Course: Introduction to Literature
Name: Maxine Y.C. Huang
Topic: After Reading "Disillusionment of ten o*clock
This is the last piece of journal about poetry. And, I want to choose
the poem named "Disillusionment of ten o*clock" as a subject to discuss.
In my opinion, the poem can be divided into two section. Section one
is from "The houses are haunted" to "To dream of baboons and periwinkles."
In this section,
the poet used many strange images to convey his own criticism of the
society. At first. I was really confused, because those things which the
poet mentioned had no connection
between each other. But, after reading it for several times, I gradually
he used those things as some kinds of metaphor. Such as, haunted houses,
gowns, those colorful rings, socks of lace, and dreaming of baboons
Firstly, let me analyze the "white night-gowns". I thought that night-gowns
people the impression about pliability and softness. You might say
that pliability and softness are not bad. But, if a person or even the
people in the whole society are too pliable and soft to take a risk on
making new attempt to improve our life. Then, our society would lose its
energy, and become still and dead. Just like the color of white, so dull
and plain and had no other special content. No one have individuality,
no one have his own thought. So, the poet said that "None are green, or
purple with green rings,*, or yellow with green rings. And, "None of them
are strange,";"People are not going to dream of baboons and periwinkles."
This kind of social condition --- everyone*s braid was concreted by some
kinds of dead rules, and everybody seemed to be mesmerized! I think this
was the reason why the poet said "the houses are hounted." "House" stood
for our society and "haunted"meant that this strange society was guite
freak to the poet.
The poet couldn*t agree with that kind of unconscious atmosphere. So,
in the second section the poet created an image of an old, drunk, and asleep
sailor to against the colorless socirty. The sailor*s action --- catches
tigers in red weather might a symbolic of individualism. He did what he
want to do bravely. And, I think that the poet described the old sailor
was drunk and asleep must have a deeper meaning. Because of the sailor*s
drunk and sleep that he could don*t pay attention to what other people
think about him, did something really special, and had his own thinking.
Personally speaking, I totally agree with the poet*s opinion. Everyone
really should live a conscious life, or his life must make no sense. We
human beings are not machines. We have the ability of thinking and making
a choose. So, we have the right to decide what to do for our future, and
not to be modeled into the same shape.
It is necessary for all of us to re-judge our life again.