I choose option b. I think that when referring to such an innocent state and the loss of it, there is very little comedy that can be portrayed and usually if done so it is done poorly and just re-iterates the loss of said innocence. I think of "the chimney sweep". How can that be turned to comical unless you portray a picture of scenes from "Mary Poppins" but then that is not a reality and would be figment of the poor child's imagination. It is a very serious text for the most part and hard to keep your emotions kept at bay and not take such things seriously.

Option B.  The texts I read this week didn't appear to have that much irony in them.  There was a disconnect between the feelings of the main character and the apparent feelings of "The herd", but not to a humorous effect. I read Young Goodman Brown, Salvation, American history, on seeing the 100% perfect girl, the chimney sweeper, and the Tyger. Most of these stories and poems had tone of Melancholy and seriousness.  Both American history and Young Goodman Brown had a sense of "This is how everyone else feels and tells me to feel, this is what I feel". Brown exclaims how "My faith is gone! Sin is but a name" and in American history she feels nothing when JFK is shot and how her mother thinks she is "Moony" over Eugene and preaches of morality and virtue, "Things that mean nothing to me."
"Salvation" has the same sort of existential realization of existence and the feeling of isolation from the estrangement from others and how that makes you feel.  I think the authors did a wonderful job in relaying that feeling in their works.

I chose option A for this portion and used the poem “The Road Not Taken,” by Robert Frost. I honestly didn’t know which text to choose. This one appealed to me because I have always heard the term taking the road less traveled. In this poem, the traveler is presented two different roads. One road is worn and the other is not. This poem best reflects innocence based on the decision at hand. The traveler is vulnerable not knowing where each road will take him.  The irony in this poem is the traveler chose to take the road that many had not. He took the risk of the unknown and it succeeded his expectations. In the last paragraph is tells of his attitude towards his decision, “I took the one less traveled by, and that made all the difference.” This shows experience by the outcome of his decision. We all make decisions that can be less conventional, but in the end it is the choices that makes our journey.
 

I chose to discuss option b. The text I chose from this week's reading that I felt was a comedy was the poem "Hazel Tells LaVerne." This is the classic story of the princess and the frog, told slightly different. The author begins by eluding to the classic story only to end up with her flushing the frog down the toilet. There are many factors that contribute to this being humor. First the author uses a story that most people know and can relate to only to change what we expect to happen. The author also uses a different writing style to help portray the kind of person the princess of the story is. The other text I chose is the poem The Road Not Taken. This is also a well known text with a predictable ending however it has a much more serious tone. Even though it is a poem that most people know reading it become very thought provoking and you begin to examine the different "roads" taken in your own life. I don't think I find one style, humor or seriousness more satisfying. I think we need both. I obviously enjoy humor but enjoy the opposite as well. In order to full understand anything we need to have both sides. 

I chose "option A" and I chose to talk about the essay wrote by Langston Hughes "Salvation".  This essay I would have to say is a very good example of irony. The boy is brought to tears over the him choosing that he saw God instead of staying true to himself and falling in with peer pressure. I think that irony is a essential part of literature because is give the reader a clear outlook on what the characters actions are and how they affect the play, poem, or essay. Irony does portray innocence especially in this essay because the boy falls into the pressure of being saved instead of remaining true to himself and who he is. It gives the right a kind of out when he is trying to get a point across to the reader instead off just calling it irony. Langston Hughes uses a lot of irony in his essays, poems, and plays. He is a very good writer, because after reading this, it makes you want to stay true to who you are instead who "they" want you to be.

I chose Option A with the poem  "Spring and Fall" by Gerard Manley Hopkins.  In this poem the Margaret is grieving over the passing of spring and the coming of fall.  The  irony of the poem is in fall all the leafs are falling and represent Margaret is dying and aging.  Spring represents rebirth and being young.  Maragaret has already reached a certain level of maturity and feels sorrow at the onset of Autumn.  The reader understands that every year Margaret will go through the same emotions as fall approaches.  The authors way of confronting grief is emotional and vague.   The poem is written to address a young child.  It seems that Hopkins was turning this into a musical piece where each line has four beats.  The first eight lines has a more sing-along effect then the last seven.   I thought this poem was interesting and a had a lot meaning behind it.  It made me think about the seasons in a different way. 

