Author: cmurphy

Modern Poetry Assignment #2

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost: Explication   Throughout the Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Frost describes a brief moment in a journey home, and captures his mind state in that small instance. The speaker…

Civil Rights Timeline

July 26, 1948: President Harry S. Truman signed the Executive Order that desegregated the United States Military. May 17, 1954: Brown vs. Board of Education ruled that Separate schools based on race were inherently unequal and thus unconstitutional. August 28,…

T.S Eliot, The Hollow Men

The Hollow Men, by T.S. Eliot wrestles with themes such as emptiness, the after-life, and human existence, in a pessimistic view that can be seen throughout modernism. Even before the poem really starts there is an epigraph that says “A…

Emily Dickinson poem analysis: 236

In poem 236 Emily Dickinson feels as though she has found a greater sense of faith and better relationship with God in her home, than anyone can get from going to Church weekly and observing other rituals set in place…

How the Other Half Lives

The Photo series: How the Other Half Lives: Studies among the Tenements of New York (1890), by Jacob Riis depicts how the lower class lived in New York City, and is a commentary on the class gap between the über wealthy an…

3rd source eval

Over the course of my research, I have done a fair bit more on hip-hop than punk, so it seemed about time to find a good book on punk/post-punk in 1970’s-80’s New York City. Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk…

2nd Source Eval

The second major source I am using for my research paper is the book “Def Jam, Inc.” by Stacy Gueraseva. It details the lives of Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons leading up to the founding of Def Jam Records and…

1st Source Evaluation

The overarching topic of my research paper is about the similar origins of punk and hip-hop, in late 1970’s New York, and how the shared cultural and social circumstances affected the conception and early growth of the two genres. I…

Poe on Hawthorne

Poe Claims that Nathaniel Hawthorne is a skillful literary artist and attests that, as such, he does not fashion “his thoughts to accommodate his incidents”, but rather creates a purpose to the story and “then invents such incidents”. This assertion…