Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Final reading response: Starry night by anne sexton

"Even the moon bulges in its orange irons   
to push children, like a god, from its eye." This is the reason why i choose this poem to respond to, because every sentence or paragraph you read the words are just full of details. This poem is called the "starry night" this poem was based off of the painting by van Gough "starry night" This poem made me see the painting in my mind, the descriptive words and the emotions within them. Like the first few lines i wrote above directly from the poem itself,its showing a moon and how it compare to the size of an orange. In her eyes she sees it as an eye of god. I really enjoyed reading this poem, because it feels like the author is grabbing you the reader into the painting. She then uses poetic language to walk you through it inch by inch. I would feel her words walked me by every inch explaining what it might represent.

I would recommend this poem, because it is a great experience to hear and read it. I enjoyed the movies in my mind, because no other poem may be as descriptive as this one(in my opinion) I would recommend you to read the poem as you gave the beautiful painting next to you. This would help, because it would help bring the image more bigger and clearer in your mind. The painting would also help for the poem to be understood better. I think that it would also bring out the focus more, i think this because the focus is sadness and its combined with happiness. I say this because the colors match the words. What do i mean? i mean that the colors speak for words like the darker the colors the more the emotions in the words show. Also the brighter the color within the painting the happier the emotions in the words. If still confused read the poem to your self and then look at the painting and think how the colors and words match.

The Starry Night

That does not keep me from having a terrible need of—shall I say the word—religion. Then I go out at night to paint the stars.Vincent Van Gogh in a letter to his brother
The town does not exist
except where one black-haired tree slips
up like a drowned woman into the hot sky.
The town is silent. The night boils with eleven stars.   
Oh starry starry night! This is how
I want to die.

It moves. They are all alive.
Even the moon bulges in its orange irons   
to push children, like a god, from its eye.
The old unseen serpent swallows up the stars.   
Oh starry starry night! This is how   
I want to die:

into that rushing beast of the night,   
sucked up by that great dragon, to split   
from my life with no flag,
no belly,
no cry.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Draft #2 Reading Response to: The orphan of ellis Island

This my response to the book i read The orphan of Ellis island by Elvira Woodruff. So far i would like to start off saying this book was absolutely amazing.I really enjoyed reading this book, because it really took me back in time. What i mean by this is that the author made me feel like i went back in time to Italy in the year 1909. The main character Dominic really showed his deep emotions and i could really feel his emotion within the text.I really like how this book really shows a lot of details and it really makes you feel like your there. I like how the author really makes the story take place at Ellis island at first and then in Italy in the year 1909.
I really enjoyed flipping through every page of this book and it really made me feel like i was an invisible character just standing there watching everything.
 When i was finishing this book i was really sad i saw this book coming to an end.. like an adventure finishing coming to its end. At the end it was really amazing, because i felt like all the puzzle pieces were put together and they all fit perfectly.  I don't want to ruin the ending of this book so i suggest for you to read it. You could really enjoy it like i did and really appreciate it like i did. You could also learn alot from the immigration era.. so go on and read the orphan of Ellis island!