Descriptions: Appearance, personality, mood and tone

Pair work: choose 2 pictures and write a description connecting them. I worked with Ali Claps and Juan Subira. 

-Describe the places in detail

-Describe the situation (use your imagination) and the feelings of the people.

-Think about the mood.

 

My week in BaResultado de imagen para working hardriloche was the best week of my year. When I left I didn’t realize that I was going to miss on a lot of important events at work.  I got back from my trip at down on Monday. I decided that it would be best if I stopped missing out on my work, and went straight from the airport to my office. As I walked down the corridor all my coworkers came out to salute me and ask about my trip, I think they envied that I had been on vacation for the hardest working week of the year and that made me feel good in a way. When I finally got to my office, and got to see the enormous pile of work waiting for me, I could feel how my body contracted with pain, and my partners laughed at me.

 

The first thing I did was pour myself some coffee to wake me up and then I sat down and started thelongest day of work. I was so tired that I layed my head on my arms on top of all the

papers scattered around my desk to rest my eyes for a few minutes. As I closed my eyes I travelled back to bariloche and my skis. The cold wind blew on top of the mountain and the sun bathed my face with warmth. As I slide through the mountain and slid though the soft and newly fallen snow from the previous night all I could feel was joy. Nothing could concern me at the top of the mountain. The mountain was so peaceful, unlike the office were everyone is running from one place to the other, trying to get things done as quickly as possible.

I jumped from my desk as a partner shouted to me, I had fallen asleep and been caught right after arriving from a week of holidays, not a good impression the one I made that day at work.

 

William Blake

This is the Histagram that we did of the artist William Blake. In the following pictures you will be able to read about this character’s life, what inspired him, some of his best works, ideals and some other curiosities. The work was done together with my excellent partner Alina Claps.

 

https://www.instagram.com/wheelblake/

 

Railways

In the following virtual period, our task was to do some research about the British influence in Argentina and its railways.

Since the very beginning of argentina´s development as a Nation, britain had always been envolved. we exported our raw materials, mainly to great britain. a lot of treaties involving trades with britain were signed in 1850´s.

in 1855, the western rail company was created. britain built us a railway that started in parque station, besides the colon opera house and lasted six miles away to flores. the railway was for the first time in use in august 1857 with president urquiza. years later the railway was extended.

by 1948, seven railways were created in argentina, and that is when the president at the time, juan domingo peron, had the idea to nationalise those seven. what is the meaning of that? it meant that we were going to start to have a more independent economy, and goodbye britain. but, lukely for great britain, our economy in 1950 was a disaster, and all the external debts were getting worst.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Del Parque Station 1870

Map of the Argentinian railways in 1950

Mitre Station nowadays

Haslemere Station (Surrey Britain.) nowadays

Ensayo sobre los cuentos de Juan Rulfo

Trabajo práctico para presentar el 17/11 (fecha límite 18/11):

Escribir un ensayo argumentativo en el cual se justifique la relación de los cuentos de El llano en llamas, de Juan Rulfo, con la narrativa característica de los autores del boom latinoamericano.

  • Presentar al menos 3 argumentos.
  • Utilizar citas pertinentes.
  • Analizar ambos cuentos leídos en clase.

PRESENTACIÓN: en el blog, en una entrada independiente con título “Ensayo sobre los cuentos de Juan Rulfo”

IMPORTANTE: no confundir boom latinoamericano con realismo mágico.

Antes de empezar con la tarea, los alumnos deben responderse las siguientes preguntas (no es necesario escribir las respuestas):

  1. ¿Qué es el boom y qué es el realismo mágico? En una palabra. Boom: fenómeno literario, realismo mágico: género literario.
  2. ¿Siempre coinciden? Si
  3. Situaciones tales como la pobreza, las guerras, las dictaduras, un clima inhóspito ¿son características de la región latinoamericana? ¿son características del realismo mágico o se relacionan con él de alguna otra manera? ¿son características del boom? Son características de latinoamérica, que se relacionan con el realismo mágico.
  4. La naturaleza como una fuerza misteriosa y mágica… ¿es una característica de Latinoamérica? No, es una característica del realismo mágico.

El llano en llamas es una de las obras más importantes de Juan Rulfo en la que se puede encontrar una serie de diecisiete cuentos, en los que el autor trata entre otros asuntos, el problema de la distribución de la tierra. Estos cuentos fueron escritos durante el boom Latinoamericano, por eso se les atribuye características que corresponden a América Latina como por ejemplo la coyuntura política y la naturaleza exacerbada. También planteó un conflicto en sus épocas de Revolución.

