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The Dance of Extrinsic Individualism and Interconnection

The Dance of Extrinsic Individualism and Interconnection

A fly dances in my tea leaves. It burrows its head the size of a pin beneath the black plant and eats away at its remains. This choreography of decay in something mother nature is so used to—she knows it well. I throw the leaves 

Emerson and Perception of Nature

Emerson and Perception of Nature

“Thus to him, to this school-boy under the bending dome of day, is suggested that he and it proceed from one Root; one is leaf and one is flower; relation, sympathy, stirring in every vein. And what is that root? Is not that the soul 

The Dark Fields of the Republic, “To The Days” by Adrienne Rich

The Dark Fields of the Republic, “To The Days” by Adrienne Rich

In Adrienne Rich’s selected poems book, Dark Fields of the Republic, there is a heavy political element to her storytelling. She’s known for her work in feminism and a heavy focus in lesbian literature and activism in the second half of the twentieth century, as 

Second Thoughts: The Dissection of a Body of Work

Second Thoughts: The Dissection of a Body of Work

Analyzing poetry is like performing an autopsy. The assiduous dissection of flesh and bone by the pathologist, looking at the body that tells a story of life and death—looking at certain parts that capture a fleeting moment in time that nobody but the person lying 

Second Thoughts: A Dim Light in a Dark Room

Second Thoughts: A Dim Light in a Dark Room

In class, we spoke of the many ways to define poetry. One quote from A.R. Ammons says, “a poem is a walk.” Though it is short, it is heavy with meaning. A poem is a pathway of language forged by words. It looks at poetry 

Gay and Lesbian Criticism

Gay and Lesbian Criticism

The practice of Gay and Lesbian literary criticism, or Queer theory as it is often referred to now, dates back to the turn of the nineteenth century, though works focusing on this field of criticism most likely stretch back much further than that. They were 

Second Thoughts: For What It’s Worth

Second Thoughts: For What It’s Worth

Humans primarily interact with the environment in two ways; collection and production. Collection is a noninvasive interaction that sees the natural world as connected to humanity and wishes to cohabit with the surroundings. Production is the thought that nature was created for humans, often based 

What is English?

What is English?

English is a multifaceted field of study. It is not a static field that can be confined to one category, it is structured more like a great oak tree; with its roots in traditional literature and branching off into many different forms of study. What 

Second Thoughts: A Path Once Forged

Second Thoughts: A Path Once Forged

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” — Oscar Wilde.  This quote has floated around my brain since my junior year of highschool. My English teacher had it as an epigraph 

On Reading and Writing in School

On Reading and Writing in School

Essays have always made sense to me. I am able to convey my thoughts and processes in a concise manner, where any other method feels unorganized and lacking in direct communication between my thoughts and the material at hand. I feel that they serve a