Gustavo J. Vera Pérez
Sorry my answer is rather late, but throughout this semester I believe I have done a good job. I did not participate in the bonus activities since I was, and still am, in the ROTC program and could not attend, but I think I have done every other assignment in time and with all my efforts. Overall, I think that, as in every other event in life, that I could have done a little better. If I could grade myself I'd give me a B at least, but I have to say, that even though I was confused and a little lost in some of the poems, I liked it very much and learned a lot of things in this course, adn that for me is very important.
In this song/poem/music P.E., or better known as Public Enemies, along with Big Daddy Kane and Ice Cube, are trying to show through words and rhymes, how Hollywood insults their race by making movies, in which the roles of the servants, maids, or any position that does not have power is taken by a colored person. Public Enemies is remembered as the group that influenced rap music in their time. It was formed by three colored people: Chuck D, Flav and Professor Griff who was considered more as a manager. Their music was inspired, by that time, by the Black Power movements and by the organization called: The Black Panthers. Professor Griff was later fired for making a statementsaying: "Jews are responsible for the majority f wickedness in the world", which Flav and Chuck D didn't agree on and was later fired.
In the song "Burn Hollywood Burn", there are a lot of words that show us how mad they are at Hollywood for their movies and news, since they put the colored people as people who only express violence and who only know how to serve and live like slaves. Some of the word selection they use to express the anger is shown at the beginning of the poem, for example: "Burn Hollywood Burn". Other word choices includes bad words like: "mother fu***", "sh**", and verses like: "Get me the hell away from this TV", "Pulled to the curb getting played like a sucker", all these words and verses can let us know how the writers are feeling towards the situation they are explaining. Throughout the poem you can see how each one of the rapers expresses themselves towards the discrimination. Chuck D doesn't is the only one who doesn't use exact rhymes. Maybe he doesn't use exact rhymes to show the chaos and the disorder there is when Hollywood insults and misjudges the colored. In Ice Cube's stanza he uses exact rhymes, maybe showing that he is more calm about the situation, but he is still mad, since he uses many bad words as insults and somehow complains about Hollywood productions when he said: "Let's check out a flick that exploits the color". In Big Daddy's stanza, we see, yet again, exact rhymes, except in too verses: "Many intelligent Black men seemed to look uncivilized/ When on the screen", maybe he does it for us to focus onthis two verses that explain how very succesful and intelligent colored people are presented on the screen like idiots and very uncivilized, which they aren't.
Throughout the song you can imagine a setting where the colored people are somehow making a riot and destroying everything that offends they're race. It's like they are making a stand and that they are willing to do anything to stop the discrimination. We see this in the first verse when they say: "Burn Hollywood Burn I smell a riot", "Red and blue lights what a common sight/ Pulled to the curb getting played like a sucker", and "So let's make our own movies like Spike Lee/ Cause the roles being offered don't strike me", this verses somehow make me create an image of a forecoming revolution, and like a very big riot in front of the TV stations and movie studios made by the ones who are being discriminated. Also, another reason I see these images is beacuse of the words: "burn", "fight", "smoke", "power", and many more. Another thing they talk about are the signs of opression made by the society shown in the televison, movies, and even in real life. We see this when they say that in the TV they only show negative things about them, when in the movies they play the roles of butlers and slaves, and when they get stopped for no reason by the police just because of they're color.
In all, this poem expresses a way for them to get out of all that and to start gaining the respect that they need and deserve. They also show us how mad they are at Hollywood for using them to make fun of them and for showing only the negative part of their true self, in other words for creating such a bad image of them.
Burn Hollywood Burn, by P.E. Ft. Ice Cube and Big Daddy Kane
Burn Hollywood burn I smell a riot
Goin' on first htey're guilty now they're gone
Yeah I'll check out a movie
But it'll take a Black one to move me
Get me the hell away from this TV
All this news and views are beneath me
Cause all I hear about is shots ringin' out
So I rather kick some slang out
All right fellas let's go hand out
Hollywood or would they not
Make us all look bad like I know they had
But some things I'll never forget yeah
So step and fetch this shit
For all the years we looked like clowns
The joke is over smell the smoke from all around
Burn Hollywood burn
Ice Cube is down with the PE
Now every single bitch wanna see me
Big Daddy is smooth word to muther
Let's check out a flick that exploits the color
Roamin' thru Hollywood late at night
Red and blue lights what a common sight
Pulled to the curb gettin' played like a sucker
Don't fight the power ... the mother fucker
BIG DADDY KANE:
As I walk the streets of Hollywood Boulevard
Thinin' how hard it was to those that starred
In the movies portrayin' the roles
Of butlers and maids slaves and hoes
Many intelligent Black men seemed to look uncivilized
When on the screen
Like a guess I figure you to play some jigaboo
On the plantation, what else can a nigger do
And Black women in this profession
As for playin' a lawyer, out of the question
For what they play Aunt Jemima is the perfect term
Even if now she got a perm
So let's make our own movies like Spike Lee
Cause the roles being offered don't strike me
There's nothing that the Black man could use to earn
Burn Hollywood burn
Poetry, Music and poetry of the Black Writer:
For me, the black writer talks about how they survive a world where everything is against them. They talk about how they are opressed by their own race and by races that are different of them. Also, I noticed that they express all their feelings and anger toward every situation they encounter and that they have no fear of showing them. The Black Writer somehow wants for their race to fight for their rights andto be respected and treated like everyone else. Their vocabulary is not like ours, but that's what makes them unique. The Black Writer is one that is always defending their people, their race to accomplish the freedom they have been waiting their whole life.
