It’s that time again, where I get to read all these interesting things that my friends and fellow classmates have to say about plays, poetry and art!
Longfellow’s poem seemed to focus more on the past, on all the achievements he’d missed in his life, while Keats poem emphasized the ephemeral nature of humanity, that we may never be able to accomplish everything we wish to do. Interesting analysis of the two poem’s structures, which helps to identify the tones of the poems. This author argues that Keats seemed more wistful and hopeful – represented by the strange position of the volta in the middle of the sentence, while Longfellow seemed to accept his depressing situation through his calm analysis.
Ophelia and Gertrude’s role, and together how their actions reflect Shakespeare’s subtle (or not-so-subtle) assertions about the roles assigned to women in their society and the ways in which they are treated, are discussed in this blog post. The author argues that both Gertrude and Ophelia’s deaths are suicides as that would best fit Shakespeare’s belief that women shouldn’t be so oppressed by society, and the two are quite conscious of the fact that by committing suicide, they are exercising the one form of control they have over their disintegrating lives.
The author of this blog examines Jackson Pollock’s No. 1 and states that art is a projection of the viewer. It’s not as much what we see as much as what we feel by looking at these paintings. The size of the painting, then, also allows what the author calls “a primitive unleashing of the inner self.” None of these paintings in the series have names and all look pretty similar, yet each one of them (with varying sizes and shapes) exudes a unique atmosphere, left for the viewers themselves to decide what exactly that is. On that note, here’s Pollock’s No. 10 that I found in the Boston Museum of Arts: