Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Summarizing, Moralizing, Analyzing

Time to practice! ANALYZE THIS POEM! Leave a comment of 5-7 sentences that ANALYZES the poem. Afterwards, read your classmate's comments and reply to the ones that summarizes/moralizes instead of analyzing.



"On Wiesel’s Night"

I cannot teach this book.  Instead,
I drop copies on their desks,
like bombs on sleeping towns,
and let them read.  So do I, again.
The stench rises from the page
and chokes my throat.
The ghosts of burning babies
haunt my eyes.
And that bouncing baton,
that pointer of Death,
stabs me in the heart
as it sends his mother
to the blackening sky.
Nothing is destroyed
the laws of science say,
only changed.
The millions transformed into
precious smoke ride the wind
to fill our lungs and hearts
with their cries.

No, I cannot teach this book.
I simply want the words
to burn their comfortable souls
and leave them scarred for life.

            by Thomas E. Thorton
           

45 comments:

  1. In this pome it's saying that he wants everything that has happened in the war to stay in peoples minds and life every day so no one will ever for get what happened to the Jews an all the other people.

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    1. This is summarizing, and not following Mr. Pyon's directions. You did not write 5-7 sentences like he asked.

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    2. "In this poem it's saying" immediately lets you know that you are SUMMARIZING the plot of the poem

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    3. You epically failed with your spelling sir :P

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    4. You just took lines from the poem and copy/pasted

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    5. It's saying leads you on to summarizing obviously !!!!!!!!

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  2. "That pointer of Death, stabs me in the heart," The soldiers are around him, taunting him, he knows they will soon get a good meal in less than an hour. He is sad, torchered, and beaten by this pointer of death. This bouncing baton, constantly "bounces" off of the backs of his friends, his family, and all he can do is watch. The pointer of death symbolizes the strength that the Gernans had over the Jews in the internment camps. A symbol of indefinite torcher that will be remembered by the descendants of all the survivors and those that care.

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    1. The first half of the comment is SUMMARIZING. The last two sentences get into some analysis. A good attempt overall, however.

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  3. The ghosts of burning babies haunt my eye


    The Nazis during the Holocaust seemd to be careless due to the fact that they literally destroyed humans. They demolished every aspect from a human being. The fact tha the Jews had to watch their family deport one by one had to be a horrific site.

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    1. Didn't he ask for 5 to7 sentences?

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  4. Thorton's poem uses figurative language to show his despair at trying to teach this novel, dropping them like bombs onto students desks, hopping to make them uncomfortable and grateful for what they have. He implies you cannot teach the things in this book, that the horrors of the novel are not something that can be learned but rather the novel experienced and the students forever changed.

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    1. You simply restated what the author wrote in the poem, this is called Summarizing.

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  5. No, I cannot teach this book. I simply want the words to burn their comfortable souls and leave them scarred for life. Thomas thirtim describes in these three lines his passion and fury , Thornton explains how we the American life s comfortable never having to undergo utters destruction but, he wants to teach so students will have a fuller understanding of the pain the Jewish community suffered.

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    1. This comment moralizes the poem into a message about American comfort versus Jewish persecution during the Hoocaust.

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  6. "No, I cannot teach this book. I simply want the words to burn their comfortable souls and leave them scarred for life"
    He uses personification to show how the words of this book could "burn" someone's soul. The words can change you completely because they are so powerful. They are even powerful enough to scar you for the rest f your life.

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  7. No, I cannot teach this book.
    I simply want the words
    to burn their comfortable souls
    and leave them scarred for life.
    Their is no way teach the book. One must read and understand for theirselves.

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  8. In this Poe, Thomas E. Thorton compares many things to the horrible events of the holocaust. Millions of chidren and mothers were sent through the chimneys of the furnace into a blackened sky and it's as if he can smell the stench of burning flesh. From reading this book it has became so real for him. He imagines the imagery of burning baby's and it hurts his heart like nothing else. He can't teach this book because it has became so real for him...too real.

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    1. Summarizing the plot of the poem

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  9. In Thomas E. Thornton's, "On Wiesel's night" he expresses his own opinions on the events of the halocaust. Thornton speaks of how the burning babies ghosts haunt his eyes. Any type of ghost would normally haunt our eyes, however, babies that were burned tend to grab our attention even more due to the fact that they are innocent. He also it's out the fact that science claims that nothing is destroyed just Changed. This is in fact a true statement. Although the Jewish race was almost destroyed, they were only changed. It is near impossible to eradicate a whole race and believe that There will not be any history of them left behind.

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    1. I think this analysis was very well put

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  10. The teacher is explaining how he can't teach this book. He says so because of the horrible things that happen in this book. He says he dropped the books on their desks like bombs on sleeping towns. When he says that he must of meant that he dropped them very loudly and they were not expecting it. When he says the millions transformed into smoke he is referring to some of the horrible things that go on in this book. He says also about ghosts and it must mean that people are passing away in this book.

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    1. Way to summarize.

