Friday, February 18, 2011

OPTION 1/Literary Analysis of WWI.

1. My person is Theodore Roosevelt. Theodore Roosevelt also known as Teddy Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States. Taken from a speech Roosevelt gave in Paris in 1910, this poetic inspiring verse, "In the Arena" is a favorite among many. This is a link I used to find my info: http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=theodore+roosevelt&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

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In the Arena

It is not the critic who counts;
not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles,
or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
who strives valiantly;
who errs,
comes up short again and again,
because there is no effort without error and shortcoming;
but who does actually strive to do the deeds;
who knows the great enthusiasms,
the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at the best knows in the end
the triumph of high achievement,
and who at the worst, if he fails,
at least fails while daring greatly,
so that his place shall never be with those
cold and timid souls
who neither know victory nor defeat.
-Theodore Roosevelt

This is the link I used to find the poem: http://www.poetrygift.com/arena1.html

3. Theodore Roosevelt is related to the poem "In the Arena" because for one thing he wrote the poem. Also, this poem is based on a speech that he gave in 1910. Another reason why this poem is related to Roosevelt is because he is known for his energetic personality which is just like the line "Who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause"(Stanza 2 Line 4 & 5). Lastly, like the line "Who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement"(Stanza 2 Line 6 & 7) Teddy is also known for his range of interests and achievements.

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  2. Shaun: I think your piece was very creative and I thought it was great that you chose such an inspiring man to write about. My favorite line from the poem was the first one "it is not the critic that counts" What's your favorite line.
    Kimie: who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly,
    Erin: I really like your poem it really represented what I thought was theodore Roosevelt, very strong very brave and I liked it a lot.
    Patric: I thought it was good content a good summarization, the only thing I didn't get was why the link takes you to a google search.

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