light of medical science as an opposition between brain and nervous system and heart and blood; between the flickering and circulating; between what the doctors of Eliot's youth had discovered about the way we work and what King Charles' doctor had discovered; between a modern age of nerves and an older, nobler age of blood. Emily: Wow, I never knew that Eliot was at all interested in medicine and how the body worked. I thought he only wrote poetry. Mr. Gordon: Yes, Eliot was a very deep man. There is a lot about him that people don't know or never realized. Emily: In Wasteland, the wife says "My nerves are bad tonight," and later she seems distracted and says, "I can connect/Nothing with nothing." Where did Eliot come up with all of this, or what does it mean? Mr. Gordon: This "nerves" passage relates to Eliot's life at the time with his wife, which he is referring to the state of his and his wife's nerves which are upsetting, troubled, and worried. In this poem, it is apparent that...
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added: 10/16/2011
Creative self expression is, above all things, an art; it allows a person to translate intangible feelings and emotions - the essence of their being—to something the world can see and, at best, understand. For me, expressing my creativity is executed in an array of behaviors, including singing and the arts, but most predominately, through writing. My greatest love will always be the manipulation of the written word. As a 9-year old-child, I would often sit wide-eyed in the hallway with my girlfriend Leila during those precious increments of “free time”, penning elaborate short stories of Barbies, witches, and laughable relatives, our curious minds filled to the brim with elan and youthful enthusiasm. Writing was an outlet, a release - some otherworldly place that I was welcomed into; a place far transcending the mediocrity and unevenness of a seemingly prosaic life. As a young teenager, I discovered the unbelievable relief that came with writing poetry. When my boyfriend, Alex, relentlessly broke my heart, I turned not to my parents, or deviant behavior, or even to tears, but rather, to the comfort and solace of my Ticonderoga #2 and crisp white sheets of fluttery heaven. It indeed was quite a prolific period, and looking back on it now, the ordeal itself seemed so inconsequential. But I know intrinsically that without the hours of scrawling raw, overly sentimental lyrics, my broken heart may never have mended. Freshman English was an artistic category unto itself. On countless occasions we were to write poems, stories, essays, responses. The most memorable of assignments were the adaptation of the George Ella Lyon “I am from” poem and the essay on the Aeniad, where we had to assume the role of one of the characters. Both works were the recipients of meritorious praise, but more importantly, personal growth. The way...
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added: 03/16/2011
Goerge Orwell once remarked that "Dickens is one of those writers who are well worth stealing" (Oldsey and Browne, 19). The light in which Orwell praises Dicken's work with admiration and recognition is the same one he shines in today. Orwell, whose influential voice still echoes in our minds recognized the truth and the conflict within man. He acknowlegded the ugly facts, the harsh reality; a political writer who maybe even predicted why wars will last until the end of time. Goerge Orwell; his soul reflects the mirror image of a humanist, his works reflect his "ruling passion which was the fear and hatred of totalitarianism" (Oldsey and Browne, 28). This fact, this problem that man create within society drove, pumped and nurtured Orwell's heart to write well, but to write truthfully, with freedom of speech, and no concsience to bear it all with world famous works such as Animal Farm and 1984. Orwell was not afraid to stand for what he stood: " the dignity of man, the inviolability of the human spirit, and each man's right to spirtitual privacy" (Authors 1). Gardner tells the story of an extraordinary child who realized many true simplicities aboult life, as he once blurted, "you are noticed more if you stand on your head than if you are the right way up." Only eleven years before that on June 25, 1903 Eric Arthur Blair was a blessing to Ida Mabel Limouzin and Richard Walmesley Blair in Motihari, Bengal, India. Eric's father worked as an agent in the Department of the Indian Civil Service, and his mother was the daughter of a French tradesman. Gardner claims she was more lively, less conventional, and eighteen years younger than her husband. He also had two sisters, one five years older, and the other five years younger his age. However, they never seemed to be very close to them...
