May 4, 2016

frazall

For my line I choose is from the poem Walden by Henry David Thoreau “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” I thought that this quote really spoke to me cause people tell me that “I’m one of a kind” even some people have called me weird, but for me I take it as a compliment cause it’s good to be different it means that you have different thinking to other people and that you can bring new ideas to the table. I also think that this quote speaks to anybody that people call different or weird, to the people that are called weird or think that they are I say “embrace your weirdness.” If some people that were called weird or different then we wouldn’t have all the cool things we have like if Steve Jobs didn’t embrace his differentness then we wouldn’t have IPhone and iPods that we have today

Also if Abraham Lincoln changed his way of think then slavery would still be a thing today, but since Abraham thought differently he was able to end slavery and probably make U.S. the most diverse country in the world. Henry David Thoreau’s quote speaks the most to me and anyone who thinks that they seem different I support weird people and I know that these people can make the world a better world and definitely a interesting world to live in. When somebody first called me weird I felt like sad and angry that I’m different from everybody else, but I soon learned that it’s good that your different from everybody else. Now whenever somebody calls me weird now I’m think it as a compliment cause I could do awesome things in the future that no one has seen and become famous.

May 4, 2016

jimesta

My favorite line from the great thinkers is from Emerson’s poem called “Self-Reliance”. It is my most favorites like of all his writings. The line that I chose says, “Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.” I love this line because it has a good meaning to it. A conformist is someone who believes what the whole society believes too. However, a nonconformist is someone who doesn’t care if society judges them because they think different from them and that’s what Emerson is trying to tell us. He thinks that we shouldn’t be afraid to get for what we believe. We should make the right choice to help you do something without thinking about what your family or anybody else thinks. I can relate to this line in some things like the day that I moved from Pennsylvania to Alaska without my mom. People thought that it was a bad idea to leave my mom in Pennsylvania and move to Alaska. It was the best idea because I could have been involve in so many things. After I moved here, my mom was proud of me of making that decision. When you make decisions like that, people see you different but that makes you unique and it makes you have a strong mindset and makes you feel independent and free. This line will be helpful for those of my age because they can learn how to make their own decisions and not do or believe what their other friends believe. There are different ways you can be successful instead of doing the same thing thing everybody else does.

May 4, 2016

mumaand

Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the “Great Thinkers”. These men fill their poems with little simple things that mean so much and can change your life. The line that I chose that fits the best to me and I think that would be important for everybody is from Self-Reliance. He says, “What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think”. The reason why I feel that this line is important to me is because I always used to be worried about what everybody else thinks. When I was younger I was so worried about being different. People my age are so caught up in trying to impress everybody else that most people are all pretty much the same. They start thinking the same, acting the same, and sometimes dressing the same. In elementary school we come out of our shell and make friends, in high school we end up making more and more friends like everybody else. If you have lots of friends then you are seen as “cool” and “popular”. As you grown up you are most likely going to lose friends because you can’t do what everybody wants you to do. You realize that this is okay because you have become yourself and you did what you wanted to do, not what they wanted. Not very many people do what is different and what makes them stand out in society because they are scared to be looked at as different or unusual.Now that I have grown up and matured more I have learned to do what I want and what is best for me. I am glad we started to read poems by Emerson, Thoreau, Longfellow, Holmes, Bryant and Whitman because they have all taught me to think on my own and to stand out and be different.

May 4, 2016

Planspe_QuoteResponse

“I may be as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.” Walt Whitman

I’m really grateful that I was born in Cordova, there are so many benefits, but with those benefits there are a fair share of problems as well. I have always been a really loud and outgoing person. So there are consequences for that; as a kid around 6th grade I started heading in the wrong direction. I began to get in trouble from time to time, and being a kid from Cordova I started to gain a reputation. One that I did not understand I had, because as a kid I believed that I was supposed to make mistakes and learn from them, and that it was normal. But it wasn’t that simple, because as soon as I was labeled that was that; so everything I did from then on somehow was viewed as negative. I began to have identity problems I didn’t know really where I fit in because I hated being a “bad kid” and everything I did good or bad, people looked at me differently. Yet I didn’t let it stop me, It took a lot of time and I had to take things step by step but I was slowly able to change some people’s views. I mean I do a lot of things for a lot of people and in Cordova it goes unnoticed because of my reputation, but this quote really touches me because I can relate. What really pushed me through it was that I knew who I really was, even when everyone else had their own ideas. So this quote “I may be as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.” really means a lot, because no matter how “bad” you may be, you can be good if you want to. So I am grateful to find this quote because it reminds me to continue to push through adversity and continue to be myself.
May 4, 2016

sisofer

From Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo

“Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day.”

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This line tells me how you must stand up and speak for yourself, even if your voice may shake. It’s a reminder that everyone has a voice that matters and that no one’s opinion is greater or lesser than the other. It also draws out how you musn’t take in the judgements of others to where it will hinder your own opinions. Speak your mind out but make sure it’s coming from what you personally believe in and not what the “crowd” wants to you to believe. Being submerged in that crowd, drowns out your own identity. If you can’t trust yourself, why should others trust you? I can draw a personal connection with this, as well as students everywhere else. There is bound to be someone out there that will disprove of you, but like the saying goes, “You can’t please everyone”. This isn’t only rewarding for yourself but for others too. It can serve as inspiration and move others to break the chains of conformity. Being you is natural and that is what the Transcendentalists preached. This is a constant reminder for me to be confident in my own actions and words. There are times when I do get swept with the thoughts of everyone else, but I try not to have that change who I am. There is always room for improvement and I am always striving for confidence everyday. There is never going to be another you in the universe, which gives even more the reason to celebrate yourself.

