Give some comments on the two postings

World Literature After 1660

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You need to respond to two classmates' postings this week, with a minimum of 80 words for each of those postings.

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First Posting: 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. Second Posting: 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 lives. 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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Rilke, “Spanish Dancer”
I like your postings. The description of the poem indicates your understanding of the language
and literary forms used in the poem. For sure the use of th...

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