Songs and Literature

In class, we showed our favorite songs, why we like them, what meaning it has for us and lastly, what is the message of the song.  Afterwards, we were asigned one song for each and analyze it, I got «One» from the band «Metallica». Here is my post:

 

Metallica is an american heavy metal and trash metal band. This genres deal with social issues. It started in 1981 up to nowadays. They were mainly influated by times of the moment like «Kiss» and «Black Sabbath».

 

The main theme of this song, is about war, mainly, about how difficult wars are and more in a country like the United States. In this case, the voice of the song is a soldier who has suffered a bomb explosion and now is in the hospital wakening up. Metallica based this song on a novel called «Johnny Got His Gun» by Dalton Trumbo.

«Now that the war is through with me
I’m waking up, I cannot see
That there is not much left of me
Nothing is real but pain now»

In this quote we can see how the soldier is realizing that he is not on the battlefields anymore and that he has suffered a lot of damage. As well, this «waking up» means the facing of the reality he is now in.

 

«Back to the world that’s much too real
In pumps life that I must feel
But can’t look forward to reveal
Look to the time when I’ll live»

Here, the soldier understands that he won’t be able to live the life he had again because of the serious damage taken. As well, he can’t look forward to his future, because of him being blind because of the accident, but also due to the fact that he can’t believe what has happened to him. The soldier also says that he won’t be able to look to the time where he «Lives» because he won’t be able to live the life he was planning, all his dreams he had have been crushed by war.

During the song, the tone of the soldier is sorrowful and depressesing.

«Landmine has taken my sight
Taken my speech
Taken my hearing
Taken my arms
Taken my legs
Taken my soul»

Here, metallica uses repetition of «taken my» to make emphasis on the fact that the soldier has lost almost everything he once aspired for.

Resultado de imagen para war hospital

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Connectors / Linkers

Today I worked with Gon on this post, on Pato’s blog.

If you are an urban dweller, you may know the real meaning of urbanization. 1.However, this does not always indicate your sufficient insight in the “uncontrolled urbanization”  topic too. To form a causal chain, it is right to say that more jobs, more services in the urban side and absence of land in the countryside force people to migrate to larger cities which brings about uncontrolled urbanization. 2. Therefore, some problems arise such as unemployment,inadequacy of infrastructure/services and some environmentally unwanted events as well as unpleasant demographic incidents.



3. Despite that, it is a good point to dig up the reasons for people to come to larger cities. First of all, by all accounts, cities are perceived to offer a wide variety of job opportunities on the grounds that there are very different branches of  businesses in cities. Inasmuch as unemployment level is hugely high in the rural areas and the work is only about farming in contrast to countless business sectors in chief cities, more and more people choose searching for their chances in the metropolis.



4. Second of all, comes another significant reason: There are better services in cities. As a matter of fact, transportation is extremely developed so as to make use of time efficiently. Medical services are supported with the latest technological improvements, there are unbelievably modern hospitals. 5. Also, education is taken into account seriously. There are very high-quality schools with excellent teachers, teaching with up-to-date techniques. None of these can be found in the rural areas, at this stage.



6.Apart from factors causing migration to big cities, there is a strong push factor stemming from absence of enough land. It would be very hard and useless to cultivate the land if it is too small to make an agricultural production. One important thing triggers this incident increasingly during the last years; namely, division of land. To explain, in the rural areas when someone dies, the inheritance would usually be the land. 7.So, the land is divided into many parts due to the fact that in the countryside it is common to have lots of children and they all have rights to take one part of the inherited land. 8.But, what they get are useless small lands rather than a gigantic land which is capable of making a great deal of agricultural production itself. The inability to do the only thing, farming, again brings about migration to big cities with the hopes of making money.



As mentioned earlier, all these facts and figures necessitate uncontrolled urbanization, in the midst of the causal chain. 9. As a consequence, what are the side effects and drawbacks of this growth?

 

Our quiz:

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Publicado en 5AC2019, Language & Literature | 1 comentario

To the Evening Star By William Blake

In our L&L class, our teacher Pato, told us to make a poster answering some questions on the poem «To the Evening Star» by William Blake. I worked with, Gon, Benja and Lucas. Here is what we did.

 

Publicado en 5AC2019, Language & Literature | 1 comentario

My expectations of 2019

¤What do you expect?

From this year I expect having a big improvement as a person and academically since last year I felt that I could do more.

¤What are your dreams?

