Its Not Finished,, , but My Speech on "Reflect Upon How Your Understanding of Representation, History and Memory Has Been Shaped by This Elective'

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Speech – Reflection on History and Memory
Throughout time, perspectives of history and memory have changed. They have been moulded by the events of our time as well as the texts and we read. The question of what is history and memory is being raised. Is it a scholarly discipline that claims to record the truth vs. a cognitive faculty coloured by trauma and emotion? To me history is represented as official memory of the winning side. As a result, it is very subjective, selective, bias and with multiple gaps and silences. Once we are able to understand how history and memory have been presented to us, though a wide range of text types as well as our own knowledge of events represented in the text then we are able to more deeply and with
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There is a vast emphasis on objects that contain personal responses showing the representation of this event through these objects.

Now that we have established how these texts represent their event to portray history and memory, I will now provide an argument as to their actual history and memory they provide as well as my own history and memory that has been ‘triggered’ from viewing these texts by analysing their language techniques used.

Heaney, the poet of ‘Requiem for the Croppies’, has given a voice to the marginalised Irish, and has therefore challenged the official history, for example, as seen in the line “We found new tactics happening each day; We'd cut through reins and rider with the pike; And stampede cattle into infantry”. Such memories bring a sense of reality and emotion to the poem that often impersonal and documented evidence cannot achieve. The use of half rhyme through the sonnet is used to being a more sombre, serious feel to the poem. This is done to let the readers feel that this poem, though filled with fire and passion, is still a tragic tale. But of course, like all history, Heaney’s representation of the battle of vinegar hill is still bias. Heaney has simply selected to represent and emphasise what he feels strongly about. This can be seen in the opening line “the pockets of our

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