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Unreliable 

I’ve come to learn to not rely

to let go and not combine

souls roam free

lives too chaotic to

mend as one

it takes a lot to

combine two worlds

far apart

I try my best to hide my heart

to not give away exactly

how much I’ve failed

on becoming attached

to fast, to soon

unreliable, unstable

yet I hold on to you

Tangled Tongue 

“I have been Translating My Desire through a dozen Languages” 

-“Answer” by Daniel Simko

It has become a process which is unseen

The wheels spin automatically

and yet there are challenges that prevent

to run at full capacity.

Chemicals flow through

the archives of the soul

Ideas are lost in translation

I go slow because

if I run the process too fast

my tongue stumbles

Mildred Fuentes

Eng 495 ESM

Dr. Steven Wexler

September 20, 2012

A Sonnet

Sonnet CXVI is a poem from the collection of sonnets William Shakespeare wrote. I chose this one in particular because its aesthetic is one that I too love to write about. Shakespeare is a professional at making an idea come to life. He doesn’t stray from his sonnet structure or rhythmic ending. The sonnet is about love and what it truly means to be a part of it. According to the speaker of the poem, love is immortal. Shakespeare uses the form of a sonnet to convey this message while using figurative language and rhyme to embark us in the emotion that ignited him to write this poem.

In analyzing Sonnet CXVI Shakespeare’s words seem to weigh heavy on an audience who believes love is that which changes to fit. The speaker of the sonnet targets his audience in the first verse by excluding those who he believes to understand love, “true minds” (Shakespeare). He than goes on to claim that love does not bend, mold or “alter” in circumstances of pressure (Shakespeare). Even when life threatens to shorten the life span of love it does not move. Love is so deeply rooted that it is a fixed landmark which is dependable; the speaker refers to it as a “star” (Shakespeare).

The speaker also refers to love beyond physical attraction and implies that it is more than a marriage between two humans. He claims it to be the “marriage of true minds” (Shakespeare). Lukas Erne discourses briefly about this spiritual love in his, “ Theological Implications in Sonnet 116”.  Lukas calls the love shakespeare writes about, “a transcendental, God given love” (Erne 295). It is a love that has a “constancy beyond death”, for shakespeare writes in his sonnet that the love will be, even at the end of all worlds (Erne 295). To convey such epic love Shakespeare uses figurative language.

The usage of figurative language and the structure of a sonnet help portray the message clearly. A Sonnet consist of “fourteen iambic pentameter lines” (Babette Deutsch 163). Shakespeare does this very well in this sonnet. He has twelve lines in A, B, A, B rhythmic rhyme. What I mean by this pattern is that every other end word of a verse rhymes with each other.  For example, in this sonnet verse one rhymes with verse three. The last two lines are couplets and have their own rhyme which consist on the words “proved” and “loved”. The first twelve verses are a stanza on their own. To show the couplet there is and indention at the beginning of the last two lines. The structure of the poem is only the blueprint of this sonnet for Shakespeare’s ability to incorporate metaphors, personification and imagery, are what really bring forward the love spoken of.

Personification is essential in this poem because love is more than an idea in this sonnet. Personification is “giving an object or idea human qualities” (Joan Novelli) and in this sonnet love becomes a true entity that lives, feels and can die. Shakespeare even makes it immortal. Shakespeare personifies love by speaking about it as if it is a breathing thing. Metaphors convey  this persona. A metaphor is “an implied comparison that doesn’t use like or as” (Novelli). For example in the poem love is a “fixed mark” which “looks”. The metaphor gives love an ability that only a living thing could do; it looks. Shakespeare also refers to love as a “his” as if love can be female or male. These two metaphors are what bring love to life, but metaphors aren’t the only figurative language used, in this sonnet, to personify. They are also used to project imagery.

Imagery is great in this sonnet. In particular the verse that states, “Love’s no times fool, though rosy lips and cheeks with in his bending sickles compass come…” This verse fires up the image of death (Shakespeare). The sickle represents deaths tool and rosy lips and cheeks are love. The verse can also make someone imagine “rosy lips and cheeks” as a women and the sickle the knife caressing her neck. It is these images that make Shakespeare’s Sonnet CXVI unique and colorful. Shakespeare does a great job of conveying love as a living entity that is grounded and immortal. His metaphors work when portraying imagery. They also work well when personifying love. It is these elements that make the message of the poem clear. Shakespeare efficiently uses the iambic pentameter meter. Each verse working with the previous verses. He also uses the couplet adequately allowing him to make his statement stronger. He does this by suggesting that if the previous statements are lies than he is not a writer and it’s obvious that is not the case (Shakespeare).

