Rilke, "Spanish Dancer"
In the poem "Spanish Dancer" written by Rainer Maria Rilke I found the use of the words
such as flame and fire used stood out the most. The words seems to represent the passion
within the dancer that comes out when she is preforming. Rilke draws your attention by
making you feel as if you are right there watching her perform and watching the
unstoppable passion within her that cannot be put out. In the poem we find the use of
personification and imagery which is still relevant in writing in our lives today.
Neruda, "Tonight I Can Write..."
In the poem "Tonight I Can Write.." written by Pablo Neruda the use of "Tonight I can
write the saddest lines." repeated throughout the poem stood out the most to me. The
repeating line put an emphasize of the theme emptiness from the love that the person has
lost in the poem is speaking about. It repeats the emptiness he is feeling. It helps show
how unsatisfied he is. I believe that Nerdua and his poem is a reflection of how many feel
about love lost today. It shows how he is conflicted with the past and the present he is
faced with and that's something that people can relate with about the difficulties of
coming to terms with something.
Achebe, "Chike's School Days"
In "Chike's School Days" written by Chinua Achebe the biggest significance I found in
the text was the symbol of religion and how the names used reflected the power it had.
He uses English names to show how things are changing when two cultures intertwine.
It's a reflection of the melting pot we live in today.
This week we read poems and stories from multiple authors. The first that I’d like
to discuss is the poems of Rainer Maria Rilke. I noticed this writer mostly writes to
describe several different things. Each of them had a deeper meaning than just the outer
image the reader may see. Rilke spoke of a limbless head statue, in “Archaic Torso of
Apollo”, that has been vandalized and abandoned. Rilke still implied that there is beauty
in this piece. Looking into the history of it and understanding what brought the statue in
the first place, people will better understand what Rilke is implying. His other poems
bring awareness to captivity, dancing, and freedom of the swan.
Pablo Neruda’s poem seemed more somber. A relationship or friendship has
ended and the narrator is coming to terms with it. Neruda used his words to perfectly
describe the mood of the scene. It was nighttime and blue stars “shiver” in the sky. This
gives the reader a better perspective of what is going on. The narrator states that he does
not love her anymore and then changes and thinks he does. This is a great example of
what majority of us humans go through after a relationship ends. In the second poem, I
like how Neruda knows what the reader would be expecting in a poem, but using this
opportunity to bring awareness of war and violence in his homeland. This same violence
that happened there is widespread across the world and beauty dies along with innocent
Finally, Chinua Achebe’s words in “Chike’s School Days” express the difference
of cultures and the changes to traditions. Chike realizes that his African culture will soon
slip away as westernization takes place in his life. Adaption to new things is not that bad,
but who will carry on the tradition if it has been whitewashed.
All three authors have been through things that we all have. Their words are not
in vain because the way they explained and made things understanding, the more the
reader will understand or relate.
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