In response to "Icarus" by Edward Field.
I felt this was about a man that was living in his
past. Earlier in his life he had accomplished great
things. But now he was just going through the motions
daily. When he was alone he tended to dream and brood
about his past achievement. He seemed very isolated,
depressed, he had no connections to the present.
I took this as a warning that we are social creatures
who need interaction and connections to others in our
lives, when we do not have this we tend to turn
In response to "Icarus" by Stephen Spender.
I think this poem is about someone feeling that
they are invincible. They feel all powerful, young,
and are ready to take on the world. They feel that
can achieve whatever they attempt. I felt this
was a difficult poem to understand. After reading
this, I can easily understand how students get
frustrated when reading poems.
In response to "Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus" by
William Carlos Williams. I felt Icarus was battling
his father. I think their was a child - parent battle
of wills struggle going on. Perhap the father tried to
talk to Icarcus about his being more cautious, but he
did not listen. Icarus was a daredevil who glorified
in taking risks. But in the end his risk-taking ended
In response to "The House on Mango Street" by Sandra
Cisneros. The story was told from a child's point of
view. It gives their prospective of what it is like to
be Mexican, poor, and live in urban area. It's about a
families hope of having something better in
their future. This is about a families struggle to
attain the American Dream - to have a home of their
own. I think this story shows the importance of
family, the need to dream to achieve. But it also
shows that as much as we strive, we may not always
achieve our dreams. We may have to learn to settle for
things in our lives. I found the quote at the end very
meaningful for me: "I dream one day of going away, but
I will come back for the ones who cannot out." I
really enjoyed this reading it is written in a very
down to earth manner. I feel that students would be
able to connect easily to this book.
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