Friday, November 18, 2016

LAMENT OF THE FRONTIER GUARD by EZRA POUND

By the North Gate, the wind blows full of sand,
Lonely from the beginning of time until now!
Trees fall, the grass goes yellow with autumn.
I climb the towers and towers
       to watch out the barbarous land:
Desolate castle, the sky, the wide desert.
There is no wall left to this village.
Bones white with a thousand frosts,
High heaps, covered with trees and grass;
Who brought this to pass?
Who has brought the flaming imperial anger?
Who has brought the army with drums and with kettle-drums?
Barbarous kings.
A gracious spring, turned to blood-ravenous autumn,
A turmoil of wars-men, spread over the middle kingdom,
Three hundred and sixty thousand,
And sorrow, sorrow like rain.
Sorrow to go, and sorrow, sorrow returning,
Desolate, desolate fields,
And no children of warfare upon them,
       No longer the men for offence and defence.
Ah, how shall you know the dreary sorrow at the North Gate,
With Rihoku's name forgotten,
And we guardsmen fed to the tigers.
By Rihaku      

18 NOV:  The centenary of the end of The Battle of the Somme is being marked in a village in northern France. A daily service has been held in Thiepval since July to mark the anniversary of every day of the battle. It was one of the bloodiest of World War One, in which one million men were killed. Find out more: bbc.in/sommeend

In this "Lament of the frontier guard", by Ezra Pound, we see the topic of it, the war, but not only this, it also talks about the horrible and hair-raising consequences of the war, either of them because all have the same ending. We can see how the poem is turning into a lament, the horrible despair that devastates the war fields, the pain impregnated on the grass, the signs of the loser’s history, the oblivion where we forget all of the soldiers that fought for a country. This poem is a chant to the horror, to the unnecessary afliction of the war, a chant of sorrow and resignation. The poet shows us the true face of the war, the bitter reality of it. The consequences of a terrible act, of an attempt to defend those things that are not our things. Thanks to the terrifying images that the poem gives us, we can imagine the horrible damages caused by the stupid necessity of conquering, of making us better in the presence of the other’s eyes.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Nobody But You

Cover of our novel, Nobody But You
Hey guys, what's up!?

I feel so happy and proud to present you all ''Nobody But You''! ''Nobody But You'' is a novel, a fictional story which is being written by my friend Carmen María and me. It not only is a novel or a fan fic, for we use real names of people and places, but also a special project for us since it is our very first novel together, and that is so exciting because never before have we written a story with anyone else. What is more, we are writing about Vic Mensa, an American rapper from Chicago who we both love; his music, charisma and social and political commitment. I shall introduce you a little bit Vic Mensa. As you already know, Vic Mensa is a rapper, and founder of the hip-hop collective Savemoney. Vic Mensa's lyrics have powerful meanings and unlike many other artists who prefer to turn a blind eye, he speaks real shit. Real stuff, injustices, racism, especially in the US against the black community, inequality. But above all, he wants to send us a message of HOPE. Because there is always hope cause' There's Alot Going On.
Vic Mensa's letter on vicmensa.com


We really hope that you enjoy reading this novel as well as we are enjoying writing it. You can follow this story and updates on Wattpad, on my friend's Wattpad profile @Gatadeluna (https://www.wattpad.com/story/83663416-nobody-but-you-coming-soon). You can also follow me @soldiersara and ask me whatever you want to know about this project. Finally, I leave you with ''Nobody But You'' book trailer which made entirely my friend Carmen María with much love. I hope that you like and do not be surprised to see Vic Mensa as the next breakthrough young artist from Chicago, but you better "savemoney" because he is focused on churning out insane music and bringing the rest of Hyde Park with him to the top.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

#WhatMakesUsHUMAN

They are many the films, documentaries, interviews that we have watched and that someway have changed and/or shaped our way of seeing life, our way of thinking. At least, they, among many other factors, change my perspective as regards to how I see myself towards that that surrounds  us. Yann Arthus-Bertrand's new feature movie is one of them: a sensitive and loved portrait of the Earth and its people. I strongly recommend you this documentary which is divided in three parts and that you can watch on YouTube (Human the movie). What makes us Human...? Is it that we love, that we fight? That we laugh? Cry? Our curiosity? The quest for discovery? You can also find stories of people, of real people. Difficulties, poverty, discrimination, love, dreams, humanity... A documentary to reflect, emotive, dramatic, HUMAN.
"Through these stories full of love and happiness, as well as hatred and violence, 'HUMAN' brings us face to face with the Other, making us reflect on our lives. From stories of everyday experiences to accounts of the most unbelievable lives, these poignant encounters share a rare sincerity and underline who we are – our darker side, but also what is most noble in us, and what is universal. "
You can find more info about this project on: http://www.human-themovie.org/es

Monday, April 18, 2016

"The Courtship of Mr Lyon" Angela Carter

"(...) Although her father had told her of the nature of the one who waited for her, she could not control an instinctual shudder of fear when she saw him, for a lion is a lion and a man is a man and, though lions are more beautiful by far than we are, yet they belong to a different order of beauty and, besides, they have no respect for us: why should they? Yet wild things have a far more rational fear of us than in ours of them, and some kind of sadness in his agate eyes, that looked almost blind, as if sick of sight, moved her heart (...)"

