Dear Woke of my Country

 

Dear Woke of my County

Dear woke of my county, darkness engulf all that we see.

The orange leader is killing us slowly.

I want to be proud of this nation, and it to be free.

All we do is give to this nation, but we lack equality.

Stay bright and loud to fight our way through this.

Have you woken up yet? This country was never great.

This country is spiralling into the abyss.

We need to clean the executive slate.

Dear woke of my country, be the light that we need.

Spread love and cleanse hate.

Don’t give up, we can succeed.

We must “Win”, because our county is at stake.

The pulse of the muslims and the mexicans,

Throbbed for the glory of this country.

We must unite Americans.

And get rid of this orange junkie.

Analysis

For this creative writing project I choose to imitate Thomas Moore poem, “Dear Harp of My Country.” Moore’s poem is centered around Irish nationalism, he writes to preserve and protect his culture. Moore want Ireland to be free from the choking grip of the United Kingdom. Britain’s imperial conquest during the 18 century effective began to silence Ireland’s culture. In 1763, Britain won the 7 years war, causing the formulated of the United Kingdom. Irish literature illustrates how the Irish were rebelling against the expectations to assimilate into British culture. This caused the tensions between Britain and Ireland to only rise. Moore is of Irish descent, meaning, that this poem is his attempts to preserve his culture in a time of “darkness.” Moore is proud to be an Irishman and his poem calls upon his countrymen to join in and fight for Ireland. I wanted to take this idea of use it for the basis for my intimation poem. Instead of uses it in the original setting, Ireland, I instead choose to use modern day America. I did this because I see that the Message in moore poem is relevant now in america because of the current presidency. Both Moore and I feel that our voices are not being heard our in politics. Trump seeks to minimize the people’s voice. We can not become silent to the wrong we see, because if we go silence and stop fighting we normalize the behavior and allow it to become culturally acceptable. Trumps hate is  harmful on what it means to be an American. I Call upon the America’s to stay “Woke” and continue to fight against inequality and hate that the White House is trying to force us to subscribe too. We need to be loud. We need to fight against President Trump  and prevent him from running this country into the ground. The term woke, is modern day slang about staying socially conscious. So if you’re “woke” spread the message and stay loud. The authorial voice I used for this poem was built in the context of modern day America. While I did want the voice of my essay to my own, I did want to keep it similar to the original. So I went through the original and picked out terms I liked and used it in my poem. Also, I kept the same structure and rhyming pattern as the original poem. my format choice were to more accurately imitate this poem. While my poem is similar to the original, it is still very different. The biggest difference between the two people is the seen in the voice and language.  When i was creating my poem, I choose a different setting than moore. This difference caused the caused the language of the poems to be different; but the similarities in purpose of the creation of the two poems  causes the two poems moods to be similar.

  • Conor Morgan
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the Harp as a symbol of Irish Nationalism

Ireland was consumed by the Britain’s imperialistic conquests of the 17th and 18th century. Since it was maliciously added Irland has been constant resistance to British rule. This opposition and rejection of british involvement in Ireland is seen in Irish Literature. One of the biggest symbols of this opposition was the symbolic meaning of the Harp. The poem Dear Harp of My Country By Thomas Moore is a great example of the Harp used as a symbol of Irish disdain for British Rule. Moore’s use of this symbol is portrayed when he says “DEAR Harp of my Country! in darkness I found thee” Moore uses the Harp to represent Irish Nationalism in a time when Britain seemed to silence and suppress Irish cultural. The uses of the term “darkness” further illustrate how Ireland sees British rule as negative to Irish nationalism. Even in the modern day this opposition to british control is still seen. Because of this literature, it caused the birth of the IRA in the 20th century. This Irish republican paramilitary organization sought to remove Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom and to bring about an independent republic encompassing all of Ireland. Ireland still remains today hostile to British rule, and most like will remain until it becomes a sovereign nation.

