Sunday, August 14, 2011

Poetry: Assignment #1

This commercial below was recently produced by Levi's (and then pulled from the airwaves in the UK due to the image of the young person staring down riot police), and it raises questions. Here are the ones you are required to answer by Monday, August 22 (please post your responses to #1-4 here on the blog, after you get instructions how in class-- #5 will, natch, be a live performance):

1. What poem does this commercial borrow from (without credit), and who wrote the poem?
2. Why might the use of this poem by a corporation be considered ironic?
3. Does the poem reflect the reputation of the author? Why/why not?
4. How did you find the answers to #1 & #3? Describe your research process and your sources in detail.
5. MEMORIZE the poem and be prepared to recite it on demand.


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  1. This poem is by Charles Bukowski, it's called "The Laughing Heart." The use of this this poem might be considered ironic because a corporate giant with thousands upon thousands of employees who don't live life eccentrically but live a large portion of their life in a room full of copying machines or a room full denim machines. Coming from a well known and large corporate machine such as Levi seems peculiar in the least. If I would of seen this commercial on TV or without a title at the top. I would of thought this was an anti-suicide campaign.

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  2. 1)This ad borrows from The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukoski
    2)This ad is ironic because in the poem it is telling you to live your life the way you want to, without anybody telling you what to do. But, in the commerical they are telling you to live your life the same way while wearing a pait of Levi Jeans.
    3) This poem relates to the author because Bukoski was a realist and believed no one should tell you what to do.
    4) I first started using a search engine to find the poem, then used wikipedia to find out some minor details and finally used the authors website to finalize it all.
    Chad Foster
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  3. Katie Enstad
    Per. 2

    1. The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski
    2. I would consider the use of this poem by a corporation ironic because the poem is saying you shouldn’t “be clubbed into dank submission” meaning you shouldn’t surrender/conform to the ‘big guy.’ The Levi Company is the ‘big guy’ making it ironic.
    3. Bukowski was “the hard-drinking, womanizing, tough-talking man who associated with the "little people" in bars, race tracks and cheap hotels, came to represent the "Bukowski image" of the isolated individual at odds with society.” (http://www.enotes.com/poetry-criticism/bukowski-charles) I concluded from this quote, that the poem, The Laughing Heart, does reflect the reputation of Bukowski. The poem discusses living life to the fullest, being happy, and not conforming to society’s corporation and negativity.
    4. I googled a line from the poem and looked around the internet until I found the correct poem and author, then I searched ‘Charles Bukowski’ and found an biography and timeline on him, on multiple sites.

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  6. 1) Charles Bukowski wrote this poem called "The Laughing Heart".
    2) It's considered ironic because it contains such wise words about living life but they are coming from a jean manufacturer commercial. Levi's is obviously trying to make sales, but watching advertisement about teen sex and communist riots isn't persuading me into buying a pair. What's next? Am I supposed to bring my Levi's to an anti-capitalistic protest? Is that how I'm supposed to do it? This is a jean manufacturer, not a life guru.
    3) Yes, I do think this poem reflected the author because he was seemed to have went through a lot of troubles as he was growing up.
    -But I do not think the way the poem was executed through the commercial reflects Bukowski because I think he would be upset knowing that his poetry was used for consumerism. He actually had once said something about consumerism being death in life.
    4)My research process consisted of searching the poem and reading anything I could find about it. I actually found a lot of comments (mostly negative) about it but I made sure I took every comment whether it was positive or negative into consideration when I began to process my own thoughts about it. I also looked up Bukowski himself in order to get information about him.
    - Personally, I somewhat enjoyed this commercial. I ignored the fact that it actually was just a marketing scheme, and just listened to the poems meaning. I also thought the actual video itself was quite outstanding, I enjoyed watching it.

    Adriana Zamudio
    Period 4

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  7. 1)This commercial uses the poem "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski
    2)This commercial is ironic because it the poem makes it seem like they want you to live free and the way you want to because "we are marvelous". But just how marvelous and unique are we if we are all wearing the same pair of jeans? This is almost contradicting in he sense that every "individual" will look just like everyone else because from the waist down everyone will look the same..
    3) Bukowski was a someone who stood for what he believed in and didn't believe in other people trying to direct your life. As I read about him I learned that he is a realist and wants every human to think for themselves, which is the opposite message from this commercial.
    4) I got a lot of different information and opinions about this poem so I tried to make sure I used many searches before I developed an answer. I did a search on Bukowski to see what his philosophies were and how he lived.

    Kaley Jorgensen, per 4

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  8. @Kaley, how was the commercial opposite of thinking for yourself. I think the images themselves showed a lot of free thinkers. Such as the man standing up to the police with riot shields.

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  9. 1) This poem was written by Charles Bukoski called "The Laughing Heart".
    2)I would consider this poem to be ironic because the message is about trying to find your own sanity within the chaos. Why put that message with a Jean commercial?
    "Don't be clubbed into dank submission.." meaning that you shouldn't surrender or give in. By buying the jeans, you are giving in.
    3)I read that "there are different sides to Bukowski and he mirrors what's going on in you. So he's a reflection of the reader. So depending on where you're at in life, that's the Bukowski that you're going to be attracted to". So I do believe that this poem relates to Bukowski.
    4) My research on this poem consisted of searching for the poem. I then found a site off of google (http://blacktable.com/daulerio040604.htm) which helped me understand the poem from a different perspective. Honestly, when I first read it I didn't think much of it until I read some comments and heard Bukowski read it. I now understand and appreciate the poem.

    Whitney Danielson P.2

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  10. 1. The poem is "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.
    2. The irony of using this poem is that the poem itself is all about fighting against submission and focuses on individuality and moments of enlightenment. So for a corporation to use such an anti-conformist poem to sell a product to the masses is ironic. But it is clever since the whole idea is "go forth and experience freedom!...in our jeans."
    3. Charles Bukowski was known for his underground press short stories and poetry about women, alcohol and violence. He was marked by his brash, unashamed honesty that inspired his poems about his intense, unattached life of drinking and affairs. I'm sure you can argue this poem reflects his reputation for his desire for freedom in all aspects of his life, however, I don't feel like this poem reflects him because of his crass reputation that was from what I researched more prominent.
    4. I looked up the author on wikipedia, and then did more research on him off the Poetry Foundation site that had a biography on him.
    -Cambria Leach, Period 2

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  11. @Ryan, i get her point though. The commercial is doing what is supposed to, show free thinkers and unique people expressing themselves as individuals BUT all wearing the same jeans.Being free, in levis.

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  12. 1. “The Laughing Heart." By Charles Bukowski
    2. This poem used by a giant such as the Levi manufacturer is ironic, considering they both represent different ideas. The poem speaks of the beauty of individuality, yet in a global sense, Levi feeds off of conformists. This commercial sends the contradictory message that in order to be unique, one must buy their product.
    3. Yes the poem does fit Bukowski’s reputation because it tells a story of individuality. The author’s life was that of solitude and having no choice but to choose the non conformist way of life. I read how as a child, Bukowski was an outcast due to his German accent and bad case of acne. The boy could not fit in even if he tried.
    4. In answering questions 1 and 3, I used the Google search engine. For question 1, I typed in lines from the poem. For question 3 I searched and first read Wikipedia, then searched a number of related websites.

    Rebecca Patterson, per 6

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  13. @Cambria Hey if buying a pair of Levi's gives me complete freedom I think I might be purchasing a pair soon. I think in general, though, the video does promote free thought. I read a couple articles (type in Levi Go Forth Campaign) that this campaign is to help developing countries get clean water.

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  14. #1. The poem, which was stolen (not just borrowed without credit), is called "The Laughing Heart" and was written by Charles Bukowski.
    #2. The usage of this poem by the Levi's corporation is considered ironic by the content of the poem. Throughout the poem it seems as if the poet wants us to be able to be oursleves and not let others' opinions decide what we want. However, they are trying to convince us on investing money on their Levis brand. In doing so we are giving in to their demands, which is what they are telling us to avoid.
    #3. I think that the poem does reflect the author's reputation becuase he wants to make all his dreams and ideas become reality. Just as in his poem where he describes the sense of freedom and individuality of the people that make their own decisions for themselves.
    #4.To find the author and poem was the easy part considering Annais printed a copy of the poem for me to memorize (she's my partner and wants to keep me on track). But for the third question I went on google and simply typed "Charle's Bukowski's persona" to try and figure out his character and what types of things he had done in his earlier time.

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  15. 1. the Laughing Heart, Charles Bukowski
    2. It is ironic because its saying live how you want to... and everybody should buy these jeans.The commercial is basically saying make your choices but chose our product.
    3. I believe the poem reflects Bukowski's reputation. Bukowski seemed like a man of the people and valued life.
    4. I googled a line from the poem then checked a few websites to see if the information was correct.
    Gary Case Period 2

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  16. 1.) The poem is "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski
    2.) The use of this poem is ironic because it's all about free thinking, being yourself and being confident about who you are as an individual. But the company is selling one brand of jeans. By buying the jeans you're giving in and forfeiting your right to individuality because it's EXACTLY what everyone else is doing.
    3.)Yes I think that the poem does reflect the authors reputation. He grew up in a very different and individual way so it makes sense that his poems would reflect the importance of individuality. He didn't let anyone tell him what to do or who to be. He was his own person and was proud of it.
    4.) I began by looking up the poem and then did research on the author. I started on wikipedia and eventually got to poemhunter.com which gave me more information about him as a writer.

