Thursday, January 6, 2011

Reading Response 3: Panoptic Perpectives in Shelley's Mont Blanc: Collapsed Distance and the Alpine Sublime"

In Joan Reiss Wry's "Panoptic Perspectives in Shelley's Mont Blanc: Collapsed Distance and the Alpine Sublime" analysis and describes the poem Mont Blanc and Shelley’s writing style. Wry breaks Mont Blanc into sections and begins to describe the first stanza as somewhat confusing yet very imaginatively detailed. The poem begins at the Arve River, which is far below the summit of Mont Blanc. He continues to describe the poem at the second stanza. Shelley begins to bring out a natural and calming environment that gives a full view of the scene. Wry also brings out points in Shelley’s writing about his natural themes where he gives nature all powers and shows a life cycle. He also describes how Shelley’s writing is unique compared to other romantic poets as described “Shelley imaginatively places himself on the clouded mountains,” instead of a distanced view that most authors would compose. Shelley actively places himself on the mountain and writes as if he were experiencing everything that was occurring on Mont Blanc which creates a great image for the reader. Wry also brings a great point at which Shelley begins to wonder if he is awake or dreaming because of the great beauty and power Mont Blanc presents him. This article relates to this blog in terms of Shelley’s literary ways. The article analyzes Shelley’s views and descriptions of nature and how he incorporates the life cycle in the majority of his writing. He also brings a clear image of the natural world as Mont Blanc has a cycle in itself which is powerful, beautiful and destructive. The destructibility describes how the circle of life continues because destroying objects creates a new power or beauty of nature which is reborn as a pure and new object to be rebuilt again, as shown with the glaciers that melt to become run-off and add back to the powerful Arve River. 

 By reading this article, I gained a great understanding of Mont Blanc that I had lacked in the beginning. I did not understand this poem and the way Wry’s broke each stanza down really gave me a more clear and concise understanding. Shelley often has a writing style of a happening-right-at-this-moment which is shown as he gives a distinct image of the scenes of his poetry. Shelley’s poetry often shows a living scene which is shown in Mont Blanc as well as Autumn: A Dirge. As Shelley gives a very descriptive scene of the rivers power, it also shows how nature’s figures, such as rivers and mountains, combined to create a body and one main power united. Although Shelley’s poetry reflects natural scenes, it also can bring you through an emotional journey. I compare the poem and power of Mont Blanc, to the life of a human being as it grows through phases to create a powerful living being. It also shows the many different altitudes one must go through to achieve success. Shelley shows how the human mind can be blinded by their motivations and overlook the natural beauty in something by pushing and rushing through without evaluating the situation. I agree with Wry with the description that Shelley brings a different type of Romantic Poetry such that he writes deeper and more upfront with nature than most Romantic Poets. Shelley describes Mont Blanc in such detailed and extreme ways that a regular human being would take for granted and overlook the actual power and beauty it presents. Shelley shows the power of nature in a variety of ways other than just describing its power, but bringing you to the scene and evaluating its natural power and beauty. He shows the reader a different understanding of nature, the way he believes humans should perceive the natural world. Shelley gives a great point that humans should be using nature to their advantage instead of destroying it to their power. He gives a different point of view to many things a human can experience in their lifetime and explains the true meaning of nature and the way the Earth should really be thought of and used. Many people take for granted the true beauty of this planet and underestimate the power the Earth can have which Shelley points out and truly gives a deep meaning to the natural world.

