Merry Women of Glory

Siegfried Sassoon’s “Glory of Women” presents a message similar to that of Mark Gertler’s Merry-Go-Round. In Siegfried’s poem “Glory of Women,” readers are shown the effects and toll war has on not only those fighting, but those left at home as well. Sassoon’s poem shows emphasizes the question of whether or not war is truly worth the cost.

Gertler, Mark; Merry-Go-Round; Tate; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/merry-go-round-117762

In Gertler’s Merry-Go-Round, viewers see a similar meaning. The grimace on the faces of the people portrayed communicates their distaste for war. This painting shows both men and women dressed for warfare on a merry-go-round. Just as Sassoon’s poem outlines the effects war has on everyone involved, this painting shows how war becomes nothing more than soldiers running circles.

Both pieces show an obvious opposition to war and present strong reasons for it. Sassoon’s poem and Gertler’s painting come from a time when war was raging, leaving both men with a firsthand look at what war is truly capable. These two men decided for themselves that war is not truly worth all the damage it causes.

The Falling Rocket vs. The Modern Artist

Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (1875)
Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (1875)
Oil on panel – The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan

James A. M. Whistler’s Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket from 1875 depicts the beautiful impressionistic scenery of fireworks exploding over a lake. This piece, I would say, has the power to give someone “…the greatest number of the greatest ideas…” (Ruskin, 384). However, John Ruskin thought the exact opposite, and was sued by Whistler over it. John Ruskin was an art critic and believed that good art was anything that could give viewers many good ideas. Ruskin believed that using specific definitions of art would exclude some art, so in his A Definition of Greatness in Art from “Modern Painters,” he used a larger definition for art. I believe that Whistler’s artwork meets the definition of Ruskin’s and much more. This piece of art is truly beautiful, so it seems unfair to completely bash it. Criticism is one thing, but bashing is totally different.

Works Cited:

Ruskin, John. Modern Painters. 1st ed., The Norton Anthology 10Th Edition, 1860, p. 384.

The Lover and the Mariner

“The Daemon-lover” and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” are vastly different, however similarities can be found. “The Daemon-lover” tells the story of a woman lured away from her husband and children by an ex-lover with the promise of riches and endless pleasure. Later on, the woman realizes the deal is not what she thought, but by then it is too late. Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” details the story of a sailor who miraculously survived to speak of his lost ship and crew. As the crew is near the point of thirsting to death, a mysterious ship appears carrying the death of the mariner’s crew. Both poems share thematic and literary similarities while differing in some contextual aspects.  

“The Daemon-lover” presents fear and abandonment in a woman who leaves her known life for promised pleasures. The author of this poem uses the woman as leverage to empower the presence of these emotions. One might argue that fear and abandonment are feelings commonly associated with woman, especially in time periods such as this. Opposingly, it would not have been common for a woman to be able to leave a family behind. In this poem, we see the woman kissing her children goodbye, telling them “for I’ll never see you again” (line 36). This would be uncommon for a woman to do, especially of that time. Mothers are seen to be extremely attached to their children, leaving them would be unusual. The feelings of fear and abandonment, however, would fit with the assumed nature of women, being soft and emotional.

Likewise, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” has aspects of fear and abandonment, however it is presented in a much different way. Coleridge uses a rough mariner to represent softer emotions, while still displaying the heroic actions expected of a male. In this poem, we witness a mariner reciting his story, recalling when he “…shot the Albatross” (line 82) and when his crew “…turned his face with a ghastly pang, and cursed me with his eye” (lines 214-215). These events are that of a manly nature, completely opposed to the feelings of fear and abandonment that the old mariner brings.

Overall, it may be said that the presence of fear and abandonment play a huge part in both poems, as do the way they are represented. “The Daemon-lover” uses a woman to show a common emotion with uncommon action, while “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” uses a man to show uncommon emotion with common action, according to stereotypes and gender roles of both today and also in the time period of which these writing are from.

Works Cited:

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” The Norton Anthology of British Literature: The Romantic Period. 10th ed. Stephen Greenblatt, General Editor. W. W. Norton, 2017. pp. 448-64.

“The Daemon-lover.” The Norton Anthology of British Literature: The Romantic Period. 10th ed. Stephen Greenblatt, General Editor. W. W. Norton, 2017. pp. 743-44.

The Nightmare and the Horse

Henry Fuseli, The Nightmare exhibited 1782. Oil on canvas, 1210 x 1473 x 89 mm. Lent by the Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Bert L. Smokler and Mrs. Lawrence A. Fleischman

Henry Fuseli’s The Nightmare has certain aspects that are similar to those of the theme of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” At first, I did not make this connection. My initial response to this piece of art was a simple fascination with the dynamics of the context. Upon further inspection and studying the work a bit more, I began to relate it to “Frankenstein.” I believe there could be several interpretations of this painting related to “Frankenstein”, however, I related the woman to Victor Frankenstein, the devil-like creature to Frankenstein’s monster, and the horse as Frankenstein’s conscious. I believe this fits well, especially in the early stages of the monster and Victor being unsure what it could truly be.

What Are the Real Effects of Smartphone Use on Teen Mental Health?


In the article “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” Jean M. Twenge explores a generational study with teens and smartphones. This article explores many outlets to the use of smartphones, including mental health.

