Walt Whitman in Metaphors

If Walt was a color, he would be a rainbow because there are many different aspects that can be taken away from his poetry and his poetry often has a deeper sense of meaning.

If Walt was a food, he would be a salad. Whitman’s exploration about many different topics from exploring nature to city life to his personal experiences through poetry make him an interesting poet to read from.

If Walt was an animal, he would be a bird. He is able to retrieve aspects of an issue that may seem unrelated at first, but eventually turns out to be a beautiful and intricately complex nest of ideas.

If Walt was a season, he would be spring. His love of nature is present in many of his poems and he even talks about ordinary things in nature like the ocean and the forest as “miracles”. Spring is a season where the plants can begin to appear after the cold season of winter, and Whitman also took a new approach to poetry by seeing things from a new perspective.

If Walt was a day of the week, he would be Friday. The end of the week can be seen as freedom and a chance to relax. Whitman thinks that freedom is a very important aspect in poetry and the expression of that freedom is important as well.

If Walt was a word, he would be liberty. “The shallow consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise man sees in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws.”

If Walt was a season of life, he would be infancy because he has a great curiosity about everything, no matter its size or importance to others. He has even been quoted as saying “be curious, not judgmental”.

If Walt was a musical instrument, he would be a harp. In his poetry, he speaks about topics in a way that resonates with many people and is said in a gentle but understanding manner.

If Walt was a outdoors activity, he would be climbing up a mountain. His way of writing challenges you to think deeper than you expect and it is challenging to get to the point when you fully understand his point. However, once you do, you will be amazed at how far you have come.

If Walt was a natural phenomenon, he would be wind. He is able to go through topics in a way that not a lot of people would have thought of. As a result, when you read his poems, you may not necessarily know what he is going to say next or what angle he is going to approach a situation from.

If Walt was a personality type, he would be a commander. He is able to lead the way in exploring a new type of poetry that others during his time had not thought of before.

If Walt was a demeanor, he would be welcoming. Whitman is open to people talking to him and he will also try to have a conversation with who he is talking to. “Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me? And why should I not speak to you?”

If Walt was an American holiday, he would be Independence Day. Whitman has a strong sense of patriotism for America. “The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem.”

If Walt was a music genre, he would be classical. He is a poet who starts out with a theme in a poem and is able to approach it from different angles without detracting from the true purpose of the poem.

If Walt was a phrase, he would be ‘appreciative of nature’. “After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on – have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear – what remains? Nature remains.”

 

A Resume To Remember

Dear reader,

This post will offer you some useful advice on how to make you a candidate for a potential job, and what mistakes that you should avoid. Writing an effective resume will help you get that dream job and make yourself a stronger candidate for consideration.

First things first: how should it look like? It should have a clear and logical structure with bullet points highlighting important information such as accomplishments. The initial look is important because if poorly formatted, it will not be considered as highly and your credibility will take a hit.

After you’ve figured out a suitable format for your resume, it’s time to fill in the information. A few key points here are to write down accomplishments that you were a part of, and not just focus on what job positions you had. Employers will be looking for someone who was able to be a problem-solver and what they themselves did. Also avoid putting any irrelevant information because the information may not necessarily be in context and the person reading your resume will get lost.

One final to make your resume stand out is to quantify your accomplishments. That way, you can state the amount of skills you have in a certain area and give the employer an idea of where you will best fit into the organization. If selected, then you will be able to play from your strengths and be able to adjust a little easier to what you are being asked to do in the company or organization.

Those are a few tips that I have to offer about how to make your resume strong. However, there are more resources out there than just my blog post. Go out and explore what other tips there are and format a resume that you are proud of. Good luck.

-Kinya

Where is the Truth?

Dear reader,

These past few months, I have most recently found myself asking this same question. Where is the truth? Is it not around anymore and are we all just wandering in a post-truth world?

The word “post-truth” has now become a large focus in world news today, especially with the U. S. elections. During the campaigning season and the competition between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, with both sides bashing each other about what their plans hold, I asked myself, where the truth is in the situation? Also with the issue of fake news websites posting information that was incorrect or biased, but nevertheless being used by people to spread information on social media networks, I had to wonder where the truth was.

A few years ago, I had an experience in wrestling with truth. I was talking to a friend who was strongly opposed to something and she said that what she believed was the truth. When I heard that, I questioned if what she was saying really was the truth and what basis she had for believing it. When I looked it up a few hours later, turns out that my friend was right and what she opposed to was indeed a real issue and that the information that she told me was true.

Truth is now a more important aspect than ever before because of recent events. Even though you may hear something, it may not necessarily be true, because it might have come from a source with biased, or even incorrect information. If I am to pass along a piece of advice, it would be this: be careful of what you read or hear, because it might not be true. Keep asking questions and dig deeper into what you hear to find out the truth instead of falling in the “post-truth” ditch.

