Showing posts with label Literature. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Literature. Show all posts

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Earth Day, Words of Wisdom

Once upon a time over a billion years ago.Our mother earth was born and that's all we know.
Although the birth of our planet is one big mystery.Our earth, our mother has generously made history.

Today is a wonderful time to honor our mother.The energy we give and the energy we receive, is like no other.
We are the helping hand that feeds.Let us love our earth, as she has very special needs.

Endlessly separating fact from fiction.The earth's controversy has created intense friction.
Our lives depend solely on our planet.Do yourself a favor and make sure the earth's demands are met.

Whether we are weak and whether we are strong.Let us gather for this special day, let us all get along.
Human beings and species from around the globe and across the ball.Let this be an honorable day to walk tall.

You don't have to be rich to plant a tree.The earth loves you all, can't you see?

Whether you are black, white, purple, or green...Please take care of our planet, don't be mean.
Whether you are black, white, orange, or teal...You only have one earth and that is what's real.

In this world...we live, we die, and we remain.One thing is certain, the earth is what keeps us sane.
The circle of life that breeds within our hearts.Treat our earth right by planting seeds in endless parts.

Eight days before May...Let us celebrate Earth Day!

-Sarah Afshar

Friday, March 16, 2012

Family Ties, a poem

The eclectic secrets lie,
Within the universal truth.
Life originates,
Around our youth.

Through thick and thin,
Through black and blue.
We are bonded together,
The reality is true.

On every divine wavelength,
We are connected.
The thoughts we have,
Are indeed respected.

Gifted notions of parallel fantasies.
Empty waters of purity.
We may be weak, but we are strong.
In the end, we do belong.

Blood is thicker than water.
We love our father, our mother,
Our sister, our brother -
Like no other.

Three plus three plus three equals nine.
Our strengths exceed our weaknesses,
So step in line.

At least she cries,
At least he tries.
It's only part of being human -
Family Ties.

Faithful good, may always remain.
Separating fact from fiction,
Eats away at our brain.

Scorched ties that conjugate,
The light of day.
Understand the wisdom we learn,
From our family.

Universal and diversal perks,
Of being connected.
Despite the adversity we face,
We are never rejected.

Guiding our way through the desert sand.
Past, present, future tense.
Follow your heart,
Make a mense.

Exceptionally destraught and sad about nothing.
Inspirational talks and homecooked meals,
The love one receives, the love one gives,
The love one has, The love one feels.

Despite what we endure,
Those can continue to try.
We are human,
We can continue to cry.

Say your hellos' and your goodbyes'.
The bond, the ties that last forever -
Family Ties.

Karaoke Day, a haiku

Karaoke Day
Turn Up The Microphone Now
Let's Have Fun Today

Oh Why, a haiku

Looked Up At The Sky
Watching The Day Pass Me By
Light To Dark, Oh Why

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Green Rainbows, a limerick

The rainbow that follows the pot filled with gold
Is the green that garnishes the life of the hot and the cold,
But the beautiful ones I get to see everyday,
Are always a rarity two months before May,
And those ones I see two months before May never get old.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Questions and Answers about The Illiad...

1) The marriage of Peleus and Thetis--how is it involved in the run-up to the war? Who is their son? - Thetis left Peleus after Peleus interrupted the process of making Achilles immortal. An Oracle predicted that Achilles would fight in the Trojan war and later on, Achilles went on to fight in the war. Peleus and Thetis’s son is Achilles.