Teens today are in the midst of a mental health crisis and according to Twenge and other sources, smartphones may be a factor in that. Twenge states that teens who have more screen time appear to be more unhappy than those who have less screen time. According to Susie Raskin’s article “How Smartphones and Social Media Contribute to Depression and Anxiety in Teens”, smartphones and social media can make teens feel more lonely and increase the need to compare themselves to others. These effects can add up until teens are significantly more depressed simply for their screen time activities.

In conclusions, there are many links to screen time and mental health for teens. More screen time appears to equal less happiness according to several sources.

Bibliography:

Twenge, Jean M. “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company, 19 Mar. 2018, www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/. Twenge’s article discusses effects that smartphones may have on teens. This article provides readers with an insight as to how smartphones may have negative effects on the “iGen”.

“How Smartphones and Social Media Contribute to Depression and Anxiety in Teens.” Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, www.arnoldpalmerhospital.com/blog/how-smartphones-and-social-media-contribute-to-depression-and-anxiety-in-teens. This article focuses on other negative effects of smartphones and teens with their mental health.

Anderson, Jill. “Smartphones and Social Media Linked to Increase in Teen Depression.” Harvard Gazette, Harvard Gazette, 21 June 2018, news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2018/06/gse-phones-study/. This article focuses mainly on Twenge and some of her other thoughts about smartphones and teens.

Rose to Judgement

In William Faulkner’s “A Rose For Emily”, readers discover the extremities of outside views. The story told in bits and pieces, jumps around, leaving void space in Miss Emily’s story. This creates a beautiful message to readers that you can never truly know what someone is going through, and to always be considerate, rather than be quick to judge.

At the beginning of the story, readers are presented with the idea that Emily is the town’s treasure and throughout the story, we are presented with the ideas behind that. As the story is told by the townspeople, there are many things that become unclear to the reader. All of these thoughts and possible happenings of Emily’s life as told by the townspeople begin to jumble together. Whilst the reader may be trying to interpret these tellings and find out Emily’s story, It may be that Faulkner wrote to confuse readers on the story on purpose. He could be trying to send a louder message with this, one that shows how powerful judgments can truly be.

Throughout the story, we get a glimpse of many events throughout Emily’s life, like the death of her father. Emily clings to her dead father, but Faulkner never solidifies an answer as to why. Once again, readers are left to guess. Readers discover later on in the story that Emily’s once lover has gone missing, but no insight as to where he may have gone is given. Faulkner creates what seems like an innocent story of love gone bad through the tellings of the townspeople, however, things change rapidly. Towards the end of the story, when Miss Emily passes away, a corpse is found in her home and a strand of her hair is found on it. Once again, Emily had been clinging to someone dead, but this time, dead because she poisoned him. Faulkner has created something here that speaks volumes to the underlying message of the story. It appears Emily may suffer from some sort of mental disorder, causing her to feel the way she does. This is something that you truly cannot understand from a distance and therefore, should not judge.

To conclude, “A Rose for Emily” could easily be a story about a mysterious woman’s life, however, it is so much more than that with a little thought. Faulkner unwinds this message that judgment is harsh, and the effects can be even more so.

 

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“The Falling Man” by Tom Junod

In “The Falling Man” by Tom Junod, we are presented with a description of the well-known picture of the Falling Man from 9/11. Junod takes us through the elements of the photo, describing the man’s possible internal state, then his physical appearance and comparing him to others who were captured jumping.

Junod begins with analyzing the man’s internal state, saying that he had “not chosen his fate” but “embraced it” (Junod, 2003). By doing this, Junod guides readers through a thought of how the man must have felt falling, allowing readers into this man’s thoughts for a moment. This moment of possible truth hooks readers in, making them desire more detail on this falling man.

From here, Junod describes the man’s physical appearance. He talks about the man’s arms by his side, one leg slightly bent, and the calmness as he falls. Junod uses this to move into comparing this particular man to others who had been captured falling. The others who jumped did not have the calm, collected, accepting fall that this man had. Part of the reason that this man stands out so significantly is that he was open to falling, seeming to accept his fate.

In all of Tom Junod’s analysis of the photo, he walks readers through the man’s possible thoughts and feelings, his posture, and lastly, the logistical rates at which he falls. Pulling in a final thought, Junod lets readers in on just how devastating and horrifying this fall was. This thought finishes up this big of the article to pull everything together in one final fact.

Citation:

Junod, Tom. “The Falling Man.” Esquire, Sept. 2003,      www.esquire.com/mews-politics/a48031/the-falling-man-tom-junod, Acccessed Sept. 2018.

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Behind the Scenes

Hello and welcome to my blog!

To start things off here, I’d like to properly introduce myself. My name is Amy Bentley. Today, I’d like to give you an insight to my main interest: art.

The word art covers a wide array of subjects. Photography, literature, paintings, drawings, sculptures, theatre, and a vastness of other works.

Today, I’d like to focus on a few of my personal favorite types of art, just so you can get to know me a bit better.


The type of art I’d like to discuss today is photography. I have always appreciated photography and occasionally take some pretty decent pictures myself. The main reason I find myself so infatuated with photography is because it captures things in ways no other art form can. It shows people, places, things, emotion, actions, and so many other things that can be hard to capture so precisely in other forms of art. There are so many ways to use photography to communicate.

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Flower I photographed a while ago from a family friend’s garden.

This shot is from a park I visited with family.

I personally prefer to use nature as my main focus in photography. I love to be in nature and feel that there is so much to be offered from nature. For me, nature is a place I go to think and sort out problems. It’s a place to stop doing and just be. Nature is a natural therapy for me. Fresh air goes a long ways for me.


That’s about all I have for now! See you next time!