Monthly Archives: Tháng Chín 2011

Entry 1_Ta Thi Luong

Entry 1

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

Rhetorical devices:

–          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 jobPosted 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.


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Entry 1- Pham Thi Huyen

Item 1: The poem

There is another sky

By Emily Dickinson

There is another sky,
Ever serene and fair,
And there is another sunshine,
Though it be darkness there;
Never mind faded forests, Austin,
Never mind silent fields –
Here is a little forest,
Whose leaf is ever green;
Here is a brighter garden,
Where not a frost has been;
In its unfading flowers
I hear the bright bee hum:
Prithee, my brother,
Into my garden come!

  • The rhyme:

+ Fair- there

+ Austin – fields

+ Green- been
                     + Flower- brother

+ Hum – come

  • The metaphor:   a new sky indicated a new life or world.
  • The repetition:  “ never mind” (2times), “there is” (2times)
  • The massage:  that is the desire of people about the world of peace, fresh and beauty.

Item2: Story

A Full Box of Kisses

The story goes that some time ago, a man punished his 3-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and he became infuriated when the child tried to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree. Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to her father the next morning and said, “This is for you, Daddy.” He was embarrassed by his earlier over-reaction, but his anger flared again when he found the box was empty. He yelled at her, “Don’t you know that when you give someone a present, there’s supposed to be something inside it?”

The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and said, “Oh, Daddy, it is not empty. I blew kisses into the box. “All for you, Daddy.”

The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little girl, and he begged for her forgiveness. It is told that the man kept that gold box by his bed for years and whenever he was discouraged, he would take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there.

In a very real sense, each of us as humans have been given a gold container filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, friends, family or God. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold. 


The metaphor: kisses are the symbol of love, the baby in the story is very innocent and warm. She hasn’t had any complicated thought yet as the adults that present is something can be touched or measured. Love is priceless.

Message: sometimes, you should give your family or friends the sweet, not only the material but spiritual thing. It is the true love and careness.

Item 3: the cartoon

The massage: children are affected a lot from adults. Therefore, parents should take care of them more carefully. They also have to control their behavior to be a mirror for their babies in order to educate them well from when they were small.


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Entry1_vu thi thuy hong

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011


Item 3: Poem

                                           No title

(From “For the one I love”)

If I were an angel I’d give you my wings…

Just so you could fly everywhere looking for

the girl who’d make your heart sing

If I were a princess I’d give you my crown

Just so you could have a kingdom to search

for the one who’d keep you from being down

If I were the sandman I’d make all your dreams come true…

Just so the girl of your dreams could be with you

If I were a magician I’d give you my wand…

Just so she could magically appear to love and keep you strong

If I were a fairy I’d give you a magic dust…

Just so you could sprinkle it and find the one worthy of your trust

If I were a shooting star I’d make your wishes come true…

But I’m not…I’m just a girl in love with you.

Rhetorical devices:

–         Repetition: “If I were…I’d..”- to emphasize the author’s wishes

–         Rhyme: wing-sing, crown-down

–         Overstatement

–         Climax : the final sentence- the author wants to emphasize who she is


–         Although it is a unilateral love, the author wants to give her lover all which she wishes so that her lover will find his happiness. Wishes can’t become true but her love is true. Through this poem, we can see a fierce love originating from the heart of a noble and thoughtful young girl.

→ If you love someone with all your heart, you’ll be ready to sacrifice all things so that your lover is happy.

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Item 1:Poem


by Jon Coe

Created on: July 22, 2008

Swirling masses of cloud
booming, thunder loud
Crackle, snap, lightening splits
violent, entertaining, hits

Striking, coming back for more
a meteorological, act of war
Fallen trees, flooded land
hopes, dreams, all at hand

Tornadoes, hurricanes, waterspouts
gales, torrential rain and power-outs
Below sea level, or on top of mountain
it doesn’t matter, what we count in

Before the storm, there is a lull
after storm, nature’s cull
Storm passing, deep sigh, relief
taking stock, of weather’s grief

Above the clouds, skies are quiet
always blue, a sunshine riot
Storms are grey, instead of blue
lending perspective, in our residue

New day dawning, turning page
breathing quieter, through our rage
Without the light, there’d be no storm
to rise us up, from which we mourn

Storms are sent, to help us know
that everything, needs to slow
Like day and night, we wake and sleep
from what we need, and want, to keep.