Friday, April 15, 2016

War Poetry

Dreamers

BY SIEGFRIED SASSOON


Soldiers are citizens of death's grey land,
Drawing no dividend from time's to-morrows.   
In the great hour of destiny they stand,
Each with his feuds, and jealousies, and sorrows.   
Soldiers are sworn to action; they must win   
Some flaming, fatal climax with their lives.
Soldiers are dreamers; when the guns begin
They think of firelit homes, clean beds and wives.
I see them in foul dug-outs, gnawed by rats,
And in the ruined trenches, lashed with rain,   
Dreaming of things they did with balls and bats,
And mocked by hopeless longing to regain   
Bank-holidays, and picture shows, and spats,
And going to the office in the train.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Films

So, um, yeah, almost a year without posting anything... Strange as it may seem, the thing is that I've had loads of topics in my mind to discuss about but... Er, yeah, I suck at updating entries regularly, never mind! 
Today, I wanted to recommend three films that I've watched during this academic year, as they've become in some of my favourite ones. They are three 20th and 21st century British films which discuss different social issues and struggles, definitely worth watching.

The first one is: KES


Kes (Loach, 1969; novel 1968) is a film that shows the marginalization and mockery of a very troubled young teen, Billy Casper. Billy Casper suffers bullying at school as well as by his half-brother named Jude, who has a bad life, devoted to theft and street fights. Billy begs for money, smoke cigarettes, daydream and has no positive interest in school. His greatest fear is ending up working as a coal miner, but has no way out of what seems to be his destiny. Billy comes across as an emotionally neglected boy with little self-respect. His mother refers to him in the film as a "hopeless case." Nonetheless, he becomes passionate about falconry and begins raising a kestrel which named Kes. Through its new partner, Casper begins to see life with more enthusiasm and feel that can be useful in society. With training and discipline, he teaches the falcon fly, becoming an expert in falconry. However,...

The second one is: IT'S A FREE WORLD



Ironically titled social-consciousness drama It's a Free World (Loach, 2007), discusses the problem of exploited immigrant labor from the perspective of one taking advantage. Angie is fired from a company whose mission is selecting temporary workers and, after being sexually harassed by one of her superiors, she decides to stop working for others and, along with her roommate Rose, and with the help of the manager of the bar she frequents, sets up her own temporary employment illegally until she can deal with the legalization of the company. Thanks to her knowledge, contacts and strong character achieves several foreign workers willing to work for hours or days, and place them in various construction companies or manufacturers; while Rose puts up a website and mission statement to give the operation a distinct veneer of class and idealism. As Angie flaunts her body and unabashedly uses the lure of sex to attract new clients and business, she ignorantly fails to acknowledge warnings that she may be headed for dangerous waters. Meanwhile, family problems erupt when Angie's extremely dysfunctional and misguided 11-year-old son, Jamie, gets in trouble for severely beating a classmate, and Angie's unionist father grows utterly horrified when turns up one morning to watch, he finds the sight disgraceful, saying, “I thought those days were all over”. While her company is consolidating, Angie has to face different ethical conflicts, such as dealing with employers who propose treatment outside the law, or do not comply with the agreement, whether to accept illegal workers, the thin line that separates helping to exploit immigrants, emotional involvement with their workers, even where is she willing to go to succeed professionally, or her relationship with her child and her parents...


The third one is: TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES


Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Sharp, 1998) is a film that tells us the story of the life of Tess, a free-spirited yet naive country girl that is caught between her wealthy, manipulative "cousin" Alec, and the handsome, educated farmer Angel Clare in this Victorian tragedy from novelist Thomas Hardy. Unfairness dominates the lives of Tess and her family to such an extent that it begins to seem like a general aspect of human existence in Tess of the d'Urbervilles. Tess emerges as a powerful character not because of this symbolism but because "Hardy's feelings for her were strong, perhaps stronger than for any of his other invented personages". Nonetheless, as in almost all Hardy's novels, happy endings are not too conventional and predictables...

I consider them a must see for all people who is interested in having a view about how ordinary people lived ages ago, or even if you want to simply kill the time. They will leave you with some important reflexions because despite of the time, they could be even related to our contemporary world and way of living.