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Lisa Law HUMAN CONDITION Question It means they were human How have the texts you have studied in Area of Study the Human Condition contributed to your thinking of what it is human Word count 1945 The human condition is the experience of all elements of human existence The susceptibility to endure both happiness and sadness is one of the elements that respond to our questioning of what is human This is examined by the contrast of exhilaration depicted in both John Keatss poem On First Looking At Chapmans Homer and in the photograph Bondi by Marc Bok in the stimulus booklet and the depression in the film Lantana directed by Ray Lawrence and the poem Preludes by TS Eliot John Keats poem On First Looking at Chapmans Homer displays the human capacity for happiness through its structure images and tone To expose his joy and inspired feelings about Chapmans translation of Homer Keats had used the form of a Petrarchan sonnet to communicate how profoundly the revelation of Homers literature had affected him The use of this structure allows a strong contrast from his neutral tone in the octave to the thrill and excitement in the sestet In the first line realms of gold symbolise the voyaging of discovery and to the world of literature and imagination valued as highly as gold However Keats use of the modifier goodly reflects his satisfaction only of those kingdoms and states Keats tone of neutrality in terms of these experiences is established through the drowsy consonance of the l in travelled in the realms of gold and the assonance of the long and rounded vowels in goodly states and kingdoms seen The responders sense his appreciation of deep- browed Homer and his acknowledgment of the fealty to such ancient works but the tone and structure of this first section reflects monotony in Keats studies The final line Till I heard Chapman speak out loud
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