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San Francisco, 2017

For my poem I drew inspiration from William Wordsworth’s “London, 1802”,  because like Wordsworth, I too see the city I love changed be for me. Wordsworth saw London gert transformed by the Industrial revolution. This rapid growth was fueled by child labor and coal. due to London 700% increase in population homelessness grew rampant as well as the class divide. the Tech boom from the Silicon Valley has been causing San Francisco to change and experience a further class divide like Wordsworth illustrates in “London, 1802”.  So, by producing this poem, it show me that some of societal issues that Wordsworth sees in london in the 1802 still exist today. I attempted to show how San Francisco’s culture has been altered by the high tech industrialization, but also, their still are communities that remain unchanged. I tried to show how polar opposite San Francisco can be, by placing this poem lf in Chinatown and then in the embarcadero. These two area of San Fran are completely different due to the difference in class.

 

Crowded markets, to get counter service, wave the big bills.

They speak broken english, but fluent in the green.

Pound of greasy cheap chow mein, slammed in rat riddled allies.

Fortune cookie factory neighboring a halfway house.

Every store, just ask for firework and knifes.

Selling product made in their Homeland.

Resisted assimilation, and now

Their culture and community attracts the onlookers.

Graffiti marks every block.

Graffiti in 2 languages.

But in 5 blocks.

Everything changes.

tech yuppies drink 15 buck brews.

On private patios overlooking both bridges.

Oblivious of their impact.

And Oblivious of the displacement.

The city on the bay.

So, diverse and iconic.

But, this new money has changed you,

It worries me but, I still call you home.

 

-Conor Morgan

Humanity role and relationship to Nature

The painting by Theodore Gericault, “Evening: Landscape with an Aqueduct,” embodies the romantic themes present during the 18th century. this painting share themes with the Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth’s Lyrical Ballads. This painting, in particular the builds and the tree in ruins, is representative of the themes and ideal of the Rime of the Ancient Mariner. The reason that it does is it shows the dichotomy of civilization and nature. In the painting, there are two specific points that i see it. The first one is the building with the 2 window.romantic-image-1 (2).jpg

this portion if the painting shows themes within the romantic literary because the base of the building blends smoothly into ground. Romanticism focuses on the blending of nature and humanity. for example, in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Wordsworth states that.

“Day after day, day after day,

we stuck nor breath nor motion”

This quote relates to the blending because they both show how humanity can only work around the will of nature. Even though humanity is the Apex predator, we still are subjected to the power and will of nature. The second place that shows romaric themes is the ruins with the tree coming out of it at the top left of the painting.

 

romantic-image-1 (4).jpgThese ruins are covered in moss and a tree growing out of it. This Oak tree symbolize the power nature holds over humanity. Even though, humanity is capable of create long standing architectural feats, they still will never outlast the will of nature. This tree growing out of rube shows how humanity can only work around nature, but never control it fully. At the end of the day, when civilisation leaves, nature will always reclaim the land. this concept of the absolute power is integral to the ideas of romanticism Humanity is only an inhabit in mother earth, meaning we that we can build around it and manipulate it to a degree, but we will never wiled the power absolutely control it.

 

-conor morgan

Cruikshank pro Slavery

The 1826 satirical cartoon from Robert Cruikshank is seen as a pro slavery and anti abolitionist piece of artwork.  The image appears to be pro slavery because of the subtle clues and details of the cartoon. For example these anti slavery theme is seen in the placement and actions of europeans in the scene, the liveliness of the tide and the natives in the background. Most of the prominent europeans in the cartoon are satirical depictions of abolitionist. These depictions are displayed as corrupt and they appear to be distorting how slavery appears to others. The abolitionist with his back to the viewer has a sign in one hand and a buy off check in his back pocket. Having one of the abolitionist be displayed as corrupt shows how Cruikshank made this piece to be clearly pro slavery. In Cruikshank’s cartoon one of the abolistinst is holding a picture of a slave being flogged by a white man in front of a telescope pointed at peaceful natives waiting on the shore for the slave ships. Also, The abolitionist holding up the picture appears to be cursing god, i see this because his facial expression and how he holds his palms face up to the sky.