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Joe Evans Creative Writing Period 3 Idiot Tax By Joe Evans Last summer I got a job at the Cinema Savers ten, working the concession counter alongside a guy named Toby. He was , about my age with dark eyes and a self-assured smile he was a big kid. He played on the football team as did I. The kid was a real pimp, when you went out with him you'd know itd be a great time. His only problem was he had a hard time suffering fools.. "I'd like a large soda please," said an overweight, middle-aged man. "Certainly, Sir. What kind of soda would you like?" Toby asked, wearing his most winning smile. He called it his game face. "Can you mix Sprite and Pepsi?" the man asked. "You mean like half Sprite, and half Pepsi?" Toby said, seeking clarification. "Yeah," the man confirmed. "I'm not sure. Let me consult the beverage alchemist," Toby said, turning to me. "Tommy, can we mix Sprite and Pepsi?" he asked me in a hushed tone with a very serious expression on his face. "I don't see why not..." I replied. Toby nodded slowly, and then turned back to the man. "I'm sorry, Sir. There are complications in that procedure. There is a possibility, however small, that the mixture of Sprite and Pepsi could result in the formation of a dangerous toxin that would be extremely harmful to your nervous system." Toby said, his voice full of sincerity. "Huh?" the man replied dumbly. "Do you have a hearing impediment?" Toby asked. "Me? No." the man said. "I see. So your problem is with comprehension. I recommend you purchase a tape recorder, and whenever someone speaks to you, record what they are saying. That way you can play back their statement, several times if necessary, without bothering them to repeat themselves," Toby said. "Uh...so can I have my Sprite and Pepsi mix...
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Compare and Contrast Dogs and Cats There are 59 million cats and 52.9 million dogs, yet dogs are found in 4.2 million more American households than their feline counterparts, according to a recent report prepared by the American Veterinary Medical Association. However, this great disparity between dogs and cats should not seem alarming considering the fact that dogs have been around for centuries as the human's steadfast animal companion. Since the earliest agrarian societies, to the modern post-industrial societies of today, dogs have been an intregal part of how humans have functioned. Unlike cats, dogs have sense of usefulness and belonging that appeals to a larger segment of the American population. More dogs are in the American homes because humans benefit from owning them..... Creative Writing: Dogs and Cats The cursed cat. He was grinning at them, that insolent face just grinning and staring, those disgusting whiskers twitching, the disgusting muddy fur, the disgusting hole in his ear. Scampi and Mustard stood at the bottom of the tree, tongues slowly moving in and out. It was over, both of them knew. They stared right back at the mangy cat with hate in their eyes. Its tail was curling back and forth. "Can't we wait this time?" "No." "But-" "We could stand here all day, but we'd have to leave sometime. What's the use?" Scampi smacked the tree with his little paw. Nature was most unjust. The cat began cleaning itself arrogantly. The nerve, thought Scampi. Here's this new cat, obviously fresh out of the bad part of town, no owner, no home, no nothi.......
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He was famous for being an excellent pianist, and he composed much excellent piano music as well as played it. He composed his first three piano concertos, and his first two symphonies between the years of 1799 and 1801. In 1802 Beethoven became aware that his hearing impairment was worsening and was permanent. This upset him very much, and he became rather disheartened. However this led to a period of re-focus for Beethoven, and he went through a good creative writing stage in which his music flourished. This time became to be known as his "middle-period". During this period he composed many, many excellent works that secured him as being the best composer of his time. However this period also marked the end of his piano-playing days due to his loss of hearing. After the year 1812 Beethoven slowed basically to a stop. He became very depressed due to not being able to hear, because it led to him cutting himself off from most people, and this made him very sad. However the work Beethoven was able to compose during his good days established him as probably the best composer of all time. I think that Beethoven was a very interesting, complex, man. It is crazy to think that the best composer of all time was deaf. This is pretty sad, considering that this means that much of the work that he created after 1802, he was never able to actually hear played out by an orchestra. Also, most of the work he made during this time was his best work, and Beethoven never got to hear it. I think he must have been amazing if he could have made up those songs in his head without being able to play them or test them out. Perhaps if he had not...
