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Narrative Poetry

The Poet: Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 and grew up in the region of Dorsetshire, England. He attended a local school until he was sixteen, when he was apprenticed to an architect in Dorchester. Between 1865 to 1867, Hardy wrote many poems but none of them were published. Convinced that novelist make a living, Hardy spent nearly 30 years writing novels before devoting himself to poetry. His 1st poem collection, The Wessex Poems, was not published until 1898 when he was 58 years old. In the following 30 years he wrote nearly a thousand poems. Hardy continued his writing until his death in 1928.

Analysis of “The Man He Killed”

In the poem “The Man He Killed”, we can see that the narrator was regretted for killing a man which might be his present drinking companion. This thus hinted the importance of place and placement towards his opposed soldier. In order to contrast the conflict between the two, Hardy presents the scene of them shooting each other “face to face”, as if in a mirror. The phase “I shot him as he at me”, yet the outcome is fatally opposite for the 2 soldiers. For the narrator, he is just performing his own duty without any ambition neither understanding. As we can see in his last stanza, we can see that this returned soldier was haunted by his enemy’s death, unwillingly to accept the truth of his act. The barbaric cruelty of war can be clearly reflected through this poem.

Poetic Style

The rhyme scheme of this poem is quite simple: the 1st line and 3rd line in each of the 5 stanza scheme so do the 2nd and the 4th lines. Most of the lines of the poem are written in trimeter but the 3rd line in every stanza is longer, which is written in tetrameter. Dramatic monologue used by Hardy is to speak in his poem without using his own voice.

Theme

The cruelty of war as it forced both man to shot down each other as enemies instead of being friends.

The Poet: Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 in Boston. His parents died before he was three years old and was raised by Frances Keeling Valentine Allan and her husband John Allan. In 1825, Poe entered the University of Virginia but was forced to leave after one semester due to the lack of financial support. In 1827, he left for Boston and enlisted himself in the army. During this period, he did some poetry writing, Tamerlane and other Collections. In 1836, he married his cousin, Virginia Clemm and later on achieved success on his poem “The Raven”. On October 7, 1849, Edgar Allan Poe passed away at the age of 40.

Analysis of “The Raven”

The poem “The Raven” is about an unnamed narrator who passes his time by reading a strange book of ancient knowledge as a way to forget the feeling of losing his love, Lenore. The narrator is being visited by the raven, a talking bird which only knows the word “Nevermore”. The raven is the metaphor that is known as the ‘devil bird’ which suggests the element of dark magic and believed to be a messenger that is being sent from the afterlife.  Being driven by the sadness of losing his love, the narrator lets his imagination to transform the bird as a messenger that brings news that the narrator will “Nevermore” be united to his love neither at heaven.

Theme

Alienation and loneliness is the main theme of the poem “The Raven”. We can see that the narrator is being brought out of his isolation by the raven and the only word that it speaks. The speaker actually fears that the raven might be a messenger from hell and knows the secrets of the afterlife that it does not want to disclose. Besides that, losing the love of his life, Lenore, the speaker prefers to remain lonely to release the pain that he felt. Throughout the poem, the memory of Lenore increases as the speaker loses his composure, that he needed concentration and control to stop thinking of her.

Poetic Style

The poem is comprised of eighteen stanzas of six lines each using a trochaic octameter which is made up of words that are stressed syllables and unstressed syllables. The rhyme scheme is not consistent.

Comparison between Thomas Hardy and Edgar Allan Poe

From the analysis above, we can know that even though both poets are from different centuries, yet their poems share the same theme of alienation of humankind. Hardy portrayed it through implementing war to distort the relationship whereas Poe used dark fantasy to animate alienation. Unlike Hardy, Poe loves to use 1st person narration to write his poems. Both personas in their poems are suffering of a certain circumstance: for Hardy’s persona is the regret of killing an enemy who may become a friend if they meet in a tavern instead of on the battlefield, for Poe’s persona will be agony of losing someone he love and fear of being alone. With this, we can state that both poets truly understand the feelings of an abandoned man with no choices.


Music – What Does It Do For You?

Without a doubt, everyone has their own views on music and a person’s definition of music might differ from one another. As for me, I personally define music as a stretch of sound that includes sounds of musical instruments, be it a symphony or a song. I believe each piece of music would deliver their own meanings to the listeners, mostly related to emotions. In other words, feelings and emotions can be expressed through music which makes music unique. Also, I listen to a wide range of music genre, from heavy metal to trance music, from hip hop to pop music.