Over all Sonnet CXVI is a poem about love and its inevitable existence. Once it is, love never disappears and forever more stays, becoming a symbol of hope and a landmark to those who become lost during the journey. To the speaker of the poem love is more than physical attraction. Love is the marriage of two minds and two souls. I guess we can say the love he speaks about is the love we all crave for secretly deep inside.

Work Cited

Applebaum, Stanley and Smith, Philip. 100 Best-Loved Poems (Dover Edition). United States: Dover Publications, Inc., 1995.

Deutsch, Babette. Poetry Handbook. New York: Harper Perennial. 2002.

Erne, Lukas. “Shakespeare’s ‘Ever-fixed Mark’: Theological Implications in Sonnet 116.” English Studies, 81.4 (2000): 293-304.

Novelli, Joan. “A Dictionary Of Devices.” Instructor-Intermediate 107.6 (1998): 4. Academic Search Elite. Web. 10 Sept. 2012.

 

 

 

Mildred Fuentes

Eng 495ESM

Dr. Wexler

13 December 2012

On Even Ground

The world of today is one like the world portrayed in the movie Babel. Sadly globalization hasn’t been the best influence on this planet, for the things that are being shared among nations are corrupt. Babel explores the modern version of globalization. It was made after 2001; the year that tension thickened between the Middle East and the United States. The movie is a reflection of the way humankind has connected above the social quarrels that bring us to war amongst each other. Babel is a cry for unity. It shows how we all affect one another no matter where we are from. In the movie Yasujiro Wataya’s act of “kindness”, his gift of a gun to Abdullah, destroyed the lives of many. The hostile relationship between the United States and the Middle East endangered the life of a woman. If hatred did not exist and if there was unity amongst all, maybe all hostile emotions for each other would disappear. Compassion and respect would grow within humanity and more acts of kindness would take place. Fredric Jameson calls this perfect non-evil world a utopia. Babel highlights the ignorance among humanity because it is not until a national crisis occurs that these individuals come to realize they all played a role in globalization. If we are connected as portrayed in the movie than equality and unity would make all of our lives easier. Maybe then a simple weapon like a gun wouldn’t have a great effect over us. I believe egalitarianism is a great method of utopia and a way to prevent incidents like the one in the movie Babel.

Humans compartmentalize into multiple societies. They then create subgroups that are on unequal social levels. Thus, our system becomes one composed of borders and discrimination. Humanity prides itself in the disparities they impose between each other, but Babel denounces this pride by proving that we are all connected on a global level. Yasujiro, the man from Japan gives a gun in thanks to his tour guide Abdullah. This is where the connection begins. Abdullah then sells the gun to Hassan who gives it to his sons. These sons are children who do not understand the power of a gun and use it for play. They injure an American woman. Rapidly this network develops like branches. Two boy’s play is quickly turned into a terrorist attack. Here the media plays the voice of globalization and spreads the word of the attack. It is immediately seen as an attack even though this was not the case. The media connected all nations in a blaze.  In Morocco the boys listened to the radio as the news reporter called the incident a terrorist attack. In Japan the daughter of Yasujiro watched the news reporter on the television. In the United States the same was being reported.  All these nations became part of the same problem even though they were oceans apart and the people involved did not know each other. Babel influences the audience asking us all to reflect on our national separation. Are we all truly unequal beings? Does living in different nations keep us from experiencing the same hardships and loses? The movie proves that we all experience grief, loss, anger, hardships and discrimination.

When the American Tourists in Morrocco found themselves emerged in a town filled with Middle Eastern people they felt unsafe. The American media had influenced their fear. Babel demonstrated how discrimination could be a problem for anyone from any ethnicity. The fear of American’s is an emotion familiar to Middle Eastern people living in America. In Japan Yasujiro and his daughter had experienced loss when his wife died. This same experience is later lived by Hassan when his son is killed. When Richard Jones finds himself looking for medical attention for his wife he experiences hardship, an experience that his Mexican nanny also undergoes when she is lost in the dessert. The emotions of loss, hardship, and fear are common characteristics among humans.

If we are the same in these characteristics then there can be egalitarianism on a global level. According to Jameson’s essay, “The Politics Of Utopia”, utopia cannot be achieved because of evil roots, which he explains as emotions that can be controlled and oppressed like “greed” and the need for “private property” (36). Greed is mostly brought about by economic globalization. People feel the need to be rich and do anything to achieve that status. This happens on a national level as well. The United States is one of the super powers of all the nations. Their need for power and money is one of the reasons there isn’t peace between America and the Middle East. This quarrel is shown in the film and is the main reason why Richard had to wait so long for his wife to get medical attention. The circumstances Richard found himself in forced him to spend time with the very people that are depicted as terrorist in the United States. He came to realize that there were good, hearted, kind people in Morrocco. For that moment globalization was his enemy because economic issues and national disagreements were greater than his wife’s life. Had there been equality between these two nations than medical attention would have not been denied for Richard’s wife.

