"I lived in the first century of world wars" is the opening line of "Poem" by Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980) <span>an American poet and political activist. Her best-known poems are about social justice, equality and feminism. Her choice of words establishes her anti-war theme and her efforts to oppose war through her poetry: </span>"Slowly I would get to pen and paper, Make my poems for others unseen and unborn. In the day I would be reminded of those men and women, Brave, setting up signals across vast distances, Considering a nameless way of living, of almost unimagined values." She felt her poetry, which would outlive her, would be a message to those "unseen and unborn" who could work to promote peace and justice. "We would try by any means To reach the limits of ourselves, to reach beyond ourselves, To let go the means, to wake." Here Rukeyser was passing on the baton, as it were, to the generations "beyond ourselves" in the hope that they would be more purposeful peacemakers.
Muriel Rukeyser was an American poet. She also dedicated many years of her work to activism and this could be seen in her writing. She was born in New York City and her main topics were feminism and social justice, among others.
Poem is, as the title says, a poem written in free verse. In the text, the speaker talks about a few things, mainly about how to create something and keep pushing above and beyond one's limits. Also, the tone of the text os mostly related to uncertainty or the fact of not knowing anything or a little about the future. The speaker selects specific words across the complete poem in order to accomplish this feeling: at the very beginning, we find the verse "Most morning I would be more or less insane". All the descriptions mentioned by the speaker are related to this semantic field. We can see words like "careless" (verse 3) and "unseen" (verse 5). The speaker also mentions that she would make her poems for others like her (unseen and unborn). Finally, the text also talks about the limits in the verse before last when she says we should try "To reach the limits of ourselves, to reach beyond ourselves."
This story is about a poor mother who wanted to save her daughter who was sick. One day she called the faith doctor home. He asked her to give him a brown paper.
Martha did as he said. The faith doctor dampened it with water and laid it on her daughter's head, saying some prayer. He also placed some sheets on the child's palms and feet and fastened them.
Then he knelt before the child and prayed aloud. Martha was impressed and hoped her daughter would get well soon. The doctor asked her to dampen the brown paper and placed it on the child for a couple of days. Martha saw some improvement but in the end, it was in vain.
As a person who thrives with the invention of new technology, I often think about devices that would make human life easy on earth or at least more enjoyable. Some of them have been invented but are not as accessible as we would like them, so here's my list of invention I would like made possible.
A time machine
Sci-fy movies and novels have only showed us about this self-gratifying unimaginable and strong machine, but what if it actually existed in real life. Imagine being able to travel back in time and change the most embarrassing moments that happened to us; save painfully embarrassing memories.
A flying car
Cars are cool, but it would be easier to move around and go pretty much anyway with a flying car at our disposal especially in LA or Jakarta traffic.
Lateral elevators (for those who have houses too big to move or don't like walking)
Lateral elevators would diminish the need for walking for some of us and diminish the time needed to get from point a to point b.
Just like in harry potter, apparition would be the best way to travel, no bias here. Going from Paris to China in just a matter of seconds; it would definitely make traveling easier.
I might be the only one, but I am fascinated by the prospect of technology being so advanced to enable us humans to visit some underwater buildings or fascinating landmarks. Just hoping people wouldn't get super carzy and start moving fish out of the waters though.
Usually when you finish eating a deliciously, heart-warming, stomach-filling meal and then you have to clean the filthy dishes. Well imagine if right after you finished eating, the dishes would clean themselves instead, that would save you months and months of the piling dishes.
Imagine looking at the clothes that you have dragged through mud or wore more than once in a pile and you have to go throught the steps of doing laundry. Well, self-cleaning clothes would get cleaning the moment you have �thrown them off. This would save a lot of time and struggle.
A time slowing machine
A time slowing machine would be able to slow down time when you're having fun or when you have huge deadlines approaching and then put it back on track when everything becomes boring. This is for all the procrastinators!