In the poem "On the Island", by W.H. Auden, I believe that the author is speaking of the tranquility and relaxation there was in the island he is showing the stranger. Also, he describes how the waves and tides have destroyed everything that existed in that island and the only ones witnessing it are the gulls and themselves. He also speaks of how ships arrived in the island to do some errands and enjoy the view, but at the same time he let us know how it all was a memory, something that he is remembering from what he is showing to the stranger.
In the first stanza, I feel like the writer wants us to feel relaxed and to know how the sound of the sea was when he used to visit, or run errands there. Maybe that’s why he uses many "l's" in the second verse by saying "leaping", "light", "delight", because it makes us feel relaxed in some way, and practically sends us to that island and makes us feel the light of the sun warming us. Also, by saying "stand, stable here; And silent be", it makes a sound that makes us think of the sound of the waves crashing to the shore. It takes us to the beach where they are and lets us hear how it sounded. He also uses words to describe how the sound of the sea flows like a river through our ears and that makes us feel relaxed even more.
In the second stanza, I feel like he is still describing the island at the beginning of the verse and he says that it was a small island, but at the same time he tries to send us an image of how the waves and the tides crashes in a wall of rocks and how the waves have destroyed what was once there. He sends us this image by saying words like "oppose", "knock", "scrambles", this are all words that send an image to me of the waves destroying something that was once there and words that describe the strength of the sea. At the end he sends of the image of how the gulls are standing and watching what is left of what was destroyed.
In the last stanza, he explains more clearly what happened there before the destruction by remembering from his visits how the island was crowded by ships and civilization. He first describes how the ships "diverged" from afar and they went to the island to complete errands and some other things maybe. I say that he is remembering because in the 5th verse he uses the word "memory", in other words as he is speaking to the stranger he is using his memory to remember how the island used to be before something happened.
Maybe he used to work in the island and remembered were it was and went with a stranger to show it to him and explain how beautiful it was before it got abandoned or destroyed by nature. Maybe, as he says in the last stanza, he used to pass through that island in his boat every summer and that day he found out that it was all destroyed. At least that’s what I understand about the poem. I could be wrong, or I could be right.
In the poem "Nobody Comes", by Thomas Hardy, he is trying to explain to us in a sonnet two versions of something that is happening. In one part he is describing the time, place and setting for example: "Tree-leaves labour up and down", which lets me know that the setting could be in autumn, and in the other what happened in that particular place. Hardy, in his poem, uses many technics to set a particular kind of emotion in this poem. One of those technics, which I tried to unvail, is the use of some kind of iambic heptameter, which creates some kind of mysteriuos setting. Also he makes a slant rhyme, with end rhymes and quatrained patterns. This kinds of rhymes makes the rythm seem more perfect and more mysterious in a way. Another thing I saw was the use of assonance in some verses, which creates a soothing and yet not so soothing sound like: "Tree-leaves labour up and down" and "Leaving a blacker air". I also noticed that in the last two verses of the first stanza there was a repetition of the word "spectral" and that gives the poem a more dark and mysterious feeling, since spectral is related to something ghostly.
Maybe his intention is to create a mysterious setting. We see it when he says: "And through them the fainting light; Succumbs to the crawl of night;" , " To the town from darkening land" and saying words like "spectral" and "blacker". With those kinds of verses and words we see that the poem does not transmit happiness and, how could it if Hardy liked to write about his losses and ghosts from his past that sorrounded him? Maybe that's what this poem is about. It is about someone that was coming to visit, but couldn't make it for some reason, or maybe it was all in the imagination of the person waiting; there was someone waiting for another person to arrive and his anxiety makes him imagine that someone is coming, but it's all in his head. Maybe it happened to him twice since it says: "And mute by the gate I stand again alone,". Maybe the person feels alone and empty and just wants some company, maybe that's why the poet uses many dark words and has many assonance throughout the poem.
That's my description and understanding of the poem. I could be wrong, maybe the setting isn't mysterios, but that's the way the sound, words and setting makes me feel about it.