a little help to u i hope

so then with our finals only 2 days away i thought i'd post a little something
here are some of the poems we've done in class and my view and some of dr raihana's on it regarding thematic concern.

"Snake" D.H.Lawrence
theme =
nature vs nurture
struggle within (man + himself)

"One Perfect Rose" Dorothy Parker
theme =
how one is dissatisfied with cliches and wants something more lasting and substantial in a relationship
gender representation = women deserve better, men think its enough to give women just

"The Sick Rose" William Blake
theme =
vulnerability and innocence of a woman and how she can get tangled up in darker,
sinister events

"The Rose Family" Robert Frost
beauty in the eye of the beholder
different types of beauty to appreciate ( external/internal)

"Telephone Conversation" Wole Soyinka
man + man (conflict)
colour of skin as a mark of one's identity
break stereotypical boundaries of intelligence
racial profiling = reducing the identity of another based on their ethnic group
white supremacy = white people more dominant than other races, eg. Africans

"Stop All The Clocks" W.H. Auden
is love eternal or is it a physical need?

"How Crazy Are Those Who Love You So Much" Kishwar Naheed
in a patriarchal society a woman has no voice and is seen as a mere possesion
feminist criticism = woman objectified due to social injustice
inequality between man and woman due to patriarchal society

hope this helped in some way anything u would like to add please go ahead and get the "juices flowwing" (literature wise of course)

Arththi Sathananthar 27/10/09


hello everybody
told u it wouldnt be the end of this blog
now then in today's class all the groups presented their last assignment
all the posters were really well done
i was really impressed with the mastery of some people's artwork and IT picture editing skills
i do hope to pick up something to help me in my future assignments
i'm having trouble uploading my group's poster so hopefully yvonne will kindly do so

dr raihana also encouraged us to write more on the literature blogs that has been set up whether its this one or the other www.thekuali.blogspot.com
i too feel we should start expressing our thoughts into these outlets because some of us dont voice our thoughts in class so maybe it would be best to voice it out on the blog and be anonymous doing so. not trying to harp on anyone but it would be really good to see both blogs being livened up!!

as this was our last class for CA we were all given the chance to say a few last words ( why does it sound like it was a funeral)
anyways and for no apparent reason i got all choked up and i was completed suprised.
i suppose i've been so overwhelmed with all these feelings of gratitude and awe towards the CA class those feelings sorta ran amok perhaps.

anyways more important final exam is approximately 14 days till the final CA paper
its only split into 2 questions
question 1 = identifying POV and giving examples to justify it
question 2 = critical appraisal on a POEM, discuss the themathic concern
so dr raihana pretty much walked us through it
hope we all dont dissapoint her and ace it with flying colours

thats all from me for now GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE
and another thing i'd like to add "when live throws u lemons u make lemonade" (something very imporant to bear in mind

lots of love,
Arththi Sathananthar 13/10/09

The end

ok just chill just because the title says its "the end"
it doesnt mean its the end of me posting here( nope im not going to give you guys the satisfaction lol)
what i mean is the end of the semester is only 5 weeks away.
but im honestly going to miss coming to dr raihana's class every tuesday.
for the past 2 weeks we havent had any insighting lectures from her as we've been preparing for our final assignment.
we have to give birth( figuratively lol) to a poster that represents the elements of the short story we're supposed to critically appraise.
so far my group's progress is turning out well.
once its done we're definetely gonna put it up here so we can gloat to the rest of the world how awesome we are ( JUST KIDDING)

i do apologise to my faithful readers (if i have any) that i havent posted in about 2 weeks.
i wasnt sorta stuck coz there's been no lectures on class and my blog posts are usually reports on the lectures
but no fears there's more to come from these fingers.
perhaps this post was kinda pointless so i hope i didnt waste the 40seconds of ur life that u took to read this

till the next post
Arththi Sathananthar 6/10/09


i hope i've escaped my blogger's attack and this post goes on well as its the last lecture dr raihana is educating us on.
today we learnt about CULTURE CRITICISM
basically its interpretaing a text based on the cultures values in the text. culture criticism doesnt have its own theory like feminist criticism and reader responce.when dealing with culture criticism there are many aspects to it. literature is a window into a culture. eg. perhaps we're reading Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird". as a malaysian, i wont fully comprehend the african american society in the 1950s thats the setting of that story, so literature allows me to glance through their culture from an outsider's viewpoint to try and emphatize with the culture being potrayed in that story.

