Eminent Intro 2018

May I write words more naked than flesh, stronger than bone, more resilient than sinew, sensitive than nerve.

Sappho

I am a zealous fan of poetry. I especially admire its unrestricted ability to portray dreams and ideas through words and language that are manipulated entirely by the writer. Sappho is perhaps one of the most influential female poets, and her life is an epic poem of its own; historians and fans are presented with a notable impact, but to truly uncover her personal life, we must read between the lines and use her poems to uncover her identity. Sappho’s raw emotion and descriptive language were unusual in ancient Greek times, especially being authored by a female. From reading a few excerpts of her work, I was drawn even closer to the mysterious figure of Sappho.

Sappho was a Greek poet that originated from the island of Lesbos. She is a literary influence that is relatively untouched by modern society. Sappho is revered for the beauty of her writing style, which presents itself in emotional poems about love written in a lyrical, song-like form. Sappho garnered admiration to the point of earning praise from prominent Greek scholars and cultural revolutionaries. Plato, an ancient Greek philosopher, named her the “tenth muse”. Her poetry remains in the grips of scholars through the form of fragments, as most of her work has been lost, or even burned by the Catholic church in the 1000s due to its promiscuity and expression of love. In spite of Sappho’s archaic, ancient life, her poetry proves to be influential as scholars still speculate over her life today.

Fragments of her Poetry

Sappho and I share a love for language and literature. Sappho utilized her gift for poetry to tell stories, but most importantly, she told stories that were personal and individualistic, in contrast to the glorified stories of epic Greek gods that prevailed over most literature at the time. As gifted learners with a proclivity for language and emotion, we share a passion for human emotions that manifests itself in our behaviour and in our work. Sappho’s poems were songs of the human heart, often about heartbreak and the joys of love. I aspire to emulate Sappho’s authentic expression of herself in her writing. Sappho’s work was the product of her own creativity and bravery. Sappho exemplifies my goals to be fearless in my identity and to use my strengths to create works that contribute to the artistic valour of the society I live in.

There are some key differences that may hinder my ability to fully put myself in the role of Sappho and her life story. I’ll try to focus on the similarities in our personalities and creative struggles during my speech.

Val Sappho
Wealth/class Middle class Aristocratic family – valued luxury
Gender Female Female
Race Asian Caucasian (Greek)
Sexuality Bisexual Bisexual
Religious faith Agnostic Polytheistic

The eminence Sappho represents is attributed to both her personal rebellion and the nature of her writing. Sappho was exiled to Sicily for her political views and was heavily scrutizined by following Christian generations, with comedic plays being created about her. Sappho wrote clearly about personal stories and messages addressed to her loved ones, straying away from the epic, ceremonial poetry written by poets such as Homer. Sappho’s innovative style is now adapted as the Sapphic stanza, a stanza that follows a specific meter similar to Sappho’s in her own writing. She lived as a free spirit, reflective in the cries of her poetry.

Scholars and academics are still trying to uncover many details about Sappho’s life nearly 3,000 years later after her death. Our pursuit of knowledge concerning Sappho proves that she has left a clear mark in our universe and the world of creative expression.

Sappho lived in a time in which women in city-states had little to no rights. There were severe restrictions on women’s laws; they were unable to conduct business or sustain their own lives. Educational facilities were separated by gender to tailor schools to the specific gender’s needs. Sappho transcended all expectations by employing her own academic talent and was eventually praised by all members of Greek society, even being featured on paintings, coins, and art.

Sappho is worth studying because she remains a literary influence and an icon in the field of humanities – yet when I asked my peers and parents about her, nearly no one knew who she was. Sappho’s fragmented life and impeccable poetry can teach us how to express ourselves fully and passionately, through words and language that resonate the most with our individualistic desires.

For the next part of my eminent study, I hope to grow more comfortable with reading her poetry and writing. I’ll start to look into poetry foundations or journalists that have written pieces on her, and I’ll try to contact them for an interview.

Someone will remember us, I say; even in another time.

