Part I - L'appel du vide
Have fun! mommy exclaimed as I leaped from the car, hair flying and backpack wide open.
I barely heard as I jumped into granddaddys arms. The way his stubble felt against my cheek
his wide grin, his soft flannel shirt I was proud
Rhetorical Devices and Attitude toward the World in Nothing Twice by Wisawa Szymborska
In Nothing Twice by Wisawa Szymborska and translated by Clare Cavanagh and
Stanislaw Baranczak, the speaker conveys an attitude of passive acceptance toward
Symborska Reflective Essay
The presentation helped me understand that a central aspect of Szymborskas work is time. In
Nothing Twice, she laments the passing of time. The presentation helped me understand the
poem by pointing the elaborate conceit around
Nothing Twice Outline of World Lit Paper
1. Topic: Attitude toward world and techniques used to convey attitude
2. Attitude toward world: there exists irrational fear toward the ebb and flow of time (Why
do we treat the fleeting day / with so much needles
Nothing Twice by Wisawa Szymborska
Translated by Clare Cavanagh and Stanislaw Baranczak
Nothing can ever happen twice.
In consequence, the sorry fact is
that we arrive here improvised
and leave without the chance to practice.
Even if there is no one dumbe
Obituary for Kurtz
Who is Kurtz? A deity. A fallen angel. A voice. A star company agent. A polymath. My friend.
Today we mourn the passing of Kurtz, who was all the aforementioned.
He died on my steamer as I negotiated the Congo River in the immense Afric
Make a case for Okonkwo as a tragic hero and Things Fall Apart as a tragic mode
The tragic hero is the character that is flawed in some way, and succumbs because of his or her
flaw. Okonkwo epitomizes the tragic hero. His flaw is that while he is physical
Journal 4 Compare and Contrast two Szymborska poems
No Title Required is about the unimportant, which Szymborska sees as important. She
challenges traditional notions of significance. In doing so, she even eschews the title. The
speaker of the poem starts
Szymborska in Birthday uses onomatopoeia and alliteration to convey the various aspects of
the world. She says the world rustles and bustles, and mentions the moraines and morays and
morasses and mussels. She is primarily describing the world us
Things Fall Apart
Unoka lazy and indolent
o Okonkwo hardworking but insecure and violent
Ikemefuna (adopted son)
Nwoye (first son; focus of story; enjoys salutary influence of Ikemefuna)
Obierika friend; his daughter is getting married
The Poor Poet
1. Removal of joy
2. The Jaded Poet; connection with Szymborskas Joy of Writing (she finds joy in the power of writing)
3. Metaphor; pen as a weapon. Connection with the power of writing.
4. Others but the poet
5. Others but the poet
In Incantation and Ars Poetica, Milosz presents two starkly contrasting views of
poetry. In Incantation, Milosz presents reason as the ally of poetry. Poetry is reasons ally in
the service of the good. Poetry helps reason in its establishing of
Heart of Darkness and Things Fall Apart
1. Circular structure
a. Compare with Things Fall Apart
a.i. Begins with the past: one of Okonkwos father, Unoka, who was a debtor and a failure in life (a
a.ii. Ends with the failure of Okonkwo, who dishono
There were about twenty seats arranged in a circle around a podium in the center.
No one else is in the classroom.
Im early, again. I need to loosen up like the other students and show up to class
10 to 20 minutes after the scheduled start time.