Blog Post #1: 10 observations about Yeats’ “The lake Isle of Innisfree”

1: Several lines start with the word “And” giving a run-on sentence feel.

2: The first stanza and the last stanza have corresponding meters and rhyme schemes.

3:The middle stanza is less organized and more scattered on the page.

4: “I will arise and go now” repeats at at the beginning of the final stanza, which works to create a full circle in the content of the poem.

5: Looking at the form of this poem in its entirety, it looks sort of like a sandwich or a cheeseburger with two solid stanzas on both the top and bottom, and then a mess of ingredients in the middle.

6:The inventory that he lists in the first stanza of all his belongings is quite short.

7:Several words have a solemn and solitary connotation such as “alone,” “slow,” “peace,” “glow.”

8:The poem reads in the future tense. In other words, this is a goal or dream that the narrator has. He states, “I will” and “I shall.”

9:The middle section feels more enchanting with phrases such as “midnight’s all a glimmer,” “Noon a purple glow,” “Crickets singing,” “Evening full of linnets wings.”

10: The final stanza comes back into present tense, and is more raw in its depiction of nature. For instance, grey pavement and lapping water.


Save Rosie

Screen Shot 2015-12-16 at 6.17.51 PM10 Reasons on Why YOU Should Save Rosie:

  1. She is beautiful
  2. No, it is not always about looks, but she really is beautiful
  3. About 700 students each year live with her on the field and pass her everyday, removing her presence would be detrimental
  4. Burt and Ernie the squirrel lovers live there, would not want to tear the family apart, she is shelter to many animals, small and large, and she provides shade for other
  5. She is the embodiment of community — people climb her, play frisbee around her
  6. She is not a tree that has super special purpose after being cut down, so let her live
  7. Students would need to go to the counseling center to cope with the loss
  8. She does a fantastic job of pollination during the spring seasons, helping to conduct everyday important aspects of natural processes
  9. Her name is Rosie, but she has no roses, so it is funny…
  10. She is beautiful and she really is mine, I would be very sad


IMG_9287“Use-value” by Gould in The Marxist Glossary as “anything that satisfies a human want” (1943: 96). The value of my tree alternates dependent on what direction you are looking at her from.

My perspective: is that we now have a relationship, I can look at Morgan Field and feel connected to something in nature and it is not forced at all, the relationship developed over time.

When I was having a terrible day it would be really nice to go outside for even 5 minutes and sit with my tree, something that I made a name and character for, something that cannot say anything to me, but I imagine what it would be saying if it could speak.

Local Environment: she provides shade for students during hot summer months, she brings a beautiful dynamic to the Quad and incorporating surrounding trees.

She provides a home for many squirrels and birds and she has large branches for young children to climb on.

Campus: to the campus she is just another tree, but when people take the time to appreciate nature and look into why things are beautiful and how pieces of nature all play together, they will be pleasantly surprised at the outcome.

Global Ecosystem: she is a Shumard Oak and although there is no specific use for her once torn down, she is everywhere across America, I have one down the street from me in my neighbor’s yard.

The World: there needs to be no other explanation to how a tree affects the world besides the fact that it is a tree, it supports us living and gives us oxygen so we can survive. Unfortunately the human want is lumber and paper and objects that require tearing my tree down, but these are not worth taking away the life of my beautiful tree.

Human exceptionalism paradigm vs new ecological paradigm

Human exceptionalism paradigm vs new ecological paradigm. The new ecological paradigm makes more sense when thinking about Rosie, my tree. The human exceptionalism paradigm is interesting to think about in regards to my tree though because I am looking at myself and removing myself from any negative repercussions or any consequences that I may have caused as a human because I am making an exception of myself. This blog falls into the HEP because I am claiming something in nature as “my own” and “my tree” when really I have no bearings to it besides that Mark Scott the Dickinson College Arborist assigned me the tree.