This picture is in direct contrast with the ideas and views in The Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano. This narrative discuss  the grim and downright inhumane reality of the west indies slave trade.  The purpose of creating this narrative was to show the british the reality of the slave trade, in hopes that parliament will abolish it. Equiano show these motives when he writes, “But is not the slave trade entirely a war with the heart of man? And surely that which is begun by breaking down the barriers of virtue involves in its continuance destruction to every principle, and buries all sentiments in ruin!” (Equiano 110). This perspective from equation shows how wrong Cruikshank’s pro slavery image is. Cruikshank’s pro slavery perspective stems from the economic advancement and prosperity that the slave trade creates. Equiano rejects this idea because he feels that the white man should not profit off the backs of African people.

-Conor Morgan

Forced Assimilation

 

Phebe Gibbes Hartly House, Calcutta (1789) is filled with english literary references from the likes of  Dryden, Milton, Pope, Shakespeare, and many more English authors. Gibbs’s quotes Pope’s “An Essay on Man: Epistle I” to justify and articulate the forced assimilation that the native Indians went through. Pope states that,

For me the mine a thousand treasures brings;

For me health gushes from a thousand springs;

Seas roll to Wait me, suns to light me rise;

My footstool earth, my canopy the skies.

Sophia, language and tone does not match the reality of this example of the British imperialism. Sophia makes it seem that the natives we dying to read English colonialism literature. For example, Sophia states that “from all i have already seen and heard, that numbers of them are proud enough to believe, and apply to themselves, the poet’s language.” (Gibbes 48) Sophia is so naive that she actually believes that these people are studying british literature because they want to not because they are being forced to. A majority of these natives do not have there own free will, they are in servitude to the colonialists. Sophia fails to realize that whatever these british colonist tell their native servants to do they will do regardless if they actually would have done it with being ordered too.

The language and tone that Sophia uses in these section illustrates her disillusionment. She fails to realize that the british involvement in India is purely for monetary advancement, and these colonists will do anything and say anything to justify it. Shes describes this assimilation as “both human and divine” her choice to use the term divine masks this assimilation. The use of religious terminology escalates the native indian’s forced assimilation into British Culture.
-Conor Morgan

Evolution Of English

The English language is a tangled web that takes influence from many different european languages. Some of the influence that lead to the creation of english include French, Spanish, Latin and German. English, like most active langangues, evolves alongside the ever changing tide of cultural views and societal norms. In 1755, Samuel Johnson released Dictionary. Johnson objective for this release was to impose structure and untangle the english language. Johnson did not withhold his bias when choosing what words are acceptable to be included in his Dictionary. This attempt to control the english language studies the evolution of the language. In the preface to the book Johnson writes about the “energetic” unruliness of English. In his view, the language was a tangled mess, and was in desperate need of some discipline: “wherever I turned my view”, he wrote, “there was perplexity to be disentangled, and confusion to be regulated.” Yet through the process of attempting to fix the English language and give it structure Johnson realised that language is impossible to fix, because of its constantly changing nature, and that his role was to record the language of the day, rather than to form it.

Spreading the English language was a major aspect in British colonialism. When comparing the views of Johnson and T. B. Macaulay there are many similarities and differences. Johnson saw english as a broken language that could eventually serve the world, while Macaulay felt that “intrinsic superiority of the Western literature is indeed fully admitted by those members of the committee who support the oriental plan of education.” Basically, Macaulay viewed english as a language that could better and promote the advancement of the sciences in all corners of the british territories. Both men saw the impact and importance of English, but due to almost century long gap between these two writings the cultural view of English had evolved.