En el boom latinoamericano se representan varias características del lugar América Latina. Una de ellas que está vivamente expresado es la pobreza de la gente. En ambos cuentos, “La Noche que lo dejaron solo” y “Nos han dado la tierra”, el gobierno se comporta de una manera corrupta, traicionera y convenida. En el cuento “Nos han dado la tierra”, Rulfo explica que lo que hacia el Estado era para beneficio propio, pero les quería hacer creer de un principio que no era así. “Por que a nosotros nos dieron esta costra de tapete para que la sembráramos.” La cita nos hace entender que el gobierno los quiso persuadir dándoles un pedazo de tierra, pero era uno que no servia para nada, los impedía crecer. En el cuento “La noche que lo dejaron solo”, también los problemas económicos son motores de la narrativa. Se presenta la pelea por las tierras y el cansancio del protagonista por no tener un lugar donde poder  habitar. “Se recostó en el tronco de un árbol.” Podemos identificar que este era un lugar precario, tenia que quedarse ahí ya que la desigualdad de la sociedad no le dejaba escapatoria. 

Otro factor el cual nos da la iniciativa de que ambos cuentos se dieron durante el boom latinoamericano es la descripción de la naturaleza Latina. En “Nos han dado la tierra”, las descripciones que hace Rulfo sobre el llano son muy precisas y dan lugar al perfecto descontento y desesperanza de los personajes. “…las palabras se calientan en la boca con el calor de afuera, y se le resecan a uno en la lengua hasta que acaban con el resuello.” El clima tan seco y árido hace que los personajes también se muestren en un estado de cansancio y sin vida. Al igual que en “La noche que lo dejaron solo” que da imágenes sobre como es América Latina de día y de noche. De día se presenta como “la gran llanura gris”, muy parecido a la descripción anterior donde Rulfo hace hincapié a un llano vacío de vegetación y sin colores vivos. A la noche, “…la tierra fría y el sudor convertido en agua fría. Esta debía de ser la sierra… Allá abajo el tiempo tibio y ahora acá arriba…frí…”, dando otro tipo de relieve (sierra), que también pertenece a las descripciones latinoamericanas. Como la sierra es un relieve de altura, cuando oscurece allá arriba, el clima se vuelve frío y sin humedad.

Por último, otra causa representante del boom latinoamericano es la política impuesta ante todos los ciudadanos. Durante ambos cuentos, las injusticias y las dictaduras se presentan mucho. Al igual que el pasaje por las guerras civiles y las dictaduras. En “Nos han dado la tierra”, hay un gran ejemplo sobre el cual se representa las inseguridades con los que ellos vivían, (no muy distinto a hoy en día) “Por acá resulta peligroso andar armado. Lo matan a uno sin avisarle…”. ¿Cómo puede existir tanta violencia? Eso se da mucho en América Latina, y Juan Rulfo quería hacerlo saber. El comportamiento del gobierno sin dar lugar a opiniones es la demagogia mas explícita. En “La noche que lo dejaron solo”, Rulfo presenta aún mas las descripciones de ese gobierno tan duro. Donde quieren atrapar al protagonista y en caso de que no lo hagan, agarrarían a cualquier otro imponiéndose sin dar lugar a un segundo pensamiento. “el debía de haber atravesado la sierra por la noche para evitar a los vigías.” El gobierno tenía el control absoluto.

En conclusión, los cuentos de Juan Rulfo, se dan en el boom latinoamericano siendo representados con características típicas dándose en ese tiempo. Por ejemplo las situaciones de pobreza, guerras, dictaduras y un clima inhóspito. Este fenómeno editorial da lugar a estas descripciones inexplicables y tan reales que hace Rulfo sobre la región.

On Her Death Bed

This is a beautiful and moving poem filled with the romance of a woman who feels she has truly found her soul mate.

Thou who dost all my worldly thoughts employ,
Thou pleasing source of all my earthly joy,
Thou tenderest husband and thou dearest friend,
To thee this first, this last adieu I send!
At length the conqueror death asserts his right,
And will for ever veil me from thy sight;
He wooes me to him with a cheerful grace,
And not one terror clouds his meagre face;
He promises a lasting rest from pain,
And shews that all life’s fleeting joys are vain;
Th’ eternal scenes of heaven he sets in view,
And tells me that no other joys are true.
But love, fond love, would yet resist his power,
Would fain awhile defer the parting hour;
He brings thy mourning image to my eyes,
And would obstruct my journey to the skies.
But say, thou dearest, thou unwearied friend!
Say, should’st thou grieve to see my sorrows end?
Thou know’st a painful pilgrimage I’ve past;
And should’st thou grieve that rest is come at last?
Rather rejoice to see me shake off life,
And die as I have liv’d, thy faithful wife.

Mary Monck (?-1715)

 

Activity:

Data about the writer and context of production:

Monck, Mary, a woman of great beauty and considerable poetical abilities, daughter of Lord Molesworth. She acquired an intimate knowledge of Latin, Italian, and Spanish literature. Chiefly residing in the country, one of a numerous family, she cultivated poetry more as an amusement than with a view to publication. She married George Monck of Dublin. After her early death from consumption, at Bath, in 1715, a volume of her poems and translations was published. Several of her pieces are given in Cibber’s Lives of the Poets.

Context:

The second daughter of a wealthy British aristocrat (with strong Irish connections) who married a chap called George Monck in Ireland and then died in 1715 (we don’t know when she was born). We also have no clear indication of what killed her, but the implications of this poem is it was some sort of long standing condition.
Her poems were published after her death, as presumably it was composed for pleasure rather than with any professional aspirations. This poem was part of a body of written on her deathbed to her husband that was later published in a collection of Poems of Eminent Ladies.