2) The Judgment of Paris: Again, who is/are involved? Why does it happen? What does it have to do with the war and its progress? - Zeus held a formal meal that was basically an ancient America’s Next Top Model amongst goddesses. Although Zeus was expected to judge the three goddesses (since he held the affair) on who is fairest and brightest, as well as, most beautiful, he invited Paris, a Phrygian mortal, to attend and judge these women. Of course Paris consented his invitation. As time ensued and the goddesses attempted to manipulate and dictate Paris into choosing them, his eyes were drawn to “Helen of Sparta” who was the wife of Greek King Menelaus, who was the king of Sparta at that time. Helen was beautiful, but Helen was also a pushover. Helen was sublimely unhappy with Menelaus because he was radically insecure and a bit timid in a fearful sense, which led to physical, mental, and emotional abuse. Helen was scared of Menelaus because he had also made threats on her life and although she loved him, she didn’t want to cross him in fear he would reciprocate. Helen was charming and that was certain, however; because Paris was vulnerable and has fell for women before, he had a different feeling about Helen. After a secretive affair between Helen of Sparta and Paris, he decided to sneak her out of Menelaus’s palace and onto a boat with the Trojans back to Troy. Once Menelaus discovered Helen was gone, he questioned several individuals who were surrounding the territory, later to find out that Helen left with Paris to Troy. Menelaus became enraged with anger and proposed an agenda that would seek revenge. Although Hector was a warrior who fought as the leader for the Trojan’s, he was smart enough to realize what Paris has done. Keep in mind that Paris cannot fight to save his life, let alone handle the situation he created. Hector loved his brother and that was certain, so it was quite finalized that “Helen of Sparta” was now “Helen of Troy” and there really wasn’t anything he could do. After many years of attempting to make peace with Menelaus and his people, Hector knew that a possible war would fuel. Despite Menelaus’s insanity, Sparta had many allies. Menelaus contacted his brother Agamemnon who was even more nuts than his brother Menelaus because he wanted to help his brother more on the glory of destroying Troy rather than doing the ethical thing. He actually persuaded that a war is the only way for him to get Helen back in which Menelaus accepted. He, then, gathered other kingdoms to help the Spartans in the war which included the Argos and the Mycenaes. He also manipulated Achilles into fighting for his side in an effort to win the war, but he and Achilles did not get along. In fact, Achilles knew his agenda and that was the only thing that stopped him from fighting this war. Anyways, as time proceeded, so did the war. There were thousands upon thousands of boats from all over the world that supported the Spartans, without knowledge of the reality of why the war actually existed. It was then that “Helen of Sparta” who later became “Helen of Troy” was known as “The face that launched a thousand ships”.

3) The abduction/seduction of Helen "of Troy"--the basic story of its connection to Paris's "judgment," who is/are involved, what it has to do with preparation for the war. - When Paris first met Helen, she was “Helen of Sparta”. Helen was married to Menelaus, who was King of Sparta. Menelaus’s family had a history of crime and severe mental illness, which lead to Menelaus acting overly controlling with Helen. Not just this, but he was abusive towards her that sometimes he would lock her up. She was on watch 24/7 by misc. guards because he was paranoid. Paris was invited by Zeus to judge three goddesses and although Paris found these women beautiful, in the eye of his beholder, none of them even compared to Helen. Helen was gorgeous, but she was humble and had an aura that was more sex appeal than beauty, although she was stunning. Kind of like an ancient Angelina Jolie or Monica Bellucci. Anyways, Paris was notorious for being vulnerable and Hector recognized this immediately. When Paris said that he loved Helen, Hector immediately attempted to correct him by saying he was brainwashed and knew absolutely nothing about love. Hector knew immediately that although peace was finally made with the Spartans, that the entire situation would create outmoded anguish among all parties in which a war would definitely have be to fought. It was then that this would later to become certain and a war would actual exist.

4) The sacrifice of Iphigenia/Iphigenia--who is/are involved? How is it related to the war? - In order to appease Artemis, Agamemnon sacrificed his daughter Theorists believe that Artemis punished Agamemnon for killing a deer in which Agamemnon would later sacrifice his daughter for this crime. Artemis propelled a divergent wind, which held the Greek flotilla in the bay of Aulis. This was where it had amassed before sailing to Troy. The spiritualist Calchas divined that the daughter of Agamemnon would have to be sacrificed to importune and concur for the encroachment. Agamemnon then mustered Iphigenia from home under the ploy that she was to be married to Achilles, who would later fight in the Trojan war.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Power of Candy, An Acrostic

Power of Candy.
(Photo by Sarah Afshar/Yahoo!
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Pure bliss of delectable indulgence.