I’ve learned to play the piano with a private tutor only when I reached the age of 14 since only then, my parents bought me a Yamaha piano. But sadly, due to the upcoming major examination I had to face, I stopped attending classes when I was 16 when I was qualified as a Grade 4 student under The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) examination. However, my musical background doesn’t affect my perspective on music but, in my point of view, it does make me consider piano as a special musical instrument. To me, piano seems like a ‘delicate’ and ‘graceful’ musical instrument but surprisingly, the sound that the piano makes able to produce any genre of music ranging from rock music to lullabies. Moreover, music has played a few important roles in my daily life such as motivating me to study and in helping me emotionally.

People say full-concentration and focus is required so as to be able to study well and do revisions effectively. However, it is necessary for me to listen to music while revising although many people find it preposterous and ridiculous. Somehow, I am able to study efficiently with the help of music, perhaps, better. Even though many people say music would only disrupt your concentration, so far, I don’t find it that way. Be it a subject that requires calculation or a reading subject, I could still revise well listening to music. Apart from that, listening to music motivates me to keep studying and prevent me from slacking off. Especially in keeping me awake.

Furthermore, music helps me emotionally; it aids me in controlling my emotions, sort of like a ‘music therapy’. By way of explanation, the rhythms, beats and lyrics in music affects my emotions although not significantly, it still do the job. To be honest, I have anger management issues and I am certainly not proud of it. Whenever I get infuriated and irritated to the core, I just ignore everything and listen to some music or songs, and sooner and later I would feel much better, if not completely calmed down. What’s more, when I feel a bit down and gloomy, listening to certain songs that suites my mood can soothe my feelings.

To put it briefly, I find music interesting and clearly, I still have a long way to go to learn about music and about the uniqueness of it in depth. Truthfully, I am more than excited and thrilled to delve into the world of music!


Motorola XOOM – Do you like it?

The Motorola XOOM is said to be Android’s response to the iPad released by Apple. This tablet PC was the combined effort between Motorola and Google. With their combined efforts, this tablet PC has dealt some damage to the sales of Apple’s iPad. The only reason why this model isn’t the most popular tablet PC is probably due to its high cost. However, the high cost is worth it for a tablet PC of this calibre.The Motorola XOOM comes with 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2-based slate, 1GB of DDR2 RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

The processing power and memory of the XOOM far exceeds that of the iPad. Because of this, the XOOM is able to run faster than most tablet PCs.  However, this is also probably the reason for the high cost. This product looks nice and sleek but also lacks originality. It looks like any other tablet PC. The product is also a little heavier than the usual tablet PC due to its hardware but isn’t too heavy that it becomes a nuisance. The XOOM also comes with an accelerometer that enables both portrait and landscape view.

On a personal note, I feel that the product was made for landscape mode more than portrait mode due to its camera position. More about the camera will be discussed later.In terms of display screen, the Motorola XOOM has the advantage. It is both bigger and clearer than other tablet PCs. One thing Motorola is famous for is their audio. Their audio systems have always been very good. The XOOM proves this point.

It is able to play very loud sounds and plays sounds very clearly. I am not disappointed by their audio system. Besides that, another I like about the XOOM is its battery life. Motorola claims it can last up to 10 hours but on my personal experience, it only last for around 8-9 hours which is more than enough for me. This is great as I don’t have to bring the charger everywhere I go. Earlier I mentioned something about a camera.

Some of you might be confused. Well, the Motorola XOOM actually comes with a 5 megapixel camera. How neat is that? With this, you can now take pictures using your tablet PC anywhere you go. It does almost everything a laptop can and can even do things a mobile phone can, except make calls. In conclusion, the Motorola XOOM is a great tablet PC to have. It’s a great contender for the iPad and other famous brands. This product really takes the tablet PCs to another level.


How is the internet affecting the society now?

Information technology or commonly known as IT, has been a booming industry since decades ago. It has been increasingly popular that many gadgets nowadays has the function to go online so that people can browse through the internet at anytime and anywhere. It has changed the way the way people live their daily lives and continue to change in more ways than we can imagine.

With the creations of gadgets that enables us to be connected to the cyber world at anytime and anywhere, we have been relying on the internet in our day to day lives . The internet connects us with the rest of the world and has been an important aspect in many people’s lives and many depend on the internet to get their work across different parts of the world.

The internet has created many work opportunities as we can now do a lot of e-commerce work on the net without much cost and the internet is a fast and effective way in promoting products and companies. Many has gained recognition through the net because of its vast amount of users and the convenience of browsing through the net.

The convenience of the internet has also eliminated old fashion ways of how people communicate with each other. Gone are those days where people still communicate through mails and letters. Nowadays even the older generation are emailing with one another via the internet. Some people do not even need to see each other face to face to communicate anymore because there are instant messaging systems.

