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Miami Dade College Rockwoods and Saknussemms Festival of Rain my Merton HW

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I’m working on a English question and need guidance to help me study.

State one positive and one negative about both Rockwood's and Saknussemm's writing, and support each with evidence from the text. This is due at the beginning of class.

In addition, annotate Festival of Rain my Merton.

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Thomas Merton, A Festival of Rain, from Raids on the Unspeakable, New York: New Directions, 1966, 9. Let me say this before rain becomes a utility that they can plan and distribute for money. By “they” I mean the people who cannot understand that rain is a festival, who do not appreciate its gratuity, who think that what has no price has no value, that what cannot be sold is not real, so that the only way to make something actual is to place it on the market. The time will come when they will sell you even your rain. At the moment it is still free, and I am in it. I celebrate its gratuity and its meaninglessness. The rain I am in is not like the rain of cities. It fills the woods with an immense and confused sound. It covers the flat roof of the cabin and it porch with insistent and controlled rhythms. And I listen, because it reminds me again and again that the whole world runs by rhythms I have not yet learned to recognize, rhythms that are not those of the engineer. I came up here from the monastery last night, sloshing through the corn files, said Vespers, and put some oatmeal on the Coleman stove for supper… The night became very dark. The rain surrounded the whole cabin with its enormous virginal myth, a whole world of meaning, of secrecy, of silence, of rumor. Think of it: all that speech pouring down, selling nothing, judging nobody, drenching the thick mulch of dead leaves, soaking the trees, filling the gullies and crannies of the wood with water, washing out the places where men have stripped the hillside! What a thing it is to sit absolutely alone, in a forest at night, cherished by this wonderful, unintelligible, perfectly innocent speech, the most comforting speech in the world, the talk that rain makes by itself all over the ridges, and the talk of the watercourses everywhere in the hollows! Nobody started it, nobody is going to stop it. It will talk as long as it wants, this rain. As long as it talks I am going to listen. But I am also going to sleep, because here in the wilderness I have learned how to sleep again. Here I am not alien. The trees I know, the night I know, the rain I know. I close my eyes and instantly sink into the whole rainy world of which I am a part, and the world goes on with me in it, for I am not alien to it. Questions on Thomas Merton’s A Festival of Rain Please read and annotate the text and answer the following questions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Where does Merton’s text fall on the Continuum of Essay Types, figure 3.1 pp. 38-39? What Genre is it? Who is his audience? What is his purpose? How did the piece make you feel? Identify at least one metaphor, simile, or other figurative language and explain. What did you learn from A Festival of Rain? Based on your opinion identify one positive feature and one negative feature in the piece and explain. +/Also, please identify one positive feature and one negative feature of Rockwood’s and Saknussemm’s texts and support your point with evidence. Next, please complete For Writing and Discussion on page 41. Answer all the questions and be prepared to share Tuesday. ...
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thesis is explicitly stated in the introduction and all parts of the essay are linked to the
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