Abacus – A Plath-Inspired Poem About the Struggle of Maths

Abacus – A Plath-Inspired Poem About the Struggle of Maths

Foreword: Over the past four weeks I have been studying the poems of Sylvia Plath as part of my IB English Literature class. I was horrified at first by the poet’s repeated themes of death and suicides, but her confessional poetry style inspired me to write one myself. I had not written a poem in years, but I think this one is pretty decent. It has a self-depreciating tone to it, but from the feedback I got so far from my friends, they could relate to it at a personal level. I dedicate this poem to everyone who struggles daily with mathematics in school, myself included! Continue reading

A Character Profile of Jay Gatsby  – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Character Profile of Jay Gatsby – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Warning: Long, wordy post ahead. Why, you ask? Because it is time for the Creative Corner!!!

For those who don’t already know, the Creative Corner is where I post a lot of my ready-made pieces of writing from school which are posted onto this blog for everyone to see. I have posted some pieces of writing already which I have made as practice for my IGCSE English as a First Language subject. Now, since I am studying in the International Baccalaureate system, I am taking English A: Language and Literature subject. Throughout the study of this course, I have been tasked with writing many different essays and other forms of writing as part of my class and homework.

Last school term, my class studied The Great Gatsby as part of the Literature component of the course. A novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the book is renowned for its faithful portrayal of the lifestyle of the upper-class American society during the 1920s. I don’t want to bore you with the details of the plot, you could read the book yourself to find out.

I was tasked with creating a characted profile of Gatsby based around the accounts from different characters in the first three chapters of the book. There was a lot of intended vagueness, mystery and contradiction around his character which was deliberately done to reveal the plot in the story. Without further rambling, let us begin the analysis. Continue reading