What I Learned Final Project: Metamorphosis

Here’s the link: http://www.youtu.be/G2JhPYsOaAg 


Here’s a copy of the poem:

Throughout life’s journey, we never really expect what’s next

For we aim for a staunch route, a path with no doubt

However, the only way to combat ignorance is to experience

And this portion of our journey was a step in our emergence

It was a transformation within itself, for the growth of one self

Whether it was from the pandemonium of Sula, or the heinous acts in 1984

The messages of each text we encountered beckoned our growth

For the elucidation of themes like nonconformity, acceptance and desire

Added to our understanding of our purpose in life

Like food for thought, we listened and learned

While some of our explanations were the cant of our lack of preparation,

We readily embraced analysis and rhetoric

To be able to recognize and dissect something deeper was essence

To communicate ideas, build and maintain beliefs, recognize imperceptible details

Was parallel to understanding others, believing in our minds and realizing what was real

Tone, style and mood was a gateway to uniqueness

And our perception of who we are

A reason to trust our intrinsic motives to be a certain person, for that denotes strength

And to uphold these elements over time, like a strongly controlled essay, is readiness

So we’ve blossomed, bloomed, emerged, transformed

The advent of self-actualization of our childhood has arrived

And the expectation of quandaries and troubles does not paralyze us

Because we are the comely, striking butterflies

We are mind-changing sisters, and we are ready to fly


And here’s our love <3

“Death of a Toad” Analysis

Although the literal death of toad does not seem very significant, Richard Wilbur captures it as a devastating event. He meticulously discusses the state of the injured toad, describing each limb and detail, to magnify the significance of this accident. Through various literary techniques, Wilbur characterizes this incident as a metamorphic event, transitioning from a mere hit to a majestic happening.

One of the most prevalent techniques that aided in the revealing of the speaker’s attitude is imagery. Its use adds to the descriptive power of the poem, and factors into the speaker’s fantasy and supernatural attitude. Visually suggestive diction such as “chewed and clipped,” “deep monotone” and “misted and ebullient seas,” takes part in recreated a lawn setting into an almost enchanted atmosphere. In the first stanza, he explores the initial effects of the lawn mower by describing his stillness, relating him to stone and breathlessness. This imagery served as a gateway to understanding the nature of this sad event in nature.

Another indicator of the attitude towards the speaker’s attitude was the literary device internal rhyme. This scattered, free form device was one of the main characterizers of this poem. It seemed to manifest conditions and states of transition for the toad. Lines such as “eyes… lies” were pivotal elements that meshed to accurately depict the speaker’s attitude. It revealed that he viewed the toad as more than a lifeless amphibian; he also saw him as a transforming entity that was ending a journey. This outlook epitomized a glorified vision of death, removing any boundaries or discrimination from the importance this toad’s passing over.

Essentially, the speaker of this poem had a deeper view towards an ordinary event. This was manifested through several common literary elements. Of those, the most prevalent was imagery and internal rhyme. These elements, especially with their diction and structural tendencies, painted a vivid picture of an intensified death of this unfortunate toad.  With inverted order, colorful adjectives and misplaced rhyming words, compared to regular rhyme schemes, this toad went from an injured critter to a majestic creature floating away in a flowery manner. These elements blended to heighten senses in order to indicate that the speaker sees this death as a transformation.

Remembering Whitney

Whenever I think about Whitney Houston, I think about Roger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. In this movie, she played the fairy godmother. As a young girl, you sometimes need that “godmother” to encourage you and remind you of how beautiful you are. Through her career and her music, she was always a motivating force for her fans around the world, and will be always be remembered as the wonderful godmother to me.


“Impossible,” performed by Whitney Houston and Brandy, was a piece about how nothing is impossible. This encouraging song reminds individuals that they must recognize that anything is possible and to believe that things can change. Because of the several, seemingly impossible events people encounter, this song elicited an especially emotional response. By juxtaposing the terms, “impossible” and “it’s possible,” the speaker communicates the simplicity and severity of changing one’s mentality. It conveys the idea that by believing that anything is possible and recognizing that “impossible things are happening everyday,” that things will no longer be “impossible.”

