September 29, 2010

The Wasteland

Filed under: Schoolwork — Chantelle @ 3:28 pm

We started studying a new poem in English last night called The Wasteland, by T.S. Eliot.

I’ll admit it. At first, I absolutely hated this poem. It made no sense, had no progression, and had no true definitive start and end points. It is impossible to read.

However, in class our prof was talking about some of the history behind the poem. This is an approach that very few of my professors have taken in the class before. It is common to learn about the authors themselves, but usually there is no story about how the work came to be.

In this particular case, she divulged that the original poem had actually been ~ 200 lines longer, and Eliot’s friend, Pound edited the poem for him and cut all of this out. This took away many of the connections between the different segments of the poem, and took away much of the poems flow. However, it gave the poem more of a dream-like feel. In essence, the poem was originally connected by being the thoughts of an older gentleman’s mind, disconnected by connected through him. In Pound’s edits, the introductionof the gentleman was removed, and hence this connection.

It truly is a fascinating poem… I’m glad that we are studying it.

You can read the poem here.

Studying this poem has really made me think about the thought progressions of my day-to-day life. How what goes on inside (thoughts) is completely different than your surroundings, and the randomness of it all.

My point? Lists and agendas can only do so much. Life is random. Embrace it.


June 16, 2010

Saskatoon Graffiti

Filed under: Schoolwork — Chantelle @ 10:24 am
Skateboard Graffiti along Spadina

One of the assignments I was given for my Women’s and Gender Studies class this week was to take a picture of some graffiti, write a sentence or two up about why you like it, and email it to the prof. It was a simple assignment, not worth much — so of course I fell in love with it.

This is the picture that I chose to send in with the assignment. My write-up about it is just about how it could be seen as a political statement – that pedestrians and bikers have designated walking areas, while skateboarders are continuously shoved into skateparks and out of the public’s eye.

So, being me and absolutely falling in love with any “artsy” assignment that I’m given, I called up one of my best friends and asked her if she would come take pictures of graffiti with me. (BTW Elsie – feel free to steal the pics :D)

We took a lot of pictures – and I consider all of them to be good ones, so I thought I’d share them with you instead of just letting them fester in the camera.


"Carrot" traincar in the yard by Erindale


Tar? Water? Some sort of symbolism here?


The sheaf of wheat in this picture looks distinctly evil



Cons 125 - Constable 125? Hmm.

Does this remind you of Mario Bros.?

Declaration of Love



Losing face




Keep Going





Environmental Mural - Oddly by a huge power box



No cars...



side view





Roof Top Deck with Stickers









You must learn!

Audrey Hepburn

Wine Rage

I don't know what this means but I like it


Whew! Sorry these pictures are so… all over the place, but I can’t seem to make them line up proper at all… WordPress is hard to post pictures in!

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