culture= deals with the interchange between the majority and minority groups
power struggle = politics of living within a cultural group eg. white supremacy over minorities
othering= separating oneself from other, connected to minorities
emphatize= to put yourself in the shoes' of another
marginalising= separation of cultural groups
racial profiling=reduces the identity of an individual to a certain ethnic group
white supremacy= africans and other minorities dont see themselves in the media, everyone views media from a white POV because the media is presented one sided from the white POV
binary= the opposites of people eg. 'they' & 'I' or 'dark' & 'light'
ellipsis= when some words are missing from a text
cultural hegemony= when one social group dominates over the other social groups
normalised racial attacks= the illusion is made real by the media when white supremacy keeps being potrayed, mental abuse and racial chants towards minorities, putting down another racial group to bring out the better in the other racial group

dr raihana showed us many clips showing how african americans are potrayed in the media and sadly they are put in the bad spotlight. amongst all the racial groups in america african americans suffer the worst form of discrimination.
we see that africans americans are loud and have this "in your face" personality, WHY???
its because their history is full of centuries of slavery and it has oppressed their rights and opinions so now i think they feel they want to show themselves as the polar opposites of how their enslaved past was. we also see them wearing the most obscene amounts of jewelry aka 'bling bling'. they never possesed wealth or any human rights being slaves in their past so now they want to show the media how far they've come since then. now this is just my opinion of how african americans are in the media

i would like to add that out of all the clips dr raihana showed us i was most horrified by the racial attacks on the african football players. i've seen how children choose white as good pretty and smart whereas black as bad ugly and dumb. but honestly this was my first time seeing the racial attacks on the football field. what makes it even worse is that the racial attacks are coming from these african football players own fans. its bad enough that these football players have to endure these racial attacks coming from the stadium but the fact is that its coming from their own fans??? honestly its just appaling. these african football players are proffesional and the top of their league and yet people throw bananas, spit at them and throw racial slurs their way. i mean honestly where has humanity gone. does our skin colour label us as who we are on the outside eventhough we're completely different on the inside? does our skin colour dictate how people perceive us eventhough we're human beings with more to us like our compassion and intelligence?

after the end of this lecture, i was left feeling disturbed and just down right pissed off with humanity. i mean i knew how the media racially profiles cultural groups but now i see to what extent. i knew subtley that the media has been potraying the "WHITE IS RIGHT" image to the world in the past few decades. but to see it still present and strongly represented now even in 2009, just saddens me that there is no racial harmony in the sence of media. i hope in the future or now i contribute in some way to change this outlook on minorities so that everyone is represented equally and there's no such thing as cultural hegemony.

thats all from me hope this wasnt too much for u guys to digest.
Arththi Sathananthar 15/9/09


alright, honestly for this post i have no clue where to begin coz i felt in today's class dr raihana drowned us with so much input my i felt i had CONFUSED scribbled on my forehead. it wasnt a horrid class it was just as interesting as usual just that there was lots to take in. ok before i start babbling about how perplexed i was lets get straight to it shall we

the focus was on GENDER CRITICISM
we dug deeper into FEMINIST CRITICISM
gender identities are based from
  1. personal experience eg. stages you go through in puberty
  1. public expectations eg. how society determines the way you look,dress,think,behave
CONSTRUCT = manmade, eg. man/woman, masculine/feminine
GOD GIVEN = whats been biologically given that determines ur anatomical gender

through John Mayer's song "Daughters" we learn that nurture, the way a woman was brought up can affect the way she behaves in society. also in snippet we saw of the autobiographical movie "Becoming Jane" on Jane Austen's life, women during the 19th period had no say in their life choices. they lived in a patriarchal society where everything was decided by their fathers' or their would be husbands'.