My dream is to make happy the people that I care about and the other way about, people that care about me. As well, as I am keen on studying psychology, I am looking forward to make my patients happy, try to make them feel what I felt when I am happy. I believe that this can be achieved by love. If you give no love to anyone, you will feel empty and deppressed. If you give pleasure to other person just for the way they look, too many times, you may start losing your feelings. I am not saying that you don’t have to give love to anyone or give it to everybody. Under my perspective, you have to give love to the people that are around you, that make you laugh and that help you.

¤How are yoy planning to spend yor last year at school?

I am planning to try and not get any subject on December and have fun.

Publicado en 5AC2019, Proyecto | 1 comentario

Reflection on the E-Portfolio

This year I learnt to try to apply things from this subject. I used to think that poetry and literature itself was just some people who wrote good stories. Then I realized of the true message from these writters.

I liked all the subjects since most of them made me think. But I think the message from «Ode on Melancholy» really got me. The poem itself is complicated because of the old vocabulary and expressions but the message really got into me.

My favorite activity was this one, I think that it made me grow as  a person.

I didn’t enjoy writing essays beacuse I started getting hate from them since there it is a point in which I am so tires that I can’t colse ideas or try to make coherent phrases.

I believe that I can learn better by doing more of this once you truly understand yourself, once you start thinking.

Publicado en 4AC2018, E-Portfolio, Literature | 2 comentarios

Soldiers, rest! + Dulce et Decorum Est + War Poetry

«Soldier, rest!» and «Dulce et Decorum Est» are war poems, both deal with the innocent lives lost at war. This made me think about not only aobut the fact of politicians using common people to solve their problems but about the wasted lives and dreams that those soldiers could’ve lived. Maybe they weren’t going change the world but, obviously if you put yourself in their shoes, it would be very hard. Not only in the soldier’s shoes but being a person really close to him and the family. Going back to the politicians, I believe that if the son of the president or minister of any country, who hasn’t got any future, is recluted for the army (in the case it happens, because it will never) and gets killed, probably, that war happenning would end or there it would be a conmemoration everyday on the TV as a national chain. Meanwhile, just common people with much more lucrative future and posibilities are killed for nothing and nothing is done about it. No national chains or conmemorations everyday, just the day the war ends and the anniversary of the war, they would be remembered. If it is a war between politicians, just ruin your future and the one of your descendace; do not involve people who doesn’t care.

It may sound a little revolutionary and weird but I tried to write as I think and while all thoughts come into my mind

Publicado en 4AC2018, E-Portfolio, Literature | 1 comentario

Ode on Melancholy

This poem deals with Melancholy as presented in the title. The poem explores how after a deep depression or sadness a feeling of happiness, peace and plenity will awaken.

I linked this poem with the song «Mañana será otro día» from Canserbero. In this song Canserbero tells the story of him being with this big anguish and depression in a bar. He was about to commit suicide until an old blind man sat next to him and told him all the beautiful things about life; Tyrone was able to recognize that he was not apreciating life at all, a man who lacked what he had, had described perfectly the pleasures of life. Then the rest of the song tells how to live life in a correct way under Canserbero’s perspective. It may seem as a very idealized song but at least for me it has been a very good help once you start recongizing all the factors which make you happy and complete with the ones that produce this melancholy and sadness.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtswM-R6WpA

Lyrics: https://www.letras.com/canserbero/manana-sera-otro-dia/

 

Publicado en 4AC2018, E-Portfolio, Literature | 1 comentario

The Destructors

The story «The Desctructors» deals with a gang of kids who are affected by the post war crisis. In all this mess, insecurity and prejudices, they destroy completely the only house which wasn’t affected by the bombarding of the war. While we were reading the story in class,  I reflected on how a war or a bad experience can change the naturality of the human being. These kids were very strange, from a nowadays point of view, this war made them sort of mature in a certain way because they were very careful in the relationships they made; for example, when the character «Old Misery» gave them some candy. When this happened, the kids started doubting about wether they were poisoned or spoiled. Nowadays, this would be different, the kids would ‘ve simply taken the candy and eaten it without any prejudice. Luckily, I and our country haven’t experience such a war like the Second World War, so I don’t know if the kids where taking the right decisions, I believe that if I were on their shoes, I would be acting almost the same way as them.

 

While writing this, I remebered the song «Y en un espejo vi» from the artist Canserbero. The song narrates the story of his life, in a part it says

«El niño que ya ha crecido por capricho del destino 
recordó muchos caminos, vive solo con rencor, nada sueña 
ni dormido, no confía ni en sus amigos, porque sabe 
que el camino fue creado pa’ el león

Y con una coraza va, va, va, y todo en blanco y negro ve, ve, ve, 
En un espejo un día lo vi, y me dijo con su voz: 
¡Booh! ¿Qué tal es verte a mi?»