-Kinya

 

True Meaning of Life

Dear reader,

When you think about “truly living”, what words or phrases come to mind? Not letting anything get in your way? Realizing your true potential and seeing what you can do? Make something that you’ve dreamed about since you were a child into reality?

The definition of “truly living” changes from person to person. How you decide to interpret that phrase is up to you. Personally, I think that truly living is where you are happy with what you have achieved and realize that you are comfortable with your circumstances. However, don’t forget that even though you may be happy, try to challenge yourself and reach even greater heights.

In terms of challenges, one of the major obstacles that you can come across is none other than yourself. If you think that you can’t do things, then you won’t make an effort to even try anything, and therefore be dealing self-inflicted wounds. Sometimes, I find myself in a rut where I don’t know what to do. However, when I get into those situations, I realize I have a choice. I can either sit around and sulk all day, or try and find a silver lining in the midst of the dark clouds.

“Truly living” is a very interesting phrase to use. It is something that is very much open to interpretation depending on your own thinking style. So I ask you once more, dear reader: When you think about “truly living”, what words or phrases come to mind?

-Kinya

The Melody of Poetry

Dear reader,

Poetry is a very interesting and powerful form of communication. Instead of speaking in prose, one is expressing ideas in a way that has meter, rhyme, and rhythm among other aspects. It can also be a way to connect to other poetry that one has previously experienced.

Depending on the poetry that one reads, they will experience different ideas. For example, Walt Whitman has poems about transcendentalism and realism, William Carlos Williams deals with modernism and imagism. What makes poetry significant is the fact that each person has his or her own different views and even though some may be similar, others will be vastly different.

In my personal experience, poetry is a way to express my feelings about a certain issue or to explore different perspectives of something. I also use poetry to thank people who have had a great influence in my life. For example, when I was about 14 years old, I was going through a difficult situation and I was able to talk about it with one of my teachers. She was able to help me through the problem and she was willing to lend a listening ear whenever I needed it. When I found out that teacher was leaving, I was very sad and wanted to find a way to thank her for all she had done in my life. I felt that no amount of words I could speak would express my gratitude, so I turned to poetry. I wrote her a poem, and she was very appreciative of the gesture.

So what does poetry mean to you, dear reader? What do you think poetry is significant for? I’ve explained my reasons, so go out and find your own.

-Kinya

Rebellion: Good or Bad?

Dear reader,

I have been thinking about the concept of ‘rebellion’ recently. Is it good or bad? Does it undermine authority as a powerful force?

Rebellion is defined as “an act of violent or open resistance to an established government or ruler.” People rebel against things that they may not support or believe in and allows them to be heard about issues that concern them.  That sparks a strong movement in some cases. Those rebellions spark change for what may lie ahead for those people in the government.

For example, with the Civil Rights movement in America in the 1950s and 1960s, black people in America were fighting against the inequality that they were facing. There were many changes in America over the years sparked by the movement. However, in some people’s opinions, the issue has not been fully addressed. Even today, there are some protests that go on about other sensitive topics, and they get noticed for the message they are trying to express.

Rebellions are a drastic way for people to have their voices heard if multiple efforts to do so before have failed, but are they really a force for good or bad? What do you think, dear reader?

-Kinya

The Power of Books

 

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Dear reader,

I’m back from Christmas break and decided to reflect on the types of books that I have read in 2016, and what they have helped me understand about the world around me. Probably the most interesting books that I have read over the course over the year is Dark Territories by Fred Kaplan and Industries of the Future by Alec Ross. These two books both deal with technology, but in two different ways.

Dark Territories talks about the history of cyber war back from the presidency of Ronald Reagan up to President Obama’s presidency. I found it interesting to see how people’s view of the importance of cyber war grew over the years. During President Reagan’s time, people didn’t think that cyber war was  such a big issue, because laptops and other devices had just come out and the Internet was a very new concept at the time. However, even then, the issue was very important. Over time, as intelligence agencies and the world at large saw the implications of cyber war, the issue became very prevalent in history and still is today.

Industries of the Future talks about how new technology could have an impact on what we as humans are able to do in the next few years, in spite of the fact that technology is everywhere in the modern age. For example, while we may now have drivers and Ubers taking us from place to place, in a few years, we may have self-driving cars which don’t necessarily need a driver in the car in order for it to operate. Another example that surprised me is that at the hotels, humans are now at the concierge and customer services desks, but there are already robots taking over those duties in some places around the world.

Those books made me reflect on what the future holds and what implication will it have on future generations. How can we be secure in a changing environment, be it cyber or physical? Online threats are becoming more and more important in our world, but there is also the fact that our jobs are being passed over to machines.

Those are two of the books that made the biggest impact on me in 2016. What about you, dear reader? What books did you read this past year that inspired, challenged, or surprised you? What did you learn from reading those books? Think about it.

-Kinya