Optulent portions of sugary mystery.

Wide range varieties that start at just a pence.

Enthusiastic thoughts of immediate joy.

Riveting sweet tooth illustrated in epic proportions and decoy.

Oblivious sugar highs that last for minutes and hours.

Flavorful truffles, caramels, jelly beans, gummy bears, cow tales, licorice, and marshmallow flowers.

Chocolate is a satisfaction fueled from an addiction.

Anticipating a reward as melodious as life you want to live.

No where will you find candy dislike, untying truth from fiction.

Delicious and as powerful with a dopamine practically dandy.

You can never defeat the power of candy.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

An Arduous Conundrum, a Tritina

Sweltering fire that energizes the decorum of quintessence, momentarily, by the sugarcoat of lies.
Defective apologizes are inconsequential banter, spurring, extricating reality from falsehood.
Into the great wide open, drudgery and obliging, neglecting the derivation of the conundrum.

Life is a scientific phenomenon, encouraging, creativity fueled by raw astuteness and gifted conundrum.
The path of excellence is only created, smoothly, without overanalyzing is unhelpful and deeming the lies.
Attempting to be, what you are not destined to be, boorishly, is a melancholic and lively falsehood.

Once being lighthearted and joyful, passionately, craving continuous love shaped by tremendous falsehood.
Exceptional viewpoint of the castle in the sky, yearning, from a cryptic and mystifying conundrum.
A prototype of never ending plucks, contemptuously, produced by acquiescent and vicious lies.

Horrendous lies, enduring, into a poignant falsehood that started from an arduous conundrum.

-Sarah Afshar

Thursday, July 7, 2011

I Ask Why, a Haiku

Look up to the sky
The sun, the clouds, I ask why
We live, just to die.

-Sarah Afshar

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tempted Night, a Villanelle

Reality is faux, dreams are for real. Praying before and after, every meal. The lure, the persuasion, the tempted night.

Epitome of free thinking, why conceal. Deception of status quo masks the kite. Reality is faux, dreams are for real.

Women elude the dubious clear sight. Whether you are black, white, orange, or teal. The lure, the persuasion, the tempted night. 

Pleasure does not define sex, dear tonight. Glee does not always mean gay, the human right. Reality is faux, dreams are for real.

The air is tarnished with flawed banter fight. Within the night, the falling can heal. The lure, the persuasion, the tempted night.
Verity is my strength, dignity, light. Miracles of urges bring a new height. Reality is faux, dreams are for real. The lure, the persuasion, the tempted night.

-Sarah Afshar

Monday, June 27, 2011

Fictious Ardor, A Shakespearean Sonnet

Sincere belief in positive true love.
Looking for the real soul of endless hope.
Optimism was all I could think of.
Time is a virtue, impatience to cope.
Desperately wanting happiness and peace.
From past to future it is history.
Seeking a pristine fairytale and lease.
Glory of life is one big mystery.
Unpredictable outcome, vile ways.
Errors are valid strengths, you will endure.
Counting down the minutes, hours, the days.
Exhilaratingly, I want it more.
Lingering ideas that exist in time.
Right value, you are worth more than a dime.
-Sarah Afshar

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The literary significance of Julius Caesar's The Conquest of Gaul

During the time of 59 BC, Julius Caesar was governor of only northern Italy and some parts of southern France. Despite the fact that Julius was intelligent, he was also opinionated. He was more than just a deep thinker, but a free thinker. Some praised him to be the best and some praised him to be the worst. Some idolized him and put him on the same wavelength as good and others hated him and put him on the same wavelength as evil. He always attempted to find something so small and make it big for his own satisfaction.