Lyrics:

https://genius.com/Canserbero-y-en-un-espejo-vi-lyrics

Tyrone (Canserbero), was going through a rough time since his elder brother had been killed by a friend. He was still a kid, so it made me remember the kids from the story, he wasn’t old enough to understand what he is going through, just as the destructors. «Y con una coraza va» this phrase symbolises that he wasn’t mature enough to think or trust anyone, as well it represents the pain and suffering he was going through. Also, it deals with the «ignorance» of young kids. It is connected to the destructors because the kids are blinded by the war and unconciously, they don’t act normally as I before mentioned.

Publicado en 4AC2018, E-Portfolio, Literature | 1 comentario

The Hollow of the Three Hills

«The Hollow of the Three Hills» is a story that deals with a woman who gives her life in exchange of listening to the voices of people she loved, like her family, husband, lover and child by meeting with an old witch in the hollow of 3 hills. This story makes me think about how the witch can be represented with death. Maybe, the young woman committed suicide and the witch, as death, before dying, comes to make her listen and say goodbye to the loved ones. This could have make her done it or think about it again, that she had a lot to  live and experience. Going back to the witch as death, in the story it describes her as old, we can say that death is also old because it has been there sonce the first living human appeared. Death is a consequence of life, where ever there it is life there it will be death. No one is really aware about how valuable being alive is and they are more worried about the end rather than the present, the people around them and the love they receive. People are afraid of living in a way because of the fear of their judgement day. They are mostly tormented about what is going to happen next and they are blind to see what IS happenning around them.

While writing this, I remembered a song from a Venezuelan rapper called «Canserbero» and a song called «De mi muerte» which about talks death; the message of the song (at least from my point of view) is to try and «exploit» life, no matter who is watching or critizising you; just do what you like, and be you because if not, you won’t achieve what you wish, maybe you will but it will be hard and it may not fill you, it won’t make you happy. I believe that when he says «¡Para!» it symbolises not only a stop to what it was happenning, but, it is also a change and something new. Generally, people are afraid of changes and may be sometimes confused and not be able to understand the situation. That is why I believe that he isn’t able to recognize himself even when he has already seen himself millions of times in the mirror when he was younger; further more, he doubts about this really happenning.»al caminar lamente irme de este mundo amargo sin terminar la misión por la cual ando penando la cual se trata de cantar lo narrado por el anciano aquel que al yo morir nunca será escuchado y dije ¡Para!» I strongly believe that the ending «¡Para!» symbolises that he really learnt about this experience, even though he was under the effect of alcohol, he understood his objective in life which was to express himself and transmit a message, he really did with all the songs he wrote and the messages that they give I believe that he could accomplish his objective. Obviously I didn’t know him but if he is telling this, and you analize his charcter, it can be seen that he really achieved this message. At first the song and the beat is a bit strange, but then as he starts telling deep things it gets better. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IizayAsA70Q I recommend listening to it with lyirics, I believe you can get the message and connect more with the song: https://www.musica.com/letras.asp?letra=2057841

Publicado en 4AC2018, E-Portfolio, Literature | 3 comentarios

The Lady in the Looking Glass: A Reflection

In the class, we read the story «The Lady in the Looking Glass» by Virginia Woolf. This story shows how a person can hide all the problems one has inside. In this case, the woman being described is  superficially described as a sociable person who writes a lot of letters to her friends, additionally she has a luxurious house; so it can be supposed that she has a lot of money and that she is very happy. Our perspective changes completely when the narrator tells what he sees in the looking glass. Strange things are described and by al this we can reveal the truth behind this mysterious woman. She had a lots of problems and she was having a hard time. Those letters were really ones from debts. Here, it can be seen how peolple can have masks and hide their real problems instead of being brave and get through them. Maybe, in her mess she should try to look for someone who can listen to her and help in this difficult moment. But most importantly, stop faking, she should start accepting her problems and it will be better for her, I am not saying that she should tell what she is going through to everyone but, she doesn’t have to pretend that everything is allright. I can connect this story with the Ted Talk which gave Ignacio Maestro Malek on «Realidad vs Boliche» he talked about how people in discos pretend the everything is okay without caring about the problems they really have.

Publicado en 4AC2018, E-Portfolio, Literature | 1 comentario