Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Vendler Grid: Eldorado

Meaning- Eldorado is a place that represents the idea of a dream that a person has. It shows how a young person might grow old searching for their dream; and to never give up on it.
Antecedent Scenario-Before the poem there was a child who heard of all these stories about a wonderful place like Eldorado and wants to look for it. Once he becomes a knight he realizes he can search for it and sets off on his quest.
Structural Parts-The first stanza shows a charismatic knight looking onward to a wonderful place. As we move into the next stanza the knight has become old and his dream covered by the ash of memories. In the third stanza, he meets what seems to be a ghost and it reignites his passion and desire to find Eldorado. In the final stanza, you find out that the ghost knows where Eldorado is but that it may be unattainable in the living world and that it actually lies past the "Valley of Shadow" which seems to be death.
Climax- The knight is an old man who has given up hope and meets a "Pilgrim Shadow" who brings the light back into his eyes.
The Other Parts- Throughout the poem, Poe continues to use the word shadow in the middle of each stanza and with each use it seems to have a different meaning which really highlights the changes in the Knight's life. In the first stanza, shadow is used to mean a literal shadow where the sun is blocked out meaning that he travels by day and night. In the second stanza, shadow is used to represent the doubt and despair the knight feels for spending his whole life chasing a place he hasn't found. In the third stanza, shadow is used to represent a ghost or a ghostly figure when the knight meets the pilgrim shadow. In the last stanza, shadow is used in the phrase "the Valley of Shadow" which signifies that Eldorado may only be attainable after death.
The Skeleton- The tone of the poem seems to go from brightness and excitement in the beginning to depression and despair in the middle, and finally in the last two stanzas, the knight seems to be content and accepting of his life.
Content Genre- The genres that this poem seems to apply to seem to be: Travel, Nature, Solitude, and possibly Love.
Tone- The tone in this poem is very similar to what the curve of emotion is in the skeleton. It starts out with joy and apprehension and transfers into gloom and ends with acceptance and mystery.
Agency-The main agent of the poem is the knight from the beginning of the story and he undergoes extreme changes in almost every stanza.
Roads not Taken- I think that the author could have easily written several more stanzas either before or after the start of the poem, but I also believe that if he did so it would remove a great amount of the mystery and interpretation required by the reader which would leave it sounding bland and boring. I also believe that each stanza he did write was extremely crucial to the body of the poem.
Speech Act-The speech act of the poem seems to be an explanation of the events that took place throughout the Knight's life.
Outer and Inner Structural Forms- Inner structural forms of tense seems to be from the future looking back on the life of the Knight. As for sentences, it seems that the author used the word shadow in the middle of each stanza on purpose to signify a change in the Knight's attitude or outlook on his quest. The outer structure shows that the rhyming scheme for the first three stanzas is aabccb and for the last one it is xxabba. The rhyming couplets are written in iambic duometer seemingly mimicking the clattering of horses hooves in search of Eldorado.
Imagination- The imagination used by the author regarding the Knight's impossible quest for Eldorado and the changes he undergoes seems adventurous and thought provoking.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Literary Terms #109-133

Rising Action: plot build up, caused by conflict and complications, advancement toward climax.

Romanticism: movement in western culture begining in the eighteenth and pearking in the nineteenth century as a revolt against Classicism; imagination was valued over reason and fact.

Satire: ridicules or condemns the weakness and wrong doings of indivduals, groups, institutions, or humanity in general.

Scansion: the analysis of verse in terms of meter.

Setting: the time and place in whcih events in a short story, novel, play, or narrative poem occur. 

Simile: a figure of speech comparing two essentially unlike things through the use of a specific word of comparison.

Soliloquy: an extended speech, usually in a drama, delivered by a character alone on stage.

Spiritual: a folk song, usually on a religious theme.

Speaker: a narrator, the one speaking.

Stereotype: cliché; a simplified, standardized conception with a special meaning and appeal for members of a group; a formula story.

Stream of Consciousness: the style of writing that attempts to imitate the natural flow of a 
character's thoughts, feelings, reflections, memories, and mental images, as the character experiences them.

Structure: the planned framework of a literary selection; its apparent organization.
Style: the manner of putting thoughts into words; a characteristic way of writing or speaking.

Subordination: the couching of less important ideas in less important structures of language.

Surrealism: a style in literature and painting that stresses the subconscious or the nonrational aspects of man's existence characterized by the juxtaposition of the bizarre and the banal.

Suspension of Disbelief: suspend not believing in order to enjoy it.

Symbol: something which stands for something else; yet has a meaning of its own.

Synesthesia: the use of one sense to convey the experience of another sense.

Synecdoche: another form of name changing, in which a part stands for the whole.

Syntax: the arrangement and grammatical relations of words in a sentence. 

Theme: main idea of the story; its message(s).

Thesis: a proposition for consideration, especially one to be discussed and proved or disaproved: the main idea.

Tone: the devices used to create the mood and atmosphere of a literary work; the author's perceived point of view.

Tongue in Cheek: a type of humor in which the speaker feigns seriousness; a.k.a. "dry" or "dead pan"     


Going off of this semester only and ranking on how useful I find them as resources.