Julius needed a reason to conquer anything, as long as it gain him respect, as a result. Julius didn't care about the power nor did he care about what he could have. He was in it strictly for the glory alone. He wanted to be praised, as well as, honored for winning. In fact, Julius was so determined that only in his second year of command, he was radically determined to conquer the entire nation.

The Conquest of Gaul is one of the most complex examples of Roman history, as it demonstrated a lot of "fear". Most people were opinionated because they just couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel. Although Julius was determined to conquer Gaul, he knew that the people of Gaul were not like any other group of individuals he has tackled before, from other countries and lands. The people of Gaul were upper class on a variety of wavelengths, hence why he was scared.

What made The Conquest of Gaul so significant to Julius Caesar's was "fear" hence why he kept a diary of the entire event. Although Julius was a deep thinker, he managed to construct his thoughts moderately to which made him a writer. Julius was a writer and a good writer, at that. In order to conquer Gaul, Julius knew it would be big, hence why Julius's only way to think was big. Julius was intelligent, but despite the fact he was intelligent, Julius knew that it would not be easy and would take sometime, so he came up with an strategic plan.

Shortly four years later, the Gaul was conquered. The people of Gaul were torn apart, as a result. Although the death count is unknown, it's been estimated that millions upon millions of individuals died trying save the Gaul. Most of the individuals that ended up surviving through the war were used for slavery and trafficking. All of this for glory and respect, Julius was satisfied and felt content. One year after the war, a man named Vercingetorix attempted to get Gaul back.

Vercingetorix was a resident of Gaul, he was determined that Gaul was not Julius's to take. He didn't want Julius to have Gaul nor be associated with it. Although his heroism was refreshing, it wasn't enough to gain control over Gaul. Eventually Vercingetorix was surrendered and was forced into custody by officials, as well as, frantic submission and never had the opportunity to have a chance at Gaul.Theorists believe that Gaul was challenged many times after, but like Vercingetorix, they had absolutely no luck.

Did Julius Caesar have an agenda? Sure he conquered things for the glory of winning and he wanted respect, but why Gaul? No one really knows.

The mistakes in Shakespeare's writings

William Shakespeare is easily one of the greatest writers to have ever existed on planet earth. He possessed raw individualism that put him on a pedestal and made him a legend, as a result. His writings were original, yet universal and he wrote, what he wrote because he wanted to, not because it was expected. Despite being such an amazing writer who could project his words and make you believe what he wrote, he wasn't perfect. In fact, there have been quite a few mistakes to contemplate, as well as, debate in Shakespeare's writings.

Most critics and theorists believe that Shakespeare's spelling was his primary mistake in writing, hence why it was quite observant he wasn't a Harvard graduate. Shakespeare wasn't a good speller and that was certain, however; that didn't matter. You could still understand what he said or what he meant. Shakespeare's writing possessed meaning that went beyond his spelling. Although Shakespeare's spelling was rather poor, the structure of his sentences has been debated by individual theorists. Many believe that Shakespeare took words and just slapped them together without thinking. Does it make it true? Absolutely not.

I find Shakespeare's biggest mistake his extreme use of deconstructionism. In the 1500s-1600s persuasion, people were amazingly unfamiliar with deconstruction and some people didn't appreciate it, as much as they do now. Deconstruction represents originality that may or may not add color to writing. Shakespeare existed in an era and in an age that we did not live in. If you can learn to appreciate originality, you can learn to accept deconstruction for what it is. Shakespeare would use a variety of words and phrases that would be interpreted differently to every writer versus the same the majority of status quo.

Some theorists believe that when we write, we must construct our words first before adding anything else. Taking words and adding individual premises, before deciding on the meaning. Does that make sense? Perhaps to some, perhaps to none, however; I believe what separates William Shakespeare from your average writer is the fact he felt what he wrote and didn't care about how it was constructed. What you read from Shakespeare is clearly what defied him. He connected with his words on quite a few wavelengths and made you believe what he wrote. In spite of his mistakes, those mistakes are nothing in comparison to his strengths.