Hate Poem

8 11 2011

The “Hate Poem” By Julie Sheehan when first analyzed seems like it is about a woman hating her boyfriend. Throughout the poem, she really goes in to depth on various ways how she hates her boy friend. Nearly every aspect of her life involves her hating her boyfriend. This poem describes a sort of love-hate relation ship. Relationships, especially in teen years, undergo many fights and confrontations, but blighted by puppy love, they always seem to make up.

Since almost every aspect of her life involves her “hate” for her boyfriend, it seems like she is actually obsessed with him instead. The author really confirms this “My lungs, duplicitous twins, expand with the utter validity
of my hate, which can never have enough of you.” This quote explains how she thinks of her boyfriend with each breath.

I think this poem is unique in the way the author combines a humorous tone with a serious straight forward tone.   I like how this poem does not use the word love, but is actually never uses the word love in the whole consistency of the poem.


My Papa’s Waltz

8 11 2011

In the poem “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke, tells a story in the view of a little boy. The little boy is waltzing with his father, and you can tell that the boys father has a had a generous amount of whiskey. They dance through the kitchen and knock over pans from the shelf. His mom was not pleased about this. The kid may of found this dance unpleasant as his fathers buckle kept scraping his ear, and by how he kept the time of the song by not gently tapping on his head. Then the boy is danced off to bed.

The author uses alcohol as a strong message in this poem. The father is obviously drunk in this story, and you can tell that the son and the mother share a sense of uneasiness by the fathers drinking. The author also tells of the child’s love to his father, despite his drunkeness

I can relate to this poem in the sense that my dad used have troubles with alcohol, but i always had love for him. I like the poems rhyme scheme and rhythm that it represents. It helps  the reader establish a connection with the poem. I like how the author was able to combine multiple meanings into minimal stanzas

The Fish

8 11 2011

In Elizabeth Bishop’s poem “The Fish”, she tells a story about a fisherman who catches this gigantic fish. He easily catches the fish, and he looks at how old and discolored it is. From this point on, he realizes how much this fish has actually been through. The narrator says “Here and there his brawn skin hung in strips like ancient wallpaper:” He explains the signs of aging just through the look of his skin. The fisherman continues the analyze the fish, and stumbles upon five pieces of fishing line stuck to the fishes lip. Along with the fishing line is five hooks to accompany them; each hook has been firmly grown into the fishes flesh. The fisher man then learns that this fish has escaped possible death five times. He understands the strife that this fish has undergone, and throws it back in the water.

This poem shows an incredible amount of imagery to illustrate how much suffering the fish has been through. The author describes the fishes hooks bound its mouth “like medals with their ribbons frayed and wavering.” She uses the image of the hooks stuck to the fishes mouth as almost like achievements of honor and wisdom. When the fish was first caught, it was described only by its outsides, which made the fish seem ugly. Then when the author describes everything the fish has been through and it turns in to something wonderful. The fisherman feels as if he had made a solid connection to the fish, and is bound to let it go.

The Wedding Story

27 10 2011

In the play “The Wedding Story” by Julianne Homokay, A storyteller tells a lovely story about a couple getting married; however, the storyteller keeps getting interrupted by the couple on several occasions due to lack of accuracy. As the storyteller keeps trying to tell his version of the story, the groom and bride interrupt time after time. The bride complains on how the storytellers version of the story is nothing at how the real world is. The storyteller tells the bride to please be quiet, and that she is ruining the story for the children. A final complaint arises, and the storyteller has had enough. He starts to tell the version of the story that the bride and groom want; the real life story. The storyteller harshly begins telling the storythe couple, calling the bride a “…woman approaching middle age who drank a lot of bourbon, smoked a pack a day, hung out in places where they throw peanut shells on the floor” and then begins to call the groom a homosexual. Both are offended, but he keeps going. The end of the story ends up with both of them dieing “I bid you good night and sweet dreams, children. The End”. Then both the bride and groom, shocked by reality, say that he can tell the his version now.

Fairly tales is one theme from “The Wedding Story”. Even though fairly tales are not always realistic, some times they can inspire and ignite the imagination of children. At the end of the story, the storyteller tells the real version of the story, which is extremely harsh, the couple realize the fairly tale story is not so bad after all.