    Hannah Hosking period:4

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  17. by JOJO RELYEA I can't figure out how to change the name

    1) "Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski

    2) A corporation's goal is it sell a product to a mass consumer base to make a profit. This poem is about the marvelousness of individuality so how does buying a product that thousands of people have make you an individual? This add and corporation are not only being contradictory, but hypocritical in the least.

    3) Yes, because not only did Bukowski write about individuality, but his love affairs and drunken fun and this add definitely portrays that. Maybe a little too much...

    4) I googled the add and found a site that had comments which contained the author and title, I then googled that to check its accuracy, then I found information sites on the author.

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  19. 1. This poem is called "The Laughing Heart." By Charles Bukowski.
    2. I think it is very ironic for a corperation to use this poem because the message emphasizes self worth and individuality...and yet they want us to all be dressed the same? That's not being unique. It talks about finding the light in the darkness and taking control of your own life, but are you really taking control if you follow the trends of everyone else?
    3. Yes, the peom fits the reputation of Charles Bukowski. The trials and tribulations of his life and childhood seem to fit the poems message. I definately see him as a reflection of the reader. While researching him I found one of his quotes, "what matters most is how well you walk through the fire" which showed me that he knows how difficult life will get, but it's how you handle these challenges that counts.
    4. For question one I typed the first line of the poem into google and then read through all the options until I found the correct author and the right poem. For question 3 I looked up the authors biography on several different sites to get an understanding of his life.

    Nicole Anderson, Period 2

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  20. 1) The poem is "The Laughing Heart" written by Charles Bukowski.

    2) The use of this poem might be considered ironic because it is saying that our life is our life and that we shouldn't be "clubbed into dank submission", but how can we do that if this corporation is trying to persuade us to but their product?

    3) Yes this poem reflects the author because he believes that everyone should live the life they want. From his background I learned that he was "clubbed into dank submission" by the rules of the society which he did not like and by his abusive father and he does not want others to live a life like that.

    4) I first searched for the title of the poem on Youtube and looked it up on Google. For question three I searched for the authors biography on Google and found different sites that helped.

    Jessica Manriquez, Per. 6

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  21. 1) The poem is called "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.
    2) The use of this poem by a corporation as big as Levi’s is considered ironic because throughout the poem it is telling us to be individual and do our own thing, but it completely contradicts itself. It’s sending a message that in order to be unique one must buy the same product. How are we suppose to be free and stand out when we are all wearing the same jeans?
    3) Bukowski is a “hard-drinking, pornographic, misogynistic bully who has seemingly built a career on self-destruction.” Based on the information I found, the poem those reflect the author because it seems that even though Bukowski struggled through life he still manages to make the best of everyday. He believes in individuality and making your own decisions.
    4) To find the answer to #1 I wrote the title of commercial on YouTube and the information came up. For the third question I started searching on Google and ended up on http://blacktable.com/daulerio040604.htm.

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  23. 1: "The Laughing Heart" - Charles Bukowski
    2: I feel that it is ironic for this big brand Levi commercial to use this poem because it is about finding your own light, what makes you unique by finding what works for you personally. They are selling a product that they mass produce, selling to millions that make all the consumers the same. It's not about individuality at all.
    3. I believe that the poem fits the reputation of Charles Bukowski because he made it through very difficult times in his life, while still feeling hopeful in his life. Bukowski didn't compromise himself and took every experience as a learning experience. He expressed his individuality and personal strength from his childhood and kept up with him in his later years.
    4. The first thing I did was listen to the poem once, then I entered a line into google search and the second link was the name of the poem, i made sure to double check that all the words were correct and matched the video. For number three I looked up "Charles Bukowski" and read a short biography on him as well as his works.

    Cody Kiniry Period 4

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  24. 1. This poem is called "The Laughing Heart" , written by Charles Bukowski.
    2. The use of this poem by a corporation may be considered ironic to some, because the corporation is potentially influencing you to purchase their product (Levis), while presenting and backing the freedom of oneself. In my opinion, I find this commercial intriguing. I do not find this commercial ironic at all. If I were to see this commercial on TV I would probably want to go out and buy a pair of these jeans. It is quite influential. They are not forcing you to do anything, they are stating that, like in choosing what jeans you purchase, you have the freedom to choose for yourself, and to live your life to the fullest in the way you feel necessary. Empowered by the chance to choose for yourself.
    3. I believe it does reflect Bukowski's reputation as an author. Like I stated in the previous question, he and the commercial are very firm on ones own freedom and well being. He has always portrayed self assurance and being strong minded and opinionated as an author and being.
    4. I first typed in some of the words in the poem on Google.com which took me to thebestamericanpoetry.typepad.com where I could actually read the words from the poem and find out the author and title. Then, I Google searched Charles Bukowski which lead me to bukowski.net where I was able to see some of his other work, and read about his life.
    Tori Thompson Period 3

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  25. 1. The poem is called "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.

    2. It's ironic because a large corporation like Levis, doesn't really instill quite a bit of freedom and power, it sells jeans. The poem is about being yourself and being empowered which doesn't match up because they mass-produce all of their products so really, there's no way to be different when you're all the same, literally. Think about it. How many people are wearing the same exact jeans as you right this moment. All in all, a corporation isn't usually one to inspire and attempt to create justice. Usually, it's just to sell jeans to a certain demographic.

    3. The author lived in L.A and was big on emphasizing the ordinary lives of poor Americans. So in a way he'd want to empower and help them, so by writing this poem it could possibly influence a lot of people's minds. But the same can be said for every author out there, because basically, we write what we know and it's always a reflection of the author, in a sense.

    4. Well, I found the poem/author on the article you linked on this blog post. I just had to go down and find the part where it talked about the poem. And then I found out the information by typing the author's name into google and going to the site that was dedicated to him. Pretty simple.

    - Savanah Lyon, Period 2.

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  26. 1. The poem is called The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski.
    2. It's ironic because the poem says that you should be different, not like everyone else. Then in the Levi commercial, they are telling the world to “go forth” and buy Levi jeans. So, we won't be an individual, we would be like everyone else that wears Levi jeans.
    3. I think that the poem relates to Bukowski because they are both value life and individuality. Bukowski didn’t follow other people, he lead himself. Even if he did want to follow or “fit in” with the other people, he couldn’t, Charles Bukowski was different.
    4. First, I used the dogpile search engine to look up the poem. I typed “you are marvelous, the gods wait to delight in you” and played the video back and read it with the poem. On the third question, I continued to use the dogpile search engine and typed in “Charles Bukowski” and read a little about his character.

    Chelsey Soriano Per. 3

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  27. Kayla McCallie
    Period 4

    1. This Levi commercial uses the poem: The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski.

    2. This poem is ironic because the commercial is obviously advertising jeans and wanting the public to go out and purchase them. However, the poem contradicts that purpose when it says "your life is your life/ don't let it be clubbed into dank submission", meaning don't yield to the power or authority of another which in this case is the Levi corporation. So in other words, the corporation wants the public to submit to them by purchasing their jeans, but they use a poem that says don't live a submissive life; definite irony.

    3. This poem does reflect Charles Bukowski because this poem's theme is to live your life free of submission and he did just that by doing what he wanted such as writing, drinking, and marrying who he wanted.

    4. For the first question I typed in "Levi's Go Forth Commercial 2011" and searched around until I found the first line of the poem which indicated that I had found the correct poem. For the third question I typed "Charles Bukowski" into the search engine and read about him on wikipedia.

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  28. 1. The commercial uses the poem "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.

    2. The Levi's corporation displays irony in their commercial by telling people to buy their products like everyone else while being an individual and and living your life as you want to live it at the same time. Also, Bukowski never supported the industry. He'd rather be poor and living on the streets than work with a mundane company. Yet a big corporation used his poem in order to get people to be consumers of industry.

    3. Charles Bukowski's reputation matches his poem quite well. "The Laughing Heart" speaks of taking initiative in your life and doing things that truly make you happy, even if that meant giving up materialistic pleasures. And that was what Bukowski was known for as a person.

    4. I found the answer to #1 by going onto YouTube, finding the commercial and reading the comments to see if someone would expose the author of the poem used in the commercial. Then I matched the poem with the commercial to make sure. To answer #3 I just looked up a basic bio about Bukowski on the internet.

    .Kira Asel Period 3

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  29. 1. The poem is called "The Laughing Heart" its written by Charles Bukowski.
    2. The use of the poem in the video could be considered ironic because the poem is about standing up to submission and corporations, such as Levi's, tell you that you should buy their stuff, which is submission.
    3. I think the poem does reflect the author because he lived a life of hardships and submission.
    4. I found the name of the poem and the author by clicking on the video link to you tube and reading the posts. I found the author's history by searching his name and then used that to make my conclusion in answer 3.

