TWO POEMS ON MIRRORS

The mirror

The mirror held you fair, my Fair,
A fickle moment’s space.
You looked into mine eyes, and there

For ever fixed your face

Keep rather to your looking-glass
Than my more constant eyes:
It told the truth – Alas! my lass,
My faithful memory lies.

 

Hilaire Belloc

Broken Mirror

My reflection stares back from the broken mirror
Distorted pieces staring from shards of broken mirror

Wondering where these false images come from
I’ve lost myself deeply inside this broken mirror

Disillusioned with myself, finally seeing the truth
That hides within shattered images of broken mirror

One thousand eyes blink, with lies behind each one
Cast at me from the remnants of the broken mirror

Crooked smiles endlessly reflecting back in sadness
Captured is the deep despair by this broken mirror

Scattered about the floor inside each silver shard
My self has been captured into this broken mirror

Tiffany Green

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Eragon’s memoirs

♦ Today I have spent my entire day hunting that doe. It has been three days since I was on her herd’s footsteps. If I don’t kill her tonight, I will be forced to return back home without any food. I’m extremely surprised she has made it that far, without getting killed by a wolf or a bear or just collapsing from exhaustion.

♦ I didn’t manage to kill the doe because the strangest thing happened. I was about to kill the deer when an explosion came out of the blue and made the whole herd flee away. In the area of the explosion there was a huge crater and in the middle of it lay a really strange stone which I decided to keep by the way.
The stone is really smooth – so much that it feels as if it’s going to fall off your hands when you hold her – and has a really strange blue-turquoise colour which I’ve never seen on a stone again. Also, it has thin white veins that entwine on its blue surface. Even stranger that the stone itself though is the answer to the question – when and how did it come here? I believe it isn’t a coincidence that I found the stone in the Spine, nor that I found it in the middle of the night. Anyway, I feel that everytime I go to the Spine, I always get closer to its magic.  The place itself slowly reveals to me its secrets one by one every time. I’ll try to trade the stone for some meat. I also lost my best arrow. It took me 4 days to make it, but I’ll try to make a better one, soon.

♦ People have started to become really cautious about everything that has to do with the Spine because they believe that its magic is going to harm them.
Yesterday, Sloan refused to exchange the stone with meat just because of this reason. I honestly find all of it nonsense. Thankfully, his daughter, Katrina, who was passing by the shop overheard our fight and called Horst. Horst put an end to our argument before things got serious. Horst also bought meat for me and in return he suggested I work with him. I couldn’t do anything but accept the offer – it was the least I could do. So now I have kept the stone and I don’t know what to do with it. I suppose the best solution is to keep it and wait until the traders arrive. That’s what Garrow and Roran suggested.

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♦ It looks like the traders won’t be coming to Carvahall this year, as there hasn’t been any sight of them yet and this is the time of the year they normally arrive. Well, I suppose I will keep the stone for another year.

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♦ Everyone has been proven wrong! The traders arrived, just with a short delay. It looks like all that awaiting hasn’t been for nothing.

♦ We went to Carvahall and finally found the trader we were looking for, Merlock. He examined the stone for a while. He concluded that the stone is crafted by magic and that it’s made of really strong materials – almost impossible to break – and that it is hollow. All three outcomes were really interesting, but none of them actually helped us. Also, Merlock made it clear that we would only sell the stone in one of the big cities, but he didn’t know for what amount of money. I put the stone back to our wagon feeling somewhat disappointed.
 Besides examining the stone, Merlock also informed us about why the traders arrived late this year. The things he mentioned about the Vardens, the Urgals and the Brutes were really important, but I found them of little significance regarding our area.
 Later on, I went to Morn’s tavern, where two grain buyers were trying to convinve the crowd that we are alive due to Galbatorix’s actions and that he really cares for us. Anyway, I left before any trouble took place.
 In the night, Bro, the old troubadour told us the story of Galbatorix. Obviously, Galbatorix doesn’t know that Brom spreads this story around, because he wouldn’t be alive right now.
 All in all, it was a nice short trip from which I managed to get lots of information, but I didn’t get rid of the stone – now, I can’t decide what to do with it. But I’m sure that I’ll find something to do with her.

by Marios

 

 

 

 

 

Eragon’s Magic Stone

The moment Eragon finds the magic stone

The magic stone which Eragon finds in the woods was smoother than any other creature of nature. Its surface was blue and dark except of white veins that spiderwebbed across it. The stone was cool and frictionless like hardened silk. Its shape was oval and it was about a foot long. It felt light and Eragon found it both beautiful and frightening.

I think that the magic stone had some magical properties. First of all, I believe that the stone could protect itself as well as the life of its owner. Also, I believe the stone only appeared to people who could keep it and take care of it. Furthermore, I think that it could avenge those who would try to destroy it. I think that its greatest power of all is that it can’t be destroyed, it’s indestructible. That’s why I’m sure it can “survive” even in the most challenging conditions.

by Maira

ADVICE TO ERAGON

First of all I want to say that the stone may be something very expensive . If I were Eragon I would have done some experiments on the stone every day and I would take notes for every change on the stone . After that I would give the stone to scientists and give all the notes I had kept or give the stone to the museum to be an exhibit so all the people can see it . Lastly I would demand to put me in an article to be famous and show my talent to the people

Letter to Eragon

Dear Eragon,

How are you? Hope you are fine. I’m your uncle, your dad’s brother. I’m writing you to tell all the truth about your parents. You see, your mother actually left forever because she had a rare disease that it couldn’t be cured. She didn’t want you to see her suffer so she went somewhere far. About your dad, you never saw him because he was young and he wasn’t ready to take the responsibility as a father. Before 1 year he had an accident and he died. His last wish was to see you at least once. Anyway, I don’t want you to be sad because now you have your uncle Garrow that takes care of you.

Your uncle,

Lukas.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner – Popular culture

Songs influenced by the poem

  • Iron Maiden – Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Powerslave)
  • Fleetwood Mac – Albatross (The Pious Bird of Good Omen)
  • Progressive rock band Pink Floyd alludes to Coleridge’s poem in the first verse of their song “Echoes”.
  • Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish makes a reference to the poem in the song “The Islander”

Films

  • In the 1951 film Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, the story draws as much from the Ancient Mariner legend as it does from the Flying Dutchman legend.
  • The Pirates of the Caribbean films contain many parallels to the epic poem, including life and death playing dice for the souls of men (the game Liar’s Dice), Calypso (as Tia Dalma’s true form), smelly slimy creatures (Davy Jones’ crew), the “frost and the cold”, and even “water, water, everywhere and not a drop to drink” when the characters are at sea and out of drinking water.
  • Ken Russell directed a film about Coleridge, called The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, in 1978 for British Granada Television.
  • Larry Jordan directed a short film that features animations of Gustave Dore’s engravings and Orson Welles as the narrator of the poem, along with sound effects (the albatross, the sea, etc.).
  • In 1998, BBC produced The Rime of the Ancient Mariner as a 57-minute made-for-TV movie with Films for Humanities and the Sciences (FHS) that features Paul McGann as both Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Ancient Mariner. The film was directed by Juliet May and produced by Anne Brogan.

by Bill Z.