But the new ecological paradigm discusses how ecological laws cannot be repealed even while analyzing the inventiveness of human beings as a species. These paradigms are two ways to look at the interactions of human and nature in society as a whole.


The featured image shows the direct interaction of human beings and the environment, that we can coexist so closely with one another but the question is, can we really? Most activists and environmentalists are leaning towards “no, not with the way humans act”, we will not have a planet much longer.

An Average Day

IMG_9288Today I am video chatting my mom while sitting next to Rosie, telling mom about the tree and what I have been doing this semester with this class. She has been asking me questions that I cannot really seem to answer, like “why are you feeling attached to a tree?”. This is a good question, I feel as though its more the idea of having something constant and steady in life. I look forward to watching the squirrels who live there, although again today there are not many as the temperature is dropping and I am wearing a sweatshirt. All the leaves have fallen and are brown on the ground next to where they came from. And I show my mom the tree and Burt and Ernie, the squirrels who have decided to call Rosie home and she thinks it is funny that I sit with a tree, and sometimes I think, maybe it is!

The Importance of Being Earnest

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The Importance of Being Earnest:


Hot, sweaty, and tired was when we first met

A bond was formed I’ll never forget

We shared our stories both good and bad

Like that crazy summer storm you once had

You have taught me so much I never knew
Like how to remove toxins and still get a good view

You have sheltered me from the rain

You have even given my t-shirt a stain.

That one day I found you crying all alone

I sat beside you and reciprocated the love you have shown

As I sit here defending your right to stay

‘This is bullshit’, is all I can say.

Who would dare cut you down

The most toxic reducing bachelor in town






Save KD

KD is the most important tree at Dickinson, that is for sure. I didn’t know it either at the beginning of the semester, but she is for sure a crucial part of this campus and needs to be saved

She needs to be saved for more reasons than just our personal connection. As I enter and exit Stern every Tuesday and Thursday morning, I am greeted by this small but important tree and reminded constantly of how closely she is connected with the beautiful scenery that makes Stern so special, and all of the small animals that depend on her. Although she isn’t the youngest tree out there, she is still in the middle of her life and deserves to live the rest of it to the fullest. Her historic value is important to Dickinson because she has been around longer than other trees on the Quad, and therefore has more sentimental value than others do. More people are likely to connect to KD because of the amount of time she has been around.IMG_2735

Although her leaves have fallen, and she looks quite bare and cold, it is important to remember how beautiful and lively she is when in full bloom. She adds hope and fresh air to an area of the Dickinson academic quad that needs it the most. When in full bloom, she is the positivity that this campus needs. When in full bloom, she looks snow-capped, making her one of Dickinson’s most unique trees. As spring turns to summer, she is as green as can be. She is truly the best of both worlds, as she represents all different types of beauty that a tree could possibly offer.

IMG_2722.JPGKD, a Kousa Dogwood tree, is native to Asian countries. Therefore it is important that she stays where she is, left unharmed, because she is located right in front of Stern, which is home to the East Asian Studies department. Thus, KD further educates the students that walk into the building ona daily basis, creating an environment that mimics that of an Asian country. She creates a more authentic environment at Stern and supports an educational environment.


Saving Mari

Mariposa is a lot like a service puppy in training. She is young (only about ten years old- just about the age of a puppy if you compare the lifespan of a tree to the lifespan of a dog), and she has a lot of growing left to do. Her fuzzy bud coverings are as soft as a puppy’s fur, and Mother Nature must nourish her so she can grow, much like a puppy needs nourishment from its mother.

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She is important to the environment around her. She provides food, life, and color to the world. Service dogs touch the lives of many: their raisers, trainers, and eventually their partner. They changes lives.

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Mari is far too young to die now. She has so much growing to still do, and she has a lot to offer the world. Save Mari, because you wouldn’t kill a puppy, would you?