–         Rhetorical devices

+ Rhyme : cloud – loud, splits – hits, land – hand, know- slow….

+ Antithesis : “Like day and night, we wake and sleep”, “Below sea level, or on top of mountain”; “Before the storm, there is a lull/after storm, nature’s cull”

+  Climax: consist of arranging words to emphasis the power of the    storm “Crackle, snap, lightening splits /violent, entertaining, hits”

+  Symbol: storm is terrible things in life

–         Message : Storms come and go similar to terrible things. We can overcome to continue living. After storm,  the sky is blue and a new day starts. We should prepare to welcome difficult things which can appear suddenly in our life and consider them as normal things.

Item 2: Short story

The secrets of Heaven and Hell

The old monk sat by the side of the road. With his eyes closed and his legs crossed and his hand folded in his lap, he sat in deep meditation, he sat.
Suddenly his zazen was interrupted by the harsh and demanding voice of a samurai warrior. “Old man! Teach me about Heaven and Hell!”

At first, as though he had not heard, there was no perceptible response from the monk. But gradually, he began to open his eyes, the faintest hint of a smile playing around the corners of his mouth as the samurai stood there waiting… impatient… growing more and more agitated with each passing second.

“You would know the secrets of Heaven and Hell?” replied the monk at last.

“You who are so unkempt. You whose hands and feet are covered with dirt. You whose hair is uncombed, whose breath is foul, whose sword is all rusty neglected. You would ask me of Heaven and Hell?”

The samurai uttered a vile curse. He drew his sword and raised it high above his head. His face turned to crimson, the veins on his neck stood out in bold relief as he prepared to sever the monk’s head from its shoulders.

“That is Hell,” said the old monk gently, just as the sword began its descent.
In that fraction of a second, the samurai was overcome with amazement, awe, compassion and love for this gentle being who had dared to risk his very life to give him such a teaching. He stopped his sword in mid-flight and his eyes filled with grateful tears.

“And that,” said the monk, “is Heaven.”

–         Rhetorical devices

+ Metaphor: compare the difference between heaven and hell by showing good soul and bad soul.

+ Simile:  a good soul likes heaven and a bad soul likes hell

+ Antithesis : “You would know the secrets of Heaven and Hell ?”

+ Irony : the contrast between the cruel actions of the samurai and the smiles of the monk.

–         Message :

Hell and heaven are not too far and have no secret of them. They are in your heart, your mind and your behavior. When you have bad thoughts, bad behavior and bad soul, you are in hell. When you find the peace in your mind and do good things, you are in heaven. Sometimes answers for your questions appear around your life. It is very easy to find them by yourself.

Item  3: Picture

–         Rhetorical device

+ Metaphor : compare the difference men and women by speaking terms of housework, cooking, work and money…

+ Overstatement : housework, cooking, cleaning, less work and money are conditions used to emphasis the image of a woman.

+ Metonymy : a women is characterized by the use of the name of housework and cleaning.

–         Message:

The cartoon shows the unfair attitude and the discrimination between men and woman. Women must do housework and earn money for their families but they still have less money and more work than men. They are so tired that they must wish to reduce their responsibilities but they can not. The only way to make their wishes is become a man, which is impossible.


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Entry1_ Vu Thi Thuy Hong

Moi nguoi vao link nay xem nha. Sorry vi minh khong download ve duoc.

Rhetorical devices:

–         Metaphor: “insect race”- human beings’ competition in the modern life.

–         Irony: snail- the slowest insect wins the race.


–         Although whoever your competitors are, you should believe in yourselves such as the snail in clip.

–         In daily life, sometimes everyone competes together and push them down to the abyss by themselves.

–         If you are patient, you will achieve good results.

–         You shouldn’t be conceited before everything ends.

