The end of a semester!!!
And not to sound too pessimistic, but frankly I am quite ready for it to be over. This semester, unlike the first two, has drained me; the holidays will be a welcome rest.
I might even learn the guitar!!!
Or take singing lessons!
Or go overseas! This though seems unlikely due to my monetary challenges…
Maybe bungee jumping! Wait the monetary challenges…
Who knows what I will do? I just know I welcome any offers that come my way.
We had a very interesting tutorial this week and I have a lot to write about, but first I will talk a little about our lecture.
The main thing I wish to talk about is an artist’s perception. We have read Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”, but in the lecture we got to view a film based on the play, showing a different artists view, the part I wish to focus on is the end.
The play ends with the character Jack finding out that Lady Bracknell is in fact his Aunt, and that his actual name isn’t Jack, but rather Earnest John like his father. This meant that Gwendolyn had found her Earnest and Lady Bracknell was sufficed with their engagement. This lent the play a funny note to finish on, showing that no real growth had emerged in the characters, providing satire against the high class of his time. The film though depicted a different ending.
In the film Jack tells Gwendolyn that his name is in fact Earnest, as in like in the play is very happy, though in the film Lady Bracknell finds the records and sees that his father’s name was John not Earnest, leading to a difference, yet slight similarity due to the same names being used. Lady Bracknell though shows a softer side in the film as she disregards this name difference by throwing away the record as she sees Gwendolyn and “Earnest’s” happiness. This is totally different to the play; the film shows a lighter sight to Lady Bracknell and highlights the satire. It shows the director/writer of this film wasn’t sure the subtle of Wilde’s writing was suitable for all audiences so he may have thought that by exaggerating the end was more appropriate. I personally find both artists ending adequate; Wilde’s because it highlights that no growth had taken place, which would have been the view of his time. The director/writer of the film though chooses to show the humour more evidently, Jack/Earnest lying to get the girl and Lady Bracknell easing up, to give the audience more of a happy ending. I know I may have waffled I just felt it necessary to highlight different views of art.
This was a poem I wrote after class on the train. Not sure if it’s about me or a fictional person, I guess it’s a bit of both.
Don’t shy away, stand tall and proud;
Keep your smile shining, cry your voice loud.
Strum if you want to; never fear you’ll fail;
Go ahead, push that Ivory; discard the veil.
Don’t shy away, Do it for you.
Don’t hide your talent, happiness will ensue.
Do you dare not try, could you bare that fate?
A life not tried could lead to self hate.
In our tutorial today we looked some more of Wilde, Preface to “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. Some of the lines of this passage either rang true to my own beliefs or shone some more light on the person Wilde was. Each quote is in the order it would come in the passage; firstly:
“To reveal art and conceal art is the artists aim”
I found this to be rather contradictive of Wilde’s persona. Although I realize films do not accurately portray a person’s life, in the film we watched on Wilde after his play finished he stood out in front of the audience and genuinely enjoyed his feat, he proudly showed himself off, hardly concealing himself. I feel this may be somewhat related to “De Profundis”, where Wilde after explaining what brilliance he had, claims “I let myself be lured into long spells of senseless and sensual ease.” This could be a senseless act, not concealing his art, becoming overwhelmed by his own genius.
“The highest and lowest form of criticism is a form of Autobiography”
I found this quote is Wilde explaining that we show much of our self through the criticism of others work. In our own criticisms of others and others work we show whether we are enthusiastic, quiet, happy, hate filled, light, dark, kind and the list goes on. If someone was to read my or others LiveJournals were we openly critique the works of others, they would get a fairly extensive view of us.
“There is no such thing as a moral or immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all.”
I feel this is Wilde’s opinion against censorship. A book cannot be immoral if it is well written; if it’s well written and has a clear message to send than it cannot be immoral. Books can though be poorly written, where if there is no meaning and a book is just smutty, or violent for no reason it isn’t immoral just a poor written piece of literature.
“We can forgive a man for making useful things as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is if one admires it intensely.”
I feel this is Wilde’s view of things. He understands why others create useful things but he doesn’t feel they deserve admiration; they have a purpose and should be used as such. Though he feels that art, although useless, is the only thing that deserves ones intense admiration, he doesn’t wish you to find a use for it or to judge why it is, just admire it for it; art for arts sake.
“All art is quite useless”
I just really enjoyed this quote because it backed up my previous point about art being useless, but is there to be admired by all.
Overall this has been a very challenging semester. The introduction of the E-Portfolio, which I’m now led to understand will become very beneficial in my career, which will have a significant part saved for my literature exploits.
This semester I found Tolstoy to be the most enjoyable; his writing was so intense and real, I could feel his passion in every page and I enjoyed that he didn’t feel the need to always finish with a happy ending. I also enjoyed Wordsworth and the other romantic poets, their views and ideals rang true to me and I felt a connection with them.
So goodbye first semester, be sure to know that I will not forget you anytime soon.
I now welcome 20th century literature, a subject I am very much looking forward too having a tangible connection with.
Jake Dowers J
After I had finished this post I began to think of my upcoming holidays this poem came to mind. I know this was a very large post but this is the last for the semester so I thought why not add it anyway.
I see six weeks in front of me,
Why do I feel so stuck?
I leave one institute and enter another;
Fine, it may be a metaphor for my mind,
Still those four walls are suffocating.
My friends fly away,
I expected 900, though as a
Student only receiving casual work
I clearly didn’t deserve it.
Can you please fly me away?
Anywhere will do.
Boredom suffocates creativity
Well it does in this case.
Why whine to a pad?
You cannot help.
I guess I will just suppress
And look towards the boring,
Faraway, seemingly unobtainable future.
Try a smile;