American Literature, Peer Reviews, Uncategorized

Peer Review #5


This was not a topic I myself was willing to attempt, but you did it great justice! I love the rhyme within your poem and it’s deep connection with nature. The only advice I could give would maybe be providing some context with your poem as well as stating which poet (Lowell or Frost) has inspired this piece. Good work!

American Literature, Best Creative, Uncategorized

Week 8 Blog Post Topic

Select the one modernist poem or text that you found spoke to you most directly. Quote the text and tell us how the text moved you.

One modernist poem or text that I found spoke to me the most directly was Mina Loy’s ‘Feminist Manifesto’. This text stood out to me as it portrayed a different side of feminism to that of what I currently see within today’s social media. When I come across texts about feminism, I see that men and women are equal, or should be deemed so. Loy’s work not only focussed on women’s sexuality, and more specifically, maternity “as both a responsibility and an aspect of their own sexual development”, but it blatantly stated that men and women are not friends.

“Men and women are enemies, with the enmity of the exploited for the parasite, the parasite for the exploited – at present they are at the mercy of the advantage that each can take of the others sexual dependence –. The only point a which the interests of the sexes merge – is in the sexual embrace.”

Loy speaks of the ways in which men and women are enemies who take advantage of the opposite sex, their only mutual point of interest being “the sexual embrace”. This piece spoke to me, as not only did the bold and underlined fonts stand out, but the message was something I wished to argue against, while also, in part, agree with. What I do agree with is that we must demolish this idea of women fitting into two classes; “the mistress and the mother”. Over time we are seeing more and more women choosing careers over motherhood, women who are not limiting themselves to these two lifestyle options. This is crucial in this idea of feminism as we are able to see women “seek within themselves” to discover who they are and what they wish to do with their lives, rather than “looking to men to find out what they are not”.



American Literature, Uncategorized

Week 7 Blog Post Topics

4/ Write a letter to either Robert Frost or Robert Lowell and tell them about one of their poems that has had a real impact on you.

Robert Frost,

I am writing to tell you that your poem, ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’ has caught my eye and had a deep impact on me. Your poem caught my eye as you describe perfectly a beautiful scenery I wish that I myself could visit. You speak of peace and serenity, found within the woods as they “fill up with snow”. This space “between the woods and frozen lake” drew me in as you spoke of “the darkest evening of the year”. You describe a love for the landscape which I myself can see and feel as I read your poem. I wonder who the man is and as I continue to read I begin to wonder what promises he has to keep. Where is he going? What is he off to do?

He states that he has “miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep”. This part is what catches me and intrigues me the most. The snowy, secluded woods on the darkest evening of the year sounds like a secluded place to take a life. A peaceful place to die. But he still has miles to go before he sleeps. Does the man have a whole life ahead of him? Is he coming near the end, ready to sleep yet not yet able?

The poem speaks of beauty in nature and life, yet to me also speaks of death or a sad loneliness. We need more poems like this that speak of this nature and that are fuelled by emotion.




Peer Review 3


I found your blog post this week to be highly critical and engaging. You did well focussing on the structure of the paragraph and the ways this structure paints a specific picture. This shows that you’re well aware of the ways the structure can influence the meanings of the texts in order to portray a specific message the author (Twain) wishes to portray. Your level of analysis was strong and consistent throughout! I too rather enjoyed Twain’s description of nature found within this paragraph, well done!