Whether this poem is based on her life or not:

It is based on her life because the poet talks about her husband and personal feelings about him.
She was head over heels in love with this man, she believed that he was her truly soulmate and he was everything she had in the world.
When she dies she is sort of abandoning this soulmate she has although she believes that she is going to meet him again.

Themes:

The poem is about True love, companionship and friendship between the writer and her husband.
As the poem goes on the themes of aging and mortality are present too.

Tone:

The poem transmits a calmed tone as you read it and she tries to stay stable. But sometimes there are occasional emotional outbursts. Eventhough the tone is generally soothing and gentle.

Literary devices

Anaphora (“Thou”)
Rhymes (“employ” and “joy”)

Personal conclusion about the poem:

We believe that it is a very romantic poem that strongly transmits how fierce is the love that she feels for her husband.
We think that she should have found someone else in her life and not just hold to one person because you become very dependent of that person.
We admire how hopeful she is about meeting the love of her life again and how much faith she has.

VIRTUAL PERIOD

John Legend – “All Of Me”

“Cause all of me / Loves all of you / Love your curves and all your edges / All your perfect imperfections / Give your all to me / I’ll give my all to you / You’re my end and my beginning / Even when I lose I’m winning”

It is related because this woman explains how she feels deeply in love with her husband and he is everything to her. They are life soulmates, they share their life together. And she loves him so much that she must love everything about him not just his good things but also his imperfections. When love is real, it’s so strong that nothing else matters and you give in all of you to the other person.

 

Video

Virtual Period I Find No Peace

The Virtual Period we were tasked for this week was to answer a set of questions and prepare an animation using animoto to illustrate the poem with pictures.

1) What situation is the speaker reflecting on?

The speaker is reflecting the fact that his feelings are still very confused and he can not feel love again. He fears what might happen.

2) What metaphors and similes does he use to express his feelings?

“I burn and freeze like ice.” The poet uses contradictions as a well as simile to talk about what he feels.
“I find no peace, and all my war is done.” He is tired of fighting, he do not want this anymore.
3) How many separate paradoxes are in the poem?

There are 10  paradoxes in the poem. He reflects de fact that he is twisted and confused.

4) What is the cumulative effect of so many paradoxes?

This paradoxes make an effect of love in the speaker, his feelings are mixed up. He has no idea of what to do, or how to react towards this feeling.

5) What is the general topic of the paradoxes in lines 1-4?

The general topic in paradoxes from line 1 to line 4 is love and lust.

I find no peace, and all my war is done.

I fear and hope. I burn and freeze like ice.

I fly above the wind, yet can I not arise;

And nought I have, and all the world I season.

6) What is the general topic of the paradoxes in lines 5-8?

The general topic from line 5 to line 8 is that the speaker’s mind can not scape of what he thought. He is suffering about that.

That loseth nor locketh holdeth me in prison

And holdeth me not—yet can I scape no wise—

Nor letteth me live nor die at my device,

7) Why does the speaker in line 11 declare that hating himself is the consequence of loving another?

In line 11 the speaker declares that hating himself is the consequence of loving another because he considers that when you love someone you will always put them first than yourself.

8) Why is it ironic that his “delight” is the “causer of this strife”?

Is ironic because the effect that delight or pleasure have is enjoyment not strife. But the delight he has for loving another one will hurt him. We can say that the feeling of pleasure for him is mixed up, and what gives him this delight is painful.

9) To what extent do you think the paradoxes are an accurate expression of the feelings of a person in love, particularly in light of the fact that in the 16th century the completely free and unchaperoned meetings of lovers were not easily arranged?

Paradoxes help the poem express this particular person in love.
10) To what extent do the paradoxes capture the agonies of the speaker?

Paradoxes in the poem capture how much this man suffer been in love. In my opinion, I do not think that feeling the way that the speaker did is pleacent. He has a twisted thought about loving, but he is confused and has a big scar because he suffered love. Thats why he has no peace and he is lost. The speaker is depressed and his state of mind is confusing him as the paradoxes show.

 

Virtual Period

In our second virtual period, we had to write a diary entry, putting ourselves in the shoes of one French Citizen who was involved in the storming of the Bastille.

Dear Diary,

Fourteen of July, the starting of a new beginning, an event no one would ever forget and it will determenate history.

Years, months and days of fighting for our freedom, our libery, been equals, same rights and obligations. I can’t believe that this day finally arrived. For the first time, in a long period we are been heard. The upper-high class is for once thinking about the whole society other than themselves.

What worries me the most is having to get to the point that we got because of the injustices that this country spread to the lower classes, people like me that worked from sun to sun to achieve a loath of bread. The worst is that those arrogant people thought that we wanted to take their place, remove them from the luxurious lives that they were having. We only wanted justice, justice for the people that had to pay high taxation because those abominable people did not.

I hope all the sacrifise, the deaths and the suffering that we had been through is worth it. And I also hope that this catastrophic event would never repeat in the history of the world and even less in the history of France.