Egalitarianism is not an easy utopia, for the hardest thing to achieve is self-control. Humbleness is a virtue needed within the government because it is they who will give up the greatest power in order to achieve egalitarianism. If a government still exists to control globalization in society then it would be more of a communist world. Equality amongst all must truly be inhabited by individuals in order for utopia to exist. If there is true equality then there is no need for wars, economic pyramid climbing or discrimination. Globalization would become a positive network. It would influence everyone in good ways like employment for all individuals. All would be playing a part in maintaining a strong social structure.

Babel opens the unconscious information we intake from everyday life. As a society we realize that there isn’t true equality amongst us. Many people are too ignorant and selfish to analyze the way we live. Discrimination, loss, grief and hardships are all things we share, yet we all seem to think we are different because we come from diverse nations or because we have different cultures and skin tones. If we truly unassembled the human being we would come to see that we are all composed of skin, bones and muscle. If life has made us equal in that sense then egalitarianism should be able to exist on a global level. Globalization should be something that provides help for all of humanity. The things we share should be positive things that provide us all with intellectuality, love and respect for the characteristics that make us different. Egalitarianism isn’t an equality that makes us all gray, but an equality that allows us to be a rainbow. Nature lives in harmony with its diversity why can’t we do the same?

 

Work Cited

 

Babel. By Guillermo Arriage. Perf, Brad Pitt. 01 Distributions, 2007.DVD.

Jameson, Frederick. “The Politics of Utopia”. New Left Review. N.P., 2004.Web.

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DRAFT LAST ESSAY

Mildred Fuentes

Eng 495ESM

Dr. Wexler

13 December 2012

On Even Ground

The world of today is one like the world portrayed in the movie Babel.  Sadly globalization hasn’t been the best influence on this planet for the things that are being shared among nations are corrupt. Babel explores the modern version of globalization. It was made after 2001; the year that tension thickened between the Middle East and the United States.  The movie a reflection of the way human kind is connected above the social quarrels that bring us to war amongst each other. Babel is a cry for unity. It shows how we all affect one another no matter where we are from. In the movie Yasujiro Wataya’s act of “kindness”, his gift of a gun to Abdullah, destroyed the lives of many. The hostile relationship between the United States and the Middle East endangered the life of a woman. If hatred did not exist and if there was unity amongst all, maybe all hostile emotions for each other would disappear. Compassion and respect would grow within humanity and more acts of kindness would take place. Fredric Jameson calls this perfect non-evil world a utopia. Babel highlights the ignorance among humanity because it is not until a national crisis occurs that these individuals come to realize they all played a role in globalization. If we are all connected the way the movie portrays then equality and unity would make all of our lives easier. Maybe then a simple weapon like a gun wouldn’t have a great affect over us. I believe egalitarianism is a great method of utopia and a way to prevent incidents like the one in the movie Babel.

Humans compartmentalize into multiple societies. They then create subgroups that are on unequal social levels. Thus, our system becomes one composed of borders and discrimination. Humanity prides itself in the disparities they impose between each other, but Babel denounces this pride by proving that we are all connected on a global level. Yasujiro, the man from Japan gives a gun in thanks to his tour guide Abdullah. This is where the connection begins. Abdullah then sells the gun to Hassan who gives it to his sons. These sons are children who do not understand the power of a gun and use it for play. They injure an American woman. Rapidly this network develops like branches. Two boy’s play quickly is turned into a terrorist attack. Here the media plays the voice of globalization and spreads the word of the attack. It is immediately seen as an attack and called as such even though this was not the case. The media connected all nations in a blaze for in Morocco the boys listened to the radio as the news reporter called the incident a terrorist attack. In Japan the daughter of Yasujiro watched the news reporter on the television. In the United States the same was being reported.  All these nations became part of the same problem even though they were oceans apart and the people involved did not know each other. Babel influences the audience to reflect on our national separation. Are we all truly unequal beings? Does living in different nations keep us from experiencing the same hardships and loses? The movie proves that we all experience grief, loss, anger, hardships and discrimination.

When the American Tourists in Morrocco found themselves emerged in a town of Middle Eastern people they felt unsafe. The American media had influenced their fear. Babel demonstrated how discrimination could be a problem for anyone one from any ethnicity. The American’s fear an emotion familiar to Middle Eastern people living in America. In Japan Yasujiro and his daughter had experienced loss when his wife died. This same experience is later lived by Hassan when his son is killed. When Richard Jones finds himself looking for medical attention for his wife he experiences hardship, an experience that his Mexican nanny also undergoes when she is lost in the dessert. All these emotions are common among all humans.

