Feb 13 2012

Response #1

Published by

Michelle Heckel

Prof. Alvarez

English 255

15 February, 2012

Ode to Niagara-The Power of Nature

Jose Maria Heredia’s “Ode to Niagara” gives a comparison of the power of nature affecting one’s lifestyle. The speaker talks about the force of nature in Cuba vs. the force of nature he experiences in Niagara Falls and how this connects back to his lifestyle in these two different areas. Jose Maria Heredia goes on to state:

“For from my very boyhood have I loved, To look on Nature in her loftier moods, At the fierce rushing of the hurricane, At the near bursting of the thunderbolt,I have been touched with joy .In earth’s majestic solitudes, even here, My hearts doth open all itself to thee…I see thy never resting waters run, And I bethink me how the tide of Time Sweeps by eternity.” (Heredia, 204)

This quote states how the memories of Cuba occur through his presence at Niagara Falls.  It’s stating how Nature is associated with the moods the speaker experiences about his memories of his home country. He states that, Nature can be a beautiful thing, as well as life being beautiful, but at the same time nature will take it’s course on ones life, facing danger at different points in time. For instance, when he speaks of the “never resting waters” he compares this to his lifestyle of never resting and constantly being on the go. It mentions how he goes from Cuba to New York and then to Mexico, which can be compared to the “never resting waters” of constantly traveling and experiencing life, whereas, the water constantly moves. He also refers to “the tide of Time” meaning life goes by quickly as if it moves with the “rushing winds of the hurricane” mentioned in the quote and how one can only experience so much in such a short period of time throughout life.  It can be seen as living life to the fullest and experiencing as much as one can, to appreciate nature and the beauty of life itself.

League of Puerto Rican Patriots- The Strive for Education Awareness

In the Eugenio Maria De Hostos reading “League of Puerto Rican Patriots” talks about the idea to improve the educational system in Puerto Rico after the United States takes over. It talks about making them aware of what education is about and how important it is to provide such advantages to these people. De Hostos goes on to state:

“The levels of public education are three: the fundamental which Kindergarten and public school must provide; high school, which must offer positive scientific, civic, and technical ideas; professional school, which must offer concrete knowledge of jurisprudence, medicine, engineering, and technology; and university, which must provide all the knowledge of each one of the disciplines of the positivist sciences, not aimed at the practical aspects of life, but at the cultivation of the mind.” (De Hostos, 251)

This quote directs attention to the awareness of how education aims to expand one’s mind through different disciplines. For instance, each student should go through the three levels mentioned in the quote, starting with the fundamental education, which provides the basis for what students need to know for future learning. It mentions how in high school it is the schools duty to provide the students with background on how to relate to community affairs and how to understand science being able to find interest in a specific study allowing the student to succeed in a specific profession. It mentions how students should be taught to follow the correct way of living by following the laws issued by the government. The quote mentions how all these levels come together to eventually allow students to reach the last level of attending the university, meeting all the previous levels coming together in order to expand the minds of the students making them educated. These different disciplines learned through these levels will help the students build their knowledge in these different areas of study, which will benefit these students in the near future.

 

Works Cited:

De Hostos, Eugenio Maria. “League of Puerto Rican Patriots.” The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature. First Edition. Ilan Stavans, New York: WW Norton & Company, 2011. 250-251. Print.

Heredia, Jose Maria. “Ode to Niagara.” The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature. First Edition. Ilan Stavans, New York: WW Norton & Company, 2011. 203-205. Print.

 

 

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  1.   salvarezon 16 Feb 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Michelle,

    Nice job with the PIE paragraphs, I see the structure here. You could add just a bit more in the P section of each as well as the E however. For example, in the first P section, a good two or three sentences that introduce the idea of “exile” as well and something about solitude would be a good idea. One way to easily solve this would be to take the first few sentences in your E section, “This quote states how the memories of Cuba occur through his presence at Niagara Falls. It’s stating how Nature is associated with the moods the speaker experiences about his memories of his home country. He states that, ” and move it to the end of where you left off in the P section. This is usually one way to add to the P section, so keep that in mind as a trick later. You could do that with both P and E sections in this response.

    I like how you cited De Hostos, you’re the only one I’ve read so far who did so. There’s a CUNY school named after him in the Bronx. I’m copying and pasting what you wrote in the E section for that quote here below, and I’ll add some comments in CAPS:

    aspects of life, but at the cultivation of the mind.” (De Hostos, 251)

    This quote directs attention to the awareness of how education aims to expand one’s mind through different disciplines. RIGHT AND ALSO HOW THE DISCIPLINES SHOULD BE ORGANIZED FOR STUDENTS TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS For instance, each student should go through the three levels mentioned in the quote, starting with the fundamental education, which provides the basis for what students need to know for future learning. WHAT SKILLS DO YOU THINK THIS ENTAILS? LANGUAGES? BILINGUALISM FOR EXAMPLE? WHAT OTHER SKILLS SHOULD HAPPEN AT THIS STAGE? It mentions how in high school it is the schools duty to provide the students with background on how to relate to community affairs SO COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT? and how to understand science being able to find interest in a specific study allowing the student to succeed in a specific profession. BUT THIS COULD ALSO MEAN VOCATION PROFESSIONS TOO I THINK BUT MORE ABOUT GETTING STUDENTS TO ACHIEVE THEIR FULL POTENTIALS It mentions how students should be taught to follow the correct way of living by following the laws issued by the government. ANOTHER PART OF THEIR EDUCATION: PATRIOTIC EDUCATION OR POLITICAL INDOCTRINATION The quote mentions how all these levels come together to eventually allow students to reach the last level of attending the university, meeting all the previous levels coming together in order to expand the minds of the students making them educated. SO THIS MEANS THAT COLLEGE IS THE END OF THE LINE FOR LEARNING. WHAT KIND OF LEARNING HAPPENS AFTER COLLEGE? IS THERE ANY LEARNING AFTER? These different disciplines learned through these levels will help the students build their knowledge in these different areas of study, which will benefit these students in the near future. WHAT DO YOU MEAN IN THE NEAR FUTURE? WHOM WAS HE ADVOCATING EDUCATION FOR? WHICH GROUP WAS HAVING EDUCATIONAL PROBLEMS?

    Some great quotes, again. Keep working on looking at some of those key terms in the quote you cite, and taking them apart. This might mean using the dictionary. De Hostos uses lots of important words in his quote such as “civic” “positivism” “jurisprudence” “professional school” and the like that deserve some attention and scrutiny. Your job is to interpret his words like you would be a poem.

    __________________
    For your MLA

    –No quotation marks in your block quotes

    –no commas in the citation in the body (Author pg#)

    –in the Works Cited title no colon

    –no need to include “first edition” in the works cited

    –check how to include translators and include translators

    –check how to include editors “eds.” and include editors

    Remember next round I will be taking off points for too many ‘to be’ verbs. Be sure to revise out as many of those as possible.

    4.5 out of 5 possible points.

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