The Top 5: Spring 2014

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Hyperbole: A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect. | photos-public-domain

The first day of summer is June 21st and we are excited for the fun this new season will bring. We saw many favorite posts but noticed the following Top 5 for this past Spring quarter. In case you missed it, here’s a review starting at number 5:

5. A Citadel in the Sky: Why? By Whom? For What?

On July 24, 1911, Hiram Bingham announced the discovery of Machu Picchu to the world. Since this discovery by ARCHEOLOGIST a hundred years ago, historians are trying to understand the function of this ancient Inca city. This means that we are still unsure of the purpose, the use, of this citadel in the sky.

4. Interpretation: “The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway”

Writing lyrics is a gifted way to express yourself in the arts. Words have powerful ways of inspiring people to achieve. “Let It Go” lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez is a heartening song, now an Oscar Nominee in music for original song.

3. Free Write: What does it take to be a hero?

What really is a hero anyway? Let’s look at the word HEROISM, such as people displaying HEROISM by taking action on behalf of others in need.

Heroes display certain common characteristics that we embrace. They are kind people, principled, risk-takers and sometimes very unique individuals. Those are but a few qualities that can inspire us to be better people and achieve more than we think possible.

2. Fragments of Real Things: Georges Braque

Georges Braque is a quite and talented soul. People that knew Braque mention how often he “dedicated to quiet periods in his studio rather than to being a personality in the art world” (ArtStory, 2014). Despite his humble personality, he made a revolutionary impression with his collaborated creation, CUBISM.

1. Hyperbole: Best Day of My Life!

Best Day Of My Life is a song with CONTAGIOUS lyrics by a band called American Authors. When you listen closely you hear the song uses a literary technique called HYPERBOLE. We use hyperbole with frequency and many times we don’t know we are using it to express an exaggerated moment or emotion. When listening to this song, we make connections to our own personal moments and emotions, this is why listeners call this a feel-good song and we can’t get enough of it.

Are you surprised by the results? Share your thoughts on what makes this quarter post so memorable?



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