Blog Prompt #8 (April 12)

For your final blog post, consider each of the four drafts in your portfolio. What revisions and edits do you plan to do to complete your final portfolio?

2 comments for “Blog Prompt #8 (April 12)

  1. Anniebelle
    September 19, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    In “My Kind of Town: Charleston, South Carolina,” my dominant impression is that the author focuses on the history and past of Charleston as its main characteristic. She opens her piece with her sitting at her window “witnessing” a Civil War battle outside instead of seeing what is presently happening. The author showcases the historical lens through which she views her hometown; she focuses on the past more than the present, which is illustrated when she pretends not to see how Read Brothers has changed since she was a little girl. She would rather remember it as it was. Humphreys conveys her relationship to Charleston through her admiration of its history, whether general or personal; she furthermore connects her personal history to its general history, which is portrayed at the end when she sees a photograph of a girl in a calender whose identity she claims as her own.

    My dominant impression of “Where Silence is Sacred” is the sacredness of silence. Iyer achieves this by contrasting the noise he is used to in the opening paragraph. To Iyer, silence is the most important aspect of a chapel, much more than the religious services. Once the author enters the chapel, it is as if time pauses and all the noisy clutter of the city fades away. The author conveys his relationship with chapels by describing the serenity he has felt in them, personal anecdotes such as when he left his job to join a Japanese monastery, and also by quoting outside sources such as Emerson and BBC on the value of silence and how his appreciation for it has been shaped.

    In E.B. White’s “Once More to the Lake,” my dominant impression is the importance of carrying on family traditions and nostalgia in general. White begins the piece by reflecting on the nostalgic joy of going camping as a child with his father and siblings. The next paragraph shifts to the present as White muses how much the area has changed since he was a kid. White conveys his relationship with the place by describing how the place is the same as how he knew it as a child and how it is different (the loudness of the outboard motors, which symbolize the modernity of the current trip). However, White nevertheless links the sound to the sound of the motorboats he remembers. He links everything to his boyhood experience, even he and his son; he sees himself as his son and himself as his father.

  2. Anniebelle
    September 19, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    ^sorry I’m an idiot and posted on the wrong website

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