therefor femenist critism stems from
  1. the longing for equality among genders
  2. trying to bring an end to social injustice towards women
  3. breaking away from culture's expectations on women
however, we learnt that its not just women that are pressured to uphold the society's expectations, even men face this sort of pressure. what defines them as masculine? is it if they are dominant and abusive towards women? therefor both genders have to struggle to break out of the mould that society has placed on them.

i think the key concept of FEMINIST CRITICISM is that female writers want to dispel the viewpoint that women are voiceless and are just seen as mere objects. female writers and in this feminist criticism move, are trying prove through their work that women aren't just sexual objects but beings with opinions and emotions.

i know this post is really not organised and some of the ideas are scattered. hope you lot can decipher all this. sorry i think i'm having blogger's block or something

Arththi Sathananthar 8/9/09
Wow..How time flies..Firstly,i would like to say sorry i have not posted anything sooner..I'm having a tight schedule,what with my PSS assignment that had yet to be understand,my sketch and my Pesta Tanglung marketing stuff..Second thing is i would like to wish all muslim friends "Selamat Berpuasa"..Third thing is i would like to thank my group members of assignment 2 (RT,Daniel and Eliza) in guiding,supporting and helping me all along in the assignment when i'm feeling not very well at that time..I'm very delighted to be in the same group as you guys..Thanks..Not to forget also,i would like to thank Dr.Raihana in guiding us along the way and giving me the words of wisdom that makes me feel more confident now..Thanks Dr..

Finally,i'm going to talk about our class today..Today,we learned about gender identity which is divided into "private experince of oneself" which is a personal matter and "social/cultural demands/expectations on man/woman" which is a public matter..Gender represents feminist critism..We covered several new and old texts like John Mayer's "Daughters" , India Arie's "I'm not my hair" , Beyonce Knowles' "All the single ladies" and others..We learned what a man and woman's needs are and what are the expectations of them from the society..We also watch some clips where i found 1 of it very disturbing and condemning..It's about some advertisments that exploits women where women are seen selling of goods with their physical apperance and body parts such as their naked body and their miles-long leg..What does all this body parts got to do with products and goods ?? Women are also God-made creatures who needs respect,appreciation and everything else as men..

At the end of our class,we are given our third assignment which is on a story named "Appetizer" by Robert H.Abel..I'm happy to say we are staying in the same group as in assignment 2..We need to do a critical appraisal which includes at least 2 aspects of critical appreciation we have learned so far..We are to choose 2 aspects out of 3 which are "language and meaning" , "characterization, point of view and conflict" and "issues and the 'unsaid' "..And then, we need to put it all in a poster for presentation..Thus,RT, Daniel, Eliza and me are going to meet up at PTSL after class to study and discuss our latest assignment tomorrow..We'll do our best Dr.Raihana..That's all for now..Good night ^O^ everyone~


my my how time does fly.
i cant believe its week 9 already feels like just yerterday we were in class going through 'THE SNAKE' with dr raihana and just look at us now we've discussed figurative language, characterisation, POV, narrative voice, theme, and completed 2 assignments already.

so then we discussed reader response in the previous lecture.
so we've learnt that when we're critically analysing a literary work, its not just the context, form and author thats taken into consideration but also how the reader's response on the text. since the 60s literature has been more reader based and the author's purpose is ignored.

from a reader's response we can get
  1. reader brings text to life
  2. reader identifies the unsaid in a text
  3. each reader has a different POV "could be seen as"
  4. reader is the one that matters concerning the text
  5. reader connects and relates to text through past experiences and personal background
  6. reader can judge a text based on community( racial, religious, gender)
  7. reader needs to be more critical and observant

another interesting formula given by dr raihana TEXT+ READER = INTERPRETATION

other things i would like to highlight on

New Criticism & Formalism = literature based on text, text centred

Biographical Approach = author centred

Patriarchal Society = patriarch; leader of the community is a man

well i suppose this is a pretty in depth post hope it helps for our finals. thats all from me

