Wallace Stevens, “Anecdote of the Jar,” we are driven to examine and understand the many symbolic connotations of “the jar” in its particular placement upon a hill; those of which may potentially coincide with the many interpretations of this world. While “the jar” represents many ideas corresponding to our paradigms of how we perceive our world, the most profound idea to me is the notion of emptiness which parallels the reality of emptiness in the prose “Clay” by James Joyce. The jar is an empty object
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due to their ideas and the content of their poems. Much of the poems focus on the materialistic, especially items that are man-made. Furthermore, rather than creating something great, human creations are destructive to nature. Stevens's poem Anecdote of the Jar builds on this notion by showing how destructive humans are to the surrounding nature. More so, something man-made can "claim dominion" over everything and ultimately destroy it. Much like T.S. Eliot's The Fire Sermon in The Waste Land, the
Modernism emerged at the beginning of the twentieth century, following World War I and flowing through the “roaring twenties.” Materialism, crime, depression, and change filled this era. Reflecting the revolutionary time period, modernism itself was a revolution of style. Musicians, artists, and writers broke away from traditional, conventional techniques to create new, rebellious art. Modernism, in other words, was a change in how artists represented the world in their works. Passionate, sporadic
Surowiecki says that a crowd is “really any group of people who can act collectively to make decisions and solve problems”. One of the very first anecdotes given in the book relates Francis Galton’s bewilderment at a crowd’s ability, once their scores were averaged, to more accurately guess the weight of a butchered ox than a common individual. This anecdote proves the thesis that “the idea of the wisdom of crowds is not that a group will always give you the right answer, but that it will consistently
fabulously constructed book, filled with sarcasm, wit, irony, and satire to express Vonnegut’s personal views on Human Society. Although it ends with the destruction of the world from the lethal Ice Nine, the book is somewhat redeemed by its humorous anecdotes, and clever allusions. Vonnegut successfully portrayed his pessimistic views of our society, and opened the reader up to a completely new way of thinking in terms of human nature.
My favorite television show is Futurama, it was created by Matt Groening who also created the show The Simpsons and it’s also produced by Groening, David X. Cohen and Ken Kessler. In the United States, Fox aired the series from March 28th, 1999 to August 10th, 2003 before ceasing production; Futurama was then aired as reruns on Adult Swim and Cartoon Network from January 2003 to December 2007. It was revived in 2007 as four straight-to-DVD films; the last of the four was released in early 2009. (Futurama
Wallace Stevens' Harmonium and the Visual Arts By the time Wallace Stevens moved to New York City in 1900 he had completed three years as a special student at Harvard, and had published a few poems in the Harvard Monthly and the Advocate (a literary journal at Harvard of which he was president). He continued to pursue a literary life in New York, but after an attempt at journalism and at the urging of his father (L59), he enrolled in New York Law School in the fall of 1901. In 1904 he passed the
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