Ballad Assignment

On the front of the poster place the lyrics and visual aspects of the poem.

Literal Meaning of the ballad:

The literal meaning of Richard Cory, written by Edwin Arlington Robinson, was about Richard Cory a gentlemen who was very wealthy. People always stared at Richard when he would walk downtown. Everyone wished they could be like Richard, but one day Richard went home and killed himself.

3 examples of imagery from the ballad and how imagery contribute to the literal meaning of the ballad:

– And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet through his head. (Line 15-16)

This line shows imagery to where Richard Cory put a gun to his head and shot himself. People hadn’t recognized him for himself without the value he had.

Clean favored, and imperially slim. (Line 4)

Everyone saw Richard Cory to be well presented and from his looks could ensure that he was a very wealthy man by the way he dressed.

– But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
“Good-morning,” and he glittered when he walked. (Line 7-8)

This imagery indicates that by fluttering pulses, he knew he wasn’t acting right and was nervous. No one could tell that he was nervous as he talked to people when he walked.

2 examples of the Lyric qualities (onomatopoeia, rhyme scheme, rhyme, alliteration, consonance, assonance, cacophony, euphony) and how they contribute to the literal meaning of the ballad:

– And he was rich—yes, richer than a king—
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine, we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.

(Quatrain Rhyme Scheme example above):

– The quatrain rhyme scheme contributes to the literal meaning of the ballad because it adds emphasis at the end of the sentences representing the overall point in the paragraphs.

– So on we worked, and waited for the light. (Line 13)


– The alliteration in this sentence shows how everyone noticed Richard Cory but could not see the pain he was going through.

3 examples of the figurative language (simile, metaphor, personification, metonymy, synecdoche, oxymoron, paradox) and how they contribute to the literal meaning of the ballad:

– He was a gentleman from sole to crown (Line 3)


Where the crown is representing royalty together. It’s saying that Richard Cory was so presentable that he could be seen as apart of the royal family.

– And he was rich — yes, richer than a king — (Line 9)


The King represents the value that Richard Cory is seen as. The value that a king has because king’s are percieved to be very luxurious and own very expensive items.

– So on we worked, and waited for the light, (Line 13)

The light represents the time in which they waited for Richard Cory to recognize him, but in reality they didn’t realize he needed attention because of the way he was feeling, in isolation.

Theme of the ballad:

– There are a few different things that come to mind when thinking about the theme of this ballad. First off, you can’t always judge a book by it’s cover in saying that Richard Cory was an apparent wealthy man, but you could not realize the struggles he was having.
– Secondly, that money cannot buy you happiness as Richard Cory was a very wealthy man but ended up killing himself due to his own struggles in life.


I am currently reading the story Night written by Elie Wiesel. The story starts off in the life of Eliser a young boy and his family in a town. The families in the town are mainly of Jewish descent. Eliser is a young boy who strives to practice his religion and get a master, but his father says he is too young to get one. Eliser’s father gets news that everyone in the town must be on the street the next morning and only allowed to bring one valuable belonging. They load onto a bus with no idea where they are headed. A pitch black bus moves throughout the night and when they wake up they arrive at a Jewish labour concentration camp where they witness babies and other people being burned to death in the “chimney”.

The story so far has some very interesting parts but also parts that are starting to get repetitive. Some parts that have interested me is where the Jews were forced onto the street one morning with very short notice. Without reasoning they are forced to get on different buses that are headed somewhere no one realizes. Other parts that don’t catch my attention and start to get boring is when we are introduced to the characters lives in the concentration camps.

Our Prime Minister And The Cold War

—Answer Key Question: Between Trudeau and Mulroney, who did more to create a Canada that matches our Canadian identity today? – also discuss why the other doesn’t match our identity.