    Carson Dacus, per.6

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  30. 1. This poem is by Charles Bukowski and is called The Laughing Heart.
    2. The commercial is trying to sell the same jeans to everyone, this can make the commercial ironic because it completely contrasts with the poem which tells you to be free and your own marvelous self, while Levi wants you to be the same as everyone else by purchasing the same jeans as everyone else.
    3. I dont think the poem matches completely with Bukowski's reputation because, after reading parts of his other poems, i found out that many are about just "sitting here
    drunk and writing poems" where as The Laughing Heart talks about hope and the light meaning to look for the brighter side of things in life. So in my opinion it doesnt match his reputation and other poems that talk about sleeping around and getting drunk.
    4. I googled it and checked my classmates posts for accuracy, because hopefully the majority will get the same answer and will match mine, and then i googled his other poems and read parts of each that came up.

    Kristen Frias P. 4

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  31. I meant period 2; still getting use to my classes

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  32. 1. "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski
    - I began by searching the lines "There is light somewhere. It may not be much, but it beats the darkness." After viewing several of the links, I found an article where the lines fit into a poem. I read the poem as I listened to the video, and it matched perfectly.

    2. The use of this poem is ironic in the way that the poem is meant to promote empowerment and well-being, but in reality, corporations go against its teachings by enforcing poor labor conditions and minimal wages.

    3. Yes, this poem reflects the reputation of the author clearly. Bukowski was known for his appeal to the poor and average American. This poem directly states that you should cherish what you have and appreciate your life for what it is. With this, it is obvious that Bukowski targeted the lower-middle class, and he wrote it in order to empower the society.
    - I used a search engine to find a valid biography on Bukowski, and looked for clues on his behavior and reputation. After learning about his life, it was clear to me that his reputation matched with "The Laughing Heart".

    4. My processes are listed above - under each answer where they are necessary.

    Alex McKinney - Period 6

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  33. 1. This poem is called "The Laughing Heart", and is written by Charles Bukowski
    2. When Levi uses this poem in their adds it is quite ironic. The reason why is in the first two lines. "Your life is your life, don't let it be clubbed into dank submission." In the first two lines it tells you to be different. Do not follow the ways of the crowd and simply fall into submission. Being yourself is your way out. Yes, it is hard and you might be provoked and made fun of but it beats the darkness.
    3. I believe that the this poem reflects the overall values of Charles, he grew up in the Great Depression and was regularly beaten by his father. Knowing this and hearing "there is light somewhere, it may not be much light, but it beats the darkness" tells you his bravery and courage. He didn't fall into the submission of trying to find any job he could get his hands ontu. He followed his passion and began to write, even though sometimes he was forced to live on the streets as a "hobo." His words serve as a "pep-talk." Keep your head up, it could always be worse. He went against the crowd, and didn't mind when people called him a bum or a waste of space. He continued to do what he loved and is now famous for it.
    4. I found out the name of the author by typing the poem into google while listening to it on this blog. I then went on youtube, typed in Charles Bukowski and a comercial with this poem in it popped up. To find out more about Charles' life i typed his name and the word biography into google as well. I then avoided anything that said wikipedia :) My sources are:



    1. ""The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski (poetry Reading) - YouTube." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. Web. 16 Aug. 2011. .



    2. "Kobayashi08's Reviews - StumbleUpon." StumbleUpon.com: Discover the Best of the Web. Web. 16 Aug. 2011. .



    3. "Charles Bukowski - Biography." The Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Web. 16 Aug. 2011. .

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  34. 1. The commercial uses the poem “The laughing heart” by Charles Bukowski.
    2. The use of this poem by a corporation might be considered ironic because throughout the poem, as well as the commercial, it expresses how being independent and having free will is good. The thing is how is Levis promoting independence when they are trying to convince us to all wear there same jeans. It makes no sense to say don’t let anything influence you be yourself but you should wear these jeans like everyone else, it is a bit ironic.
    3. The poem does reflect the reputation of the author because he believed that one should not be influenced by others that a person should be the person they want to be. He was a realist who believed everyone should think for themselves, which I have to agree with. He was a very determined person and never gave up on his goals which is a message reflected in the poem.
    4. I found the answer to question number one by typing a part of the poem on Google which eventually led me to his entire poem. I found the answer to question three by going onto poemhunter.com in which I learned a lot about the author’s life and ideas.
    *Tatiana.Per.2

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  35. 1. This is from "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.
    2. "The Laughing Heart" supports individualism and being yourself (repeating "your life is your life"), making it ironic that the Levi corporation would use this idea to sell their product because they're all about putting everyone in the same brand of jeans.
    3. The reputation of the author is reflected in the poem because he believed in living larger than life, and this poem talks about being given chances to better yourself in life.
    4. While listening to the commercial, I googled the words of the poem, and found the name and author. I then googled the authors name and using different website sources was able to find what I believed to be a credible biography. From that I was able to determine if the poem reflected the author.

    Arianna Farmer, P2

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  36. 1- "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.
    2- it is ironic because the poem is telling you to live your own life. Like it says "your life is your life" I think that means, don't let anyone tell you how to live your life, what to do in your life. But the Levi's commercial is telling you to buy their jeans like everyone else and live your life like how everyone else does.
    3- I think the poem reflect the reputation of the author because his life was a tough life, and because of that, he might not wanted other people to tell him what to do.
    4- I googled the line where it says "your life is your life. Don't let it be clubbed into dank submission.

    YunJoo Lee Period 6

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  37. 1. Charles Bukowski’s “The Laughing Heart”

    2. Bukowski’s poem emphasizes a “carpe diem” type of individualism, written for normal, poor Americans with mediocre lives. The Levi’s company is trying to make a backwards appeal by associating their products with youth and freedom, rebellion and uniqueness when in reality they’re the corporate machine making millions of dollars selling the most common type of garment in the country.

    3. Charle’s Bukowski displayed a unique writing style reminiscent of beat poets; he was unconventional though very prolific, and in his writing conveyed gritty city scenes and downtrodden citizens. It would make sense that this poem would serve to uplift and urge the average man to revolutionize his thinking and treatment of the only thing he really has – a life.

    4. I googled the first few lines of the poems to identify it; when I needed to learn more about the author and his causes/style, I googled biographies on his life.

    http://www.poemhunter.com/charles-bukowski/biography/
    http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/394


    Maddy Hunt Period 2

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  38. 1. The "The Laughing Heart",by Charles Bukowski is the poem used by Levi's 2011 Go Forth campaign.
    2. Its ironic that Levi uses this poem ,because the poem expresses how one should not let others run their life. Where as the corporation wants us to follow them, in other words wear their jeans.
    3. The poem does indeed reflecting Charles Bukowski. He was always trying to throw out his own ideology through his works and target the lower class of Los Angeles.
    4. I google searched poem In Levi's Go forth 2011 video, matching the poems that came up with the video. From there i googled Charles bukowski biographys and went through 3 or so sites to back up my answers/information.


    Darin Topham Period 3

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  39. im not the unknown from the earlier comments in the beginning of the summer must have messed the thing up =/

    Darin Topham

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  40. 1. This commercial borrows from Charles Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart".

    2. The use of this poem by the Levi's commercial is ironic because the poem states "your life is your life" and "don't let it be clubbed into dank submission" which is basically saying "don't let others influence you, be your own self." Levi, however, wants everyone to buy their jeans which makes everyone the same. Kinda ironic.

    3. "The Laughing Heart" reflects the reputation of the author because in the poem he says once again, "your life is your life", and in his life, he lives as a wondering hobo, alcoholic and works as a petrol station attendant, lift operator, lorry driver, and an overman in a factory. He tells people to be satistied with what they are/have despite people's pressures.

    4. I found the answer to Q1 by clicking on the youtube link and reading the comments people left. Luckily, someone left a comment on it.
    For Q3, by typing Charles Bukowski in the search engine found some websites that helped me to be familiar with his biography.


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  41. 1. This Poem is called "The Laughing Heart" and was written by Charles Bukowski.
    2. The use of this poem by a large corporation is ironic in that the poem is telling you to live your life the way you want to, and yet the commercial is doing the exact opposite by telling you to wear Levi jeans. But it is not up to them who decides what you wear it is up to you.
    3. This poem reflects the authors reputation very well.Bukowski lived his life to the fullest.He enjoyed parties and loved and much more while he had the chance.He truely lived his life to the fullest and through his poem he is trying to get us to do the same.Throughout the poem you can feel his outgoing personality.
    4. First I used google by typing in a lin from the poem so that I could find the name and author.After that I did some background research on Charles Bukowskie through Wikipidia so that I could see if the poem truely reflected himself.

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  42. 1. "Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.
    2. The CM might sound ironic beause it associates with vulgar things or things that may be looked down upon in society. Also, the poem tells readers to be free; Levi's says otherwise. "Be your own self by wearing our jeans". Perhaps that is the best way to state the fact. I guess being different is also being the same; after all, we only can be SO different...
    3. The poem does reflect the reputation of the author. Bukowski seemed like a man of no boundaries. He abused alchol and did things he enjoyed doing. After, 'your life is your life'.
    4. I listen to the CM and typed the first line the search engine. After doing that, I found a couple of links that were related to "Laughing Heart" by Bukowski. For #3, searching his biograpghy was the best solution.