Arththi Sathananthar 2/9/09



Good evening to everyone. First and foremost, I would like to wish my fellow Muslim friends ‘Selamat Berpuasa dan Berbuka’. In week 7, Dr Raihanah discussed on Sole Woyinka’s Telephone Conversation and W H Auden’s Stop all the clocks,cut off the telephone. This week was to prepare us for our second assignment which was to be carried out in groups. We had to choose one of the texts and come up with a central theme. Then, find 5 other texts which correspond to the theme. Its a pleasure to be in the same group as arththi, daniel and yvvone. We choose to discuss on Telephone Conversation with the theme-Breaking Stereotypical Boundaries. I want to thank my group members for their guidance and support throughout our ‘practice sessions’. Ohh..and thank you dr.raihanah for having faith in me and also your advices. It is such a relief now that we are done with the assignment. I have to admit that it was a nerve-racking moment for me. Luckily I did not let my group members down coz I had so much to talk during oral presentation. The other 2 group chose to discuss stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone. I personally enjoyed their presentations although they consumed more time. Good job friends for the effort and courage!! that’s all for today..thank u!

eliza maria benjamine

Week 8

hello everybody
just wanna say I FEEL SO BLOODY ELATED!!!!!!!
coz we finished our assignment 2 and we didnt flunk it
it was really interesting to see all the groups present and see different insights and themes from the different texts.
it was a pretty laid back class today as we just had to present and watch the others present
and we even had to give our opinions at the end of each presentation which i thought was cool so we could take it as a form of constructive criticism and improve next time for our future presentations.
thanks you guys for the positive feedback. :)
one thing i must point out is that all the groups suffered from the time contraint
no worries though coz its our first time presenting a literature oral presentation
and with literature we're just overflowing with opinions and ideas regarding the texts
so next time we just gotta master the skill of time.

well i think i've babled enough over here dont wanna give you guys an eyesore going through my rambling so fare thy well dear people

Arththi Sathananthar 25/8/09

Week 6~Text and Theme and Week 7~2nd Assignment

It's been a while since i last posted something here..Sorry,was having quite a hectic time these 2 weeks as i have 5 assignments to do at the same time..During week 6,i learned about "issues and the unsaid" which circles around 2 main things,theme and plot..I got to know that theme is the main concern of the whole text whereas plot is only the storyline/sequence of the text..Theme is just like conflict where we can identify it into 3 groups:

  1. man-man

  2. man and self

  3. man and nature/God

There are 6 principles to remember when expressing a theme:

  1. There must always be a subject and predicate in a statement

  2. A theme must be general,not specifying characters

  3. It's best to avoid using terms like "all","every" and "always"

  4. Do not assume,surmise or use "known facts" to elaborate events in a text

  5. There may be more than 1 theme in a text

6. It's best to avoid using cliches to express a theme


In week 7,Dr.Raihana explains to us about a text by Wole Soyinka named "Telephone Conversation"..We divided ourselves into groups of either 4 or 5 and discuss about the theme of this text in our own group..I'm lucky to be in the same group as RT,Daniel and Eliza..The themes we found in this text are breaking the bounds of stereotype, racial discrimination and identity-colour of skin..We are going to do our assignment using a theme which is the same with a theme from this text,breaking the bounds of stereotypes..That's all for now..Gotta go~

WEEK 7 and the one's i missed..

greetings everyone. this is my second post since dr raihanah created this blog specially for us. my apologies. it has been awhile for i was quite lost in class. am still unfamiliar with 'literature' and its beautiful language. i begun to understand bits and pieces..but not so much.today, i learn that it is important to study 4 things in a text - characterization, figurative language, point of view and ah........i lost it. im slowly starting to learn..how to get a theme from a text..it should be stated in a sentence. i am glued to the song 'I Am Not My Hair' by India Arie...thanks to dr raihanah. i havent heard of it before till dr played it in class. it is generally about a Black women not living life according to her culture/tradition. she is discriminated for her physical appearances. she sends out the message that her physical appearance does not define her..she is someone different in the inside. from this text, i learnt that people will always talk no matter what. its our nature to do so. so, this should not stop us from being ourselves.
thank you.

