Mightiest of Men


Mightiest of Men

Mightiest of men

He deserved all as the unworthy councillor praised him

The land precluded from him through truce would profit under his directive

Mightiest of men

His dangerous display of dominance would crush the unlawful territory

While splitting the fragile web of peoples that combine to empower his empire

Mightiest of men

The loyalty of his army would drown in the needless tides of blood

His lands would start upon separate paths leading away from their point of meeting

Mightiest of men

His mighty shattered kingdom would be forgotten like a distasteful memory

The mightiest of men will topple with his title




Mightiest of Men composition

Jake Ryznar’s poem Mightiest of Men is an open narrative which includes literary devices such as similes, metaphors, alliteration, symbolism, and an oxymoron as a tone device. Jake Ryznar claimed inspiration for this poem from MacBeth and the poem presents thematic insight into the negative influence of temptation and greed. Mightiest of Men by Jake Ryznar is an open narrative. It is an open poem because it does not follow a set structure or rhyme scheme and a narrative because it tells the story of the mightiest of men. In the narrative poem Mightiest of Men Jake Ryznar wields multiple literary devices. Metaphors and similes are used to help picture and find meaning behind the words. Alliteration is also implemented in the poem, “His dangerous display of dominance would crush the unlawful territory,” is one example from Mightiest of Men of this sound device. Symbolism is another important literary device used in the poem. Oxymoron is used at the start of the line, “His mighty shattered kingdom would be forgotten like a distasteful memory,” the tone device is used to portray part of the downfall of the mightiest of men caused by his temptation.

Jake Ryznar focuses on temptation and greed as a theme in the poem Mightiest of Men. The poem stresses how greed and temptation can lead to reckless decisions which tear down even the mightiest of men. The poem portrays that such a path can lead to a future far worse then what would be gained from giving in to your temptation and greed possibly ruining every aspect of your life. Jake Ryznar was influenced by MacBeth while writing Mightiest of Men. The same theme of greed and temptation can be seen in the character of MacBeth with his lust for power. These themes of greed and temptation that were displayed in MacBeth have been recaptured in Jake Ryznar’s Mightiest of Men.




Ozymandias composition

Ozymandias shows how arrogance and hubris can blind us from reality. Ozymandias is a poem in the form of a sonnet and was written by Percy Bysshe Shelley. The poem Ozymandias portrays the ruins of a statue surrounded by desert with an ironic hubristic caption on the pedestal. Ozymandias features multiple devices including metaphor, synecdoche, alliteration, and irony. Synecdoche is used with the line, “The hand that mocked them,…” because the hand refers to the entire sculptor in which the sentence means, the sculptor that mocked them. Irony plays a major role in the poem. Ozymandias is a shattered sculpture covered by sand; however, he is unable to see this and is blinded by his arrogance and therefore he calls himself king of kings which is ironic. The poem says, “My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings; Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair! Nothing beside remains.” The dramatic irony is that he calls himself big and powerful and yet he is now in ruins with nothing around except sand. The hubris theme is an important part of Ozymandias. Ozymandias boasts of his of his works and power but in his arrogance he is unable to realize that his power left him long ago. Ozymandias relates closely to Macbeth because they both have the important theme of hubris. MacBeth like Ozymandias believes that he is untouchable and all powerful yet they both fall from their overconfidence in which the difference is that Macbeth realizes his mistakes while Ozymandias still calls himself King of Kings while he is in ruins. Ozymandias reveals to us the ignorance and foolishness that accompanies hubris.


Patrick Marleau is back with The Sharks


The NHL San Jose Sharks team is my favourite sports team. I follow their progress relatively closely and was devastated when we lost to the St. Louis Blues last year. This year’s start was also disappointing and the loss of our mighty captain, Joe Pavelski, was a tragedy. Signing Eric Karlsson was another terrible decision from our general manager because he is greatly overrated, does not fit with the team and Brent Burns, and had a bad start to The Sharks last year. I was hoping that we would sign another goalie as well because our current goalie, Martin Jones, is good but inconsistently. One thing that has been a positive, however, was the signing of our old captain, who shouldn’t have been traded in the first place, Patrick Marleau. When I found this article on his 1500th game with The Sharks I was eager to here more. The author does a really great job presenting stats, videos, and photos while clearly portraying Marleau’s time on the Maple Leafs, why we got him back, and why we lost him in the first place. I also enjoy the use of quotes from old Maple Leaf teammates, old and new Shark teammates, and Marleau himself in order to understand how they feel about all of this. This article helps demonstrate how complicated moving from one place to another can be. It depicts the effect it has on you and the people around you and it represents the growth and experiences you gain.

Blog Log: Werewolf Syndrome Article Reflection



I was attracted to this article because it was something that was new to me and as I read I learned that the topic was focusing on something extremely rare, this peculiarity sparked my interest. I enjoyed how the author of the article gives a multitude of facts concerning the illness as well as the specific case focused on in the article. This article on werewolf syndrome reveals how mythical fantasies could have been derived from real events that were misunderstood in the past and have been exaggerated into obscure folk tales. The article also indicates the unseen hurtles that result from such a condition such as hair getting into your mouth while you eat and hair irritating your eyes. This helps show that there are problems that one wouldn’t think about for every abnormal condition such as not being able to reach items because your size is halved from sitting in a wheelchair or being largely disabled in the dark when you are deaf.