There are pros and cons of the emerging of the internet. Some of the pros are that one can communicate with people on the other parts of the world with ease and also it will be more cost effective as compared to phone calls and snail mails. Many organisation also made a lot of profit through the internet. Many businesses are succeeding because of the advancement of the internet.

People advertise more effectively because e-commerce is so popular right now. Many people take advantage of the internet and make use of marketing online. Because the internet has such a big amount of users, if you succeed, it really pays off. Take Mark Zuckerberg from facebook as an example.

The cons of the internet is that because it’s exposure to the society is so wide, many websites like pornography websites might be accessible to young children or teenagers without their parents knowing. Children can learn a lot through the internet, if used wisely, it is extremely rewarding but if used otherwise, the outcome could be detrimental.

Most parents are not aware of what their children is doing online or who they are communicating with. It is extremely dangerous because many crimes are committed through the internet and the awareness regarding these issues are not as widespread as many thought it would be.


Why is communication vital in a relationship?

According to Wikipedia, communication can be defined as an activity of conveying meaning information. The communication process involves the sender, a message and a recipient. There are also various types of communication processes like visual communication, nonverbal communication and oral communication.The process will be complete once the receiver understood the sender’s message.

Communication plays an important part in every relationship, be it a relationship with your partner, a relationship with your parents, siblings, friends, colleagues and even with your pet. It is important to communicate in an effective manner to keep the relationship alive and functional.

Many people tend to ignore this process as they think that many messages will be conveyed even without proper communication. Many people failed to realise that it is not healthy to keep problems bottled up in their hearts and when things go wrong, they will start blaming each other when everyone does not know what is the root of the problem due to lack of communication.

Many relationships failed because of a lack in communication between two parties and many still do not realise the crucial aspect of a good communication process. Many unnecessary misunderstandings can be avoided if everyone is just open about what they were thinking and let other parties know and just try to listen to what the other parties have to say.

A very common mistake made during a non effective communication process is that some tend not to listen thus creating an error in receiving messages sent out by the sender. This will create misunderstandings and maybe unwanted pressure on both ends to try to fix the problems caused later on.

Apart from that, communicate your ideas to others might help you get further than you ever think you could. For example, if one person has a creative idea about a group project and he or she states it out to the group rather than keeping it to he or herself, it might just earn her more points or even promotes her to a better position because of that idea.

Many problems arise from the lack of communication and many would not even bother to acknowledge this face and thus many problems continue to escalate from there on. Misunderstandings will hurt a relationship and if the relationship is not strong enough to withstand this, it will eventually ruined the relationship.

Since the communication aspect is so vital in a relationship. One should encourage those beside him or her to really respect this part of a relationship and really communicate to build an even stronger foundation in the future. Communication can ruin a relationship but it can also save a relationship if everyone is willing to put in some effort by just communicating in the right manner.


Coby Kyros MID7015 7-Inch Android Internet Touchscreen Tablet

The Coby Kyros MID7015 7-Inch Android Internet Touchscreen Tablet is a great competitor for the i-Pad. Honestly, I was a bit sceptical about buying this table. However, despite its looks, the Coby Kyros MID7015 7-Inch Android Internet Touchscreen Tablet is actually a decent device. It’s cheaper than other brands and has better value than some of them. It also comes with an extended warranty for only $18!

First of all, the unit itself feels really sturdy, which was a big surprise for me. I was expecting it to feel quite crappy but have to say that I have been proven wrong. It has solid buttons which have snappy responses. The sockets, such as the mini USB input seems alright. In short, I believe the Coby Kyros MID7015 7-Inch Android Internet Touchscreen Tablet is made to last.

Now, one of the most popular things people take into consideration when buying a table PC is the screen. Well, this unit has no problems there. Its screen is 7”, which is rather big in my opinion. On a personal note, I prefer the touchscreen of the Coby Kyros MID7015 7-Inch Android Internet Touchscreen Tablet better than other brands. The best thing about its touchscreen is that you don’t have to use your fingernail to use it. Heck, you don’t even need a stylus. It works great with fingertips and I am very pleased with it. This unit also comes with an accelerometer which functions really well. It only has a 1 second delay.

Another important feature that comes with this unit is its Internet ability. Setting up a connection is rather simple and fast. It didn’t take me long to be able to go onto the Internet. Navigation is also easy, nothing complicated. The speed was fast as well. Pages loaded in matter of seconds. For those who care, Facebook works great as well.

I am able to see all pictures and videos very easily and fast. It also has an Ap for Youtube which works well. I have loaded many videos on Youtube and have yet to face any problems. It streams fast enough that I don’t even have to wait for it to buffer. In my opinion, with its ability to surf the internet so well, it may be that I will not need a laptop ever again (I own a desktop at home).