Eliza Maria Benjamine


hello everyone hope i havent been forgotten i know i havent posted in awhile but here i am whether u like it or not :p
before i start i need to make a slight correction due to a slight error i made during my last post about inner talk
to begin with there's no term called inner talk its actually internal monologue inner talk's just another informal term for it.

so in the past 2 classes we learned that from now when you're looking at a text there are several aspects you should take into consideration
1. characterisation
2. Point Of View
3. Narrative Voice
5. Theme

I would also like to add during one of our tutorial tasks we had to sorta analyse India Arie's I'M NOT MY HAIR
to me i just fell in love with that song i really liked how she changed the POV going from 1st person to 3rd person .She gives different cultural aspects of things she had to do from an African American POV. She talks about how different stages in her life she had went to many hairstyles to try and find out who she was. But in the end she learned that her hair doesn't define who she is as a person. 'Iam not my hair I am not this skin/I am the soul that lives within". she teaches us that our looks doesnt define who we are on the inside," It's not whats on your head/Its whats underneath''. No matter what hairstyle we have it doesnt change who we are on the inside,''Does the way I wear my hair make me a better person?/Does the way I wear my hair make me a better friend? /Does the way I wear my hair determine my integrity?''

In this superficial world that we live in its important that there are songs out there in the media that stresses the importance of beauty within. Thanks Dr. Raihana for introducing that song.
we need more songs like that than hannah montana songs *no pun intended :p*

well thats all from me today folks would love some feedback
good luck to everyone working on our 2nd assingment

arththi sathananthar 18/8/09


This week,we learned something new again..I don't know whether it's new to the others,but it is to me..Dr.Raihana taught us about characterization which talks about round/dynamic character and flat/static character..Round character are the leading roles in a movie or story where the story normally centers around the round character,talking about his life and describing his biography..Whereas flat character is the supporting character..We don't know much about this character as it is not describe thoroughly..Then i learned more new stuff..It's about soliloquy and exposition (characters development)..Soliloquy means talking to oneself whereas exposition means the background information shown in the text..Lastly before class ends,Dr.Raihana showed us a clip of a famous movie "The taming of the Shrew"..I don't understand what the character is talking about as she speaks in a very heavily accented tone,but i do get the gist of it i hope..I think she is scolding or lecturing the other 2 women who are unfaithful to their king,because in her mind,she thinks that a woman's place is by her husband (or in their case,the king)..These are the new stuff i learned about in Dr.Raihana's class this week..
Week 5
Dr. Raihana thought us several new figurative language terms and aspects to literature that i thought i'd highlight here. do enjoy :)

text+language+techniques= MEANING

foreshadow= subtle hints of what's going to happen, predicting possibilities to come
flashback= going back to the past
innertalk= thoughts from the head, usually in soliloquys
imply= to hint at

*when reading a text focus on dialogue but also the "unsaid" stuff
* literature is full of conflict because it mirrors life

1. Omniscient- 3rd person voice, all knowing, can enter character's minds'
2. Third person limited- he or she
3. First person- I
4. Objective- recording what is seen and heard but doesn't comment on thoughts

Arththi Sathananthar 4/8/09

Critical Appreciation On "Snake" by D.H. Lawrence

In D.H. Lawrence’s poem entitled “Snake”, it is about a man’s experience in encountering a snake. The persona in this poem is confused about the way he feels for the snake. He is torn apart between his feelings and knowledge.

The persona feels honoured and at the same time is fascinated to come across the presence of a snake at his water-trough. He continued to look on and admire the snake as it is. At the same time, he knows for a fact that snakes are dangerous and needs to be killed. This makes him question about his masculinity. He feels that he is not a man to not kill the snake. From the way I see it, his feelings stopped him from killing the snake whereas his knowledge triggered him to kill it. Somehow, it came to a point where the persona did try to kill the snake but he missed it. He then felt awful and regretted his action because the snake was no longer there. He wishes for the snake to come back because it is like a king to him.

In my humble opinion, this poem shows how confused a man can be when feelings and knowledge is concern. This conflict eventually leads a man to regret his decision and wished to repeat time. For instance, the persona regretted his attempt to kill the snake although it did not hurt the snake in any way. He did it mainly because he was afraid that the society will question on his manliness.

