FACULTY OF LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION
SELECTED POEM IN ENGLISH
POEM ANALYSIS: AN APPLE OF DEEDS
BY STEFANIE NATASHA RICH
Dropped on his head
He discovered gravity!
Munched by him
i-technologies was born
Say hello to the world
Swallowed by everyone
And the doctors cried out loud
Munched by her then him
Say hello to the world
So, an apple, anyone?
Stephanie Natasha Rich is a Semester 8 TESL program student at Sultan Idris Education University. She is in her final year of studies majoring in Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESL) with a minor in Literature in English. Her ideas on writing poems are much inspired by Cecil Rajendra. Her favorite readings would be by Sidney Sheldon, Karim Raslan, Anita Desai and Stephen King. (Lajiman Janoory and M. Sidik Ariffin, 2011: 123).
Her poem, entitled “An Apple of Deeds” uses apple in her poem as a subject or object that has greater significance in a sense of science history, evolution of modern technology, a well-known proverb and important religious symbol of Islam and Christianity.
In science history, Sir Isaac Newton regarded as the most original and influential theorist. One of his famous discoveries is the laws of gravity and planetary motion. From here, a famous story says that Newton uncovered the laws of gravity after being hit on the head by a falling apple. But, there is no proof that this story is true. However, his assistant John Conduitt later wrote that Newton had said he was inspired to think about gravity after seeing an apple fall in his garden around 1666. (http://www.answers.com/topic/sir-isaac-newton)
Apple is also seen as the evolution of modern technology. However, it is not the apple fruit that is depicting but the Apple Computers, the No. 1 in America's Most Admired Companies, and No. 1 amongst Fortune 500 companies for returns to shareholders. (http://www.biography.com/people/steve-jobs-9354805?page=2) The CEO of this company is the late Steve Jobs, whose ingenious products such as the iMac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, effective branding campaigns, and stylish designs caught the attention of consumers of the world.
However, it is the symbol or the design of the Apple Company that is intriguing. Why apple? The first symbol or design was actually interrelated with Sir Isaac Newton as the first design comes out as Sir Isaac Newton sitting under an apple tree. The word 'Apple Computers' were drawn on a ribbon banner ornamenting the picture frame and the frame itself have a quotation from words Wordsworth;
"Newton...A mind forever voyaging through strange seas of thought...Alone" (http://true-color-of-mind.blogspot.com/2011/04/meaning-behind-apples-logo.html)
As time continues, new design is made with Sir Isaac Newton in mind. His theory of color based on the observation that a prism decomposes white light in to the many colors that formed the visible spectrum that change from their original 'Newtonian logo' to the more familiar 'Rainbow Apple' below;
It is not the design of this Rainbow apple that fascinates but it is the method of producing those rainbow colors. How this rainbow colors does produced? It is by manipulating light through a prism. A prism is a triangular or a pyramidal transparent optical of element usually made of glass that refract light. It is used to break light up to its constituent spectral colors creating the colors of the rainbow. (http://www.webexhibits.org/colorart/bh.html)
Though it may be coincidental, does it not seems to like the illuminati? Is it this Apple's way of telling us that they are of lights enlightened or in some way manipulating light? Are they illuminating our mind using these technologies?
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