Most useful/ Above and beyond

1. Josh Ng: 
2. Danielle Galindo:
3. Reed Conforti:
4. Samantha Garrison:
5.  Abby Kuhlman:
6. Megan Hardisty: 
7. Valerie Gonzalez:
8. Felicitas Ruiz: 


9.Justin Thompson
10.Devon Tomooka: 
11.Tanner Tuttle: 
12.Matthew Patel:
13.Nathan Oh:
14.Conor McNamara:
15.Erika Snell:
16.Isiah Mabansag: 

Everyone else is either average or struggling on keeping up a bit.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Lit Terms 83-108

Onomatopoeia: use of a word whose sound in some degree imitates or suggests its meaning.

Oxymoron: a figure of speech in which two contradicting words or phrases are combined to produce a rhetorical effect by means of a concise paradox
Pretty Ugly

Pacing: rate of movement; tempo
Some books are over so fast the reader is left dumbfounded.  Others...are like Grapes of Wrath.

Parable: a story designed to convey some religious principle, moral lesson, or general truth
The parable of the Good Samaritan

Paradox: a statement apparently self-contradictory or absurd but really containing a possible truth; an opinion contrary to generally accepted ideas.
If I went back in time and killed one of my direct ancestors...then what?

Parallelism: the principle in sentence structure that states elements of equal function should have equal form.
Tonight, we study.  Tomorrow, we succeed (hopefully).

Parody: an imitation of mimicking of a composition or of the style of a well-known artist
To study, or not to study.  No, wait -- that's not really the question at all.

Pathos: the ability in literature to call forth feelings of pity, compassion, and/or sadness
Forlornly, the child watched as his treasured toys tumbled into the garbage bin.

Pedantry: a display of learning for its own sake
The term "pedantry" is derived from the Italian word "pedanteria", originating during...

Personification: a figure of speech attributing human qualities to inanimate objects or abstract ideas
The sun yawned, and the first rays of the day drifted lazily through the air.

Plot: a plan or scheme to accomplish a purpose
Soon, all of it will come together.  Soon.

Poignant: eliciting sorrow or sentiment
Atop the hill, a lone citizen clung to the stained flag.

Point of View: the attitude unifying any oral or written argumentation; in description, the physical point from which the observer views what he is describing
Bill watched Joe carefully, making note of every potentially hostile movement.
At the moment, Joe was wondering why Bill was so weird.

Postmodernism:  literature characterized by experimentation, irony, nontraditional forms, multiple meanings, playfulness, and a blurred boundary between real and imaginary
Catch-22, Slaughterhouse-Five

Prose:  the ordinary from of spoken and written language; language that does not have a regular rhyme pattern
Hey there.  How's your day been?

Protagonist:  the central character in a work of fiction; opposes antagonist.
Harry "Lancelot" Skywalker

Pun: play on words; the humorous use of a word emphasizing different meanings or applications
Ha ha.  Very punny.

Purpose:  the intended result wished by an author
Your success on this week's vocab!

Realism:  writing about the ordinary aspects of life in a straightforward manner to reflect life as it actually is
The sun wasn't shining, and the birds were not chirping.  The air was actually clogged with smog and all pleasant life had long migrated away.

Refrain:  a phrase or verse recurring at intervals in a poem or song; chorus
"Quoth the raven, 'Nevermore.'" -- Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven

Requiem:  any chant, dirge, hymn, or musical service for the dead

Resolution:  a point in a literary work at which the chief dramatic complication is worked out; denouement
The tyrant fell, and the heroes were victorious...but only after an extensive journey and personal sacrifice, of course.

Restatement: idea repeated for emphasis
Idea repeated for emphasis.

Rhetoric:  use of language, both written and verbal in order to persuade
These examples are helpful for the following reasons...

Rhetorical Question:  question suggesting its own answer, or not requiring an answer; used in argument or persuasion
Could you really definitively say without a shadow of a doubt that you've studied enough?

I am here

    I think that so far in this grading period I have really learned that you have to actually work and put effort into achieving your goals, before this year I had always made goals but I never had really put time and energy directly focused towards achieving them and I'm learning very quickly that it takes focused effort and motivation to actually work towards accomplishing your goals quickly. The goals that I have set for myself include organizing and starting my senior project as well as making the varsity tennis team and maintaining good grades and improving my attendance. I have made the varsity tennis team, my senior project is off to a good start, and I am getting better as far as attendance goes, but I feel that my grades are lower than I would like and this grading period is really teaching me how hard it is to balance everything in your life and that if you don't work hard enough, something is going to fall through the cracks.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Senior Project

     About 5 of my friends and I have decided to take this course and apply it to our senior project by collaborating as a group and using all the tools we have learned throughout this year and using them to better our project. We have already started working on it as of this weekend and I am really looking forward to where it will take us and if I can gain a different outlook on open source and collaboration from outside of the classroom and on a project that we are doing on our own.


    Recently, while helping Justin Thompson on his nature blog, I started to think about how to get it out and open on the internet besides just having a blog and it really got me thinking into every way to advertise a blog like that, who would like it, who would spread it around even more and it made me realize how much advertising I see just while trying to figure out how better to advertise his blog. Every website and forum I went to were covered in ads in every single previously unoccupied space and I figured out that I don't see them anymore, like I pay no attention at all to any ads on any website which brought me to the question of why companies spend billions of dollars advertising a product when the majority of people have almost entirely blocked it out of their minds?