Seize the Day; The Power of Song

Here is another assignment that comprised two small essays. The first focuses on the dramatic monologues “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell and “The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot. Prufrock is a poem I have thought about almost every day since I first read it. As an anxious person, I sometimes find myself in a similar situation, paralyzed by potentialities. I have too many hobbies, research interests, cats, and books to read that sometimes I just want to sit around and do nothing – but sometimes that feels even worse. The quote from Eliot’s monologue “Do I dare disturb the universe?” is on a post-it on the wall in my room. I look at it when I need the motivation to disturb because a lot of the papers and research I am doing for my own and for work is rattling us and I hope it makes at least a little difference.

This second essay is a simple compare-contrast between Louise Bernice Halfe’s poem “wêpinâson” and Gregory Scofield’s poem “Aunty.” I especially like how I was able to bring throat singing into this piece.