Monthly Archives: April 2016

No Man’s Sky vs. Our Sky

It’s clear to me that No Man’s Sky blurs the line of what it means to be fiction and reality. We most commonly conceive of our reality as having no definite or certain beginning. We have theories supported with science, … Continue reading

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Natural Car

                  These images are of a car I recently saw on 34th Street in Georgetown. This car is so old, it appears as though it has become part of the environment. It … Continue reading

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No Man’s Sky and the Jungle Book

After reading up on  “No Man’s Sky” I could not help but make connections as I sat in the movie theater watching the newest CGI version of the classic, “The Jungle Book.” First and foremost, the 2016 version of the Jungle … Continue reading

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The Poetry of No Man’s Sky

The concept behind the video game No Man’s Sky is reflective of many of the principles outlined in Shelley’s piece A Defense of Poetry. In No Man’s Sky, players engage with a self-generating cosmos ultimately governed by a single, random … Continue reading

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“Mont Blanc” and Greater Powers

In the footnotes of Shelley’s “Mont Blanc,” the editors explain the “awful doubt, or faith so mild” (77) as a “scepticism about the existence of a benevolent creative deity, or trust in the existence of a ‘Power’ that differs from … Continue reading

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Shelley and Murray, Poetry and Nature

Throughout his poetry, Shelley focuses on the human mind and imagination in its relationship to the universe. He often invokes metaphors from nature to help explain his relationship to the outside world. Shelley believes that nature’s sublimity has a creative … Continue reading

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Shelley’s Anxieties of the Ephemerality of Existing in a Closed System

Shelly’s anxiety about the ephemerality of life compared to the seemingly “everlasting universe” shines through in the selected poems we read this week. In “Mont Blanc” in particular, the speaker wrestles with whether or not anything exists for humans beyond … Continue reading

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Abandon the Disciplines!

One of the biggest takeaways of Beasts of the Southern Wild and The Collapse of Western Civilization deal with the often overlooked complexities of our world. In both works the complexity leads to disaster. One of my favorite lines from Beasts of the … Continue reading

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The “Captain Hindsight” Effect

“The Collapse of Western Civilization” is an inherently retrospective book: it is focalized by a historian looking back on the wanton climate abuse of the twenty-first century and trying to figure out why we ignored the signs. I can get … Continue reading

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Originality of Hopkins’ Style

After reading the poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins, I personally found his style confusing but inherently original. For one, Hopkins clearly is very religious, and in terms of ecology, he adamantly puts God at the helm. Notably the very first … Continue reading

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