27 10 2011

In the Story trifles by Susan Glaspell, a sheriff and the witness Hale investigate a murder of Mr. Wright in an abandoned farmhouse. The sheriff and the witness Hale look for clues on who could of murdered Mr Wright. They laugh at their wives for worrying about little things around the sce


ne; or trifles. Confident that their wives wont be any aide to this case, they go up stairs and their wives stay and have a conversation. While the men are upstairs searching, the women downstairs actually find clues about the case. They stumble upon an empty bird cage, and then eventually find a dead bird in a box. The bird appeared to be strangled around its neck. They begin to think if it was Mrs. Wright who murdered her husband. Mrs. Hale then begins to feel sorrow that she did not stop by and say hi to Ms. Wright. She thinks that maybe she could of prevented this from happening. The men finally come back downstairs, and the women stay silent about what they saw

One of the themes of trifles is revenge. Mr Wright strangled his wife’s bird, and she preformed the ultimate revenge by murdering him. It would be irrelevant for Mrs. Wright to kill her husband just for the death of her bird. This implies that they possibly had relationship problems and the death of the bird was the final straw. Also, Mrs. Hale silence can be seen as some sort of revenge for the males looking down on them as inferior.

The Story of Brownies

27 10 2011

The story Brownies is about a young African American girl named Laurel, or “Snot” as everyone called her. They story starts off at Girl Scout camp, called Camp Cresendo. Laurels group, the brownie squad, sees the all white troop, Troop 909, who the leader Arnetta, instantly hates. They were describing them by their looks, what they wore, and their actions which were pure motives of hatred to them. Later on, one of the brownie members said that they heard a member of Troop 909 call Daphne the N-word. Daphne was not really bothered by this, which triggers the doubt if it even happened. Arnetta and Octavia the second in command decide the fate of Troop 909, they want to make them atone for what they said; they commanded the Brownie troop to beat up Troop 909. Later on in the Story, they meet up with Troop 909 in the restrooms. They were going to beat them up, when they denied that they said the n-word. Towards the end, The Administrator of troop 909 comes in and breaks up the confrontation. The Brownie troop gets in trouble and has their freedoms restricted until they leave camp. On the bus ride home, Laurel speaks of a story where her father asks some Mennonites to paint his porch, and they do. Her dad says he did it because it would be the only time that he would have a white man on his knees doing something for him for free.
One of the major themes of the story, which Laurel learns at the end of the story, is that even thought something bad has been done to you, doesn’t mean that you should do it to someone else. Since it was never clear that troop 909 actually said the N-word From we can imply that Arnetta was racially profiled in the past and was seeking revenge

What You Pawn I Will Redeem

20 09 2011

“What You Pawn I Will Redeem” is a hilarious story about a homeless Indian named Jackson Jackson. Jackson is a Spokane Indian, who is walking with some other Indians that he met, when he notices his grandmas dancing regalia hanging in a pawn shop window. They enter the store, and tell the broker that his grandmother’s regalia was stolen and that one resembled it. The pawn broker says that he did not know it was stolen. Jackson told him that his family put one yellow bead on the regalia to distinguish it from others. They search for the bead, and they find it. The broker realizes that the regalia is Jackson’s; however, he paid 1000 dollars for it. He told them if they can raise 999 dollars in twenty-four hours, then he will give the regalia back to them, and even gave them 20 dollars to start. Jackson started his journey to buy back the regalia. In every instance in which Jackson gets money, he ends up spending either all or most of it. Normally, one would think this is foolish, but he never spent selflessly on himself; mostly on others. A day had passed, and Jackson found the pawn shop, the broker asks him how much money he has. Jackson says he has five dollars. He asks did you work hard for it. Jackson says he did. The broker sells it back to him, saying that he is a good person.

The theme of the story represents selflessness and that is always better to give than to receive. The theme is solely represented in the character Jackson. Even though he needs money a large amount of money in short amount of time, he does not hesitate to share what he has with others. In nearly every instance that Jackson gained a step close to gaining his grandmothers regalia back, he was set back by his kindness. For example, in the story, Jackson wins 100 dollars from a lottery ticket and as the clerk Mary (Whom he “loves”) hands him the money. “Thank you, I said, and gave her one of the bills.” “I can’t take that” she said. “No, its tribal. It’s an Indian thing. When you win, you’re supposed to share with your family.” Even thought the Asian lady was clearly not his family, he still shares his money. Towards the end, he seems to have trouble finding the pawn shop; it almost seemed mystical, like the shop had somehow phased to a different spot. Even when he found the place. Jackson said the broker seemed younger. It seems as if the broker knew of his kindness over the past twenty-four hours which accordingly caused him to sell the regalia back for only 5 dollars.