If we are the same in these characteristics then there can be egalitarianism on a global level. According to Jameson’s essay, “The Politics Of Utopia” utopia cannot be achieved because of evil roots, which he explains as emotions that can be controlled and oppressed like “greed” and need for “private property” (36).  Greed is mostly brought about by economic globalization. People feel the need to be rich and do anything to achieve that status. This happens at a national level as well. The United States is one of the super powers of all the nations. Their need for power and money is one of the reasons there isn’t peace between America and the Middle East. This quarrel is shown in the film and is the main reason why Richard had to wait so long for his wife to get medical attention. The circumstances Richard found himself in forced him to spend time with the very people that are depicted as terrorist in the United States. He came to realize that there were good, hearted, kind people in Morrocco. For that moment globalization was his enemy because economic issues and national disagreements were greater than his wife’s life. Had there been equality between these two nations then medical attention would have not been denied for Richard’s wife.

Egalitarianism is not an easy utopia for the hardest things to achieve is self-control. Humbleness a virtue needed within the government because it is they who will give up the greatest power in order to achieve egalitarianism. If a government still exist to control globalization and society then it would be more of a communist society. Equality amongst all must truly be inhabited by individuals in order for utopia to exist. If there is true equality then there is no need for wars, economic pyramid climbing or discrimination. Globalization would become a positive network. It would influence everyone in good ways like employment for all individuals. All would be playing a part in maintaining a strong social structure.

HIGHLIGHT KEY POINTS CONLUSION

BABEL

I have to say I was really depressed after watching BABEL. Society is really messed up in all places not just america. People are stereotyped if they find themselves outside of where they are socially acceptable. The White children felt out of place when in Mexico. The White couple feared for their lives when they found themselves in the east among, who they called ” terrorist”. The poor Japanese girl had some serious emotional issues. It seems that depression can affect people from different walks of life. Sometimes I think that we become so involved with our society and what we see from the media, we fail to realize that those who live outside of our society, are people who are like us. Yes their cities look different, their skin tones and eyes are different from ours, but in the end they feel and go through the same awkward situations we do. BABEL proves that we are all connected even if it’s in unusual ways. What affects one nation affects all of us as a whole. Humanity is one race no matter what society says. 

Text alive

I was in class yesterday and we were analyzing a poem. We debated about the text and what the meaning was. We disagreed about the audience and the speaker of the poem. My teacher commented that it was all about reader response. I think that once a writer put his/her writing out into the world, the meaning doesn’t belong to the writer anymore. The text belong to the audience for it is they who will decide what it means to them. Each person understands text to their necessity. This got me wondering why we deconstruct text so profoundly. I think that its because it teaches our brains to think differently from everyday thought. I personally appreciate the training my brain is getting through critical thinking, I just wish the subjects were new and to our time. Our society spend a lot of time looking at the past. the worst part is we analyze but never learn from it. That just seems pointless to me.

marval character

marval character

WOMEN

When reading about myths this week I came to realize something that is obvious, in our time, and now makes sense to why things are the way they are. Women have always been demoralized and criticized. I can see now that this has been the case since day one because even when women were idolized they are said to be unstable and crazy. Ignorance has really driven the ideals of man. Centuries have passed and women still have to struggle against stereotypes and even though women do everything and more they are still never good enough. I believe that man is just scared of the unknown and too proud to admit that since day one they have been wrong.

poem exercise

  1. Existing exit , craving crying. Mold mow, mend tend, wiling lingering, tale male, fruity frog, jello mellow. Boy toy.
  2. Dance, break up, date, death, movie night, marriage, birth

–          Feel the movement of the music. – torn in two with an ax – let’s talk to candle light – six feet under death has sunk me. – Marriage is a circle. – I’m able to breathe  reviving my lungs allowing my eyes to open and shut.

POEM from lines 2-3

Let’s talk to candle light

Let’s tend to these old wounds and mend

 

This time there is no existing exit.

We can’t ax either heart in two

 

These two healing hearts

Will be able to pump again

Reviving the frozen circulation

Allowing eyes to open and shut.

 

Song: Distance by Christina Perri Feat. Jason Mraz

3. The wind is blowing up a breeze

Caressing me it whispers to me

Do you feel it to or is it just me?

I wish the wind would pull me up

But flying is never easy

My feet always touch ground

 

My feet glued, the wind never lifts me up

Soil and I are forever bound

Time cannot free me from this curse

 

The breeze passes by, Leaves lift up

Flying high, They keep teasing me

Green colors everything my eyes see

I’d give anything to be free

Cut all the threads that tie me

I’m ready to sore high, but

 

I am glued, the wind never lifts me up

Soil and I are forever bound

Time cannot free me from this curse

 

I need to resign

Obey destiny

Understand I am

Meant to grow roots deep

 

My feet glued, the wind never lifts me up

Soil and I are forever bound

Time cannot free me from this curse

 

I accept my faith willingly

Understand destiny has a bigger plan

Time will help me see this is a gift