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“But that’s where are comes from, he said: life stories.  Art history comes along only much later.  That’s what art is, he said, the story of a life in all its particularity.  It’s the only thing that really is particular and personal.  It’s the expression of and, at the same time, the fabric of the […]

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Unicorns are not the only mythical creature that Williams uses in Paterson. He also writes about a serpent who eats his tale; “The (self) direction has been changed/the serpent/its tail in its mouth/”the river has returned to its beginnings”/and backward/ (and forward)/it tortures itself within me/…we’ll say/the serpent/has its tail in its mouth/AGAIN/the all-wise serpent” […]

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post 18 Unicorns

“The hunt of/ the Unicorn and/the god of love/of virgin birth/The mind is the demon/drives us…The Unicorn roams the forest of all true/lover’s mind.  They hunt it down..…every married man carries in his head/the beloved and sacred image/of a virgin/whom he has whored…(Williams 231) Williams is using a ton of religious symbolism in the above […]

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post 17…Art

In class today we tried to write down descriptions and the stories behind famous paintings.  We looked at painting from the Classical period, the Renaissance Period and more modern, Avant-garde.  This activity was fueled by the quote that we see in Barbara Kingsolver’s novel The Lacuna.  In the novel, Freda is explaining to Harrison that […]

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post 16 Dress

In Meredith’s post, she discussed the relationship Williams Carlos Williams makes in his work Patterson to women, their clothes and the value placed upon them.  The quote that she refers to is “But you!/-in your white lace dress…/your clothes (I said) quickly, while your beauty is attainable…take off your clothes and purify yourself”(Williams 105).  In […]

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post 15 history in Paterson

In the first book of Paterson, Williams puts a lot of the Passaic fall’s history into his poetry.  He talks about Sam Patch and Mrs. Cumming.  “Patch leaped but Mrs. Cumming shrieked/ and fell-unseen (through/ she had been standing there bes8ide her husband half/ an hour or more twenty feet from the edge).: a body […]

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post 14 Death of words

The ultimate blow for Harrison wasn’t when he was accused of being a Communist, but when they, the media, and the government; The Red Scare society, broke apart his books.  We learn that “he’d been called names before, and borne it.  But when a man’s words are taken from him and poisoned, it’s the same […]

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Post 13

“THE QUESTION IS TO WHICH IS MORE REPREHENSIBLE, THE ALLEGED CUSTOM IN HAITI OF EATING A HUMAN BEING WITHOUT COOKING HIM OR THE AUTHENTICATED CUSTOM IN THE UNITED STATES OF COOKING A HUMAN BEING WITHOUT EATING HIM.  THE HAITIAN CUSTOM WOULD HAVE, AT LEAST, A UTILITARIAN PURPOSE IN EXTENUATION” (60) In this quote found in […]

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second response paper

The Spread of Jes Grew : How Jes Grew from Ishmael Reed’s novel Mumbo Jumbo is seen in Walcott’s charaters in Omeros        Jes Grew is spreading.  It is spreading to the Caribbean islands and affecting the people who are living there.  We have seen signs of it in St. Lucia.  Jes Grew is described as seeing people “doing ‘stupid, […]

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post 12

Thus far, the three novels we have read in class have many similar characteristics.  One is the idea of development and of new infulences upon a nation.  In some of the works, this idea is viewed negatively, and in others it is viewed as a positive.  In The Lacuna, Harrison is having a discussion about […]

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