May 4, 2016

glastra

The line that I chose is from William Cullen Bryant’s “Thanatopsis”. The line is, “So shalt thou rest — and what if thou withdraw in silence from the living, and no friend take note of thy departure? All that breathe will share thy destiny.” I think this is important to people my age because we are nearing adulthood and are starting to experiment with different things, some of which aren’t good for our health and well being. If people my age aren’t careful they will follow the path of those that have already gone. There are stories about kids my age that have died from overdosing, drinking and driving, and other things. In a messed up sort of way, he was trying to protect us from ourselves. Even though we will do somethings that are stupid, we still have to be careful or else we will follow the same path as those before us a lot sooner than we are supposed to. The other side of the argument can be argued with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Mezzo Cammin”. In “Mezzo Cammin” Longfellow practically says that we need to live life to the fullest, but also don’t do something that will ultimately kill you. People my age aren’t that far along the road, which is what the title of Longfellow’s poem mean, mid journey. We are not that far up the road, but people my age are dying young from stupid things. If people just read and understood both of these poems and didn’t do things that would kill them in the end, then we wouldn’t have as many problems as we have.

April 26, 2016

gillcam

Walt Whitman Poem “When I heard the learn’d astronomer, When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me, When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them, When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture room, How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick, Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself, In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time, Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.” I can relate to this poem because I’ve always been very intrigued with Astronomy and Cosmology. To me this poem talks about the basics of science and nature that involves a higher purpose. In this poem Walt Whitman seemed confused about the scientific facts and quantum equations about the stars. The lines that was most crucial to me was “In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time, Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.� � He mentally wanders off into the night gazing upon the stars in amazement, and admiring their beauty of nature. These lines that I’ve choose displays significant imagery, “In the mystical moist night-air” one can envision the mystical moist rising from the ground into the night airy sky. The next part is implying “and from time to time, Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.” On each time you gaze upon the stars just absorb the beauty and enjoy the peaceful silence. To go more in-depth about the imagery, the writer wants you to feel closer to the poem and envision nature how it truly is. Walt Whitman was a transcendentalist who viewed nature played a huge role in the world. This poem was important to me because it made me see more then what meets the eye. This poem made me envision the world differently and to enjoy the little things in life.

April 20, 2016

The quote I chose is from the works of Henry Longfellow in the poem The Chambered Nautilus, the line I took from it is “its webs of living gauze no more unfurl.” This line has a lot of meaning and power behind it. “Its webs of living gauze,” sounds like a human’s body in a way. The gauze could be like our organs and a nautilus’s shell could be like our bodies protecting  our organs. The Chambered Nautilus is a very inspirational poem because life is in anything and Henry Longfellow found it in a dead sea creature he found on the beach. The line is more deep than it sounds “no more unfurl” means the nautilus was unrolled out of its shell, isn’t that sort of the same as when humans die? We can no longer provide health and healing to ourselves when we die, and the nautilus can’t survive without his “body,” or shell. Sure we can live through a lot more than this sea creature can, but are we really that much different from it? We go through life thinking about what we need to do and when and how to do it. However this creature travels around the world without having a worry in the world except for one thing survival. This is exactly what people still worry about today is survival so in reality that’s all we should really worry about not the other stresses in like like when bills are due, or how much you do in a day. Its surviving and keeping your body or “shell” protected and healthy. This is what Henry Longfellow is trying to show us we focus too much on what “needs” to be done instead of worrying about the health of our bodies.

April 20, 2016

ogusaze

Ralph Waldo Emerson was the one of the transcendentalist thinkers. He believed that being yourself is one of the most important things in our lives. He wrote in the Self-Reliance, “What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think.” This quote is important for me because it showed me that I must be myself no matter what people think. Most of the people in my culture believe that what people think matters, and if you act like yourself people will judge you; they exclude you from the society. However I must be myself and show the people that is not right. If people would start to be themselves the world would be a better place to live.  A lot of teenagers just like me cannot express themselves and it even causes suicides. I must do what I believe is right. If I do not do what I think is right, then it wouldn’t be my own  life. After Emerson wrote this quote he wrote, “You will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion.” If you worry  about what other people think about you or your decisions, you will never be happy and you will always be under a shadow. If you let others choose for you; you will never be able to live their life. Emerson made me realize I have to be strong and brave to do what I want to  do.

April 19, 2016

frazall

For my line I choose is from the poem Walden by Henry David Thoreau “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” I thought that this quote really spoke to me cause people tell me that “I’m one of a kind” even some people have called me weird, but for me I take it as a compliment cause it’s good to be different it means that you have different thinking to other people and that you can bring new ideas to the table. I also think that this quote speaks to anybody that people call different or weird, to the people that are called weird or think that they are I say “embrace your weirdness.” If some people that were called weird or different then we wouldn’t have all the cool things we have like if Steve Jobs didn’t embrace his differentness then we wouldn’t have IPhone and iPods that we have today

Also if Abraham Lincoln changed his way of think then slavery would still be a thing today, but since Abraham thought differently he was able to end slavery and probably make U.S. the most diverse country in the world. Henry David Thoreau’s quote speaks the most to me and anyone who thinks that they seem different I support weird people and I know that these people can make the world a better world and definitely a interesting world to live in. When somebody first called me weird I felt like sad and angry that I’m different from everybody else, but I soon learned that it’s good that your different from everybody else. Now whenever somebody calls me weird now I’m think it as a compliment cause I could do awesome things in the future that no one has seen and become famous.