Item 1: Poem
The Prayer of the Children by Kurt Bestor
Can you hear the prayer of the children
On bended knee, in the shadow of an unknown room?
Empty eyes with no more tears to cry,
turning heavenward toward the light.
Cryin’ Jesus help me
to see the mornin’ light of one more day,
but if I should die before I wake,
I pray my soul to take.
Can you feel the hearts of the children
Aching for home, for something of their very own?
Reaching hands with nothing to hold on to,
but hope for a better day, a better day.
Cryin’ Jesus help me
to feel the love again in my own land,
but if unknown roads lead away from home,
give me loving arms, away from harm.
Can you hear the voice of the children
softly pleading for silence in their shattered world?
Angry guns preach a gospel full of hate,
blood of the innocent on their hands.
Cryin’ Jesus help me
to feel the sun again upon my face.
For when darkness clears, I know you’re near,
bringing peace again.
Da-li cu-je te sve dje-cje mol-it-ve?
Can you hear the prayer of the children?
I have a strong emotion when reading story. Many rhetorical devices are used effectively for expressing the ideas
– Climax: “can you…….of the children” and “Cryin’Jesus help me” such as “ can you hear the prayer of the children”
– Rhetorical question: “can you hear or can you feel…….?”
– Metaphor: “you” maybe is anyone or God, “I” and “me” is children.
– Repetition: clearly used in the two first cantos: “on bended knee, in the shadow…..”; “Aching for home, for something…..”.
– Overstatement: all things describe the children’s sorrow and dream
I am really interested in this meaning of the poem. The poem isn’t about any specific children in any society, but is about all children who suffer misfortune in real life. Each canto shows a kind of children whose lifetime is unhappy and full of hardship and sorrow such as diseases, homelessness and wars. Therefore, they have dreams of getting out of unluckiness and enjoying a beautiful life time with sunlight, love and peace. For someone, these dreams are so simple and apparent, but for these children, it is so far from their hand and difficult to achieve. They can just satisfy these things by dreaming and praying. How piteous they are! In sum up, the poem successfully reflects a real unfair life in which children live like pitiful and innocent victims. It arouses the reader’s compassion to children and keeps in one’s mind about how to save the children’s lives when you hear the children’s prayers?
Item 2: Story
Indian folklore: Two Wolves – Posted by Corina
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two “wolves” inside us all.”
One is EVIL: It is anger, envy, jealously, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, and ego.
The other is GOOD: It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity, truth and faith.
The grandson thought for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
From my point of view, this story is very interesting, which uses some rhetorical devices for delivering author’s ideas
– Wolves (include the EVIL and the GOOD) – the two contradictory sides of character exist in each person. The first one called is nature and the second called is society
– The battle between “wolves” – the constant contraction of two sides of character.
After enjoying this story, I have a strong feeling of character. Firstly, each one owns these two sides of character simultaneously. They exist equally and contrast to each other extremely and interruptedly. One can’t accept the one side and except the other one. Secondly, one can transform oneself from the EVIL to the GOOD and vice versa early if behaving and acting prior to one of the sides. In conclusion, the story helps the readers recognize the real character in each one in order to balance and control oneself properly.
Item 3: Cartoon
That’s not my job – Posted by Corina
Looking at the picture, I’m very impressed by the image of the boat being full of water and sinking. Especially, someone on the boat is trying their best to take water out of the boat meanwhile the others are doing nothing and smiling happily because of making certain that “the hole isn’t at our end”
This picture applies some rhetorical devices below to convey message to readers.
– The sinking boat refers to a common and important task or work or problems that need to be done immediately by a group of people.
– The two people rescuing the boat characterize the responsible and the others doing nothing illustrate the irresponsible in a group
Irony: the sentence “sure glad the hole isn’t at our end” means the work is someone’s, but not everyone’s.
This picture is worth seeing and thinking about working in group, specially, in a very big group. Generally, some people make their effort of fulfilling the common work as much as possible. However, some others ignore because they don’t see their benefits from doing the common work. That is reason they don’t contribute anymore. In short, this picture also reminds that everybody plays an important role in group, so everyone has to take responsibility for solving problems and places common interests above private interests.