Eliza Maria Benjamine

critical appreciation on "snake"

The poem ‘Snake’ written by a very famous author named D.H Lawrence.D.H Lawrence was born in Eastwood, Notthinghamshire, England. The poem “snake” is one of his most popular poems. This poem has been taken from persona’s point of view. The poem is mainly about a man who struggle within himself whether he should follow his rational thinking or his feelings.. In the beginning of this poem. Persona saw a snake was drinking water from his water –trough when he went to get water for himself. Instead of running away, persona remained where he was standing and quietly watching the snake drinking water from his water-trough because persona was quite fascinated to see the snake. Persona actually enjoying the beautiful view without having any hatred towards the snake as for a normal person snake is a very poisonous and dangerous creature but here in this poem persona thinks another way around where he felt quite honored too see the snake. Persona assumed snake is a very powerful and strong creature and entitled the snake as ‘lord’ and ‘king’ in this poem to show that how great the snake is for him.
However the voices in persona’s mind saying to persona that he should kill the snake. The voices most probably were influenced by the persona’s education background, social thoughts and so on. The voices warned persona that he should kill the snake before the snake kills him. On the other hand, persona’s heart remained saying to him that he should not kill the snake. In addition, persona also mentioned about a religion where they believe that snake is an innocent creature – “For in sicily the black,black snakes are innocent,the gold are venomous”.These beliefs made persona felt that he really should not kill the snake. persona can’t express how happy he was to see the snake, but he scared what the society around him will think, that he is a coward because he do not dare to kill the snake ?or they for them it is something very shameful to feel honored too see a snake?
persona confessed that he very afraid of the snake. He felt that the snake might hurt him, and he started to feel insecured. Therefore persona hit the snake and the snake ran away. However persona felt very guilty and regret on his done. He realized his mistakes and he wished the snake could come back to him.
zainab ibrahim.

What statements can you make about the use of the rose by the female poet and the male poets?Is there any significant difference?

In Parker's "rose" the rose is seen as a symbol of the lover's feelings and love towards the persona. The "rose" is a symbol of their relationship."A single flow'r he sent me, since we met." The rose is also the lover's protection and he uses that guise to defend himself in their relationship. Claiming that he's already presented a rose to her so it should be enough. "Love long has taken for his amulet."

On the other hand, Blake and Frost use the "rose" to symbolise women. Blake's "rose" is naive, innocent and vulnerable. "O Rose, thou art sick!" He's annoyed and angry at the woman for feeling so helpless in the relationship."And his dark secret love Does thy life destroy?" Frost's "rose" shows us that his lover is not only beautiful but engaging and special. "You, of course, are a rose But were always a rose." He states there is many types of beauty, that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, " The dear only knows What will next prove a rose."

Arththi Sathananthar25/7/09
Critical Appreciation on "Snake" by D.H. Lawrence

The poem "Snake" by D.H. Lawrence is an interesting text that deals with the complexities of human nature that brings towards our rational thinking. This poem tells us a tale of a person going to a water-trough and stumbles upon a snake. The person is fascinated and honoured, "Was it perversity, that I longed to talk to him?" Yet his upbringing tells the snake ought to be killed, "The voice of my education said to me He must be killed" This poem deals with the struggle within oneself, whether or not to follow our own natural instinct or our nurtural upbringing. There are many parameters regarding this poem that brings out the positive and negative aspects.

On the positive, we learn that the persona has a conscience. Even after the persona tried to attack the snake "I picked up a clumsy log and threw it at the water-trough" We learn the persona regrets this action. For at the closing of the poem the persona regrets this petty act, is ashamed with what the persona has done. "How paltry, how vulgar, what a mean act!" We know that the persona's natural instinct, the fascination and honour felt towards the snake prevails over the educational upbringing. "I despised myself and the voices of my education." We realise how much the persona longs for the snake eventhough previously the persona lets his nurtural upbringing prevail momentarily. "I wished he would come back, my snake"

Another parameter in this poem that draws the reader in is its use of rich, simple descriptive language. The verses are loose and flow freely, "trailed his yellow-brown slackness soft-bellied down" The reader also gets vivid pictoral words such as, "the water had dripped from the tap" The author is very descriptive in emphasizing the snake's actions, "rested his throat upon the stone bottom", "flickered his two-forked tongue from his lips." The poem also brings vivid colours to the reader's mind with words like, "yellow-brown slackness", "earth brown, earth golden from the burning bowels of the earth", "horrid black hole."

