> In response to "Icarus" by Edward Field.
> I felt this was about a man that was living in his
> past. Earlier in his life he had accomplished great
> things. But now he was just going through the
> daily. When he was alone he tended to dream and
> about his past achievement. He seemed very isolated,
> depressed, he had no connections to the present.
> I took this as a warning that we are social
> who need interaction and connections to others in
> lives, when we do not have this we tend to turn
> In response to "Icarus" by Stephen Spender.
> I think this poem is about someone feeling that
> they are invincible. They feel all powerful, young,
> and are ready to take on the world. They feel that
> can achieve whatever they attempt. I felt this
> was a difficult poem to understand. After reading
> this, I can easily understand how students get
> frustrated when reading poems.
> In response to "Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus"
> William Carlos Williams. I felt Icarus was battling
> his father. I think their was a child - parent
> of wills struggle going on. Perhap the father tried
> talk to Icarcus about his being more cautious, but
> did not listen. Icarus was a daredevil who glorified
> in taking risks. But in the end his risk-taking
> his life.
> In response to "The House on Mango Street" by Sandra
> Cisneros. The story was told from a child's point of
> view. It gives their prospective of what it is like
> be Mexican, poor, and live in urban area. It's about
> families hope of having something better in
> their future. This is about a families struggle to
> attain the American Dream - to have a home of their
> own. I think this story shows the importance of
> family, the need to dream to achieve. But it also
> shows that as much as we strive, we may not always
> achieve our dreams. We may have to learn to settle
> things in our lives. I found the quote at the end
> meaningful for me: "I dream one day of going away,
> I will come back for the ones who cannot out." I
> really enjoyed this reading it is written in a very
> down to earth manner. I feel that students would be
> able to connect easily to this book.
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