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jennifer for september 15

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferying at 10:39 pm on Monday, September 14, 2009

At first, I had a very general idea of who Walt Whitman was, that he was a famous poet.. but after Professor Karbiener explained to us what kind of man he really was, I was surprised to find out that Walt Whitman wasn’t an educated poetry man back in the days, he was a regular working class man, he was a street poet. Who would’ve thought, a blue collar man will make it so big through his works of literature when he wasn’t educated professionally. This only makes me wonder, anything IS really possible if you go for it.

When I first read “Song of Myself”, I would’ve never thought the author was someone who didn’t get to finish school, wrote such a meaningful piece of work. Not only is it long and full of hidden meanings in almost every section. And what really impressed me, was that throughout the poem, you are able to find something that you can relate yourself to.

For me, I really like these lines

“I have heard what the talkers were talking, the talk of the
beginning and the end,
But I do not talk of the beginning or the end.

There was never any more inception than there is now,
Nor any more youth or age than there is now,
And will never be any more perfection than there is now,
Nor any more heaven or hell than there is now.”

I think that Whitman is saying that he he’s heard about the before and after’s, but what’s important is what’s right now. I think he is saying it’s not about what’s happened before, or what is going to happen in the future, but, the most important thing is, what is happening right now.

Last week was my first time attending this class, and within the first half hour, I had signed up for my own blog, I’ve never had a blog before; I didn’t even know how to operate one until towards the end of class, with the help of Professor Claire.  Yet I’ve always wanted one because it’s like an electronic journal. I never made a blog before because I wouldn’t know what to write in it, hence there wouldn’t be any readers, well I still don’t know if people will read mine but at least now  I have topics to write about and so many other students entries to read from. Now I really look forward to this class because not only do we get to educate ourselves from the works of Walt Whitman and learn about him, but we are part of an innovative project called “Looking for Whitman: the Poetry of Place in the Life and Work of Walt Whitman”, how cool is that! We get to learn through poetry and be part of it. Literature class has just gotten more enjoyable :)

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Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferying at 9:39 pm on Monday, September 14, 2009


“Showing the best and dividing it from the worst age vexes age,
Knowing the perfect fitness and equanimity of things, while they
discuss I am silent, and go bathe and admire myself.”

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary online,
Main Entry: equa·nim·i·ty
Pronunciation: \ˌē-kwə-ˈni-mə-tē, ˌe-kwə-\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural equa·nim·i·ties
1 : evenness of mind especially under stress <nothing could disturb his equanimity>
2 : right disposition : balance <physical equanimity>
After reading through this definition, I could only figure out that equanimity had to do with being able to set your mind straight even when stressed, so i went on and i found this definition ;
mental or emotional stability or composure, esp. under tension or strain; calmness; equilibrium.
-the quality of being calm and even-tempered; composure.

serenity, self-possession, aplomb.
panic, disquiet, discomposure, agitation.

After reading the second definition, in my words, i think equanimity is being in a state of tranquility under stress or tension. I choose this picture of the even water ripple because it shows the balance of water on each side , just like being able to balance your thoughts when there’s alot going on, and yet this picture is very calming.  In Whitman’s lines, i feel like he is saying that he is able to keep a good poise through things. Well, when I am undergoing stress or tension, i usually listen to relaxing and instrumental music to keep my mind straight, and also a cup of tea works everytime :), so tell me what are some things you guys do when you are trying to reach”equanimity” ?

song of jennifer

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferying at 8:11 pm on Thursday, September 10, 2009

“I am of old and young, of the foolish as much as the wise,
Regardless of others, ever regardful of others,
Breathe the air but leave plenty after me,
And am not stuck up, and am in my place.
I exist as I am, that is enough,
If no other in the world be aware I sit content,
And if each and all be aware I sit content.”

– Walt Whitman

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Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferying at 1:09 pm on Tuesday, September 8, 2009

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