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“Thank You, Dad” (A Father’s Day Poem)

Thank You, Dad
By Jordan Bates

Dad, I don’t know how to start to thank you or where this poem will end.
I just want to tell you how special you are to me. My hero and my friend.

I remember as a child when you would read to me at night.
You taught me to always count my blessings and to always be polite. Read the rest of this entry »


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The Rabbit—Relaxing Poem, Music, and Video. Enjoy.

The Rabbit
By Jordan Bates

Once upon a midday sunny,
I fancied life to be quite funny
As I gazed upon a bunny
From a green and modest hill. Read the rest of this entry »

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Critical Essay I Wrote for English Class

The Hairy Ape: A Comedy About a Brash Imbecile or the Grave Tragedy of a Flawed System?

Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape presents “a Comedy of Ancient and Modern Life,” or at least this is what the title suggests.  Comedic elements are certainly interwoven  throughout the work, but a careful reading reveals cruel irony and sad truths about  class distinction during the Industrial Revolution.  Through the use of a steady stream  of saddening realizations by everyman Robert “Yank” Smith, O’Neill gradually paints a  picture of a Proletariat class trapped within a cycle of wretchedness.  The play  illustrates a greedy, industrializing upper class initiative that removes the lower class’  sense of belonging and ultimately de-humanizes them in a real sense.  By the end of the  narrative, it would appear that the play is more of a tragedy about the helpless “Yanks”  in a Capitalist system than a comedy of any sort. Read the rest of this entry »

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