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    2. Summarizing -_____-

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  11. In Thortons poem he uses imagery from the memoir Night by Elie Wiesel to describe why he can not simply teach this book to his pupils. He states that he only wants the words to "burn their comfortable souls and leave them scared for life. The symbolism of the burning of souls is a constant fear of being on the edge of life and death but one can not decide their own fate. He wants the make his pupils aware of that feeling all those millions went through. For the image to be carried with them like the smoke of all those murdered innocent souls.

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  12. In this poem, On Wiesel's Night, Thomas Thorton attempt to explain that the horrors of the Holocaust cannot be taught. The only manner to be able to know the reality of the cruelty of the Holocaust is to actually be there to experience the burning of a sibling, parent, relative or neighbor. He then states that "I simply want the words to burn their comfortable souls and leave them scarred for life." Though it seems as if his reason for "teaching" the book is just to disturb the conscious of his students. This method is not meant to scare students, but instead it is meant to expose the fear associated with the genocide of the Jewish people in the most effective manner.

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  13. In this poem by Thomas E. Thorton, he epasizes the horrible that happened during the holocaust and that people need to know. Thorton believes that people need to know about the terrible things that happened. Near the beginning of the poem he says: "I drop copies on their desks, like bombs on sleeping towns, and let them read." In this quote he is saying the books are just like the bombs that destroyed the camps and villages during the holocaust. But also no matter how much you want somebody to learn about what happened, you can't force people to know.

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  14. The author of this poem compares Wiesel's book to a bomb. Simply because the book was so graphic and horrifying about Wiesel's experiences that it was like a bomb being dropped on the reader when they read it.

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    1. Starts off on the right track, but the you simply summarize what he writes. Instead, explain WHY he compares it to a bomb. What about a bomb does he want to emphasize about the book?

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    2. Good points you have here, but what else could it have meant, besides the books like bombs?

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    3. Not enough sentences.

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  15. Much to be said about this poem, but the main points that stick out are the ones that infer of refer back to some of the horrible events that occurred, "dropped books on their desks like bombs on a sleeping town". It's as if it pains him to speak of the most unbearable events that doomed more than thousands of innocent Jewish people.

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    1. Explain WHY it pains him. What type of figurative language does he use to describe this pain?

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  16. The poet wrote this because he wants everyone to remember the holocaust and the injustices to Jew. And also he states that he can't teach the book because it might disturb the students. He needs to let them read it and learn for themselves what it's about. Also the students have to know that they shouldn't have to be scared of this subject. In the end they are going to learn this.

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    1. Good analyzing.

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    2. Actually, all this comment does is summarize what happens in the poem. That is considered summary. It doesn't try to analyze a symbol, metaphor, etc

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  17. The last sentence of the 1st stanza is describing how the memory of the holocaust is still here today. The memory of the holocaust is still burned into remaining survivors even in the year 2012. He uses the transformation of human to smoke to describe how the holocaust will not be forgotten: " our lungs are filled with their cries". This is an excellent example of how to use figurative language to describe how we will remember.

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  18. In Thomas E. Thorton's "On Wiesels Night", he deeply expresses how he feels about the events of the holocaust. In the poem, Thorton writes about the ghost of babies haunting his eyes. I would think any ghost would haunt our eyes, but more so if it were a young child. The reason being because babies are innocent and have not committed any great sins. To most people, It would be more depressing to witness a young child being killed rather than an older person.

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    1. Do not speak in first person : I would think

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  19. In this poem the book is compared to as a bomb. Choaking on the smell, meaning he can not handle even being close to it. Wanting the words to burn their soul and leaving them scared for life, he wants them to know how bad of a time this was and for them to never want to experience this again. The ghost of burning Babies haunt my eyes saying that he can just see the babies dying right in front of him. The millions transformed into smoke just to fill our heart with heir cries, meaning they only wanted us to know the horrifying things that happened to them.

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  20. "The stench rises from the page and chokes my throat" symbolizes the pain that the writer went through smelling the stench of the burning bodies that were put in the crematorium. Thomas E. Thorton shows us what pain and suffering that the Jewish community of Europe went through during WWII. He also states "the ghost of burning babies haunts my soul" which signified that they did not care how old you were,mid you were a Jew then you nothing but a faceless and nameless creature to them. This entire poem represents the hardship that the Jews went through during this time, and how it effected him as a reader.

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  21. The burning ghost of the babies hunts the author's thoughts, and send a symbolic message to the author of how dangerous the lifes of these infants were. The thoughts that run through the author's head when he reconcile the images of the babies destrubs him.

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  22. In Thomas E. Thortons poem, he emphasizes that the darkening sky is is a place that Elie sees from the destruction of what has happened. Elie Wiesel has a dark and graphical past that has been hidden. His mother symbolizes the dark sky because she died before the others and it brings memories to his mind

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  23. Thomas Thornton states the smoke that ride with the wind which symbolize the people that have been killed and the family's feeling that carry out through the nation. These feeling fill our lungs which makes us cry the whole quote is saying when the feelings of the hurt affect the people around us the feeling reaches our soft spots and causes us to be sorrowful for the people.

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