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Life Philosophy-Comm Arts 11

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Lindsey Mork

on 26 April 2010

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Transcript of Life Philosophy-Comm Arts 11

Half full or half empty? It's your life. You decide. Negative Richard Cory "Richard Cory" was described as a man who was "richer than a king" and "admirably schooled" so he was most likely rich and smart. Though he had these fine things, something in his life was off. Others in the town witnessed him in admiration of his looks and intelligence. This poem shows how you truely do not know what goes on behind closed doors. It is negative because Richard Cory only saw suicide as his escape from his inner demons. Miniver Cheevy "Miniver Cheevy" starts out negative, with "child of scorn". He seems to regret his life since "he wept that he was ever born,". He feels he was born in the wrong time period. Evidence of this lies throughout the poem. For example, "Miniver loved the days of old when swords were bright and steeds were prancing". So basically, he wishes he could be in the medieval time period. "He mourned Romance, now on the town" basically means he mourned for the period of romance, living off charity. He wished he had been born in another time period. He doesn't know how to cope positively with the life he has been given. The last stanza basically sums his outlook on life. Saying he was born too late and thought why but called it fate, "and kept on drinking". Positive When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed A Pair of Silk Stockings "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed" is a poem/story written for the memory of Abraham Lincoln shortly after his death. It talks about his positive affect on the life of others. The author doesn't know Lincoln on a personal level but admired him from far away during the Civil War in Washington D.C. Whitman thought fondly of Lincoln and was upset with his death. Though death is a negative part of life, Whitman still found a way to remember Lincoln in positive ways, in spite of his very negative murder. He remembered Lincoln every time the lilacs would bloom . He would be reminded of Licoln at the sight of these lilacs in full bloom and the odor they gave. The poem shows a general acceptance of death after the period of mourning had passed. This poem for many seems negative but I interpret it in a positive light. It speaks of a woman sent to buy items for her children. While on this shopping trip, she finds some small treasures to indulge in for herself. She hadn't spent very much time or energy on herself since getting married and having children. She was used to a more lavish life, before she was married, as explained where "the neighbors sometimes talked of certain "better days" that little Mrs. Sommers had known before she had ever thought of being Mrs. Sommers." She saw things that she wanted and desired and bought them for herself. I find this to be positive for the most part because she gave up so much to become a good wife and mother that she deserved to treat herself every once in a while. She was scared of what others would think of her since she was spending money on herself instead of on her children. She never treated herself before and deserved it after staying home with her children and giving up her richer life to become "Mrs. Sommers". I'd say half full. "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed" resembles my life the most out of all the short stories and poems that I have read. I have lost many people I admire and love through death, and I've gone through that grieving process the author goes through. There are little things from every person I've lost that remind me of them, like the blooming lilacs reminded the author of Lincoln. The first death I dealt with, I struggled to keep a positive outlook on life. I felt life was unjust and cruel when it was ended, especially when it was cut short. While dealing with many deaths in a one year time period, I struggled to grip on to those positive things about the people who had died. I could only see that I loved these people and they were all being taken away from me too soon. After a while, I realized I couldn't live life upset about death and fearing when and who it would next hit. I realized that life is short and fragile and shouldn't be taken for granted. ttle amount of time with them than no time at all.
I found within myself the strength to pick myself up and learn to celebrate the lives of those who had died instead of dwelling on the actualy physical death. I came to believe that as long as I lived, part of each of them would live inside me from all the lessons they had taught me and the memories I shared with them. The fact that the author mourned the death of Lincoln, who was murdered, relates to the death of my uncle, a police officer and fire chieff who was also murdered in cold blood. Like Lincoln, he had a positive impact on many people's lives and was murdered by one person who disagreeded with him. Like the author, I never actually had the chance to meet my uncle because he was murdered 7 years before my birth. My family, however, carries memories of him that show him in a good light, so I keep those memories as well. Instead of focusing on the physical death, I choose to think of the memories I had with those people and the fact that they did have a chance at life. In the end, I'd rather have just a li Try smiling (:
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