-Conor Morgan

 

Reversing the Cultural Views of Colonialism through a Change in Perspective

Part 2 of Gulliver’s Travel by Jonathan Swift, Gulliver finds an island where he is 1/20th the size of the native people. This mass contrast in size creates a paradoxical view of how Europeans view natives in the new world. Throughout Gulliver’s Travel, swift’s uses Gulliver adventures to foreign land and his interactions with native people to satirically comment on European colonialism. Colonialism spelled disaster for any group involved beside the well to do white man. The passage where Gulliver first gets put on display, page 92-93, is incredible ironic. This passage in Swift’s Gulliver’s Travel suggests that humankind wouldn’t be happier if it could think and behave the way the Houyhnhnms and other native groups do. Also, this passage also satires captivity narratives and their popularity in Europe through a change in perspective.

Colonization of north America was incredibly profitable for the European’s yet most of the profits came at the expense of the native population. Swift takes this reality and reverse it in this narrative. This major change in perspective shows how inhumane white settlers treated native populations when invading their land. The Europeans flatout mistreated the native population. Instead of treating them as equals the Europeans treated the natives as a spectacle, a form of entertainment that was flat out inferior to europeans. European/puritan captivity narratives were incredible popular. This popularity is parodied by swift in this passage. The reader can see this parodying when swift wrote, “For, those who had seen me made such wonderful reports, that the people were ready to break down the doors to come in” (Swift 93). The master purely see Gulliver as a form of profit, just like how the Europeans viewed native population. He’s so profitable in his first day on display that the master decides to take Gulliver to “the most considerable cities of the kingdom” (Swift 93). Swift writes this narrative because, like the natives, he is a victim of imperialism. So, swifts objective for gulliver’s travels is to give the other perspective to the impacts of colonialism and imperialism.

Justification for Genocide

The British people were obsessed with the literature coming from the it colonies. The most popular form of literature, coming from the american colonies, were Captivity Narratives. One example of these narratives was Mary Rowlandson’s captivity story. This literature was painted Native Americans As savages and beasts. Ultimately this LIterature  was used to justify the genocide of the native Americans. These Heavily religious narratives  painted the native americans in bad light purely because they were different from the Europeans. This Literary cannon worked to dehumanize  an entire group of people though Rowlandson’s rhetoric.

The mixture of more setters focused on profiteering coming to the new world and the racist depiction of the natives justified the American Holocaust. As more settler immigrated to the new world purely for profits it spells disastrous for the native american. These people were exposed to this captivity narratives like mary rowlandson’s. The reason that this literature was so impactful was it created a false ideal of the native american. To the people living in england, this form of literature was taken as fact. the english were ignorant to the truth about the natives, causing them to not even consider these people even humans. This one sided narrative does nothing but harm. This literature morphed into a form of propaganda that was centered around furthering white superiority.

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Bacon and the Modern Day

Sir Francis Bacon has been one of the most influential figures in 17th British colonization of north America. Bacon was a royalist, philosopher, statesman, scientist and even published author. His work, From The New Atlantis, focused on the marriage of theology and science. These ideas of the marriage between science and religion was the basis for the creation of the Royal Society. Bacon writes about this connection in From The New Atlantis. Bacon shows the necessity for this connection to reach his version of a perfect society. He states that “God bless thee, my son, and god bless this relationship give thee leave to publish it for the good of other nations” (Bacon 1627). To Bacon, a utopian society is theological and scientific. Science is the explanation for God’s actions. 17th century British colonist culture revolved around their religious faith.when comparing these colonists to modern day american, it’s apparent that the colonist wanted religion to be mixed in with government. This mixing of religion and government is also found in england during the time when Bacon wrote. The idea that government needs to be married with religion and science is not found in modern day America. In fact the cultural importance of a person’s faith has faded over the last 400 years. This fade is due inpart to the lessened importance that religion plays into the average American’s cultural identity.

Bacon’s ideas on how science affects goverment rings true even in the modern today. His thoughts on how important scientific development is  on the fabric of society was a major influence for the creation of the royal society. Bacon wrote that science is the basis for state power and economic growth; also, that it benefits the social progression and technological development.
-Conor Morgan