 

 

Serena Williams

“Luck has nothing to do with it, because I have spent many, many hours, countless hours, on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come.” -Serena Williams.

Serena Jameka Williams is a professional tennis player who was born on September 26, 1981 and is 37 years old. She grew up in Compton, California with her full sister Venus Williams and three half-sisters. Unfortunately, in 2003, one of her half-sisters, Yetunde, was fatally shot. Serena and Venus compete together in doubles tournaments. Serena became a professional in 1995 when she was only 14 years old. She currently has 801 wins to 136 losses in her career. She has done things no human on earth has ever done before such as winning the Australian opening while eight weeks pregnant.

She is extremely passionate for her sport as am I, which is the main reason I was drawn to her. With her athletic body type she helps girls with similar body types embrace their curves and muscles which I have always struggled with. On top of that, she advocates for gender equality in sports and isn’t afraid to speak up for what’s right.

My goal for the next step in my research is finding out what her life is like off the court. On the court we see her as a devoted athlete who fights for what’s right and for what she deserves; off the court though, we don’t have too much knowledge of what goes on.

I’d like to give a special shout out to Nadia Hakeem, who did Serena Williams some years ago as her eminent person; her blog gives me some of the basic facts but I’m also going deeper into what’s recently been happening with the athlete. Check out her blog about Serena!

http://talonsnadia.edublogs.org/?s=eminent&submit=Go

Here are some of Serena Williams amazing plays in this years US opening

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZewcnp20Gg

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DoL Confederation: A Word From Sir Etienne-Paschal Tache

I feel that the time has come for me to finally step down from politics. As much as I want to, I am far too ill for anymore work. I have done everything I could to fulfill my aspirations up there, and I am proud to say I am happy where I am now. Everything is going the right path and I can leave the rest of this new nation’s fate in the hands of who I consider a son, John A. Macdonald. He knows exactly what he’s doing and I am confident that confederation will be achieved in good terms with our mother nation, the Kingdom of Britain. Before I completely take my hands off of politics, I would like to present some reassurances and reminders.

As a French Canadian myself, I need people to understand that deep down in our roots and blood, we are very evidently monarchists and conservatives. It is displayed in the way we behave, speak, and what we believe in. It’s important to defend the Crown, as they keep us up on our feet. You do not have to be part of the Rebellion in order to support confederation. Confederation will make us a nation with our own identity while maintaining the core beliefs of the Kingdom of Britain. We must stay loyal to our queen and show her that we can very well be our own functioning nation, while staying by her side. Again, we are all part of the Kingdom of Britain in our habits, by our laws, and by our religions.

Additionally, confederation will not steal the provinces’ individual identities. The autonomy will very well be preserved along with all of their values. During the Quebec conference we have spoken to ensure that provinces will have their very own form of independence in a way, while they are also all united as one. I believe that this will give such great power to our nation. All of the different beliefs and values of the provinces will be presented to each other and they will be able to practice them as they did, while bonding and uniting with one another. There is really no need to worry. You will all keep your autonomy amongst your own provinces.

Lastly, we must protect our nation. We are a very special group of people who are part of the Kingdom of Britain as well as just Canadian citizens. It is who we are. However, the American civil war is ongoing and far too fierce for our individual colonies to fend for ourselves. If we all unite our powers while keeping our own individualities, we can prevent annexation by the US. We are Canadian and coherently, we are also under the Crown. We are not American and we will never be if we follow the correct path.

As an ending note, I leave you off with one thing: Je me souviens.

Post #1: Historical Thinking

A recurring theme from Socials 9 was that history repeats itself. Branching off of that, I think this year we could really focus on seeing what we get out of mistakes we made in the past, and how it impacts us as people of the present and future. History is made up of created legacies stacked up on one another. Each legacy leaves an impression and impact and how they are interpreted all depends on the people. The interpretation also determines what we are taught as a society. Interesting how we never learn from the mistakes we make.

