Fantasy vs. Reality Silently, my senses begin to abandon their rationale…who is to say then what is real? The world that we live in, the reality, which we are a part of, is small and thus limited. That is why, in his infinite capacity for potential improvement, man created fantasy. Fantasy is BIG! To a certain extent it is more imaginative, more exciting, and more fun. Fantasy is like a lake where man throws all his ideas and dreams, and then he dives on in from the springboard of imagination. So, jump in to the lake. Why not? Just make sure that when you jump in to the lake you know how to get back from where you came from. Because, no matter how big a fantasy is, to the point that it somehow changes our perception of what is real and what is not, we should still be able to determine what is just a product of the imagination and what is really real. That no matter how extraordinary and cunning fantasy may be, we should still be able to distinguish one from the other, we should still be able to tell apart what is just mere fantasy and what is reality. And in Edith Tiempo's Serpemt from the Charmer's Box we are going to encounter a great deal of images, mixing imagination with reality. In the first ten lines, the poem starts it off with a picture of a sudden city that crowds into the leaves of the mango. The section of the sudden city is a product of the imagination, that by the very idea of the word "sudden," it means that it was thought of instantly and unexpectedly, something that just "popped up" into an idea. The unexpected presence of a sudden city is somewhat indicative of an illusion. And that "sudden city" that crowds into the leaves of the mango refers to the blending of the imagination and reality. Th... ... middle of paper ... ... that image to be just a product of the imagination. Again, just to reiterate the point, in identifying a certain image to be just a fantasy or an imagination, one can be charmed or stunned by it and in the process remain in the state of imagination and be detached from reality or one can come to grips, meaning to be still in touch with reality, with what is really real and true. The poem is basically just about the distinction of imagination and reality. That imagination does exist and it can be just as powerful as reality can be. And it is up to the person how he/she is going to handle the tool of imagination. It's either that one can get swayed by it or one can easily reject it. But nevertheless, reality and imagination co-exist, the present and the same time, the vision. And so, one should never underestimate nor undermine the power of the imagination.
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How does one determine what is reality and what is a fantasy? One’s own reality can be skewed by emotions such as greed and obsession. In literature writers often use such emotions to bring their stories to a climax and resolution. In the novel Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton the character John Hammond’s obsessive and stubborn behavior and delusions inviability lead to his own demise. Hammond desires to have control over his project no matter what the cost ends up being is the root of his selfishness and stubbornness. This stubbornness is what enabled Hammond to become naive to the dangers of his park.
I personally loved everything that this poem stood for. I liked that this poem had two average people at its center. They were not young or insanely beautiful, but they still showed how amazing love can be and how love goes beyond everything. When it comes down to it love has no gender, age, race, or time it is just about humans loving other humans. In this week’s chapter it is discussed how romance itself has a huge cultural impact and this poem definitely connects with this idea. This poem also follows the cliche of love. The way that love is blinding and will conquer all is presented in a real and believable way, but then it can also be considered unrelatable for some because how romance is set up to be and how high the standards are for true love. Furthermore, I like the idea of love going beyond age, beauty, and time but realistically for most people they will never experience a love so intense. People can though understand how what is portrayed in the media is not how everyone experiences love and that people who differ from this unrealistic standard can still be in love in their own intense beautiful way.
The poem says that "since feeling is first" (line 1) the one who pays attention to the meaning of things will never truly embrace. The poem states that it is better to be a fool, or to live by emotions while one is young. The narrator declares that his "blood approves" (line 7) showing that his heart approves of living by feeling, and that the fate of feeling enjoyment is better than one of "wisdom" (line 9) or learning. He tells his "lady" (line 10) not to cry, showing that he is speaking to her. He believes that she can make him feel better than anything he could think of, because her "eyelids" (line 12) say that they are "for each other" (line 13). Then, after all she's said and thought, his "lady" forgets the seriousness of thought and leans into the narrator's arms because life is not a "paragraph" (line 15), meaning that life is brief. The last line in the poem is a statement which means that death is no small thi...
...le to actually say its real. There are three reasons why we study Realism: (1) for the historical significance: (2) for its popularity as a commonsense, or naïve, way of knowing: (3) for its educational importance (Gutek, 2004). The reason we use realism in school is so that we can show the students the five senses and so they can actually have a first hand of what realism actually is. Even though we are thought this in school about things not being real we yet somehow always manage to make things up in our heads and actually make things appear real. One of the things that the schools have been doing for a very long time is something called “show and tell”. This is great for the younger kids to actually understand the concept of what show and tell is really all about because you actually involve the students and they can actually see all the five senses.
...e of this poem might be to make the reader empathize with the suffering that he/she sees in the world and try to find a way around it by reducing it. This extract teaches us that life contains suffering and suffering is due to earthly objects as the people who cared for the dead man were attached to him and this caused them to suffer. The only way out of this suffering and samsara is nirvana and this can be attained by following Buddha’s eightfold path – right view, right intention; right speech, right action, right livelihood; right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration (McHugh).
I believe that the structure of this poem allows for the speaker to tell a narrative which further allows him to convey his point. The use of enjambment emphasizes this idea as well as provides a sense of flow throughout the entirety of a poem, giving it the look and feel of reading a story. Overall, I believe this piece is very simplistic when it comes to poetic devices, due to the fact that it is written as a prose poem, this piece lacks many of the common poetic devices such as rhyme, repetition, alliteration, and metaphors. However, the tone, symbolism, allusion and imagery presented in the poem, give way to an extremely deep and complicated
The first thing that strikes me about this poem is the structure. The poem is very ordered written with 4 lines a stanza and a total of 6 stanza’s. This looks like a professional poem created by an adult, showing experience right away. The syllables are normally 7 per line but there are exceptions to this rule as all of stanza 5 has 8 syllables a line. The first stanza and the last stanza are nearly the same apart from the last line of each differing by a word. This poem uses many poetic devices well to create a vivid picture in the readers mind. There are rhyming couplets, alliteration, repetition, rhetorical questions as well as many biblical and egotistical references to the artist and poet himself. Now we will look at the poems meanings.
In order to see how Magical Realism is found in this treatment, one must first consider at least one of the identifying marks of Magical Realism. Among the characteristics that identify Magical Realism is the feeling of transcendence that the reader has while reading a Magical Realist text (Simpkins 150). During transcendence, a reader senses something that is beyond the real world. At the same time, however, the reader still feels as if he or she were rooted in the world (Sandner 52). After the reader undergoes transcendence, then he or she should have a different outlook on life.
It is a long and unusual journey. I still wonder what it really is. I read the selections of four wonderful authors and I am still a little confused about the real history and theory of magical realism. I do know that before a person gets into this idea of magical realism, he or she really has to have a big imagination and willingness to learn about it. I guess what I am trying to say is that magical realism depends on who a person is and what a person is willing to believe.
“I don’t want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them I don’t tell truth, I tell what ought to be truth. And if that is sinful, then let me be damned for it!” (Williams, 2009, p. 738).
The use of realism versus illusion is very evident through multiple characters within the works The men in the Loman family in “Death of a Salesman” live in a dreamlike state waiting for the American Dream to influence their lives for the better yet they never complete any actions that would lead them to the success they so desire. . In “A Streetcar Named Desire” the women are in an elusive state as they look for the perfect relationship, but cannot grasp one due to the events that took place in their