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My tree should be saved because it is an integral part of the food chain. Squirrels and black bears rely on the Bur Oak’s massive acorns, and without them the squirrels and bears would not get fat before the winter. If the squirrels and bears can’t stock up on acorns before the winter, they will die. So cutting down my Bur Oak means you kill a bunch of squirrels and black bears as well. Deer and porcupines also rely on Bur Oaks for their twigs and leaves. We all know porcupines are an integral part of Dickinson’s campus, so don’t be a jerk and starve the baby deer anSAVE MR BURd porcupines.

Bur Oaks live to be 200-300 years old! My Bur Oak is only a couple decades old, so therefore he is just a baby and no one likes baby killers. Bur Oaks are also fire resistant. I bet no one else’s tree is fire resistant! Bur Oaks are also very drought resistant and considering the fact that we are running out of water, we need as many Bur Oaks around as possible so when all the other wimpier trees start dying, we will still have Bur Oaks to filter our polluted air. Humans can also eat acorns if they are roasted (raw acorns can tear up a human’s stomach), so when humans start running out of food, we can also eat from the Bur Oak. So pretty much Bur Oaks will solve all of our problems.

The moral of the story is that if you cut down my Bur Oak, you will be forever haunted by starving squirrels, black bears, porcupines, and deer, and we will run out of trees as we run out of water. If you cut down Bur Oaks, all the other trees will die and therefore our air will get more and more polluted, which will eventually lead to the deaths of almost all the species on this planeSAVE MR BURt.


SAVE MR. BUR!!!!!!

Value Earned

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At the individual level this tree has had an extremely positive affect on me. Not only in my attitude towards Earnest in particular, but rather towards nature as a whole. When you begin to spend an extended amount of time with a single object, whether it be natural or not, you are more than likely to spark a relationship. Through our relationship I was able to gain a much greater appreciation for all of the work nature does behind closed curtains. As I recently heard in a movie I was watching “beautiful things never ask for attention”. This resounded with me because I instantly thought of Earnest. Even though he may not be the tallest, strongest, or even the most beautiful tree on campus, he is mine and I will never forget his completely selfless nature.


Local Environment:

In terms of the local environment, Earnest has a huge part to play. As we already have discussed he is a Londonplane tree mixed with a Sycamore, these hereditary traits allow him to be extremely efficient at reducing surrounding air pollutants. In a place like Carlisle, where the average ambient air quality is worse than most of the US, it is vital to incorporate species such as the London Plain into our designs. If we are to attempt to remedy our environmentally-degrading behavior we must begin to look at more ground-up solutions. These are solutions that stem directly from local sources or the affected persons, allowing for a more personal and direct resolution to the actual problem.



Earnest serves the campus of Dickinson College 7 days a week 52 weeks a year. Aside from its environmental benefits, the Londonplane Tree offers a variety of benefits for local communities both human and non-human. Ranging from a slight acknowledgement “that tree looks beautiful right now” to the squirrel family that nests in the upper branches, this tree selflessly serves the communities of Dickinson College. Its use-value could therefore be determined by; its aesthetic appeal to people, or its ability to remove air toxins, or for its integral role in the local ecosystem that does not include humans.
I wonder what the majority of people on campus would chose out of these three options?


Global Ecosystem/World:

At this level of interpretation it is necessary to move from talking about Earnest as an individual and rather about trees, and therefore the natural environment, in general and their importance and impact to the world. Every single day we lose a gargantuan amount of natural rainforests to deforestation and the greed that plagues our so-called ‘civilized’ nations. The single purpose of evolution is survival, and the way Mother Nature protects her survival is through biodiversity. It is nature’s defense mechanism to sudden change in the local environment. Unfortunately for natural ecosystems that inherently promote biodiversity, the industrial civilization that the world has adopted relies on the destruction of biodiversity. We use monoculture crops throughout the United States, especially corn, we require cleared land in order to continue to gain maximum surplus that correlates to the rising population levels. At every step of the way humans destroy biodiversity and the survival of nature that comes with it.