Discovery Portfolio

The connection she highlights between herself and Cook is personal even though they don’t know each other. The discovery of the connection between the two men in The Tuft of Flowers by Robert Frost is similar to the connection between Rachel and Cook as they both don’t know each other yet are connected by a common interest. The mower in the dew had loved them thus, by leaving them to flourish”. Their common appreciation for beauty allowed the persona to feel a connection with the mower. This is similar to the connection between Rachel and cook as they both had a love for adventure. The idea of discovering her identity in Australia contain uses when she describes the trouble she had with people understanding her: “tried to make your point known with an American [accent)”. Her comparison with cook also allows the readers to feel pride in their own discoveries just as she and Cook did.

This gives the reader an idea of true adventure and discovery rather than just a story of her time In Australia. Similarly, frost allows his poetry to be accessible to the audience as he uses nature and common interest as a driving force to discovery. At the end of her journey Rachel comes to an understanding that every physical land had been discovered and “the only truly virgin territory is within us”. By using the words ‘Within us”, she allows the reader to connect to the statement on a personal level. This wouldn’t have been possible if she was only referring to herself.

A general statement is also used at the end of The Tuft of Flowers: “men work together, whether they work together or apart”. This Statement allows the reader to relate their own experiences with his. Earache’s time In Australia was spent discovering herself which she realizes is much more wild and outgoing than she thought. Her perceptions of herself change. “Back home was a skittish sheltered girl but in Australia I discovered I was a wild thing”. This theme of change in perception is also represented in the tuft of flowers.

The persona discovers that someone who he previously thought of as destructive: “his blade so keen”, actually had the same appreciation of nature as he did: “Leaping tongue of bloom that his scythe had spared”. These text depicts discovery as a journey that can happen within oneself and alone. TEXT 2 – Cultivating Serenity Title: Cultivating serene itty Author: Bill Cattery Date of publication: 2004 Form: Poem Analysis: Word Count (507) Cultivating Serenity by Bill Cattery is a poem portraying the journey the persona undertakes to cultivate and discover serenity within himself.

An extended metaphor of farming and natural harmony is used to display the growth and yielding of serenity within a person. The extended metaphor is similar to that in After the Apple Picking by Robert Frost as the persona leads he reader through their dreamlike state of mind to evaluate the fruits of his labor. The persona in this poem begins by displaying his distance and absence from serenity: “serenity and once were strangers”. The personification of serenity indicates its importance and value.

The value of “serenity” continues to be shown throughout the beginning of its poem as it is described as “rare” and something he couldn’t “cultivate”. Through his journey he discovers that he has serenity within him and that there are steps that need to be taken towards serenity. The persona has an analytical personality s he uses words such as “technique” and “make a science of I?’ to describe how to reach serenity. This gives the reader an idea that achieving serenity has some sort of formula.

By being led on a journey to serenity, the reader gets the opportunity to grow positively and gain a sense of identity as the persona did. The persona suggests that letting go of the past is the most important step in achieving this and uses the metaphor of converting dung (unpleasant experiences) into fertilizers for growth of serenity. The notion and image of “growing” in “a patch of each aspect’ allows the reader to sullies the poem as a harvest which needs effort to be successful. These aspects or traits that lead to serenity have a common theme of change of perception in certain situations. A regular regime of re-observing the world from an affirmative point Of view” is one step to serenity. As the persona describes his harvest at the end of the poem, he lets the reader know that It is not always easy and the yield isn’t always abundant: “my harvest is mixed, sometimes great, sometimes small. ” A similar image of harvesting is used in after the apple picking as the persona describes that the apples were moieties abundant “load on load of apples coming in” but other times there were fallen apples that “went surely to the cider-apple heap”.

At the end of the poem, the persona suggest the reader should try cultivating serenity for themselves “perhaps they will work for you”. This statement is directed at the readers themselves and this allows the reader to feel a great personal connection with the poem and allows them to evaluate their own lives in terms of serenity. The evaluation of the yield of crops in both these poems demonstrates life doesn’t always go the way we plan and that sometimes we only get out as much as we put in. Hose poems also depict the importance of reevaluating the “fruits of your labor” and making changes in order to achieve your goals. TEXT 3: A Sweet Lesson on Patience Title: A Sweet Lesson on Patience Author: Lauren Martin Date Of publication: 201 3 Form: Article Analysis: Word Count (468) A Sweet Lesson on Patience is an article about the story of a NYC taxi driver written by Lauren Martin. The article demonstrates the importance of patience and appreciation of small things in life.

The taxi driver was on his last ride of his shift and was getting impatient waiting for his last passenger. By showing patience and waiting for the lady, he allows the reader analyses their own level of patience. Through the old lady, the taxi driver rediscovers the town and gains a higher appreciation for the smaller things in life. The taxi driver notices the lady staring out into the darkness in complete silence as she remembered the past: ‘X;ovule sit staring into the darkness saying nothing”.

This is similar to Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost as the persona is in the woods on “the darkest evening of the year”. He too is gaining a new perception of a place he regularly passes. The taxi driver questions the judgment of the old lady when she asks him to take her downtown: “it’s not the shortest way’. This shows that the taxi driver views the old lady as just another passenger who wants to get form on place to another quickly and inexpensively. He quickly realizes that she is more concerned about meaningful things in life such as old memories and places.

