Is the man the Father to the Grandfather?
The child is father of the man.
- William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
Is the man the Father to the Grandfather?
Inspired by William Wordsworth (1770-1850)'s quote, "The child is father of the man.". The titled responsion is
This graduated role reversal of humility is an act worth thinking about. Revolutions take place despite our preoccupation with initiation. As the world turns, living is perpetual, limited to our species in language only.
William Wordsworth wrote many famous works such as "Selection, Autumn Leaves, and "Song of Hiawatha" to name a few. His most famous and most commonly used work, his poem, "Ode to a Nightingale," is well-known by most Americans today. This famous poem was composed in response to a letter from his friend, the Marquis de Malfi, who had been the lover of the famous poet, William Wordsworth. It is said that this letter was written on a misty night, in a deserted house in Devon, England. During the night, Wordsworth lost track of his writing and fell into a deep sleep. When he awoke, he reread the poem and later, it was published in his collection, Poems.
"Ode to a Nightingale" is famous for the first line, the line, "The Child is the Father of the Man," which is often referred to as "the child is the mother of the poet." Many people who have read this poem often claim that the first line was a statement about how Wordsworth feels about himself. It is sometimes said that Wordsworth loved himself more than he loved others. He was a man who felt very much like he was an extension of himself and he enjoyed being in control. If you look at the poem, the first line is also a criticism of other people. The Child is considered the father of the Man because he is viewed as the origin of all mankind. Other poems from this collection, like "Sleeping Beauty," are also known to have very strong feminist views.
The poem is often used as an argument between Wordsworth and his friend, the Marquis de Malfi. Although Wordsworth was not a traditionalist, he felt that society was too much of a matriarchy and that there should be some balance in the world. Wordsworth believed that everyone needed to be respected and understood as well as he was respected for himself. He saw himself as a great artist, but he did not see himself as a great writer.
From the Winds Under the Earth
Inspired by Mary Shelley (1797-1851)'s quote, "The very winds whispered in soothing accents, and maternal Nature bade me weep no more.". The titled responsion is
When Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1818, she had just finished reading Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, and was already in a state of mind marked by feelings of uncertainty. She had never written a book before, so her words were somewhat tentative, but she was also very much an unknown quantity. Her descriptions of the novel's main characters were vague, but when Frankenstein talks about his creation, he does so with a feeling of certainty that is quite unlike his usual moods. In Mary Shelley's popular, Gothic novel, Frankenstein, female traits are very heavily represented to propagate the more primitive aspects of Enlightenment and Romantic thought.
In Mary Shelley's classic novel, Frankenstein, Shelley introduces Gothic nature scenes to forewarn the readers about impending dark times. One such scene involves Dr. Frankenstein's wife, Mary, trying to explain to him that her husband has been infected with a deadly virus that causes his body to deteriorate and eventually die. Mary becomes agitated when she realizes her husband does not want to discuss this with her, and she begins to cry as she pleads with him to "tell me what it is you're feeling." Her plea falls on deaf ears, however, and Dr. Frankenstein tells her that he must leave the house to find a cure for her husband, which is why he is leaving in the middle of the night.
The next scene, when Mary goes out of town to look for a cure for her husband, is another example of the Gothic nature theme of the novel. Mary is in the outskirts of London, looking for a cure for her father, who was recently killed in a mysterious explosion. The scene consists of Mary walking through the countryside and meeting with people from the Goths, whom she attempts to convince to give her information about her father's death. One of the people she meets, a man in a straw hat and trenchcoat, gives her a false story about how Dr. Frankenstein was forced to make a contract with a devil to use his body for a cure, and how Mary's father was actually forced by the doctor to kill him in order to make him a better patient. While Mary is explaining her father's death to him, her father's ghost appears to remind her of her father's love for her, which only makes her feel more anger. toward the man, who she then tells to leave. but she refuses and then transforms into a black fog, and disappears.
I Am Your Father!
