Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Exploration Two Cameron

     Hey everybody! Once again my name is Cameron Watson and I am a commuting freshman with hopes of transferring to the school of business on Ohio State's main campus.  My fun fact is that when i was younger my family and I went to Hawaii for a week and during that time I learned how to surf!

                                        My brother Gabe and I in Siesta key, Florida!

  After doing some research on the female author by the name of Eudora Welty, I came across one of her books she wrote titled The Optimist's Daughter.  This was considered to be one of Eudora's best novels.  This was a fictional story about a girl named Laurel who has a father who is slowly dying to to a complication during surgery.  While he is fading away Laurel reads from Dickens to her father.  Laurel is then forced to live with her mother in Mississippi.  Slowly but surely Laurel is then surrounded pleasantly by friends and loving people.  Through this novel Laurel grows older and eventually leaves with memories she will cherish forever.  The reason why I decided to share this about Eudora is because not only was this a best selling novel, but also a winner of the very prestigious Pulitzer Prize for fiction.  Anytime and author is awarded due to her great achievement, it deserves to be recognized and shared.


 The poem read in class or rather we read by ourselves that stood out to me the most was  titled Bury Me in a Free Land.  When I read this poem, from beginning to end the visions depicted in my head were very detailed.  "I could not sleep I saw the lash Drinking her blood at each fearful gash." This not only speaks to the talent that this author has, but to how harsh slavery was. The language spoke in this poem also took a toll on me as well.  My favorite word in the poem was the word gloom.  Many people have heard of the word gloom, although not many people can give an accurate definition of it.  According to the Oxford English Dictionary gloom is a form of a scowl or a scowl.  An example of this word used in a sentence is, "The miser hears him with a gloom, Girns like a brock and bites his thumb." Also "The first has been explained as referring to the gloom of her abode, or the blackness of the withered corn."  The word gloom originated between 1300-1350.  It is considered Middle English and perhaps represents Old English as well.  A sentence I have made for this is word is,  The news of this crushing blow cast a gloom over Germany, which was again suffering from the attacks of many countries that surrounded this the homeland.


  1. Frances E. W. Harper does share the details of slavery and the visions that are depicted are detailed with showing the harsh times of slavery. The quote you chose seems to show how great of a writer she is along with her ability to put that picture in your head. The language she uses throughout the poem is deep and powerful.

  2. I never knew gloom had a much deeper meaning. I've always thought gloom just meant sad or a sad reaction or emotion of some sort.

  3. I liked the word that you chose from this poem that interested you. The word "gloom" is such an understatement of how she probably felt at the time that this poem was written. This poem was definitely a mirror image of what slavery would've been like, and i like the fact that you took the time to talk about it!

  4. Hey Cameron, I was very intrigued while reading about Welty in your post. It's crazy to think about everyone having their own life story. I couldn't imagine having to be forced to live with one or the other of my parents. I enjoyed reading your post!

  5. Hi Cameron I liked the word you used in your last paragraph, It showed me how you care the poem. also you use great quote, it was very interesting poem.


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