However, one must realise that from a negative side, there is a gap in this poem. The snake's point of view isnt potrayed. The reader only comprehends what emotions the persona goes through but not how the snake feels. The snake is represented very much so literally. "He lifted his head from his drinking", "flickered his tongue" Throughout the whole poem the snake isnt represented figuratively. The reader doesnt know if the snake feels honoured the way the persona is or whether or not its nonchalant about the persona at the water-trough.

Overal, this poem is an interesting read with its theme being a person's struggle with one's natural instict or rational thinking. The use of rich language and its easy flow of verses make this an enjoyable read. The only thing missing is that the snake was given no voice thoughout the whole poem.

Arththi Sathananthar25/7/09

Critical Appreciation on "THE SNAKE" by D.H.Lawrence

David Herbert Richards Lawrence(D.H.Lawrence) was born in Eastwood,Nottinghamshire,England on 11 September 1885.He was a famous English author,poet,playwright,essayist and literary critic who wrotes under the genre of modernism where his subjects were about emotional health and vitality,human sexuality and instinct.His poem "The Snake" is about his fortuitous encounter with a snake where he was entranced by the sight of the snake,the way the snake move,and so on and so forth.He was honoured that the snake chose to drink from his water-trough,and he adored and regarded the snake like a king.But,in the same time,the poet was also fearful of the snake,and he had a killer instinct to finish off the snake.This part shows the conflict between his genuine feelings and his logical thinking.His genuine feelings told him not to hurt the snake and just worship it,but alas,his logical thinking(his education background) overcomes his genuine feelings where he took a log and throw it at the snake.Although the log did not hurt the snake,the poet feels remorse and despised himself for doing it.

Source of D.H.Lawrence's info : WIKIPEDIA

just learned-critical appreciation

From what i have learn in Dr.Raihanah's class,i think critical appreciation is criticizing and also appreciating something,be it a poem,a short story or a text.Criticizing is where we look for gaps such as what is missing;the idea that de writer missed out and did not pen it down in the text whereas appreciation is something we show when we find something good or the strengh of the text.In short,critical appreciation is understanding and evaluating of a text,and stating the strenghs and gaps or the missing ideas in it.

PS:Just to be honest,I think i'm not a quick learner or a overly-bright student,so please tell me if and when i wrote something wrong.TQ ^~^

CrItical Appreciation of the poem"SNAKE"by D.H.Lawrence

The poem "SNAKE" is written by a poet named D.H.Lawrence.David Herbert Lawrence was born on september 11,1885,in eastwood,nottinghamsire,central England.He wasthe fourth child.Lawrence childhood was dominated by poverty and friction between his parents.He was educated at nottingham high school,to which he had won a scholarship.After studies at nottingham university,lawrence matriculated at 22 years and briefly pursued a teaching career.In 1909,a number of lawrence's poem were published.The appearance of his first novel,'The White Peacock' in 1911,launced lawrence into a writing career.
The poem 'snake' was written by d.h.lawrence in 1920.It is about the persona's act of attacking a snake that was entering a hole after it took water in the water trough under a tree in his garden and he regrated for his act.He feels like he had been a coward.Morever the poet also talked about the persona's inner conflict or voice that the persona gone through.In general when we see a snake we will have a negative thought about it but in in this poem the persona confess that he likes te snake and the way its act.finally,the poet also stated that he wish to see the snake again so that he can expiate the chance get to know the snake.


What is critical appreciation?

To begin with let us unpack the phrase – critical appreciation. To be critical means to be able to judge the value of something or someone. To show appreciation, on the other hand, implies the ability to see the good or strength in something. Thus if we put the two words together, to conduct a critical appreciation implies the ability to assess the value in something towards showing the strength or good of that something.

How would one conduct a critical appreciation of a poem for example? The following are examples of a critical appreciation on DH Lawrence’s poem ‘Snake’.
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