+) For this assignment, I tried to use stop-motion or slowing down the video, but I couldn’t find the editing option for those, so I did my best to classify each section.
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The infinite world is a group of finite things
Every product of nature, and their huge flow of a large mountain
The endless fence is only within the boundary of a heavy clock needle
A flock of sheep running around, and their vast fields
Everything that yearns for eternity is finite,
In The greatness of power
be eaten up by the infinity of the finite land,
In Cruelty of humans
What pursues Infinity fails to stay infinite
Meaninglessness in life and death
Drowning deep, deep into the eternity
Struggles of our mother nature
Leaving the traits that perish, again,
becoming of a small part of the universe.
The type of the poem “Infinite Finite” written by Eunsoo Kim is a lyric attempting a sonnet. The poem has a theme; all the constructions of the world are finites by the infinite time. In this respect, the poem basically has a thematic relation with the poem, Ozymandias. Both say about that nothing can get ahead of time, but Infinite Finite is saying more deeply about it. Ozymandias tells that in front of time, nothing is able to exist forever, however, when even the power of the king of kings has gone with his power, the architecture still exists, and this tells the infinity of art. However, in different, Eunsoo Kim’s poem tells that everything is unable to get ahead of time even it is an art. The poem has tone of satire. In the first line, where Eunsoo shows the tone, “The infinite world is a group of finite things,” it contains the main content of the poem that even everything which seems powerful, time only makes them trifling grains of sand.
“Every product of nature, and their huge flow like a large mountain” is an example for the simile to express that the flow of nature, such as life and death, weather, etc., that much stronger than physical existences. “The boundary of a heavy clock needle” is a type of synecdoche that means time flow, which is even stronger than the flow of nature. “Fence” is also a metonymy that means the world. Therefore, the meaning of the line will be “the world is controlled by time.” From the eighth line, “infinity of finite land” is an oxymoron that means the ironic phenomenon that people cannot see the end of the world, so it feels like infinite, but it is not. From the two lines, “Meaninglessness in life and death” and “Drowning deep, deep into the eternity,” death, drowning, and deep are the alliterations. Lastly, From the second stanza, “What pursues infinity fails to stay infinite,” pursues is a personification that personifies every elements of the world, even which are not humans. “Struggles of our mother nature” and “becoming of a small part of the universe” are also the personifications.
Ozymandias is a sonnet, written by Percy Bysshe Shelley. The poem has a theme related to time, art and literature, which is, “In time, all power is gone and gone, but art is more eternal than power.” In the poem, the poet is a narrator, and he is telling about what the traveler said; there is a destroyed architecture on desert, and it symbolizes the power of Ozymandias, and there was stamped words which how Ozymandias was powerful in the past, but ironically, there was nothing left besides the architecture. From the poem, “My name is Ozymandias King of Kings; Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!” is the lines that represents how the king Ozymandias had a great power in the past. However, from the next following line, “Nothing beside remains” shows that the power had lost its fame as time has passed through, except the architecture on the desert. The faded power is shown in the line, “Two vast and trunk less legs of stone Stand in the desert…,” through a description of the destroyed architecture. For the poetry devices from Ozymandias, “stone Stand” is a sound device of alliteration. The line, “Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip,” is a metaphor which expresses negatively about the face, which is also a symbol of power. The last five lines have an irony, also the tone of satire, because there has nothing left beside the powerful king’s architecture. In larger, the theme of Ozymandias is related to the Macbeth’s theme, “In front of great flow of the world, desire and longing are useless.”
This is the link for my spoken word video
The type is rant, and topic/title is “What is your objective of being a vegan?”
I discussed about the “hypocrisy of vegan.” Not all the vegans, the type of “one that respect organism and to stop waisting lives of animals for human’s interest.” I wanted to convey the truth of choosing to be a vegan for the solution to respect organism’s life.
“We are all equal living beings.”
Unnecessary School Uniforms
The article, “Should Students Have to Wear School Uniforms?” deals with the controversy about necessity of school uniforms. In Korea, where I am from, not only private schools, but also most public schools have uniform, so school uniforms is more of an issue than US or Canada. The reason I chose this article is because I always wonder about if school uniforms are really needed for students, when I used to go Korean school. The proponents say that “School uniforms make schools safer for students and encourage children to focus on their studies rather than their clothes” so on. The opponents say, “School uniform infringe upon students’ right to express their individuality, have no positive effect on behaviour and academic achievement, and emphasize the socioeconomic disparities they are intended to disguise.” As a student who has experienced both conditions, I am in opponents’ position. Firstly, School uniforms do not function to help students to focus on study. It is because even though students are wearing uniforms, they still smoke, drink, bully friends, and in some cases, they even hit their teachers. Also, as the opponents in the article say, it is not good to oppress students knowing themselves, expressing their own style. Lastly, it is also the one of the biggest problems, and why I chose to be opponents, is the price of school uniforms. Honestly, pretty high number of poverty students in Korea work rather than go to school, or they cannot study freely because they don’t have enough money for materials they need. These days, school uniforms are being changed to a convenient form or are being carried out for free, but I think it still has a lot left to improve. I do not think students should wear school uniforms, because I am feeling much more comfortable here, in Canadian school without school uniforms, for the reasons I listed.
Here is the link to my article
Is Death Penalty A Way To Peace?
Although this society is now able to punish criminals in various forms, such as fines and prison sentences, sometimes we refer to capital punishment when we see people committing serious crimes so severe that no amount of punishment can be forgiven. In fact, in the past, many criminals were executed, but now the death penalty has been abolished except in a few countries. I was confused by myself if death penalty is allowed, would the society be peaceful? In that sense, I chose the article, “Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?”, written on July 26th,2019, deals with the pros and cons of reviving the abolished death penalty. In the pros’ side, they say death penalty is an important tool for preserving law and order, deters crime, and costs less than life imprisonment.However, in the cons’ side, they say death penalty has no deterrent effect on crime, wrongly gives governments the power to take human life, and perpetuates social injustices. In my opinion about this controversy after reading the article is to stand with the cons. Pros argue that “an eye for an eye” honors the victim, and I think if the society allows death penalty for the same purpose of them, it will not be a punishment, will be just a retaliatory.
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