Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Exploration two from Justin

Hey everyone,

I'm Justin Cygnor and my fun fact was that I co-founded an organization called Kids Against Animal Cruelty. I graduated from St. Francis DeSales high school last year and my intended major is Criminal Justice. I plan on going to the Columbus campus next year.

Frederick Douglass is one of the authors who interested me during class. He was a slave but unlike all others, he was educated in English. His mistress taught him the alphabet at the age of 12, but his lessons later stopped when his master found out. Douglass then taught himself, then later to other slaves. I found it interesting that he would read the New Testament to the slaves on Sundays. The popularity grew to the point where he would be speaking to 40+. The meetings were later broken up by other slave owners. Douglass escaped from slavery on his third attempt with the help of his future wife whom had also been an escaped slave. Douglass later became a spokesperson for women's rights and even was nominated to be Vice President of the US.

The poem I enjoyed reading was Songs for the People. This was my favorite because while I was reading it, it sounded more like an actual song than a poem to me and the message was great. It talks about the  poet/singer who sings to help ease the pain and sorrow in the world. It is used to help the men forget the war they're fighting, the poor who are struggling, and the kids who are sad. The language had a rhythmic tone to it and it was fast paced. The only question I had about the poem was why it just suddenly ended. It seemed to end abruptly but that could just be because it went off the page that was printed...The poem that I was able to read though was great!   

A word that I found interesting in Songs for the People was "sabres" which is from the French language and was created in the 17th century. It is a cavalry sword with a curved blade specially adapted for cutting. It can also be spelled "saber". Interestingly, it has been used by soldiers in battle and is also currently used in the art of fencing, but is a flat, straight blade instead of a curved shape.
My sentence including this word: "The fencer used a sabre to strike at the shoulder of his opponent, allowing him to win the duel."  


  1. I also chose Songs for the People and I agree with your comment about it being more of a song. The way the words flow together makes it feel as though I am actually listening to a song and not just reading a poem. Frances Harper really is a great poet and writer.

  2. Dear Cygnor,

    I do so enjoy your analysis of the poem, I also determined the same kind of meaning from this poem. I really like your choice of word "sabre" because I origninally pronounced the word wrong, and failed to determine the meaning behind the word. Cudos my friend. After reading your sentence I now understand how to pronounce the word and how the word could be used in different contexts.

    Bryson Applegate I
    CEO of Bryson INC
    Former SMS classmate
    Dear Friend

  3. I enjoyed reading the paragraph about Frederick Douglass. Rather than sounding like you listed out what he did, you showed his progression from how he was uneducated to a more educated person, to an educated person who then taught OTHERS.


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