    Mari Kagawa Period 3

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  43. 1)The poem is "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowiski
    2)It's right there in front of you, basically. They're feeding us the message to live as we please, do what we want while advertising their product. "Hey, just do whatever you want. Live your life out the way you want! Just as long as you purchase our product." is basically what's being said.
    3)The poem does reflect Charles Bukowski. He was always trying implement his ideas and thoughts through his works and target the LA lower class.
    4)I used Google to obtain the information by typing in the name of the advertisement and researching Charles Bukowsiki.

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  44. Jake Dam-Mikkelsen~Period 2

    1.)The title of the poem Levi's borrowed for their ad is "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowiski

    2.)Like Maddy said, Bukowski’s poem does emphasize the “carpe diem” mentality of the blue collar, red blooded American. Levi’s appears to be trying to connect with the freedom young people possess, but really they’re trying to capitalize on the idea of freedom and rebellion.

    3.)I feel like this poem was the authors battle-cry, he was born a decade leading up to the Great Depression and in the early 1940's, in the heat of World War II , Bukowski was arrested by FBI agents on suspicion of draft evasion. When i saw the commercial i imagined him as the man standing against the police blockade.

    4.) I learned this from going onto the official Bukowski website.

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  45. Max Kuhlman, Period 2

    1)The poem used in the Levi's commercial is "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowiski.

    2)Its ironic that a corporation would use this poem for a commercial because the poem emphasizes that you should live your life the way you want and to be free, but when a corporation is advertising a product it wants everyone to buy it not just "you" therefore making you want to be like everyone who buys that product.

    3)Yes, i do believe that the poem reflects Bukowski's reputation. He writes a lot of his poems about individuality and his life story is nothing like the average person showing his strive to be his own self.

    4)I found the poem by googling the Levi's commercial 2011" and found a link to youtube where people posted comments about Bukowski. I learned more about Bukowski by googling him and finding websites that explained how he was and the life he lived.

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  46. 1. "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowiski
    2. The poem expresses individualism, and Levi's, a leading manufacturer of clothing/jeans is worn by many people all over the world.
    3.Yes, the poem does fit Bukowski’s reputation because it emphasizes individualality, oppossed to conformity. I also got the feeling of "letting go," which reminds me of how Bukowski used alchohol in order to cope.
    4. I googled several lines of the poem, which led me to a website that had the author's name on it. From there I was able to find his official website and read about his life and FBI fies.

    -Trey Jensen period 2

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  47. 1.) "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski
    2.) It's ironic that a fashion corporation like Levis is using a poem that speaks about being yourself and not going along with the current because fashion companies in itself try to cater to the public's needs to sell. Yes, be unique. Just like everyone else. The fashion industry is also always telling you what to wear. There is not much freedom in being told to be this or use that or wear this to be beautiful.
    3.) I believe that "The Laughing Heart" does match his reputation. He was a man who had gone through so many hardships and yet prevailed. He knew how to find the light in the darkness.
    4.) I wrote down the poem as I watched the video, and then did a Google search on the first two lines of the poem. I browsed through the search results and noticed that "The Laughing Heart" and Charles Bukowski kept appearing. I then searched them together and checked through several websites to make sure it was indeed the right poem and author. I then searched for information on the Charles Bukowski and came across these websites:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Bukowski
    http://bukowski.net/timeline/
    http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/394

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  48. ^ - Katherine Castellon. Per. 2

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  49. 1. The peom that this ad borrows from is called The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukoski 
    2. The ad is ironic because Bukoski wanted people to live their life without people telling them what to do. He wants us to live however we want without conforming to society. On the other hand the jean commercial is trying to influence what we feel we need to wear. This making us exactly like everyone else. 
    3. Yes the poem reflects the reputation of the author, because Bukoski believed people should be free thinkers and think for themselves. I found out he was a realist and stood up for what he believed in. He didn't want people trying to control his life, which is what the commercial is trying to do. 
    4. For my research I went to google and found some websites on Bukoski. I read some of the information and they were mostly similar ideas so I figured those were the answers.  

    Hunter Walker
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  50. 1. the poem is called the laughing heart by Charles Bukowiski
    2. The poem is ironic because its telling us to live our lives without anyone telling us to change it, but the ad is a levi commercial wanting us to wear their jeans.
    3. Yes the poem reflects the author because he was a realist who stood up for what he belived in and thats what the poem is basically saying
    4. I searched some of the words from the poem on google and Bukowiski and the poem came up

    Patrick Sims
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  51. 1. The poem used in this commercial is "the Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowiski.
    2. The use of the poem for the ad is ironic because the main theme of the poem is individuality however, a pair of Levi jeans isn't individual at all.
    3. The poem does reflect the reputation of the author because Bukowiski was a realist and believed everyone should drive their own destiny.
    4. To find this information I initially started at Wikipedia and then checked my research by using Google as a search engine.

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  52. Oh I am in 3rd period by the way =)

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  54. 1) The poem is "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.

    2) This commercial is ironic because it is telling you to live your life and not conform to society, but the commercial itself is doing exactly what the poem says not to do.

    3) Yes, this poem does reflect the author because all of my research told me that he believed in individuality and thinking for yourself, which is exactly what the poem is trying to say.

    4) In order to find my answers for #1 & #3, I first google searched "levi go forth commercial" and read an article that revealed the author's name. Then, I searched Bukowski and looked at the Wikipedia page on him. After getting a good understanding of Bukowski, I researched a little more on other sites to make sure the information I found was correct.

    Nathan Seidenberg
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  55. 1.The poem was written by Charles Bukowski

    2.I believe this poem is ironic because the mass production of Levis jeans is not an idnividualist because many buy such jeans as well as it says to live your life and not adapt to others but yourself when in reality the commercial is doin the exact same thing.

    3.I believe the poem does reflect Charles character because he believes in indidualism

    4.I found answer #1 and #3 on google search I first typed in some of the lyrics to the poem and finding the author then I searched him and found his free nature and individuality

    Edith Gonzalez
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  56. 1. The poem is called "The Laughing Heart", written by Charles Bukowski

    2. The poem is ironic to what Bukowski was trying to convey, because Bukowski meant that we all can live our own lives and choose our own paths, however by buying a pair of Levi's, we all become more like one another and we are choosing something that someone else wants us to buy.

    3. I believe that the poem does reflect the essence of Bukowski, because he was unique himself, he was different than the norm, and the poem itself talks all about being your own individual.

    4. I found my answer for question #1 by Yahoo searching "poem used in Levi's 'Go Forth 2011' commercial". It took me to a link where you could find many of Bukowski's work. I found my answer for #3 by reading his bio on a poet biography website.

    Ryan McGinley
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  58. 1. This poem is titled "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.

    2. The irony in this commercial is that young boys and girls are shown as spontaneous by living freely and irresponsibly while the narrator is reading a poem that is so methodical and perfectly executed. Also, the poem is about being unique and your own self, where-as the Levi company wants everybody to go forth and buy their jeans. Even more ironically, considering I have seen Levi jeans, they all look alike. Seriously, even the men's and women's jeans look similar.

    3. I do not think this commercial or the poem correctly refects Bukowski. He was not necessarily successful his own life and therefore began heavy drinking and switching between literally over a dozen jobs. He doesn't seem like somebody individualized or optomistically thinking "it may not be much light but it beats the darkness". No. He was probably in darkness.

    4. I found the answers by using Google which led to
    http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/394. This website included a bit about Bukowski's personal life and background. I found the poem itself by typing in a line from the poem.

    Dania Hatamleh, Period Four

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  59. 1.)The poem is "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.
    2.)The poem repeatedly tells the reader "your life is your life." Meaning that we should all live our lives however it is that we want to.It is ironic that a corporation would use this poem because even though the poem suggests that we make our own choices, the commercial itself is telling us what to choose.
    3.)I believe that the poem does reflect the author. As I mentioned, the poem emphasizes the fact that everyone should live the life the way that they want to. This is exactly how Bukowski went about life. He did whatever he pleased. For example, he was a heavy drinker despite being told not to by his doctors.
    4.)To find the poem I typed the first two lines of the poem on Google. From there I looked at the first four sources given to me to check that they all gave out the same information. For the third question I also used the Google search engine and typed "Charles Bukowski personal life." I then opened up his IMDb page.

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  60. 1) The poem is titled "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.

    2) Irony is present in this advertisement because the sole purpose is to convince as many people as possible to buy and wear levi jeans. What this corporation would like to see is the whole world wearing levis. This would make everyone look the same and prove that they are submissive and unwilling to lead a lifestyle where you "don't let it be clubbed down into dank submission," as described in the poem. The poem encourages free thinking which ironically contradicts this advertisement.

    3)I believe the poem accurately reflects the reputation of Charles Bukowski because he refused to conform to the average and proper lifestyle. He was an idividual and didn't conform to society to be "normal" and these basic principles were described in his poem.

