Interruptions and the Mindful Moment: McCaslin’s “Interruptions”
In a busy and production-oriented society, interruptions are generally seen as irritating, rude and unnecessary moments that should be avoided at all costs. However, in “Interruptions”, Susan McCaslin wants the reader to consider that living in the gaps between thought and conversation, in the interruptions of life, is how one can often see what is truly happening in the present around us. Using the rhetorical pattern of contrast as well as direction, the unexpected, natural imagery and words about language, McCaslin seeks to demonstrate the value of interruptions by understanding them as the gaps in life where the opportunities for mindfulness and creativity lie.
The first stanza of McCaslin’s “Interruptions” begins by giving the reader the direction that is the backbone of the poem’s theme: in other words, the reader must grow accustomed to the interruptions in life so that the chance for mindfulness can occur. She then uses an unexpected subversion and natural imagery to begin building the contrasts where the interruptions in the poem develop. McCaslin directs the reader to “Get used to them”, beginning a series of commands to the reader to accept interruptions in every day life. She subverts the idea of a traditional male Abrahamic god, transforming the “God” she’s discussing into a woman. This unexpected turn disrupts the poem itself, an example of the interruptions she’s heeding the reader to “[g]et
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Memorable ideas are evident in Harwood’s poetry. In her poem, “At Mornington”, she considers the philosophical idea that the passing of time leads to gaining of wisdom. Harwood shows that growth and development are a critical part of defining our individuality. She has effectively used poetic techniques such as construction; vivid imagery and the context of her own life to explore this idea and contributed to the textual integrity of the piece. External contextual readings and values of the poem have illuminated the significance of the piece in asserting the value of friendship and relationships, and presented various ideas such as the inevitability of death, the significance that past events and memories play in shaping present perception as well as the defining of individuality through growth and development. Together, this contributes to the memorability of the poem.
It’s hard to find the space to think in a world increasingly dominated by digital media. With “The Thinking Life,” Forni provides a remedy to this ‘age of distraction’ and looks to rediscover the art of serious thinking. The wisdom of classical philosophers like Socrates and Plato is channeled by Forni, as well as everyday situations, in order to explain how we can successfully think our way through an increasingly complex world and live a better
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n the introduction of the poem the writer mentions that the poem is meant to relate to the speakers experience with encountering nature. With much thought into this idea, could you not say that you could relate this poem to the experience of the way society is changing today. In our lives we get use to certain people that we could never "unnoticed" them, but there are a couple of others that we may not even bother with or notice they are there. In the first stanza they question the appearance of the fellow and in reality that may be them questioning the appearance of some people in their lives.
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The short stanzas containing powerful imagery overwhelm the readers forcing them to imagine the oppression that the speaker went through in
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