I hope you’ll forgive my only talking on one poem for Option B, but this is one of my most favorite poems, and I have a lot to say about it. “My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning is one I find very interesting.  I do believe that the person speaking in this poem is y Alfonso II d'Este who was the fifth Duke of Ferrara.  His innocence is skewed, in my opinion.  When I interpret this poem, I see her (the last Duchess) not as a painting on the wall, but as a taxidermied body in his “gallery”. With this interpretation in mind, I think the comedy and seriousness of this poem are intertwined. Throughout this piece, you can sense his jealousy of other men she talked to and looked at. “She looked on, and her looks went everywhere”, “…as if she ranked my gift of a nine-hundred-years-old name with anybody’s gift”. His jealousy led to his killing her. Now, he can position her any way, she cannot disobey him, and her eyes look only at him as he pleases. His innocence does not exist, but in his own mind it does. He believes he is justified for his actions, he is a Duke after all. It is comedic because of the ridiculousness of his behavior, and the fact that he is insane enough to put her on display for his guests to see. At the same time, however, it cannot be taken too lightly because it is murder and morally wrong. Can you imagine being a guest of his and all of the sudden he reveals the “portrait” of his wife to you? (There is more support outside of what I mentioned for my thesis of this poem, read it again and see if you can agree... should make for good discussion.)

I chose Option A with the Poem, Plus C'est la Meme Chose by Katherine McAlpine. It is a poem describing a dance between young 7th grade adolescents at a school as seen from the eyes of a chaperone. The narrator finds irony that the gathering is called a "dance" when the young men and women merely stand around. It describes that awkward time between being a child and an adult where you can't muster the courage. The dance is supposed to be carefree and fun but the atmosphere (by the thoughts of the narrator) is stiff and filled with prepubescent angst. At the end, the girls actually leave “en masse” to fix their hair leaving the boys. The author actually asks in the poem “ If nobody plans to dance, what’s this dance for?” Just before the girls leave, the boys begin to drift tin towards the girls to dance but they leave to fix their hair. I can see the author’s irony and frustration at the “dance” or should I call it “awkward stand off”.

Option b. One of the poems that I found had comedy in it was "Hazel Tells LaVerne" The poem is about the classic prince who is asking for a kiss so he stops being a frog.  I found it funny that while the girl is having a conversation with the frog, she never questions the speaking ability of the frog, but when the frog mentions that she could be a princess she does not believe him.
Another poem that I really liked and is on the serious side is "Unsaid" It reminded me a lot of "We wear the Mask" It talks about the things we do not say, but the fact that we do not talk about them doesn't mean that they are not important or "less real".
I think both styles of poems are just as effective on getting the point across. Some times we feel in the mood to read something light and funny and other times to read something more serious. I think the same goes for the authors, sometimes they are in the mood to write something funny and other times serious. I think these preferences depend on the situation you find yourself in at that moment.

I chose “option A” when discussing irony, I choose the text “Salvation.” I thought this was most fitting because while young children do not understand, let alone have been taught about irony, it happens to them without notice. This can be seen in the text when a young boy is seeking the light of Jesus and wanting to be saved by Jesus; to in a sense preserve his innocence. Instead he is subjected to peer pressure, when all the other children stand up and confirm that they have seen Jesus and stating that they have been saved. The young boy instead of remaining true to himself, he falls to peer pressure and is the last to stand up and state that he has seen Jesus and believes he has been saved. When someone stands up to state they have seen Jesus, it can provide some comfort in a form of innocence, but ironically because this boy feel to the peer pressure he lost his religious innocence instead and instead of feeling whole and “saved” he is feeling shameful and begins to cry. Irony is an extremely useful tool in writing it can help provide substance to a objective the author is trying to reach and/or provide to the reader.
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