    4)I googled some of quotes from the advertisement in order to find the poem. I read several articles about the author in order to answer #3.
    -Patrick Fraire
    Period 3

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  61. Cayla Salazar Period 2
    1. This commercial borrows from the poem "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.

    2. It is ironic that the Levi’s corporation used this poem for their commercial because the two messages contradict each other. The poem itself is trying to send positive advice for us to be independent, and to make our own selves happy. This line clearly demonstrates that objective: “Be on the watch, the gods will offer you chances. Know them. Take them.” The commercial, however, is trying to convince us to buy Levi’s jeans because then, you too, can live happily and independently. Buying a pair of those jeans will not make you independent or genuinely happy, one chooses those on their own- which was the poem’s message.

    3. Yes, this poem does reflect the reputation of Charles Bukowski. He was known to have a difficult childhood, adolescence, and many struggles throughout his adult life. This poem shows what he has learned through those difficulties, and how he has learned to deal with them. “There are ways out, there is a light somewhere,” demonstrates his solution.

    4. To answer #1 and #3, I used Google. To find the poem and author in the commercial I typed in some lines from the poem. To get information about his life and reputation, I used Google, which brought me to many different websites.

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  62. 1)"The Laughing Heart"-Charles Bukowski
    2)The irony is to buy those Levis, but it's telling us to live our lives in the ways we want and not live it the way others do.
    3)It reflects the author because he also lived a life were he did anything he wanted.
    4)Well besides the fact that all I had to do was look at the 50 comments above me and see someones first response. I also Googled the first line of the poem.

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  63. 1. The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski.
    2. The irony is that the poem speaks of forging your own path through life and living life to the fullest, yet this corporation is peddling its product off on you. The poem preaches individuality, yet this corporation wants the exact opposite, everyone in the world to wear Levi Jeans.
    3. The poems reflects Bukowski's life because he very much did live hs own life to the fullest by not conforming to societal pressures and drinking and living it up with the lower class of society because he felt like it.
    4. I googled the first line of the poem which led me on a little scavenger hunt through a plethora of different websites.

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  65. 1. The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski.

    2. Corporations are often associated with greed and other evils, which is part of the vision you're trying to escape from in the poem. The light that it refers to is anything but a popular brand name of jeans.

    3. From the little I've just learned about Bukowski, I can easily see him feeling this poem, and all I know is his reputation. He was portrayed to me as a miserable drunken writer, whose light in life was probably found through events fueled by drinking and writing. I don't think he really lived in the way the poem inspires you to live, but I think he lived in a state of mind where he wanted to "beat death in life" and on better days followed the idea "there is a light somewhere. it may not be much light but it beats the darkness." This is an ambigious way of saying no, I don't think his reputation matches quite right with the idea of the poem.

    4. For #1, I saw the first few people wrote "The Laughing Heart," so I looked it up and it matched. http://milan-poetry.blogspot.com/2007/03/laughing-heart-charles-bukowski.html
    For #3, I went on http://bukowski.net/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Bukowski. I used a lot of my own interpretations with that information.

    Dannielle Edwards, 4th.

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  66. 1. The poem that the Levi's commercial uses is called "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.
    2. This poem being used by a corporation is ironic because the poem is all about people being their own individual. Levi's though, is trying to sell their pairs of jeans so by buying those pairs, how do you make yourself different from anyone else? The poem says "your life is your life" and by using what other people use, it kind of doesn't make it your life anymore. The poem is also ironic in the same reason that it's about a poem that is giving out a message that it's our life and we should do whatever we want with it. Levi's though, is sending a message to us about what to wear and what is best for you.
    3. In my opinion, "The Laughing Heart" does reflect the author's reputation. The author was know to be drunk most of the time and just living his life to the fullest. He did whatever he wanted and cared the least bit of what others thought. He lived his own life and that's exactly what the poem says.
    4. To find the name of the poem, I googled the "your life is your life levi commercial" and instantly got a huge amount of answers. To answer question #3 I just looked up the author's biography and I found some pictures of him as well where he's drinking or in the streets. (http://jmww.150m.com/Bukowski.html and bukowski.net)

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  67. Missy Tuttle
    Period 2
    1) This poem is called The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski.
    2) The use of this poem by a corporation is ironic because the poem is so inspirational and the ad is for jeans. Jeans don't help you "beat death" or find "the light." They are a pair of pants that nobody really pays attention to.
    3) This poem doesn't reflect the reputation of the author. I found a site that stated he was known as a hard-drinking, womanizing,tough-talking man. The Laughing Heart is about overcoming those obstacles in life and bringing out the light in yourself through joy and the gods.
    4) I found my basic info from wikipedia. Here I learned his background, how he grew up, and how he developed into a writer. Then, I went on http://www.enotes.com/poetry-criticism/bukowski-charles and learned about his reputation. I found the poem on http://thebestamericanpoetry.typepad.com/the_best_american_poetry/2008/11/the-laughing-he.html

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  68. 1. The poem is borrowed from Charles Bukowiski and it's called "The Laughing heart"

    2. The use of this poem by this corporation could be considered ironic because they are not living their own lives. They are always trying to find the new trend that someone else has discovered so that they can try and tell other people what is "new" and "cool". It's almost as if their trying to tell people to buy Levi's and fit in, but really the heart of the poem is to live outside the box and not conform to what others like or believe is cool.

    3. I feel that the poem does reflect the author's reputation because it talks about overcoming struggles and living life to the best of your own ability and Brukowski had to do just that. He had a difficult life, but he seemed to have a lot of accomplishments as well. I feel as if his constant set backs, lead him to his ultimate optimism, just like the optimism in the poem.

    4. To answer question number one 1 I googled two lines of the poem that I heard in the commercial and when the links came up I looked through them without clicking on any particular one until I noticed the repeating name of Charles Brutowski. Then i finally clicked on one and read through the poem and found it was the one from the Levi commercial. The way I answered question three was by googling Charles name and reading through wikipedia. The other site i looked at to see Brutowski's reputation was http://bukowski.net/.

    Shannon Murray
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  69. http://www.flickr.com/photos/la_gugl/5255268280/

    - This is the website I used for my first answer.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Bukowski

    - This is the website I used for my third answer.

    Hope this clears things up.

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  70. 1. This commercial borrows from the poem "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.

    2. It is ironic that the Levi’s corporation used this poem for their commercial because the two messages contradict each other. The poem itself is trying to send positive advice for us to be independent, and to make our own selves happy. This line clearly demonstrates that objective: “Be on the watch, the gods will offer you chances. Know them. Take them.” The commercial, however, is trying to convince us to buy Levi’s jeans because then, you too, can live happily and independently. Buying a pair of those jeans will not make you independent or genuinely happy, one chooses those on their own- which was the poem’s message.

    3. This poem does reflect the reputation of the author. Bukowski was known to have a difficult childhood, adolescence, and adult life. This poem shows what he learned from those difficulties, and how he learned to deal with them. “There are ways out, there is a light somewhere,” demonstrates his solution.

    4. For the answers to #1 and #3, I used Google. To find the poem and author in the commercial, I typed in some lines from the poem. For #3, I searched “Charles Bukowski’s life” on Google, which brought me to various sites including his biography and reputation.

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  71. The above comment was Cayla Salazar Period 2

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  72. 1. This commercial borrows from the poem "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.
    2. It is ironic that the Levi’s corporation used this poem for their commercial because the two messages contradict each other. The poem itself is trying to send positive advice for us to be independent, and to make our own selves happy. This line clearly demonstrates that objective: “Be on the watch, the gods will offer you chances. Know them. Take them.” The commercial, however, is trying to convince us to buy Levi’s jeans because then, you too, can live happily and independently. Buying a pair of those jeans will not make you independent or genuinely happy, one chooses those on their own- which was the poem’s message.
    3. This poem does reflect the reputation of the author. Bukowski was known to have a difficult childhood, adolescence, and adult life. This poem shows what he learned from those difficulties, and how he learned to deal with them. “There are ways out, there is a light somewhere,” demonstrates his solution.
    4. For the answers to #1 and #3, I used Google. To find the poem and author in the commercial, I typed in some lines from the poem. For #3, I searched “Charles Bukowski’s life” on Google, which brought me to various sites including his biography and reputation.

    Cayla Salazar Period 2

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  74. The poem used in the commercial is entitled, "The Laughing Heart" and is written by Charles Bukowski. It is ironic that the company Levis uses it in their commercial because the premise of the poem is freedom and individuality, whereas the commercial tries to put that within the confines of wearing their clothing and apparel. The poem itself reflects the author and his attitude. He was known for being a voice for the common American and all their problems. The poem tries to inspire them to rise above that. Finding the poem was easy. By going to the YouTube page I was able to find the author and title of the poem in the comments. I googled Charles Bukowski and read the Wikipedia page on him.

    Nicholas Joshua Lycan
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  75. 1. Charles Bukowski's poem 'The Laughing Heart'
    2. It seems ironic because, usually corporations support strict rules and dislike originality. It seems odd, that such a big corporation is using such an individualistic poem and video to represent their product.
    3. Charles was a very brash and crude guy, he lived life "on the edge". This poem does reflect him, in the sense that everybody's life is their own, and you need to have freedom in all aspects of life.
    4. I typed in Levi's banned commercial poem, and then title popped up. So then I typed in laughing heart author, and got Charles. I then went on Wikipedia for his backround.