Reading Response #3

      Author W.B. Yeats expresses his opinions on the well-known works of Percy Bysshe Shelley, in his critical essay, “The Philosophy of Shelley’s Poetry. In his essay, Yeats talks about Shelley being too apprehensive to push his arguments about his views on political regeneration and how the poet intertwines great poetry with great rhetoric thought full of sensitivity. Not only does Yeats talk about those two main topics, he also talked about Shelley being a revolutionist and how he wanted to be a metaphysician. Before Shelley discovered his deepest thoughts, he wrote a poem, “Queen Mab”, where he was “less anxious to change men’s beliefs” (Yeats, The Philosophy of Shelley’s Poetry). In Yeats’ eyes Shelley acknowledges over and over again that those who have “pure desire and universal love” (Yeats, The Philosophy of Shelley’s Poetry) are happy in the midst of oppression. This connects to the idea of being too apprehensive because Shelley did not believe that change of society can bring beauty among people without rejuvenation of people’s hearts. However, he did have the chance to change the minds of many readers, but was again, too timid to push his own arguments. While in “Mont Blanc”, Shelley uses the poem as an analogy to establish that the soul has its foundation in “the secret strength of things which governs thoughts, and to the infinite dome of heaven is as a law” (Yeats, The Philosophy of Shelley’s Poetry). The idea from “Mont Blanc” ties in with the idea of Shelley intertwining great poetry with his rhetoric thoughts full of sensitivity because he states that the soul comes from within us, he discusses this in another one of his poems, “Julian and Maddalo”, saying, “The soul is powerless and can only toll our thoughts and our desires to meet below round the rent heart and pray” (Yeats, The Philosophy of Shelley’s Poetry). Shelley is being sensitive about the soul in a way that he can reply like the makers of all religions have replied. Going back to “Mont Blanc” Shelley uses it to personify amoral power, which prepares for the big rhetoric question. Towards the end of his essay, Yeats expresses that Shelley had reawakened, in himself, the age of faith; although there were times where he would doubt himself, going back to being apprehensive, just like the saints doubted themselves.  
          Even though Shelley had doubts about his own beliefs, what really impressed me the most was that he still went on to be a very well known Romantic poet. His poems mainly talk about how mankind is connected with nature, and how nature can be a symbol of mankind. For example, in “Mont Blanc” the mountain represented power, and in “Love’s Philosophy” he explains that nothing in the world is single and it is surrounded by divine things. When reading his poems, it does not seem like he had doubted himself in the first place. It seemed like his main ideas in each one of his poems were written with great confidence and pride because the tone of the poem does not sound like Shelley was in doubt at all.  I feel that when Shelley uses some of his philosophical beliefs, his background of being a revolutionist and an almost metaphysician plays a part in some if his work, especially in “Mont Blanc” when Shelley discusses his philosophy on perception. There were two different views in the poem, the individual mind and the universal mind, each having a different view of the world and humans. In my eyes, he includes the two views to help us have a bigger understanding of his beliefs and to put a new perspective about nature into our minds. Nature means a lot to the Romantic poets, in fact, they use it as a kind of meditation.  As for Shelley, he uses nature as a symbol of humans, for example he uses pine trees as human values, a Ravine as an emblem of the universal mind, and of course Mont Blanc as a symbol of power. By relating nature to human characteristics, the analogies can teach us a lot about ourselves and how we are affecting the world. After reading this article Yeats had put a whole new idea about Shelley in my mind and he had taught me some things I did not know about Shelley. He is truly one of the greatest Romantic poets. 

Prose Poem: One Large Dream

I always had a dream, of working at a veterinary clinic, I also dreamed of owning a veterinary clinic.
I worked at pet shops, equestrian barns, and for people, caring for animals.
Little by little, my dream will come true.
I knew my schooling would be long, at eight years minimum in college, but I knew college would be worth it and I could make it enjoyable.
I was never sure what college I wanted to go to until freshman year of high school, that being Oregon State University, one of the top schools in veterinary medicine.
My dreams continue to push me to strive in school.
Little by little, my dream will come true.
Sophomore year, I knew I needed to look more deeply into the veterinary career.
I looked for veterinary clinics that offered volunteer positions.
I found just that clinic in January of 2010, The Village Vet Animal Hospital, only two minutes from home.
Little by little, my dream will come true.
I worked for six months, a total of 115 hours, and earned half a high school credit for community service.
When my time as a volunteer came to an end in June, I wanted to stay, but I knew I needed an income, now driving and needing gas money.
I walked in on my last day, dreading this day but thinking of the possibilities of working in September again, I turn to my boss to tell her hello and she says, “We would like to offer you a position as a kennel attendant.” This was joy to my ears!
Little by little, my dream will come true.
I begin working great hours in the summer, and continue to work through the school year of at least 10-12 hours a week.
Not only am I considered a kennel attendant, but I participate and complete the tasks of a veterinary assistant.
Knowing I am capable of completing my dream pushes me further and further every day.
Little by little, my dream will come true.
I really despise having the knowledge and skill to be a veterinary assistant now, without school.
I still have to push through schooling, just to get that one piece of paper that declares I am a veterinarian.
I love hearing from my co-workers and boss, you are going to make a great veterinarian some day.
Little by little, my dream will come true.
Having thoughts that I am only one year away now from college, brings me joy.
Having a wonderful place of employment that will offer me Letters of Recommendation for college, drives  me.
Having a wonderful staff and veterinarians that teach me skills of veterinary medicine, inspires me.
My dream is beginning to come true, little by little every day.

The Blogging Community: Percy Bysshe Shelley

Besides this blog, another great Percy Bysshe Shelley informational site is called Percy Shelley (Click to visit) by Dulce Roque, Kailee Phillips, and Lauryn Hartung. I appreciated that this site offers a great variety of information ranging from Shelley’s poetry, to detailed information about his life. 
I found their post titled “Percy Shelley’s View on Death” to be most interesting because it gives a very informational explanation of how Shelley perceived death as not only a pity, but of beauty because it continues the life cycle. This posting had the largest effect on me because thinking about waking up on a new day as one day closer to death, is a very mind-twisting thought. This post is extremely relevant to Shelley’s work because he was often finding ways to write about the natural circle of life and explaining the significance of the season autumn as it shows a natural death to being reborn and life. It also brings almost every point Shelley tried to convey in his work by explaining the natural beauty, the life cycle, and the many ways nature works to continue life in different forms.
They also have a video on their blog that is the same as on this blog, that article is called, “Percy Shelley; A Closer Look.” The summary takes a more personal understand and I really admire when it talks about “ozymandias” and what this word truly means. This posting gives a more personal look at the facts of Shelley rather than a complete factual summary, and I enjoyed reading it. The video is great for a detailed look at Shelley’s life and poetry and is not a boring video to watch, like most biographic videos.
By examining this blog, one can grip a great understanding of Percy Shelley as an author, a husband, a romantic poet, and a human being. It shows a great deal of Shelley’s personal beliefs and the many different aspects on nature he brought out in his poetry. This blog provides a great introduction to Percy Shelley’s life by giving a complete background and history of his life in a form that is easy to read and in great detail.

