Wednesday, August 28, 2013

First Homework Assignment

Good Afternoon,

Don't forget to post a response to this blog entry for tomorrow's class.  You need to select a passage from a piece of writing that resonates with you.  Try to choose something that you both find entertaining and artfully crafted.  Once you make your selection, post the selection as a comment along with the title and author of the work.

See you Thursday!

-Ms. Hoffmann


  1. Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth
    -The Gettysburg Address. Abraham Lincoln.

  2. Keith Piontek

    "And the problem with these religious leaders is that, like many fans, who they were on the outside didn't match up with what was on the inside. In this chapter Jesus preaches one of his last sermons here on earth and it's directed right at these religious leaders. He doesn't hold anything back. If you grew up thinking of Jesus as a Mr. Rogers of Nazareth who was always smiling, winking at people, and wearing a sweater vest, the tone Jesus takes with these religious leaders may surprise you."

    Title: Not a Fan
    Author: Kyle Idleman

  3. Martin Luther King
    I Have a Dream
    Dermot Hughes
    baek to hiississippi, go back to Alaf
    hma, go back to Sonth Carolina, go back to Georgia, go .
    twk to Louisiana, go back to the slum and ghet-tm d our
    Nmthern cities, knowing somehow this situation &an
    and will be cihamged. Lit us not wa.Ilow in the vailey of
    I say to you %day,my friends, though, even though
    we face the difficultiesof toclay and torno~~ow,I still haw
    a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the Amerieaa
    cham. I have a dream thak me day this nation will rise
    up, live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these
    truths to be self-erident, that all men are created equal."
    I have a dream tbt olle day on the red hills of Georgia
    sow of for~rmei- slaves and the *om of former slave-owners
    will be able to sit down together at tqhe table of brother-
    hod. I have a dream that one day even the state of
    Mississippi, a state sweltering with the beat d injustice,
    (Copyright 1963, MARTINLUTHF~KING, JR.)

  4. "We observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom -- symbolizing an end, as well as a beginning -- signifying renewal, as well as change. For I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forebears prescribed nearly a century and three-quarters ago.

    The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe -- the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.

    We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans -- born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage, and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world."

    Inaugural Address

    John F. Kennedy

  5. Thanatopsis
    By William Cullen Bryant

    To him who in the love of Nature holds
    Communion with her visible forms, she speaks
    A various language; for his gayer hours
    She has a voice of gladness, and a smile
    And eloquence of beauty, and she glides
    Into his darker musings, with a mild
    And gentle sympathy, that steals away
    Their sharpness, ere he is aware. When thoughts
    Of the last bitter hour come like a blight
    Over thy spirit, and sad images
    Of the stern agony, and shroud, and pall,
    And breathless darkness, and the narrow house,
    Make thee to shudder, and grow sick at heart;--
    Go forth under the open sky, and list
    To Nature's teachings, while from all around--
    Earth and her waters, and the depths of air,--
    Comes a still voice--Yet a few days, and thee
    The all-beholding sun shall see no more
    In all his course; nor yet in the cold ground,
    Where thy pale form was laid, with many tears,
    Nor in the embrace of ocean shall exist
    Thy image. Earth, that hourished thee, shall claim
    Thy growth, to be resolv'd to earth again;
    And, lost each human trace, surrend'ring up
    Thine individual being, shalt thou go
    To mix forever with the elements,
    To be a brother to th' insensible rock
    And to the sluggish clod, which the rude swain
    Turns with his share, and treads upon. The oak
    Shall send his roots abroad, and pierce thy mould.
    Yet not to thy eternal resting place
    Shalt thou retire alone--nor couldst thou wish
    Couch more magnificent. Thou shalt lie down
    , With patriarchs of the infant world--with kings
    The powerful of the earth--the wise, the good,
    Fair forms, and hoary seers of ages past,
    All in one mighty sepulchre.--The hills
    Rock-ribb'd and ancient as the sun,--the vales
    Stretching in pensive quietness between;
    The vernal woods--rivers that move
    In majesty, and the complaining brooks
    That make the meadows green; and pour'd round all,
    Old ocean's grey and melancholy waste,--
    Are but the solemn decorations all
    Of the great tomb of man. The golden sun,
    The planets, all the infinite host of heaven,
    Are shining on the sad abodes of death,
    Through the still lapse of ages. All that tread
    The globe are but a handful to the tribes
    That slumber in its bosom.--Take the wings
    Of morning--and the Barcan desert pierce,
    Or lost thyself in the continuous woods
    Where rolls the Oregan, and hears no sound,
    Save his own dashings--yet--the dead are there,
    And millions in those solitudes, since first
    The flight of years began, have laid them down
    In their last sleep--the dead reign there alone.--
    So shalt thou rest--and what if thou shalt fall
    Unnoticed by the living--and no friend
    Take note of thy departure? All that breathe
    Will share thy destiny. The gay will laugh,
    When thou art gone, the solemn brood of care
    Plod on, and each one as before will chase
    His favourite phantom; yet all these shall leave
    Their mirth and their employments, and shall come,
    And make their bed with thee. As the long train
    Of ages glide away, the sons of men,
    The youth in life's green spring, and he who goes
    In the full strength of years, matron, and maid,
    The bow'd with age, the infant in the smiles
    And beauty of its innocent age cut off,--
    Shall one by one be gathered to thy side,
    By those, who in their turn shall follow them.
    [So live, that when thy summons comes to join
    The innumerable caravan, that moves
    To the pale realms of shade, where each shall take
    His chamber in the silent halls of death,
    Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night,
    Scourged to his dungeon, but sustain'd and sooth'd
    By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave,
    Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
    About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams. ]

  6. "Whether we turn to the declarations of the past, or to the professions of the present, the conduct of the nation seems equally hideous and revolting. America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future" Fredrick Douglass "The Hypocrisy of American Slavory"

  7. Jacob Tomlinson:

    Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives:

    Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 -- a date which will live in infamy -- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

    The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.

    Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.

    It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

    The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

    Yesterday, the Japanese government also launched an attack against Malaya.

    Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

    Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam.

    Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

    Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

    And this morning, the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

    Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

    As Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.

    No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

    I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

    Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.

    With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph -- so help us God.

    I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire."

    Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt

  8. “How thin the air felt at the forest's edge, how ghostly the trees that guarded their realm.... The whole world seemed as delicate as a dandelion seed, and as fleeting.... How sad to know that the figment village of my imagination would not vanish when I ended, to understand that it was not I who had invented the moon the first time I realized how lovely it was. To admit that it was not my breath that made the winds blow.... [M]y heart, my heart knew that when I closed my eyes I invented the night sky and the stars too. Wasn't the whole dome of the sky the same shape as the inside of my skull? Didn't I create the sun and the day when I raised my eyelids every morning?”