Romeo and Juliet Act II: Critical Response

1. I believe that Romeo and Juliet are engaging in a more mature love rather than an immature and childish one. This is because Juliet is rather blunt and honest about the circumstances they are in if they were to get married. Rather than spending the night daydreaming about Romeo, upsettingly, she states how in order to avoid the circumstances, Romeo must either “‘deny [his] father and refuse [his] name,’” or she shall “‘no longer be a Capulet’” (2. 2. 35-38). Romeo as well displays efforts in planning their marriage articulately and explains their plans to the nurse that in the afternoon, Juliet will be “‘at Friar Laurence’ cell, be shrived and married’” (2. 4. 174-175). In an example of an immature love, they would likely ignore the circumstances that their families are rivalries and impulsively get married. However, Juliet is very well-aware of the possible negative outcomes and observes their family relations as the biggest obstacle in their relationship. In an infatuated love, they would ignore these consequences and do as they want according to their affection for one another. Romeo as well, agrees to Juliet’s statements and actively works on building up the procedures for their marriage. He maturely works to get there rather than taking the shortcut, in which would be for example, impulsively announcing their love to the public and attempting to get married out in the open. For this I conclude that Romeo and Juliet are engaging in quite the mature love and use their logical reasonings to be able to make it come true. Although they are being immature considering to how they have decided to get married despite their messy family relations, they display that their methods for love alone are mature.

2. I do not agree with Kulich’s argument that Romeo and Juliet should not be viewed as children. It is correct that they were allowed to get married because the minimum age for marriage during this era was 12 for women and 14 for men. However, they required parental consent. Kulich argues that because children within our century (or two) spent more time in “schools and away from real life”, children during the Elizabethan era—including other times that have lower minimum ages for marriage—they will reach adulthood faster (Kulich, Jindra). I don’t agree with this because children will not become adults faster despite having different governments and systems. They will always remain children but be treated as adults, merely by law. In addition, children being married off at the minimum ages during this era will usually be arranged marriages for family ties, and rarely for love—although it is valid to say that children can experience and fall in love. Having different minimum ages for marriage will not determine the level of maturity in the demographics of children, but it will only be a statement from the law of that time. Children will be children and the only time they will become adults is when they have completed their pubescent stages.
http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk/elizabethan-marriages-and-weddings.htm
http://www.william-shakespeare.info/elizabethan-wedding-customs.htm

ZIP Document of Learning #3:

My progress so far has been going great and I started working on binding my chapbook. However I’m currently in a slight dilemma between different layouts and styles. I think I will figure that out in our next work block. Although I’m a terrible drawer, I will still be adding my own illustrations mainly because I have specific images that come up in my mind for the poems. I want to express my poems in a way that is very true to their own form. For my chapbook I am certain that I want a leather cover so I will be getting a few more materials that I’m missing tomorrow after I make up my mind.


 

What I’d want to tell myself before I started this project is to definitely just focus on writing whatever comes to mind and what’s true to my present emotions. I think that I had a lot of troubles writing some poems because I tried to have the same number of them in every category and it was way too difficult. I’ve come to realize that it doesn’t matter how many poems are in each section because this chapbook is pretty much just a reflection of my own emotions that I have experienced this past year. There are far more poems in the section “Hurting” compared to “Bliss”. I’ve come to accept that because I know myself that for me, 2017 was a mess.

As for the number of poems I had, I got rid of many of them because they either were too personal, or I just didn’t like it anymore.


 

I’m really excited to bind my chapbook! I think it’s going to be something I’d treasure for a long time. I’m definitely doing this again.:))))))

ZIP Document of Learning #1:

For our first work block I mainly worked on creating my rubric. The competencies I’ve chosen are:

  1. Assess and refine texts to improve their clarity, effectiveness, and impact according to purpose, audience and message
  2. Transform ideas and information to create original texts
  3. Respond to text in personal, creative, and critical ways

 

Assess and refine texts to improve their clarity, effectiveness, and impact according to purpose, audience and message:

Since my final product is going to be a chapbook, I will be using this competency to assess the organization of the collection of poems. I’ve stated in my proposal that I’d like to organize my chapbook pages so that the mood and meaning of my poems are as accurately portrayed. I will work on assessing and refining my poems into appropriate locations, as well as the text themselves.

