• LiannP
  • The speaker contorts the carpe diem sentiment by creating an overwhelming sense of urgency and playing on the fears of growing old in order to pressure his lover into an intimate and sacred act that is supposed to represent a selfless giving of oneself to another.

    I chose this gif because it represents how the speaker only takes his lustful…Read More

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    A bulldozer to his plaything

    The speaker in “To His Coy Mistress” is persistent, certainly a force to be reckoned with. However, his domineering nature does not lend itself to a charming and “nice” guy. Rather, his beautiful words and mastery of language become...

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    • I’m really interested in this part:

      “Love is a selfless act of giving, yet here the speaker violates the purity of love by aggressively pushing his lover towards sex. In addition, relationships depend on mutual consent, an aspect that is clearly missing in “To His Coy Mistress.””

      For many audiences across many generations, this poem was thought to be cute or funny. What does the fact that you’re walking away with a very different and valid interpretation tell you?

  • Jess,

    Thank you for a great read! It was fascinating but also saddening to read about the prevalence of mental health issues that student athletes face. They must be under immense pressure from having to juggle school, sports, family/social life, and also work. Often times, physical pain is the first thought that comes to mind regarding…Read More

  • Madison,

    I appreciate your article on this topic as it a frustration experienced by many students, from middle school to university level, that has gone relatively unaddressed within education systems in the United States. From my own experience, school has become synonymous with being “perfect” and earning straight As instead of absorbing the…Read More

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    The Intersection of Culture and Cuisine

    When asked what the American cuisine is, many will respond by saying “french fries,” “hamburgers,” or “high cholesterol.” Others might insist that the American cuisine does not even exist. While the United States may be known for its greasy...

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    • Great post Liann! I believe the generally accepted American cuisine would probably be burgers or hotdogs, and I think it’s really cool that the imitation of cultural cuisine from different parts of the world can also be considered as “American cuisine”. I am grateful to the immigrants that brought their cultural food with them to America. Although some people see it as dishonorable, there are people who make and sell true cultural food. The fact that I’m able to eat authentic Chinese food or Indian food without having to travel to those places is a huge part of why America is so great.

      -Alvaro C

    • Liann, this post is so fun! I didn’t know about the American origins of spaghetti and meatballs, and it’s cool how food is a signifier of the new Old world-American cultures which emerge from emigration to the United States. It wasn’t until I got a chance to travel that I leaned those hyphenated cultures, Greek-American, Italian-American, Japanese-American, etc. really are their own things separate and distinct from Greek, Italian, and Japanese, and separate and they certainly feel separate distinct from American. Delving into what it means to be part of a hyphenated culture could be a really cool follow-up piece to this one.

      Like spaghetti and meatballs, foods like saganaki and fortune cookies are other examples of food with American origins and ethnic flair. Other follow-up pieces could also profile some of these hyphen culture foods.

      Very cool, Liann!

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