    Nicole Monotya
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  76. 1. The poem used in this commercial is "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.
    2. The use of this poem in this commercial is ironic because the poem is saying that this is your life but the commercial is obviously trying to convince you to buy their jeans. If you do buy the jeans then you would have submitted to their request and in the poem it says "don't let it be clubbed into dank submission".
    3. Yes, I do think that this poem reflects Bukowski's reputation. The poem is saying that your life is yours and to not be beaten into submission which Bukowski never let happen. He was always doing what he wanted to and didn't seem to let others make him do something.
    4. I found the answer to #1 by typing the first words of the poem into google. As for #3 that took a little more research. I searched his name and read what Wikipedia had to offer and after that I went to a page that is dedciated to Bukowski.

    Nancy Rubio
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  77. 1. The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski
    2. The use of this poem is ironic due to the fact that most people think corporations are spoon feeding the masses mindless junk. They tell people what they should wear, how they should act, what is “cool” or “hip” while this poem so eloquently evokes the feeling of self righteousness. This commercial is basically saying be yourself but buy this product just like many others.
    3. All I really know of Bukowski is that he was a drunk. This poem, to me, is about living to your full potential and being intoxicated most of your life isn’t quite how I picture it. Basically, no I don’t think it is a reflection of his reputation.
    4. I memorized a line from the poem, typed it into Google Search and the name and author popped up. I had conversations with people about him.

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  78. 1) The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski
    2) The use of this poem is considered ironic because the poem itself talks about how it’s our life and we are to live how we desire, take chances, and be who we are and not let other people’s opinions overrule what we want. Yet, they are trying to convince us this by buying a pair of Levi Jeans which is succumbing to what this company wants and meeting their needs when the poem conveys the complete opposite effect.
    3) Yes, I think that this poem does reflect the author. Although Bukowski was a man who built a career on self-destruction, negativity and showed his uncertainty of his place in society, he also was a strong believer in individuality and realism, which is similar to the same themes the poem expresses.
    4) For question 1 and 3, I used the following sites : google, askjeeves, and Wikipedia. For question 1, I went to askjeeves.com and typed in a line from the poem and browsed through until I found the right poem and its author. And for question 3, I googled the name “Charles Bukowski” and found some biographies and background information on him but also found a few more key points on Wikipedia.

    Jolissa Jiles Period 4

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  79. 1. "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski
    2. The poem and the ad may be seen as ironic because the message of the poem and what the Levi's company is telling you to do clash. The line, "Your life is your life don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission" tells the reader of the poem that their choices are their own to make, while the Levi's company is telling the audience to buy Levi's.
    3. Bukowski childhood and teen years were not a desirable way to grow up. He was mocked by other children and beaten by his father, leading to his misuse of alcohol later in life. Perhaps this poem, and his other writings were a result of his unfortunate childhood. And although, at first glance this poen does not seem very positive, it is actually a very good way to look at life. Bukowski tells his readers that no matter what bad things may be going on to always look to the light and that there is always a way out. This must reflect on his thoughts of the hard times he went through and how he thought to make himself feel better later.
    4. I googled some lines of the poem. Searched for a while, found out that it is the "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski. Then i used Wikipedia to find out more information on the author.

    Savanah Smith
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  80. Well lookie here! The answers to numbers 1-4! But for the sake of my honor I'll answer them on my own. I'll be right back.

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  81. 1. The poem “The Laughing Heart” by Charles Bukowski?
    2. First of all, to understand the irony in the use of this poem by Levis, you must know what Bukowski’s poem is telling its audience. “The Laughing Heart” is telling you to think for yourself, live your life how “you” want to and “don’t let your life be clubbed into dank submission”, in other words, don’t fall in the traps of being a slave to an outside force. The irony is that Levis, an outside force, just wants you to buy their product. If you buy from Levis, you submissively yield to their demands, like a slave, and ultimately this stops you from thinking for yourself.
    3. Yes it does. He is known for writing poems without formal structure, he wrote a variety of works, most which include hangovers, whores, and other things people wouldn’t place in poetry. He was a native to the “streets”. It seems that he didnt care what the media thought of him and still managed to write to his liking, in conclusion being himself.
    4. I searched for the Levis video ad on YouTube, where a lot of people commented that the unaccredited author was Charles Bukowski and that the poem was called “The Laughing Heart”. I searched the poem up and the search took me to the website thebestamericanpoetry.typepad.com where I found the poem. It matched the one used in the video. To find #3 I searched “ what is Charles Bukowski know for”, on Google, and it took me to the website beatmuseum.org where a biography of him had the information of his lifestyle and writings.

    Daniel Gonzalez
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  82. 1. The poem is called :The Laughing Heart" written by Charles Bukowski.
    2. The use of the poem by a corporation could be considered ironic because the poem is talking about your own life and making your own decisions. But the levi company is trying to sell you their jeans all the while.
    3. I think the poem does relate to the author because in a few biographies that I just read, it says that as a child he was beaten by his father and just overall had a really rough childhood. He later in life had alcohol issues and probably more than that too. But, i think that maybe he wrote this poem reflecting on his life in hopes to make it better.
    4. I found the name and author of the poem by typing in the words to the poem as I was listening to the words of it. Right away the link popped up and I double checked the rest of the words and it was the right poem. For number three, I typed into google "Biographies on Charles Bukowski" and read several of them including the one on wikipedia and several independent sites. They all seemed about the same, so I stuck with it.

    Sarah Rayburn
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  83. 1. This commercial borrows from Charles Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart".

    2. The use of this poem by the Levi's commercial is ironic because the poem states "your life is your life" and "don't let it be clubbed into dank submission" which is basically saying "don't let others influence you, be your own self." Levi, however, wants everyone to buy their jeans which makes everyone the same.

    3. "The Laughing Heart" reflects the reputation of the author because in the poem he says once again, "your life is your life", and in his life, he lives as a wondering hobo, alcoholic and works as a petrol station attendant, lift operator, lorry driver, and an overman in a factory. He tells people to be satisfied with what they are/have despite people's pressures.

    4. I found the answer to Q1 by clicking on the youtube link and reading the comments people left. Luckily, someone left a comment on it.
    For Q3, by typing Charles Bukowski in the search engine found some websites that helped me to be familiar with his biography.


    Samuel Moon Period 4

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  84. 1. This commercial borrows from Charles Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart".

    2. The use of this poem by the Levi's commercial is ironic because the poem states "your life is your life" and "don't let it be clubbed into dank submission" which is basically saying "don't let others influence you, be your own self." Levi, however, wants everyone to buy their jeans which makes everyone the same.

    3. "The Laughing Heart" reflects the reputation of the author because in the poem he says once again, "your life is your life", and in his life, he lives as a wondering hobo, alcoholic and works as a petrol station attendant, lift operator, lorry driver, and an overman in a factory. He tells people to be satisfied with what they are/have despite people's pressures.

    4. I found the answer to Q1 by clicking on the youtube link and reading the comments people left. Luckily, someone left a comment on it.
    For Q3, by typing Charles Bukowski in the search engine found some websites that helped me to be familiar with his biography.


    Samuel Moon Period 4

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  85. 1. This commercial borrows from Charles Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart".

    2. The use of this poem by the Levi's commercial is ironic because the poem states "your life is your life" and "don't let it be clubbed into dank submission" which is basically saying "don't let others influence you, be your own self." Levi, however, wants everyone to buy their jeans which makes everyone the same.

    3. "The Laughing Heart" reflects the reputation of the author because in the poem he says once again, "your life is your life", and in his life, he lives as a wondering hobo, alcoholic and works as a petrol station attendant, lift operator, lorry driver, and an overman in a factory. He tells people to be satisfied with what they are/have despite people's pressures.

    4. I found the answer to Q1 by clicking on the youtube link and reading the comments people left. Luckily, someone left a comment on it.
    For Q3, by typing Charles Bukowski in the search engine found some websites that helped me to be familiar with his biography.


    Samuel Moon Period 4

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  86. 1)"Tha Laughing Heart" By Charles Bukowski.
    2)I think the poem being used for this commercial is ironic. What does life have to do with jeans? Will my life be better in wearing Levi's? The first sentence is ironic, "Your life is your life." Are they not contradicting themselves, by wanting you to buy their jeans? This poem is telling you to make your own choices, but this commercial wants your choice to be to wear their jeans.
    3)Yes I do believe this poem reflects his reputation. He was regularly in a drunken state, and was ignored by most people. Which I believe was his dank submission. He stayed true to himself and lived his life how he wanted. And he clung on to his light, to beat that darkness. This poem is telling its audience to live life to your fullest.
    4)I found the poem by typing in the first line from the commercial. I found my other answer from reading many biographies.

    Stephanie Owens (SLAG)
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  87. 1. "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski
    2.It is ironic that they're making a commercial portraying people as being free spirited and unique, but there goal is for everyone to be essentially the same.
    3.It doesn't really show his widely viewed reputation as a angry alcoholic. The poem is about hope and second chances, which maybe is what he was hoping life would be like.
    4.Typed lines from the commercial in, found out his name, then looked him up on google and read biographies and analyses.