Transform ideas and information to create original texts:

I will incorporate this competency into my project by transforming my thoughts, ideas, emotions, and real-life events into poetry, creating original texts that are true to myself.

Realize how literary elements, techniques, and devices enhance and shape meaning

Since I am writing poetry, I will likely be using a lot of literary devices. Some research may need to go into this so that I can use the literary devices appropriately in order to enhance the quality and effectiveness of my poems.


 

My goal for our next work-block is to begin my research on self-publishing poems and more on chapbooks.

I am now off to write some more poems! :)

 

Annotated Bibliography

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Srinivasa_Ramanujan

Wikipedia proved to be quite the quintessential source of information because I found everything I needed on it. However, all the facts were kept at a surface level, and I didn’t find anything that delved deeper.

http://ramanujan.sirinudi.org/html/published_papers.html

Here, I found all of Ramanujan’s published papers as well as a translation of each equation he developed. This helped me with my learning center and embodying my eminent person because I could talk and elaborate more on his discoveries.

http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/Biographies/Ramanujan.html

This website provided me with several quotes and said by Ramanujan. It gave me an understanding of his thinking and helped me during Night of the Notables as well.

https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/ramanujan-hardy-the-god-debate/

I learned about Ramanujan beliefs about god and how It influenced his thinking all from this link. I used this link to help with most of my speech.

http://ramanujan.sirinudi.org/Volumes/published/ram15.pdf

This link contains a photocopy of a paper written by Ramanujan, and I used it form my Learning Centre.

http://www.math.tifr.res.in/~publ/nsrBook1.pdf

One of Ramanujan’s notebook was photocopied and can be found at this link. I used this for my Learning Centre as well.

http://blog.stephenwolfram.com/2016/04/who-was-ramanujan/

Most of my information probably came from this website because it fully annotated the Ramanujan biopic The man who knew infinity. I used this for all aspects of my Eminent person project.

 

Eminent Take 2 – The End

Well here goes nothing.

I am in pure shock when I think that I don’t have to do eminent next year.  It is strange to think next year i’ll be watching eminent.  Anyways getting back to this year and everything I did, I honestly don’t know what or how to feel now that eminent is over.  I had so much fun during this project but I also am looking forward to some relaxation.

To start of my last post of eminent for the second year in a row, I will talk about my learning center.  I wish I had though of an idea ahead of when I did because I could’ve been way more extravaggant with my learning center.  As I mentioned last year, I love creating learning centers because I can express my creativity and go over the top with them.  This year instead of going over the top I focused on very small details.  I was being really meticulous with my learning center.  I picked a time period that it would be in and I tried to get everything I needed for it.  For example: I only showed people the work Lise Meitner published up to that date, I got a present that she gave to her friend after the date I set my seen in, and I also had suitcases to show this was around the time she left Germany.  Instead of blowing people away with my creativity, I decided to gain their attention with my precision.  Above all I really liked my learning center.

Another main component to Night of the Notables is the grade 10 speeches.  After last year I remember myself wondering how I was going to do this in a year and here I am already done it.  I wasn’t that nervous before I got up on the stage.  I maybe had a split second of doubt before I started talking.  Once I began my speech I was amazed how easily I fell into a trance like state.  I rehearsed my speech so much it was second nature to me.  Once I finished my speech though, my nerves decided to hat me and all come flying towards me as I left the stage.  I don’t know why but all the worry I had about my speech just hit me after I finished my speech.  I glad it hit me after instead of before.

Now to end off another year of eminent, I can say that I am very proud of myself and what I have accomplished.  I am so glad that I got the chance to do eminent and I cannot wait until next year to be in the audience instead of on the stage.  I will cherish every memory I made during this process.  I looked over the memories fondly and I will never forget the amazing time I had during both years of Eminent.

So I guess this is it.  I will never have to do eminent again.  Here goes nothing. This concludes Eminent take 2, the end.