Paul Laurence Dunbar Commentary (ROUGH)

We Wear the Mask We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,— This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile, And mouth with myriad subtleties. Why should the world be over-wise, In counting all our tears and sighs? Nay, let them […]

Whitman Commentary

The World Below the Brine The world below the brine, Forests at the bottom of the sea, the branches and leaves, Sea-lettuce, vast lichens, strange flowers and seeds, the thick tangle, openings, and pink turf, Different colors, pale gray and…

Commentary on Emerson (ROUGH)

The Past (first thoughts) The debt is paid, The verdict said, The Furies laid, The plague is stayed, All fortunes made; Turn the key and bolt the door, Sweet is death forevermore. Nor haughty hope, nor swart chagrin, Nor murdering…

Commentary on Longfellow (ROUGH)

The Old Clock on the Stairs Commentary (first thoughts) By: Fletcher Rice Wadsworth created The Old Clock on the Stairs with a very specific clock in mind. Within this poem lies an intimacy to this inanimate object that could only…

This Essay is Not About My Phone

My phone is on life support. The only things keeping it alive are a micro-usb IV attached to a portable power bank. The doctors said it needs a replacement battery, however, the manufacturer of the phone decided to make it impossible to do so without tremendous effort and technical know-how (or money), so the phone … Continue reading This Essay is Not About My Phone

Course Reflections

Reflections…       I had no idea what to expect going into this course. When we first began, I initially continued that theme by not having a clue as to what was going on. I was unfamiliar with the idea of essayists, however, soon enough I realized I had been reading the works of essayists all my … Continue reading “Course Reflections”

A Personal Letter

Under educated, underemployed white males seem to be what is widely considered the problem with the country. This is a fact that fascinates me. It fascinates me because it is these individuals who say higher education is full of “snow-flakes” and that these weak kids need “safe zones.” Why? What do these people have against …

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Slots, Cigs, and Scars

Slots, Cigs, and Scars    Two things were realized on the last leg of our journey from the Grand Canyon back to Las Vegas:   1- I was about to go back into the real world, we all were, so the next twenty-four hours in Vegas were to be savored. 2- You can pay not much … Continue reading “Slots, Cigs, and Scars”

Semester Reflection

What have you learned this semester? I have learned that an essay can be more than just a ten page letter to your professor that essentially says “I paid attention this semester”. And looking back I feel like that was an extremely lazy way to view it and probably led me to handing in pieces … Continue reading Semester Reflection