Literary Criticism

This site contains my work during the course of English 300 at Montana State University-Bozeman in the Autumn of 2004.

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I am a senior at Montana State University working for a degree in history with a teaching option and also a minor in English. Currently I am working with the students at Bridger Alternative here in town and I am loving every minute of it. I can't wait to get out into the field and teach.

Sunday, September 26, 2004

The SUBLIME

What is the sublime? Sublime can be defined as: (n.) A grand or lofty style of speaking or writing; a style that expresses loft conceptions. (I'm sure Dr. Sexson would love for us all to reach this expectation.) (n.) That which is grand in nature or art, as distinguished from the merely beautiful. (superl.) Lifted up; high in place; exalted aloft; uplifted, lofty. (superl.) Awakening or expressing the emotion of awe, adoration, veneration, heroic resolve, etc.; dignified; grand; solemn; stately; --said of an impressive object in nature, of an action, of a discourse, of a work of art, of a spectacle, etc.; as, sublime scenery; a sublime deed
You get the picture. Anyway, a work that I feel has reached the level of SUBLIME is also, from my favorite band Aerosmith, the song itself is known as Livin' On The Edge and the lyrics are as follows:
There's something wrong with the world today
I don't know what it is
Something's wrong with our eyes
We're seeing things in a different way
And God knows it ain't His
It sure ain't no surprise
We're livin' on the edge
There's something wrong with the world today
The light bulb's getting dim
There's a melt down in the sky
If you can judge a wise man
By the color of his skin
Then mister you're a better man than I
Chorus: We're livin' on the edge
You can't help yourself from fallin'
Livin' on the edge
You can't help yourself at all
Livin' on the edge
You can't stop yourself from fallin'
Livin' on the edge
(X2)
Tell me what you think about your situation
Complication-aggravation
Is getting to you
If chicken little tells you that the sky is fallin'
And even if it wasn't would you still come crawlin'
Back again?
I think you would my friend
Again & again & again & again & again
(end X2)
Something right with the world today
And everybody knows it's wrong
But we can tell'em no or we can let it go
But I would rather be hanging on
Livin' on the edge
Livin' on the edge
Livin' on the edge
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Livin' on the edge
You can't help yourself from fallin'
You can't help yourself at all
Livin' on the edge
You can't stop yourself from fallin'
Livin' on the edge
You can't help yourself
You can't help yourself
Livin' on the edge
You can't help yourself at all
You can't help yourself
Livin' on the edge
You can't stop yourself from fallin'
Livin' on the edge
The sublime aspect of this song is that it illustrates for me the conflict and confusion that we humans create on our own planet as we fight for what we believe is right and in the end also hurt others that we may or may not have necessarily meant to. Though it was written before our current situation, it gives me great comfort as I listen to the nightly news and attempt to analyze all the different articles, news casts, etc. put before me. That is why this song is so sublime.

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