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  88. 1)"The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski
    2) The poem preaches individualism and setting yourself apart, but it's being used as an advertisement for the most well-known jeans in the world. The irony is that millions of people wear levis, so how is wearing them making yourself different and making your life, "your life"?
    3)"Charles Bukowski's writing was influenced by the social, cultural, and economic ambience of his home town of Los Angeles." His writing reflected the lives of the less fortuneate, American working class. He was once called a "laureate of American lowlife". The poem sends a message of living your life to the fullest, and as bad as the situation may seem, "there is a light". Bukowski struggled, as we all do, but with the slightest bit of optimism he made it through.
    4)I searched lines of the poem on Google until I found it, then I read part of Charles Bukowski's bio on Wikipedia.

    Matthew Giddings p.3

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  89. Dr.Preston,
    Sorry for the random hi, I was testing to see if it would work, and it does! But now I can't delete it... so sorry about that.

    Taryn Kawahara period 2

    1. The poem is "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.
    2. The irony is that they are telling you to be individual, unique, not let others influence you. Yet at the same time they are trying to influence you by saying you should wear this brand.
    3. I believe this poem reflects Bukowski because he went through some really hard times and was able to express this in his poetry. He wanted hope even through the difficulty.
    4. I googled "your life is your life poem" and the poem and author showed up on a site called Just Poetry. Also, I googled "Charles Bukowski" and looked at Wikipedia and Poemhunter to do research on his background.

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  90. 1. The poem is titled "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukoski.
    2. The commercial can be seen as ironic because the poem is all about individualism and living your own life while all the while Levi's a huge jean corporation is persuading you to buy their jeans.
    3. I believe this poem does reflect Bukowski because I learned the he had a rough childhood filled with abuse and later on struggled with alcoholism, but although his life circumstances he's living it his way and nobody else's.
    4.I googled lines of the poem until i found a link then googled Charles Bukoski and read a few of the links until I gathered the information I needed.

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  91. The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski is used without credit in this commercial
    The irony in using this poem is that the poem was meant to be a releasing poem. It was written to display fighting for freedom within a society to be who you are not what others want you to be.
    The poem more than reflects his reputation as an author it tells of some of the same basic things that are described in other works of his from what I have read online.
    I actually typed in the first few lines and I was taken to http://milan-poetry.blogspot.com/2007/03/laughing-heart-charles-bukowski.html from there i went back to Google and viewed what they had on Wikipedia, the Biography of Charles Bukowski on poemhunter.com, and http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001977/bio another extremely detailed biography.
    Isaac De La Cruz
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  92. 1. The poem is " The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.

    2. I think the use of this poem is ironic because the poems meaning is to be indepedent and live life to the fullest while you can. Don't let yourself become part of the crowd. Yet their using the poem to try to convince you to buy a certain pair of jeans.

    3. I think that the poem doesn't reflect the reputation of the author because Charles reputation came from writing about short stories, vignettes and detailed writing. This poem doesn't reflect those.

    4. I found the answer to #1 by typing in on google "Levis ad being pulled from the UK." I went to "blankmag.net" and it mentioned the name of the poem. To find the answer to #3 I used google and found imbd.com which gave a biography about Charles. I read it and found out what it was that made his reputation.

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  93. 1) This commercial uses the poem "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.
    2) It is ironic that Levi's would use this poem because the poem is talking about everyone being unique and living their life the way they want to, but Levi's is portraying that the people who wear their jeans live a more empowered, individualistic life. Jeans don't decide your fate.
    3) I believe this reflects Charles Bukowski because although he had family issues he didn't let those things decide his fate. He may have traveled aimlessly but he did as he wanted, creating a life that he wanted to live. He also said that most of his writings are about his life, so it is likely that parts of his life inspired or are related to this poem.
    4) First I googled lines from this poem to find the poem and the author. When I verified the author I googled him and searched around for the information I needed on his life, then checked a few other sites to make sure it was accurate.

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  94. 1. This poem is titled "The Laughing Heart" and is by Charles Bukowski.
    2. The use of this poem within this corporate advertisement is ironic because the poem speaks of individuality, where as the Levi corporation hopes for conformity to their brand by all viewers of this advertisement.
    3. I believe the poem only somewhat reflects Bukowski's reputation, but only for the fact that he did as he pleased, such as drinking heavily. The overall message of the poem of being free spirited and living life to its fullest does not reflect Bukowski's reputation because of his habitual intoxication which may have inhibited his potential to do so.
    4. For the first question, i scrolled down about an inch or so on the actual youtube page of this video to find a comment stating the title of the poem and author and checked this information through google. For the third question I began by reading through Charles Bukowski's wikipedia page and following several sources from the links within his wikipedia page.

    before i forget, nice picture alex "yeeeeaaauuuhh!"

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  95. Salvador Ramos, period 2 for above comment

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  96. 1. This poem is "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.
    2. The use of this poem by the Levi Corporation is ironic because within the advertisement the poem is speaking about being an individual and not conforming. However the whole purpose of the commercial is to get the consumer to buy Levi's products therefore causing the consumer to conform to the Levi brand.
    3. I think this poem does reflect Charles Bukowski in certain aspects. Charles went through difficult times in his life but he seemed to not let the difficult experiences guide his decisions. The poem states that even in bad situations there can be positives and to not let others affect your actions and decisions. I believe Charles was an individual and this poem is all about individuality.
    4. To find the answer to question one I googled the words of the poem and that brought up "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski. Knowing the name of the author, for question three, I googled his name and used wikipedia along with a few other sites from google in order to learn a bit about Bukowski.

    Kelli Carrillo P.3

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  97. 1)“The laughing Heart” by Charles Bukowski

    2)I would consider the use of this poem by a corporation ironic because throughout the whole commercial it seems as if they want you to live a happy, free, and unique life, and the only way to do this is through buying their product...Levi’s, which EVERYONE in the commercial is wearing. So how are you going to unique if you are wearing what everyone else is?. It also says to not let your life be “clubbed into dank submission If they’re encouraging you to not let your life be “clubbed into dank submission” which is basically telling you not to give in to the pressures/darkness of society. And if you buy their product then you are giving in.

    3)Yes this poem reflects Bukowski and his reputation due to the fact that he grew up as an outcast. He was kind of forced to embrace his individuality and that’s what he is most proud of; his individuality. This is a point that he specifically portray’s in this poem as well as in some of his other pieces of literature.

    4)I initially did a google search of his name and I discovered some of his other pieces of work which gave me a central idea of what common topics he writes aboutt. I then looked up a biography on him and that’s where I read about his childhood.
    http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/394
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Bukowski
    www.poemhunter.com/charles-bukowski/

    Mariah Cooks p.2

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  98. 1. The poem in this advertisement is "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.
    2. The way that Levi's uses this poem is ironic because the poem is talking about individualism and how important it is to be your own person. But the commercial's purpose is to get the buyer to purchase Levi products so they follow what the company wants them to do.
    3. The poem reflects Charles Bukowski's lifestyle in the sense that this poem is all about taking life's advantages and Bukowski experienced plenty of things in life. He was his own person and this poem symbolizes the whole theme of individualism.
    4. I first listened to the poem through the commercial and then searched for the lines through Google. The title and author came up and with that information, I looked up Bukowski's biography on Google and read through a couple sites for details.

    -Kelly Brickey, Period 3

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  99. 1. The poem used in this commercial is "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.
    2. The use of this poem by such a large company (Levi's) is ironic because the poem is all about defying submission and being an individual, but the purpose of a commercial is to get as many people as possible to purchase the product advertised. This would make those people conformists, the opposite idea of what Bukowski is trying to express.
    3. This poem reflects Bukowski's reputation as a "non-conforming" poet and writer. It also reflects the fact that he nearly went insane during his short time employed by the postal service (possibly inspiration for this poem). Not everyone liked his writing either, as shown by the many critics he had, but that never stopped him from writing the way he wanted. He was never submissive.
    4. In finding out what this poem was and who wrote it, I typed a few lines I remembered from the commercial into google.com and searched those results until I found "The Laughing Heart" (http://thebestamericanpoetry.typepad.com/the_best_american_poetry/2008/11/the-laughing-he.html). In order to research question three, I typed "Charles Bukowski" into google.com and looked at my results until I found information with which I could best answer the question. (http://www.poemhunter.com/charles-bukowski/biography/)

    -Shannon Fahey, Per. 4

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  100. 1. This poem is "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.
    2. The use of this poem in the Levi add can be considered ironic, because the poem talks about not being forced into submission, and being yourself, but in no way does wearing a pair of jeans help you in the case of originality. They will always just me jeans.
    3. The poem reflects Mr. Bukowski because he was lived through some pretty heavy things growing up, and even in later life, but he didn't let anything define him. He was always up to being his own person... to being original.
    4. I used Bing.com to find my answers. For question 1, by simply typing in a few lines from the poem. Then for question 3, i typed in "Charles Bukowski" and read up about his background.