The Indian Serenade

I arise from dreams of thee
In the first sweet sleep of night,
When the winds are breathing low,
And the stars are shining bright.
I arise from dreams of thee,
And a spirit in my feet
Hath led me -- who knows how?
To thy chamber window, Sweet!
The wandering airs they faint
On the dark, the silent stream--
And the Champak's odours
Like sweet thoughts in a dream;
The nightingale's complaint,
It dies upon her heart,
As I must on thine,
O belov├Ęd as thou art!
O lift me from the grass!
I die! I faint! I fail!
Let thy love in kisses rain
On my lips and eyelids pale.
My cheek is cold and white, alas!
My heart beats loud and fast:
O press it to thine own again,
Where it will break at last!
Percy Shelley wrote this poem as one of the shortest and finest of his love poems. The poem was written in the 19th century. The first part of this poem means he is walking through the beautiful night to his love's window. He faints because he is overcome with emotions. I like this poem because of all the emotion it has to offer.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

You Have My Heart

A hot summer day, with a broken heart. No one to love. My heart belongs to me, just me.

Things are now about to change.

Forget the cold broken heart I have on this warm summer day. I'll be fine. All i need is my money. My money is all I need. My money has my heart!
That is all that matters.

People say, "money can't buy happiness." I believe otherwise.
My money gave me the idea to conquer my hunger.
"Jacky, Jacky can you hear your stomach growling? spend me Jacky, spend me."
Off to Jack In The Box I went.

Alone? No. My best friend until the end, accompanied  me to spend, spend, spend.

Lets sit down, we shall have a seat. I'm so hungry I can't wait to eat.
Three boys, about our age. Being loud and staring rudely, but one boy stands out, He's truly a beauty.

Jacky Gets, what Jacky wants. 
The boy's number is what she got.

Thanks to the help of her best friend who "hooked up the digits."
Flip your hair, smile, than wait a little while.
Shoot him a text.
First date, second date, third date, Oh my this boy is great.
I want him to be mine.

Jacky gets, what Jacky wants.
A new boyfriend is what she got.

You can be the prince and I can be your princess
You can be the sweet tooth and I can be the dentist

I love his smile, I love his laugh, I could stare into his blue eyes all day.
He makes me feel safe, so comfortable.
kiss me and it's the 4th of July.
Hold me when I cry.
Your love, your love, your love Is my drug.
You're my best friend. You are all I need. You amaze me more and more each day.
I will love you unconditionally.
Unless you cheat, then it's over.

Sorry money, my heart now belongs to someone new, but thank you for buying me happiness.

Percy Shelley's Perceptions of Life on Earth

The majority of Shelley’s poetry that revealed his individual philosophy was composed in Italy. His philosophy was a combination of human power, love and reason, and faith in the ultimate ability of humanity progression. Shelley composed great literature of imagination and natural beauty given from the Earth to human.  Many considered his general actions to be abnormal, daring, and headstrong, but Shelley had a very individual perception of the human life and existence and the natural beauty the human race on Earth could create. Although Shelley questioned the Christianity religion and the thought of an All-Powerful God, he had respect for those with beliefs. He often tried to express his thoughts about giving all power to a God and the difference between natural power and a God-like figure. He was also one to strive for the perfectibility conception and it appears in his literature. While appreciating natures capability and beauty, he also saw the darker sides nature can produce such as death and destruction; natural disasters.
Mont Blanc is a perfect example of Shelley’s views of nature. This poem has a very keen examination of the natural world and provides great suggestion for what the humankind can learn from nature. Mont Blanc contains such power; Shelley also describes nature’s ability to exist without and away from the human existence. This piece of literature gives Shelley’s conclusion to how all living things, including humans, play an important part in the natural world. Mont Blanc also shows the general order of relationships with nature. He describes a trance like effect the mountain has on him with its great power and beauty. Month Blanc shows a cycle and with that cycle, Shelley describes the natural cycle of life he describes in many other pieces he writes.
Shelley’s belief in the natural world shows his great respect for the Earth and its capabilities. It shows that the humankind oversees the true beauty the Earth lays before us. He shows an overall terrific understanding for nature alone, without modifications humans make or try to give all the power to one specific God. In the majority of literature Shelley composes, he shows the natural worlds beauty and power and a natural cycle of the Earthly ways to producing and ending life in a graceful, yet powerful, manner.