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”.

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American Literature, Best Creative, Uncategorized

Blog Post 2, Week 4

How have the thoughts and images of either Emerson or Thoreau (or both) and Walden given you a clearer sense of what it is you are looking for in your own life?

The idea of Transcendentalism, of which Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau were central figures of, is a movement in American Literature which I was familiar with, yet had not known the term or official meaning of. Developed around 1836, Transcendentalism is a philosophical movement influenced by romanticism and a number of philosophies, and teaches that “divinity pervades all nature and humanity” (“Transcendentalism”). This this idea of transcendentalism becomes clearer when keeping it in mind and thinking about Walden’s sentence in Chapter 2 of ‘Where I Lived, and What I Live For’:

 “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived”

This quote by Walden highly resonates with me as I personally love to both learn and explore new things as well as teach those around me. During my teenage years and especially those spent at university, I have discovered that although I can learn a lot within the four walls of a classroom, it is out in the world surrounded by nature that I will learn the most. It is my greatest fear that I will spend all my life within a classroom – both teaching and learning – yet will die having not lived and having in fact, not learnt anything at all.

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It is my goal in life to travel the world, experience different cultures and customs, and surround myself in nature; to learn as much as I can both inside of the classroom and out, and when my time comes to an end, I hope that I can say that I have lived and that I have achieved all that I have wanted to achieve in this world.

 

References:

Thoreau, Henry David, James Lyndon Shanley, and John Updike. Walden. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2004. Print.

“Transcendentalism.” Oxford Dictionary 2017. Web. 22 Aug. 2017.

Image:

Snapwire. Abandoned Forest. Web. 22 Aug. 2017.