Thursday, September 30, 2010

1st In Class Essay , "landscape with the fall of Icarus"

According three sources from Ovid, Brueghel, and Williams which are the story of Daedalus and Icarus, the painting and poem of landscape with The Fall of Icarus, human beings are selfish and jealous in an older and lower class society by they using different effects to show Icarus’s death.

In the poem of “landscape with the fall of Icarus”, William Carlos Williams suggests that human selfish being had got into people who lived in a simple lower life. At the beginning, it talks about the season in the quote of “when Icarus fell. It was spring”. “Spring” is a warm and wonderful season, which symbols for new life. But at same time, Icarus is felling into the sea. Therefore, it makes the effect of Irony to preview Icarus’s ending. By the second part, there’s “a farmer was ploughing his field; the whole pageantry of the year was awake.” There is a framer working with his field, and he should see what happen. In fact, he doesn’t talk any actions to save Icarus, who he can see that dropped into water. The thing he only does that is farming. Here reflects the people think working becomes to more important that saving a life. This is the sight of people only act for themselves by nothing except. At the end, the quote of “a splash quite unnoticed” shows the dreary and desolate to surround Icarus’s drowning.

In the painting of “landscape with fall of Icarus”, this was created by Pieter Bruegel. The yellow part seems that is the sun rising or falling, then it described as a new life or a life has been end. Looking at the all picture, the background looks like the Era of 19th century. On the top of left side, there’s a flourished city build between the ocean and huge mountains. It’s totally different and for away from the village on the front of painting. Then, there are some people’s feeding, farming and fishing in the small village. Meanwhile, it shows most of mountains are without lots of plats, just have few tree which are not really exuberant growth. There is a man who looks a middle-age, and many animals around him. It raises his head and looks up to the sky, when he’s feeding. In addition, the picture has another man stay at the edge sea and he’s fishing. Both of them should see what happened to Icarus, but they still continue their job and ignore Icarus. As the some thesis, the farmer and fish man are alive in the some class of society. Their minds are created that working is more important for them to save another life. They need to work for life, but they also posted as selfish because of life. That’s one of effects that Williams Carlos Williams suggested that life is complicate.

In the story of Daedalous and Icarus, which written by Ovid’s. Daesalous is exiled in a small island how to fly I a right way and got out there. But eventually Icarus fails to fly because he gets too high to melt his wing by sun and fell down into the sea until being dying. At the end of story, it shows why Daedalous would exile, because he killed his nephew. His sister sent a son to Daedalous as apprentice. The boy is very clever, and learns new thing very fast. There is a quote “and Daedalous in envy, hurley the boy” showing that Daedalous doesn’t want the boy can take over him. He killed the boy because of jealous. Meanwhile, he was exiled because of being killer, the Icarus died in escaping island. This seems a recycle of life by their actions. It’s irony that Daedalous should have the consequences to face his act.

Through those three sources, it makes the symbol of human selfish being to ironic the moral at old society. It reflects the life always goes into complicate, and there is not a absolute way to solve the action.  

selection from the Ovid D.J.S.

" some shepherd rests his weight upon his crook, some ploughman on the handles of ploughshare, and all look up, in absolute amazement,at those air-boren above. They must be gods!"
    -- Icarus falls down from sky, because of his wings were melting and fail to fry. when people are watcning Icarus's falling, they didn't know who they are and plan to help him. so just think as the Gods.

"And Daedalus, in envy, hurled the boy."

   -- he doesn't like the boy. why?


Hi! This is your new student of period 1 English Class. My name is Lihua Li, but actually you can call me Lily, my English name. I came from Guangdong, southern of China. I have been here for 3 years. All senior are starting the last year of high school, including me. That makes me feel so amazing.

            I like to read all the time- any books, but except for study such as the major subjects we learn at school. Chinese is my first language, so I always read the Chinese book, even through I have been here for few years. I feel that I can find more fun according reading. The other reason that is I want to keep my Chinese well. Meanwhile, I also improve my English usually in reading.

            We are student, but also a writer at the same time. I am not a good student, who likes to go to school. Holding the book whole day, writing, test and exam, those are not my favor in life, which makes to feel no freedom. I always can’t write a long page essay in few minutes like others in English class, and my writing skill is still not perfect in my mind. That’s why I hate to write all the time.

            I remember how I happy, exciting and nervous at the first day I came in Malden High School. I was afraid about all the surroundings, but also I was exciting to know new friends. During a month that I had been America and it still was summer, I don’t need to school and there is no any where I can go. The life just became boring and lonely. Most of my friends are from the same place, but we met at the other side of globe. That is the friendship worth to cherish.

            I always think about my future life such as college, jobs even of family. No one know what will happen in next second, but at least we all should realize that to do at this moment. Don’t be a latecomer in our life.

            I hope, all of us will have a funny and unforgettable senior year.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

landscape with fall of Icarus

In the picture of “landscape with fall of Icarus” ,which was painted by Pieter Bruegel, there are many shapes in the sky, such as yellow, light green and some blue. The yellow part seems to show that is the sun rising or falling. Also, the blue color may descried cloudy and the background looks like the late of 19th century, because the boats are the old style of creating and people’s feeding, farming and clothes. On the top left side, I see a small city build between the ocean and the huge mountain. It’s flourished and far away from the village on the front of painting. Approaching the front of image, there is a woman who wears some old clothes and field machine which is tied by a house. They are going other where through the way with some big trees. Meanwhile, it shows most of mountains are without lots of plants, just have few tree which are not really exuberant growth. In addition, there’s a man who looks a middle-age, and many animals surround him, maybe those are sheep. The man raises his head and looks up to the sky and he has a dog beside him. He maybe is a farmer, and pat attention to sky that seems to have something special happened. When I turn eyes to the right side in the bottom, I see a big sailing boat and the water waves higher because of a person who drops into the sea. Furthermore, there is a man stay at bank edge to try helping. I think he want to save that person. At last, I also see the large area with painting green and some boats that are different sizes and direction. Those are the things what I see in this image.