All in all, the Coby Kyros MID7015 7-Inch Android Internet Touchscreen Tablet is a great device. I feel that the reviews out there do not do this unit justice. It’s a great device with a very reasonable price. I highly recommend it to all.

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Natural beauty recipes for shiny hair

Ever thought of making natural beauty remedies for shiny hair out of your own kitchen? There are actually a lot of ingredients in the kitchen that you can use to achieve shiny, silky hair. These are inexpensive and easy ways that one can use as oppose to expensive hair treatments and shampoos that hair saloon has to offer.

Tea hair rinse

Tea can actually make the hair shiny and silky. You can always use unfinished tea for this hair rinse recipe instead of wasting them. Simply boil some used tea leaves in just enough water. When the infused tea is ready, let the tea cool down and then use it as a last rinse for your hair.

Beer hair rinse

Beer can also be used as a hair rinse. Odd i know but it works, trust me! Used any unfinished beer you have at home or an unopened one will do as well, just rinse your hair with cool beer and that is all. This is said to be able to add more volume to the hair.

Honey lotion

Honey has many beauty benefits. Not only can you use it as a face mask, it can also be used as a hair lotion. Just add about 40 drops of honey to a pint of water and then apply on the scalp area. Because of it’s moisturising benefits, it actually aids in improving dry scalp conditions. Those with dandruff can try this method.

Lemon juice as hair bleach

If you want to bleach your hair but do not want to go for the extreme bleaching methods that they use in the hair saloon, you can actually use lemon juice as a natural bleaching agent. Lemon juice has whitening and bleaching effects and by just adding 2 tablespoons to your rinse water after shampooing will lighten your hair shades. No immediate effect though, has to be done after a few wash.

Mayonnaise hair mask

This might sound weird but mayonnaise is actually good for the hair. Regardless of the smell, it has mouisturising effect and helps keep your hair shiny and soft. Simply apply mayonnaise onto dry hair and let it sit for 30 minutes. Shampoo wash your hair after that, would not want to smell like mayonnaise after that!

Egg and milk hair mask

Eggs and milk are two of the most common ingredient that you can find in anyone’s kitchen. Not only are they healthy and taste delicious, it can be used as a hair mask as well. Beat two eggs in milk and apply it as a hair mask. Rinse and shampoo after leaving it on for 10 minutes. You will feel that your hair is softer and has more volume.

Olive oil moisturiser

Olive oil has many beauty benefits, it can be used as a facial moisturiser but also as a hair moisturiser. After shampooing your hair, apply some olive oil at the ends of your towel dried hair! Please do not apply too much, a small amount just to coat the ends of your hair. This should leave your hair silky soft!

The Apple MacBook Air MC505LL/A Review

One of the hottest laptops around now is the Apple MacBook Air MC505LL/A. Though many are a little sceptical about the MacBook Air, you can be rest assured that the Apple MacBook Air MC505LL/A is all it says it is.

I bought mine a few weeks after its release and am very happy with it. I generally like Apple products because it looks great and their customer support is really good. This product focuses mainly on mobility. This can be seen from its size. It’s amazingly thin and weighs less than 3 pounds. Its all-metal construction makes it quite durable, something most thin laptops seem to lack.

I personally thing that if I were to drop it two storey’s high, it would not suffer major damage but have never and will never try it out on purpose. The Apple MacBook Air MC505LL/A continues the large keyboard and trackpad that other MacBook Air has. This makes it much easier for the users to type and navigate through the laptop. However, I personally feel that the top function buttons are a little bit too small, making them quite difficult to press.

Also, I missed the backlights that were available with other MacBook Air models as well, but this isn’t a deal breaker. I am very pleased that I can type as fast as I can on the notebook. The trackpad is also very convenient.  Not only it is big, but thanks to the software that turn gestures into commands, it makes it very easy to navigate through the laptop.Some of you might be thinking that for such a small and slim laptop, the hardware inside would be rather low.

Wrong. The Apple MacBook Air MC505LL/A comes with 1.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor which is rather fast for something so small. Paired up with its 2 GB RAM, this laptop literally never lags. However, Apple said that their secret to making this laptop fast and lag free is its flash memory. It may be a little small in terms of size but it makes up for it with its incredible speed.

For those who are looking for speed more than space, then this laptop is a good consideration.All in all, the Apple MacBook Air MC505LL/A lives up to its name. It has great specifications, looks great externally and is really easy to navigate. The best part of it all has to be its size. Being so small, it’s one of the most mobile laptops I have ever owned. Highly recommendable.