Inspired by Carl Jung (1875-1961)'s quote, "Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people". The titled responsion is
Knowing your own darkness is a great way to deal with the darkness that is your life. Being in the dark and feeling as if there is no light at the end of the tunnel is a difficult and dangerous feeling to live in. But, you have to deal with it or you are going to find yourself in a life of constant struggle to get through each day. You have to learn how to get through the darkness so that you can begin to get out into the light.
The first step in learning how to deal with your own darkness is to understand what darkness means. If you want to know how to deal with your own darkness, you must first understand what darkness is. Darkness is a feeling of being out of whack and out of place, as if you are losing yourself. It is a feeling of sadness and hopelessness. When you are out in the dark, it feels like there is nothing there. Darkness can be a real fear of what lies ahead. When you face the darkness you have to confront that fear and make it clear that you do have hope and you are still here.
Your fear of what lies ahead is a normal reaction to what you may believe is a certain dark place in your life. However, it is not as simple as making a decision to fight that fear. You have to confront your fear and figure out what you can do in order to get through this dark time and move forward. If you have no answers, you may start to withdraw from society and become a recluse. You have to face the fact that you are not going to be able to solve all of your problems by just sitting back and thinking about them. If you feel like you are going to lose your mind you may need to seek professional help in dealing with your own darkness. You can learn how to deal with your own darkness when you learn how to face your own darkness and find out what you can do to overcome your fear.
The Möbius is Upon Us
Inspired by Rachel Carson (1907-1964)'s quote, "It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility.". The titled responsion is
Turning in on herself does the meridian, generally speaking, seperate the haves from the have-nots? North is the new trancendental reality, representing up, privileage and wealth. I wish it weren't so.
In her groundbreaking book, "The Silent Spring," Rachel Carson sparked an environmental movement that continues to this day. A leading environmentalist and writer, Carson was an outspoken advocate for women's rights. She was also an advocate for the conservation of the environment and the protection of mother earth.
After being diagnosed with cancer, Carson had her life destroyed and her public perception destroyed as well. Carson's work was the first in many years to bring a fresh perspective to environmental issues. This is why so many people want to learn more about her. Some of her most famous works are The Sea Around Us and The Secrets of the Marley Sea. Carson was a pioneer in the field of environmental conservation and research. Other books she wrote are: "Citizen of the World", "The Sea Around Us," "The Secret Life of Birds," and "The Sea of Cortez."
Rachel Carson's story is a great example of how important it is to protect nature. Her writing and activism made a lasting impact. Nowadays, she is still viewed as an environmentalist hero. Her life is a testament to how we can effect positive change in our society. If you haven't read any of Carson's works, you should start now!
Life Doesn't Skip a Generation
Inspired by Gore Vidal (1925-2012)'s quote, "Never have children, only grandchildren". The titled responsion is
I can appreciate the illogical nature of Gore Vidal's grandchild truth-claim. Mildly true, Sofia sits in a corner with the reality of the logical world bearing down on her wisdom like a metaphor of meaning that has no material significance. Biological non-sense! Genetically the irony runs deep. So what kind of world do you want to leave to grandchildren's grandchildren?
A new biographical book of Gore Vidal is taking the reviewing machines by storm. Gore Vidal was an iconoclastic writer, politician, author, playwright, film director, editor, literary critic and publisher. He was an advocate for political justice, human rights and social change and was an opponent of both Communism and Fascism.
As with any book, Grandkids will be full of praise and controversy. It will contain criticism of his own writing as well as that of others. There will be a chapter on his first book, One Hundred Words; there will be a chapter on The Twilight Zone, one on the influence of his agent, John Martinis, one on his first editor, Bernard Schrab, and one on his time on Broadway. But perhaps the most interesting chapter will be the chapter on his grandchildren. After reading this book you'll be much more understanding of why he became a writer in the first place.
Grandkids is a fun book. It's fast paced and exciting. If you have never read a Vidal novel before, you are not alone in your confusion. In the beginning it can be hard to determine which direction to go in, especially if you are a newcomer to the world of authors. You must start at the beginning of his career in order to learn the basics. Once you have a foundation of knowledge to build on, Grandparents is a quick read that will not only entertain you but also enlighten you.