1. Canada had two organizations that were the Commonwealth as well as the La Francophonie. Commonwealth was the countries that once belonged to the British empire while La Francophonie was most of the French speaking states. In 1950, Canada created a plan called the “Colombo Plan” where Canada provided money and aid to less-developed countries apart of the organization. One way that Canada helped other countries was by inviting students from overseas to Canada to come and study for a better education. When Canada accepted Bomarc Missles, they never realized the issues that would come with it. It came to a realization that nuclear war would amount to global suicide. “Trade and Aid’ was a term that represented a process that stimulates developing countries economies with aid so they can access global markets. NAFTA which was the North American Free Trade Agreement was an agreement between Canada, the US, and Mexico that removed trading barriers between them. FIRA was a foreign investment agency setup by the Trudeau government that blocked any foreign investment that didn’t interest Canada. SDI also nicknamed “Star Wars” was a huge budget that was the US plan to create a defensive shield. The 1980 Summer Olympics was part one of a number of actions were taken place by the US to protest against the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan. Personally I feel as if Trudeau did more to Canada to match our current identity.

Canada Prepares For War

1. World War I started with Britain declaring war and since Canada was allied with them they accompanied Britain. In Canada there were many people that wanted to join the war because they felt as if it would boost their reputations. More soldiers than expected joined the war. In World War II, Canada was a self-governing country which means they could make the decisions on their own. Some of Parliament thought it would be a good idea for Canada to enter the war once again but not everyone in Parliament had the same views. While part of Parliament was for the war the other was not, this didn’t necessarily change the minds of Canadians altogether. Like World War I, many people still joined the army to go and fight with Britain.

2. The BCAPT which stands for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan was a program which focused on teaching Pilots the proper techniques going into World War II. C.D. Howe was an industrialized put in charge of Munitions and Supplies as the federal government felt it was necessary to have more control over these areas during the war. Not only was Howe an Industrialist, he had a lot of power from controlling Canadian farms to other corporations.

3. Canada had a divided parliament where part was against conscription and some were for participating in the war. Ultimately the Canadians chose themselves if they wanted to contribute in the war. Mainly joined the war for reputation and to represent their country.

Letter To Mr. Bennett

Dear Mr. Bennett,

I am writing to you today to advise you of my current struggles and as a plead for help. First off, I have been a farmer for many years, and this is the only source of income I have to provide for myself and my family. As you probably already know that the drought has hit, my crops haven’t been able to grow, I haven’t been able to provide food nor money for my family’s necessities. We are on the edge of starvation and need food to survive. As I have no other source of income for my family, I have been in line for Pogey waiting to tell my story and receive little money to help with my family. An unfortunate turn of events came from Pogey as they didn’t believe my story and felt as if I had items in my household that had value, when truly I have nothing but my kids who are starving. I know you are in a difficult spot yourself dealing with the On-To-Ottawa Trek, but if you work past that and are able to help me it would mean to world to myself, as well as my kids. Not only can I not provide for my kids, neither can my ex-husband who is currently in a work camp where he works dreadful hours daily doing hard work in very poor conditions. He has said to have made little money, but he hasn’t reached out to us in months since he left me on my own to fend for the kids. He leaves me with no money for the children as well as no help to take care of them, it’s truly heartbreaking. The conditions in other provinces have also been cruel. I have travelled to see work camps but they seem to be very difficult and I can’t take too much time off from looking after my children ages 5 and 7. I know you are a good man with a warm heart Mr. Bennett, all I ask is if there is anyway that you can help me provide food to help my starving kids or even provide a place to sleep at night. I don’t want my kids to see me as a failure to them as my parents were very good to me. I hope you find that gentle spot in your heart to consider helping me.


Not so good times after WWI

As a factory worker in Ontario, I would vote for the Conservative party for it’s great intentions. They support tariffs which influence business’s and help conserve our progress. By keeping tariffs this allows us to continue earning money to support our families and keep the industries moving up the ladder. Without the conservatives keeping tariffs, our economy would decrease and business’s wouldn’t be able to continue running the same. I wouldn’t vote for the other parties as they wouldn’t help my needs as a factory worker and they are not for tariffs.