→ Nothing is impossible!

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entry 1_ vu thi thuy hong

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011


Item 1: Short-story


Once upon a time, in an island there lived all the feelings and emotions : Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all of the others, including Love. One day it was announced to them that the island would sink! So all constructed boats and left. Except for Love.

Love wanted to hold out until the last possible moment.

When the island had almost sunk, Love decided to ask for help.

Richness was passing by Love in a boat. Love said,
“Richness, can you take me with you?”
Richness answered, “Sorry Love, I can’t. There is a lot of gold and silver in my boat and so there is no place here for you.”

Love next asked Vanity who was also sailing by. Vanity was also ready with the same answer.
“I can’t help you, Love. You are all wet and might damage my boat,” Vanity answered.

Sadness was close by so Love asked, “Sadness, take me along with you.”
“Oh . . . Love, I am so sad that I need to be by myself!”, sadness said in a sullen voice.

Happiness passed by Love, too, but she was so preoccupied with her happiness that she did not even hear when Love called her.

Suddenly, there was a voice, “Come, Love, I will take you.” It was an elder. An overjoyed Love jumped up into the boat and in the process forgot to ask where they were going. When they arrived at a dry land, the elder went her own way.

Realizing how much was owed to the elder, Love asked Knowledge another elder, “Who Helped me?”
“It was Time,” Knowledge answered.
“Time?” thought Love. Then, as if reading the face of Love, Knowledge smiled and answered, “Because only Time is capable of understanding how valuable Love is.”

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Rhetorical devices:

–         Metaphor: “ only Time is capable of understanding how valuable Love is”

–         Metonymy: + “the sunk island”- difficulties in life

+ “arriving at a dry”- getting over difficulties


–         Normally Love often goes with a lot of things such as Richness, Vanity, Sadness, Happiness or Knowledge. However, they are only decorations of Love and can disappear at any time. Only Time can state the value of Love because only Time can prove a true love by challenges and Time always goes parallel with Love to the end.

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Entry 1- Nguyen Thi Cuc

Item 1: A poem

The Victor

by: C. W. Longenecker

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you like to win but think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost.
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will.
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you are out classed, you are.
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of your-self before
You can ever win the prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.

  • Rhetorical devices:

–    Rhyme: Terminal thyme:  find- mind-rise- prize, man- can.

–        Metaphor: Life’s battles(challenges in life are never over)

–    Parallelism: If you think you… (You can do anything if you put it on your mind); stronger or faster-sooner or later (assert that you think positively, you can succeed)

  • Message:

People have confidence in themselves; you take on challenges in your life.



Item 2: A story

The king and the peace contest

There once was a king who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried and submitted their work. The king looked at all the pictures. There were only two he really liked, and he had to choose between them.
One picture was of a calm lake, perfectly mirroring the peaceful, towering mountains all around it. Overhead was blue sky with fluffy, white clouds. It was the favorite of all who saw it. Truly, they thought, it was the perfect picture of peace.
The other picture had mountains, too, but these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell and in which lightening played. Down the side of one mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. A less peaceful picture would be difficult to imagine. But when the king looked closely, he saw beside the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest in perfect peace.
Which picture would you have selected? The king chose the second picture. Do you know why?
“Because,” explained the king, “peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all these things and still be calm in your heart. This is the real meaning of peace.”

  • Rhetorical devices:

–         Symbol: peace (a symbol of beauty, the people have desire,)

–         Metaphor: the real beauty is hired in deep

  • Message: if you want to have the best things, you need to have a deep look into them. The most worth things is in their meanings so you don’t just consider through their appearance


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Item 3: A cartoon picture


1. Rhetorical

– Metaphor: administrative systems ( a turtle with and head of  person as  slowness and oldness image), the man in form of turtle is smoking(congress), an alarm on turtle’s back is going off “rescue” as a ambulance.

– Antithesis: the alarm and the turtle.

– Irony: congress with and turtle.

2. Message

The congress has had a backward thinking, the members have already intended to dispute. The picture is a warning for the congress to work more effectively.
















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