The old lady perspective on life allows the taxi driver and the reader to question their own perception of life. This is similar to the horse in stopping by the woods on a soon,y evening as he questions his owner’s judgment by topping at an unexpected place: “gives his harness bells a shake to ask if there is some mistake” The driver and the lady are unnoticed driving through the city during the night. This is similar to the persona in stopping by the woods on a snowy evening: “he will not see me stopping here”.

By the small acts of kindness displayed by the driver, (helping her to the car, turning off the meter, taking her to places she would lie to see), the old lady experienced harmony and peace before moving into the hospice “you gave an old woman a little moment of joy”. These small acts of kindness meant a lot to the old dad and had a big impact of the driver “I don’t think I could have done anything more important I’m my life” he then goes on to leave the readers with an idea that we normally think our lives revolve around great moments but “great moments often catch us unaware – beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one. This statement leaves the reader feeling reflective on their own lives. And wondering how many people are still willing to help. Speech: Good afternoon Mrs. Cross and classmates. Through completing this portfolio I have grown in my knowledge and understanding of the concept of discovery. The first text I analyses was discovery by Rachel Freidman. The text demonstrated many themes in discovery One aspect of discovery which was demonstrated in her story was the idea of rediscovery.

Through her story Rachel depicted the possibility of rediscovering something for yourself as she did in discovering Australia. She also discovered a connection between herself and Cook. This idea of discovery was similar to that I found in the tuft of flowers as the persona and the mower were connected by a common interest and so were Rachel and cook. The concept I found the most meaningful in Earache’s story was the incept of self-discovery and growth.

This was highlighted to me when she said “the only truly virgin territory is within us” this made me evaluate the virgin territory within myself and reflect on what still don’t know about myself The second text I analyses was a poem by bill Cattery called cultivating serenity. This poem talked about the step by step process of achieving serenity within yourself. The poet used an extended metaphor of farming to portray how he himself “grew’ in serenity. This theme struck me as it was very similar to the extended metaphor in after apple picking.

Both poems reflected on the yield of fruits from our labor. I found that the persona In after apple picking was nearing the end of his life and the end of his harvest whereas the persona in cultivating serenity was just beginning to understand himself and the serenity within himself. Some similarities between cultivating serenity and after apple picking were that both the poems described the imperfections of their harvest. In cultivating serenity the persona said “my harvest is mixed, sometimes great, sometimes small. There are some similarities between this quote and what the persona mentions in after apple picking. The persona describes that the apples were sometimes abundant load on load of apples coming in” but other times there were fallen apples that “went surely to the cider-apple heap”. There were also differences between the two poems. As I mentioned before, the persona in after apple picking is tired and coming to the end of his harvest and his life but the persona in cultivating serenity is just beginning to find himself.

These differences are clear in the poems. The persona in cultivating serenity believes that though it is hard work “it is a crop well worth the effort. ” On the other hand the persona in after apple picking seems tired and drowsy and is not as .NET Asiatic about his harvest s he says “for I have had too much of apple picking: am overtired” These two poems have developed my understanding of discovery and they both depict it in a setting of harvest and growth. This allows me to come to a conclusion that through discovery, growth of oneself occurs.

The third analysis I did was an article of a taxi driver who, by taking an old sick lady through her favorite parts Of town for no charge, has had a change in perception on life and a change in perception on the importance of small acts of kindness. This was demonstrated in the article when the taxi driver said were conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments but great moments often catch us unaware – beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one”.

He also had a change in perception of his job as a taxi driver because, in the beginning of the poem, he was getting impatient waiting for his passenger unaware that she was a terminally ill old lady. By having this experience he is grateful he waited and he says “what If I had honked the horn once then driven away? ” This caused me to evaluate my own patience and how that effects the people around me. Connected this poem with stopping by the woods on a snowy evening. The similarities are that the lady asked the taxi driver to stop at certain places and she would just sit in silence appreciating the memories she had.

I found that this was similar to what the persona did in stopping by the woods on a snowy evening and he too sat in darkness and in silence appreciating nature. This article shaped my understanding of discovery by allowing me to realist that discovery can occur through and because of other people. It is also very important to review your perception on the things around you and the actions you take because the article has shown me that small acts can have a large impact on other people’s lives. Thankful for listening. A Sweet Lesson on Patience arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I honked again.

Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.. ‘Just a minute’, answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor. After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her ass’s stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out off 194(Yes movie. By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.

There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware. Would you carry my bag out to the car? ‘ she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman. She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb. She kept thanking me for my kindness. ‘It’s nothing’, I told her. ‘l just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated. ‘ Oh, you’re such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, ‘Could you drive through downtown? Ifs not the shortest way,’ I answered quickly. ‘Oh, don’t mind,’ she said. ‘I’m in no hurry. I’m on my way to a hospice. Looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. ‘l don t have any family left,’ she continued in a soft voice, ‘The doctor says I don’t have very long. ‘ I quietly reached over and shut off the meter. ‘What route would you like me to take? Asked. For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator. We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds.

She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a Sometimes she’d ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing. As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, ‘I’m tired. Let’s go now’. We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico. Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up.

They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her. Opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair. ‘How ml_ACH do I owe you? ‘ She asked, reaching into her purse. ‘Nothing’ said ‘You have to make a living,’ she answered. There are other passengers,’ I responded. Almost without thinking, bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly. ‘You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,’ she said. Thank you. ‘ squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light. Behind me, a door shut.

It was the sound of the closing Of a life. I didn’t pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away? On a quick review, don’t think that I have done anything more important in my life. We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments. But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.