In "Packing for the Future", I appreciate Lorna Crozier's advice that when traveling alone in our journeys, we should always remember to take our initial dreams with us because they bring spiritual nourishment for immature hearts. In this poem, I think Crozier depicts a lonely but warm picture: a single traveler starts his tough journey with all kinds of natural difficulties. However, he does not give up because he has necessary equipments, generosity from his mother and his teenage dreams, which contribute to the fire of hope in his heart. Through the application of these images, Crozier conveys an optimistic future for travelers who are faraway from home and still persists in their fantasies. In this particular scene, people achieves a lighter travel by making full preparations and carrying great ambitions.
Among all these advices, the suggestion that we should stay loyalty to our teenage dreams strikes me most. Nowadays, although some people can endure long-lasting loneliness and possess great courage to overcome difficulties, it remains hard for most people to keep to their original goals. However, this poem reminds us of our innermost desire and encourages us to chase our dreams. In this over-materialized society, this piece of advice sounds like a stream which purify our sophisticated heart, and therefore, it greatly touches my heart. Just like the girl below, she travels alone with comfortable and traditional clothes. When she looks into distance, maybe the green scenery recalls her memory of those landscapes and trees in her childhood. Bringing our initial heart to travel equips us with beautiful and light mood.
Stop and Wonder---The Traveling Girl
Journal 2: Ironic Cowboys
The Painting of American Cowboys
Margaret Atwood's poem depicts a hypocritical and arrogant cowboy who leaves a shadow on the "backdrop" (or colonial people). Unlike those brave and heroic cowboys in Hollywood movies, this cowboy is "full of bullets" and aggressive while he pretends to be an innocent. However, readers can feel that the cowboy is overwhelmed with hostility and is ready to attack at any time just like a bathtub. In this way, righteous as his eyes seem in the poem, this protagonist is actually negative and insincere.
With the change of tone in the second half of the poem, the narrator fully examines the image of cowboy from his own perspective as a background. Perhaps "I" here stands for all the colonial people who cannot speak for themselves. Hard as the cowboy tries to enslave these colonial people, he can never make it since these men are extremely decisive. The blood and bones of these suppressed individuals will always torture the innermost part of the cowboy's conscience, no matter how he despises these poor men. Therefore, this poem not only reverses the stereotypical image of heroic cowboys in our myths or movies. More significantly, it appeals us to object to those bullies in traditional images and even international stages.
Invasion: The Aggressive Cowboy
Journal 3: Identity Crisis--To View Aborigines in Canada Through the Poem "Between Sides"
In Gregory Scofield's poem "Between Sides", the speaker directly expresses his dissatisfaction and helplessness as an aboriginal individual in his country. He begins with the basic question of identity and makes readers feel his alienation from the majority. Although the "first white trader" may share empathy with him, he cannot persuade the speaker to integrate to the white-dominant society. The blank after the word "race" reminds us of the narrator's special identity. He is confused by the mainstream of society and does not know how to get rid of those despised Caucasians.
Actually, white people have their own imagined Indians, which is quite different from the speaker himself. They have a stereotyped first nations which caters to their own values. In this way, the speaker is extremely suppressed by the both sides of his identity and feels a strong sense of depression. On the one hand, he cannot stand the fabricated Indians which tears him apart from his history. On the other hand, he is afraid of aboriginal people's misunderstanding of his sincere heart towards their precious history. Not only does this poem warn Canadians to protect aboriginal culture and show respect for their fellows. More significantly, it draws our attention to care for those marginalized people in society and protect their civil rights. Therefore, this poem has an irreplaceable value in terms of its rich connotation of humanity.
Aboriginal People Fight for Their Rights in Canada
Journal 4: Prosaic Poetry
As is shown in the above picture, prosaic poems are boring for many people to read because they are neither unique nor interesting. They just depict our everyday lives in an tedious or even hopeless way. Consequently, what is the significance of reading and appreciating prosaic poetry? In my opinion, reading these poems promotes our self reflection towards the essence of humanity and encourages us to bravely face the dissatisfied reality. For example, "The Woman in This Poem" not only reminds us about the image of a submissive housewife, it also raises a significant question on death that each of us will face. Actually, we are similar with the woman since we cannot escape from the daily pressure and societal restrictions, either.
Another poem "The Doctor and the Doctor's Wife" demonstrates a weak female who cannot speak for herself, which echoes the majority of women in a male-dominant society. Fragility and weakness are shown in this poem between the lines and make the readers feel depressed. However, this kind of prosaic poems further reveals the inequality in social lives and evokes more people to pay attention to deserved women rights. In this case, this is a thought-provoking and great poem which demonstrates proper empathy and sympathy throughout it. Due to the creation of these prosaic poems, we regain our humbleness and courage to embrace the world and begin to accept the imperfectness around us. Therefore, who can say prosaic poems are tedious and useless? Definitely not any of us.