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Biography A Japanese American poet, novelist, and nonfiction writer, Mori was raised in Kobe, Japan, and inspired by her mother and grandfather, began to write in both Japanese and English at an early age. These two people in my family gave her the idea that writing was something we did everyday or even every week with enjoyment. As a young girl, she learned numerous ways to be creative, including drawing, sewing, and writing, from her mother and her mother's family. From those family members, Mori says "I came to understand the magic of transformation, a limitless possibility of turning nothing into something." (Mori). At age 12, Mori's life changed completely, she was devastated when her mother committed suicide. Her father remarried one year later, but the household was not a happy one, and Mori looked for ways to stay away from home. Eventually, she moved to the United States to attend college, receiving her bachelor's degree from Rockford College and a master's and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. Mori's writing grows out of her personal experiences, but she doesn't always write exactly what happens in her own life. "I think that the best thing about being a writer is that we get to moke up things and tell the truth at the same time," she says (Mori). Since she received her doctoral degree, in 1984, Mori has taught creative writing and has published fiction, poetry, and essays. Much of what she write is based on the things she knows. For example, she wrote about growing up in Japan, being a runner or a gardener, certain feelings she had as a teenager about wanting to be honest and wanting to be liked. But my novels are more about what could, might or even should have happened, not about what did happen in my...
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Baby Boys Keep Marriages Together Better Than Baby Girls Steven E. Landsburg reports in Slate on a new study that finds male babies keep marriages together better than female babies. In the United States, the parents parents of a boy. The more daughters, the bigger the effect: The parents of of a girl are nearly 5 percent more likely to divorce than the three girls are almost 10 percent more likely to divorce than the parents of three boys. In Mexico and Colombia the gap is wider; in Kenya it's wider still. In Vietnam, it's huge: Parents of a girl are 25 percent more likely to divorce than parents of a boy. University of Chicago researchers say boys are better than girls at perceiving spatial relationships early in childhood. Earlier research indicated the ability to read maps and technical drawings became sharper in males during adolescence. "These findings should put to rest claims that adolescence marks the onset of sex differences in spatial skills," said Susan Levine, professor of psychology and lead author of "Early Sex Differences in Spatial Skill," published in the current issue of Developmental Psychology. Nora Newcomb of Temple University said the findings disprove "previous theories that these differences are brought on by biological factors such as hormonal changes at the onset of adolescence." "In conclusion, by showing that boys outnumber girls among the most skilled toddlers in spatial abilities, this work seems to confirm the role of a male-related factor in the development of prelinguistic learning," Labarthe wrote. Whether or not this theory of brain development "may lead to a change of the syllabus used to teach children before they learn to read is debatable and needs to be studied further before a conclusion can be reached." Despite much recent concern that boys have become academic under-achievers, a three-year research project...
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Charles Dickens was an author who has a common theme in most of his books. Charles Dickens liked to stress, in his books, that the lower class is always higher than the upper class. Another idea is the need for sacrifice. He also had a common place where his novels took place. Most of them took place in an area where there was a cast system. "Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Portsmouth and spent most of his childhood in London and Kent" (Encarta.com), both of which appear a lot in his novels. He started school at the age of nine, but his education was stopped when his father was imprisoned for debt in 1824. He was then forced to work in a shoe polishing factory. He was laughed at for this job his whole life. This can be seen in his book David Copperfield. He shows us once again in this book how hard life was for him and how he grew up in the lower class. In 1827 Dickens took a job as a legal clerk. After learning shorthand, he began working as a reporter in the courts and Parliament, perhaps developing the power of precise description that was to make his creative writing so remarkable. It might have been because of this job that he became such a brilliant writer. He received practice from being a reporter, so this may be the reason for most of his work being so remarkable. The themes of David Copperfield and A Tale of Two Cities can be related by a cast system and by the need for sacrifice. They are both common ideas used in many of Dickens novels. As one can tell, there is always a comparison between the upper and lower class. Dickens portrays the upper-class...
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