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Toxic Technology? Threatening technology? Too much Technology?

 

The keyboard silently spoke to The Boy again.

Touch me. Tap me. Use me.

He tried to resist

But he was overpowered.

 

The Boy found a comfort in the sounds of the keys.

Click clack. Click clack. Click Clack.

The world fell silent.

Nothing else was important.

 

The code doesn’t matter.

Video Games. Snapchat. Instagram.

The boy was weak

And feels the familiar cold pull.

 

His chair becomes his coffin.

Trapped. Stuck. Suffocated.

Disconnected from reality.

The Boy is all alone.

 

The repetitive rhythm of his clock.

Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock.

The sound of his life

Wasting away.

 

The Boy is addicted.

No friends. No job. No health.

It’s like the plague

With no cure in sight.

 

 

 

Toxic Technology? Threatening Technology? Too Much Technology?  

Mini Composition by 3rd Person 

 

The narrative poem, Toxic Technology? Threatening Technology? Too Much Technology? written by the amazing poet, Tyrell Herrmann, was dark yet insightful. He shares a personal account of his own addiction to computer games and how this has affected his life. He uses many figurative devices in this wonderful poem to express the consequences of his choices. Near the beginning of the poem, Tyrell Herrmann masterfully uses personification and adds in an oxymoron while describing how The Boy’s “keyboard silently spoke” to him. Through his use of imagery, you can feel how helpless he is against “the familiar cold pull”. Our sense of hearing is engaged when he uses the poetic sound device onomatopoeia when he writes about the keyboard stroking “Click clack. Click clack. Click clack.” And the clock repeatedly ticking “Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock.” Tyrell Herrmann eloquently uses the clock ticking away to symbolize the minutes in The Boy’s life that he’s wasting while playing on his computer. At times you can feel that The Boy wants to stop playing his games, “He tried to resist but he was overpowered.” This poem makes the reader feel very sad for The Boy, sad that he is growing up in a world full of technology and missing out on real life. It’s impossible to escape. The Boy is so “Trapped. Stuck. Suffocated.” in his gaming chair that it “becomes his coffin”. What a great example of a hyperbole. You can see how someone could have a hard time living in reality when fantasy is so much more exciting.

 

Tyrell Herrmann’s use of alliteration with the letter “T” in the poems’ title draws the reader in. Throughout the poem, you can feel the conflict within The Boy as he loses control. At the end of the poem, the reader can feel overwhelmed by The Boy’s pain. Tyrell Herrmann does a great job of capturing what teenagers face these days. The metaphor when he compares technology “It’s like the plague” shows us how technology can become a very horrible addiction that can cost you your relationships, your job and your health. This is true for everyone, not just teenagers. Addiction is a very serious mental health problem nowadays. I wonder if we will ever find a cure for this?

 

 

 

The Last Ride  

Analysis by Tyrell Herrmann 

The Last Ride was written by Andrea Holtslander. This poem is a concrete poem – “a poem that does what it says in that the meaning of the poem is demonstrated by the words, letters and format of the poem.” (Poetry 11 Terminology) Her poem is written in the shape of twisting rocket boosters. This poem is about a rocket that explodes just after launching into space. It describes the news airing the live coverage of the tragic accident. The news continues to re-play the live footage over and over again. The footage also shows the 7 families who had loved ones die on the rocket and their grief as they watched the explosion. In the poem, the news broadcaster offers to re-play “the show” of the families and “their tears fall”. I think that the author is making 2 points: that the news is taking advantage of the families grief to get more viewers and that the news is apathetic towards the families emotions. This theme of apathy ties in with the book Fahrenheit 451. In this story, the firemen are apathetic towards the houses and their owners that they kill (the old woman) when they burn the books that they find in the houses. When Mildred tries to commit suicide, the “doctors” are not emotional towards her or Montag. They act in a robotic, apathetic way, with no sympathy. When Mildred tells Montag that Clarisse died she waited several days before telling him the news. It was like she did not find this important even though Clarisse was Montag’s friend. The author of The Last Ride uses some figurative devices. The news broadcaster is referred to as “The Ringmaster” as if he was the leader of a circus. Using the name ringmaster symbolizes that his job is to introduce circus acts to his audience as if these news events (some very tragic) were just entertainment. When he has “wrung all the tears from his audience” he introduces the next act, sports. Andrea Holslander uses a simile when she writes “the booster rockets twist crazily through the sky like balloons whipped free from a child’s grasp.” I do not watch the news because I have noticed that the news always sensationalizes tragic events. I feel this is wrong to capitalize on others tragedies.

1 Comment

  1. Thanks Tyrell – good work – have a great semester two.

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