Creative Writing Response to Annie John

Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid was a novel that pinpointed the complexities of a woman’s journey through life. Most of the novel focused on Annie’s complicated relationship with her mother, which reminded me of my mother. I wrote this poem in celebration of the mere fact that I have a loving mother in my life, instead of focusing on our inevitable troubles.

Mother’s Day Poem

In every step I take

Two beings come to my mind

My Lord, Almighty God

And the beautiful mother of mine

In all my days of weakness

she became my strength

The days I cam up short

She became my length

She had all the answers

She gave me all the love

She gave me all the comfort

Then I flew away like a dove

And even though I’m older

I still rest on her shoulder

Being ever so thankful

That she is my mother

Kalyn Wilson

Response to “Middle Child”

This poem was very shocking and straightforward. Her honesty is a bit unsettling, yet it is very enticing. Because of my childhood with my siblings, I can relate to the internal resentment she had for her brother. However, based off both her poems, she must have fire in her that leaves no sugar-coating for her feelings. “I know no delusions of innocence,” says to me that she was aware of emotions other than “happy, sad and mad” all her life. She felt and embraced anger, resentment and fury. Now, she writes about it to show people that they have these emotions and too ignore them is to live a “delusional” life.

Response to “Things I Could Never Tell My Daughter”

By reading this poem repeatedly, I began to sympathize with the speaker more and more. This poem is not simply about feelings, it is about regretting feelings. The author wanted to express her remorse for her initial feelings of repulsion towards her daughter. She was completely honest about these feelings and was accepting responsibility for the reactions she may experience from her daughter. This was something I connected to in that I sometimes wonder why the mother-daughter relationship is so complicated, and was brought a sense of peace by seeing it from another side. She showcased the uncertainty and intense love that a mother has for her daughter, which can be the basis for many of the conflicts and internalized resentment that grows during this life-long relationship.

Reader Response to “Mushrooms”

This brief poem can be strongly analyzed through Marxists lens. For starters, the first few stanzas depict an uprising or a rebellion. The author uses these “mushrooms” to symbolize the people who are in the bottom of the social classes, who serve from the bottom of the totem pole. The diction suggests that this by using soft, passive verbs, which convey the idea of people who go with the flow. However, the next few stanzas, highlighted by “So many of us!” change the tone to a more powerful one. These mushrooms have fed on all they needed and have risen; likewise, the people get all the resources they can and rise against the government. It suggests that numbers matter more than titles, for they rest on the “floor” of the social classes, yet will “inherit the earth” because of their “multiples.”

This poem connects to our current reading assignment, 1984. Winston, the antagonist, finds it very possible for those in the lowest social class to rise up against the Party and overthrow this government. His rationale is similar to that of the concept of this poem: the numbers are your greatest advantage. Winston knows that eighty five percent of the population is the people of the proles, and feels as though they have more than enough “power,” based on those people alone, to start a successful rebellion.

“The Unknown Solider”

The short story, “The Unknown Soldier” was an intense, poetically styled story in which several people talked about their experiences with death. The story, however, goes beyond what they say, just like in O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.” In both these stories, the author uses atypical ways of dying and correlates them to the true meaning of mortality. These stories can help to investigate the question, “Does death always an indication of “the end?”

In terms of syntax, the story is very brief and choppy. The simple, periodic sentences illuminate the intensity of the occurrences being narrated. Full of parallelism and vivid details, the paragraphs are packed with imagery. The audio brought to light that there are different voices in this story, however they all seem to fall under the same, solemn tone.

Just the Beginning

Hey, it’s Kalyn! lol 🙂

Today, I was involved in a discussion about the power of words. So, I tried to name this “blog” something special, hopefully adding meaning to it. I wondered if I should have called this my personal “thinkery,” inspired by an old teacher of mine. Maybe I should have called this my online journal of intellectual thoughts or even my smart way of saying simple things. Then, I realized that it didn’t matter because all the “powerful” words I use would eventually name the blog itself, and this is just the beginning. 🙂