    Jessica Catron 4th period

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  101. The afore mentioned poem is ''The Laughing Heart'' by Charles Bukowski. Its use by a corporation seems a bit out of place and frankly, a bit cliche'. For one thing, a big name company using an uplifting and self-beneficial piece of literature, thaaaat hasn't been done a thousand times in the past. From my interpretation of this poem, it urges you to live your life as YOU would. With originality and character that is uniquely you. Learn to enjoy your time. I find it slightly hard to be unique in jeans that EVERYONE and their grandmother is being encouraged to wear. Also I don't quite see how owning a pair of these jeans makes any of that easier...I suppose there aren't many places that will let you parade about without any pants on. So I guess in that sense they help, but I digress. From what I've read about Charles Bukowski, he seems to be a boosie fellow with an active protest against authority. I enjoyed this particular poem of his, buuut I don't think it really reflects his mannerisms. For answer uno, I typed a few lines from the poem into google search, from there I found a website exclusively for the man of the hour (http://www.charlesbukowski.20m.com/bukowski_bio.html)

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  102. 1) The poem is the "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.
    2)The commercial is ironic because after looking deep into the poem we can see that the poem expresses individuality, not falling into the crowd. while this commercial is advertisement or the worlds persuasion to get you the possible customers to purchase there product no matter who you are as long as you are wearing those jeans.
    3)This poem definately expresses Charles' individualism which he was well known for. Charles didnt live what most would call a "civil life" for he was constently drunk but through this poem we can see how he never let his faults guide his way.
    4)http://www.who2.com/charlesbukowski.html I went to who2.com and searched him for a general insight then touched my general information up with wikipedia as well.

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  103. 1. The poem used in the Levi's commercial is "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.
    2. The use of this poem would be considered ironic because the poem is sending the message of individuality and ultimately living your own life. While on the other hand, a big company is sending the message, when in reality all they could care about is selling their jeans. Be yourself, in Levi's jeans.
    3. Yes, I think the poem reflects Bukowski because he grew up in a different way than most so individuality was important to him. Also not caring much for authority was probably the two issues which inspired this poem
    4. I began my research by looking up this commercial on Youtube. There I found the title and author. From then I went onto find the actual poem and history on the author.
    -Miranda Perez 3rd period

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  104. 1. The title of the poem is "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.

    2. The use of this poem can be seen as ironic because the poem refers to oneself as being original, free, and not being forced into submission by being someone else unlike the commercial which promotes the idea that everyone should get the pants. Makes it seem like everyone would lose originality.

    3. The poem reflects or mirrors Bukowski's life as in a way that he draws inspiration from his tragic life. For example his ideals of not conforming to others ideals and in a way even his introvert like personality. It also shares a sense of hope for a better life but also a message of freedom.

    4. To look up the answer to number 1 I typed in Levi's commercia w/poem in google which gave me the name of the poem. For the rest of the answers I used Wikipedia and then moved on to the sources used on Wikipedia. After a while I used Bimg to look up a biography on Bukowski.

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  105. Carlos Cruz, Period 3. For comment above.

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  107. 1) Charles Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart".
    2) Bukowski, being a fan of the liquor, would likely be a strong advocate of freely taking off one's pants. His work being used by a company who would be predominately for keeping their pants on their customers is strikingly ironic.
    Also, obvious corporate greed and control, and blah blah blah.
    3) Bukowski liked being a free spirit. I cant think of anything witty to say, so ill just say this poem reflected his lifestyle.
    4) http://www.enotes.com/poetry-criticism/bukowski-charles
    http://blacktable.com/daulerio040604.htm
    thebestamericanpoetry.typepad.com
    http://www.poemhunter.com/charles-bukowski/biography/
    http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/394
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Bukowski
    http://bukowski.net/timeline/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/la_gugl/5255268280/
    http://milan-poetry.blogspot.com/2007/03/laughing-heart-charles-bukowski.html
    http://www.charlesbukowski.20m.com/bukowski_bio.html
    oh, and http://drprestonsrhsenglitcomp.blogspot.com/2011/08/poetry-assignment-1.html

    my captcha was "racks". Ha

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  108. 1) The title of this poem is "The Laughing Heart". The author is Charles Bukowski.
    2) There is much irony in this advertisement. The video seems to create the illusion that we are all "free". We are free to be anything we want to be. Do anything we want to do. That is what makes us, well us. That illusion is completely cut off when we see the Levi's symbol. To me that symbol is a lable. It labels who we are and doesn't let us express our freedom like so much other things.
    3) I believe the poem does reflect the reputation. Charles Bukowski was a man who suffered much throughout his. He did have his ups, but they came along with many downs. His father was a big part of that. Buk, because of his past and success as an author, would be a man who would believe: no matter what your past is " your life is your life" and you will do with it what ever your soul pleases.
    4) To find the name and author of the poem I clicked on the phease that read "pulled from the airwaves in the UK" at the top of the page. The title and author were contained in the article. To answer problem three, I googled the biography of Charles Bukowski using the web site "imdb'.

    Annais Acosta
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  109. 1. The Poem is called the Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski
    2. This poem might be considered ironic because the poem talks about freedom and doing your own thing while the company Levi’s is trying to get you to buy only their jeans and therefore being “clubbed into dank submission”
    3. Bukowski was a poor man who tried a lot of things in hopes of becoming successful, no matter what was said about him or his work. He only truly gave up on writing for ten years or so before picking it back up again. He said life as it was and didn’t try to glorify or trash it. The poem’s famous line is “your life is your life” means that nothing can change you, only you can. The poem wants you to be the master of your life and to follow your own dreams. Based off of how he lived and the message of the poem, I believe that the poem is an accurate representation of the author.
    4. I found the answers to #1 by doing a Google search of the first line of the poem and the answers to #3 by looking up biographies and histories of Bukowski’s life. The sites I primarily used for that was Wikipedia and poets.org

    Jon Hoffman Period 2

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  110. 1. "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski
    2. The is ironic because the poem states that you live your own life and to be an individual yet it is read during an advertisement for jeans.
    3. Bukowski lived for the poor American and was a heavy alcoholic so the poem does represent his individualistic views.
    4. http://milan-poetry.blogspot.com/2007/03/laughing-heart-charles-bukowski.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Bukowski

    Paul Hurd P.6

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  111. 1. "The laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski
    2. The use of the poem in this advertisement is considered ironic because the poem talks about being an individual, free, and yourself. "There are ways out" mentioning for you to get out of conformity and not being dragged into something you are not. When in fact, the advertisement of the Levi corporation wants you to buy and own a pair of jeans everyone else will have.
    3. I believe the Poem reflects the reputation of Charles Bukowski because even though he had to endure a job he didn't like or his childhood in poverty he still felt he could have a good life. The poem is talking about owning your life and "your life is your life" and Bukowski was all about living your dreams and being an individual.
    4. I googled lines from the poem to find the entire poem and the author. For the biography of Charles Bukowski I googled him and found the website,http://www.poemhunter.com/charles-bukowski/biography/


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  112. 1)This commercial borrows from the poem titled "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.
    2)The fact that such a big corporation like Levis used this poem for their commercial is ironic to me because the point of the poem is to tell readers that they need to live life the way THEY want to and not the way others tell them to. In the contrary the commercial's point is to to tell it's viewers to buy their jeans obviously not giving them a choice. I also believe the use of this poem for this particular commercial is ironic because it implies that a pair of jeans will help society "defeat death" and overall live a better life because they are from they're Levi brand. Now I ask myself, if I buy a pair of jeans that are not Levi, does that mean that my life is going to go downhill or end up in instant death?
    3)This poem does reflect the author's life because Bukowski always lived his life by HIS rules and didn't expect others to like his way of living. Most of his years were basically trying to defeat death like the poem says due to his alcoholism. Bukowski was a man that went through hardships but in the end fulfilled his dream of writing and always portrayed his life through it.
    4)To find the answer to question one I researched on Google for the Levi Go Forth commercial in the UK and found magazine sites as well as news feed sites that not only gave me the title and author of the poem that was used for the commercial but a brief background on the scenes used in the commercial. To answer question three i researched for Bukowski's bio and didn't us Wikipedia at all, which was my goal. The sites I used are poets.org and poethunter.com.

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  113. 1) The poem is "The Laughing Heart" written by Charles Bukowski.

    2) The use of this poem might be considered ironic because it is saying that our life is our life and that we shouldn't be "clubbed into dank submission", but how can we do that if this corporation is trying to persuade us to but their product?

    3) Yes this poem reflects the author because he believes that everyone should live the life they want. From his background I learned that he was "clubbed into dank submission" by the rules of the society which he did not like and by his abusive father and he does not want others to live a life like that.

    4) I first searched for the title of the poem on Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KT16DcHcjRA) and looked it up on Google. For question three I searched for the authors biography on Google which lead me to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Bukowski) and found different sites such as (http://www.beatmuseum.org/bukowski/bukmain.html) that helped.

    Jessica Manriquez, Per. 6

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  114. 1.) This commercial borrows from the poem, "The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski.

    2.) The use of this poem in a commercial advertising a corporation is ironic because the poet was a man who tried to be utterly free. He gave up work to, instead, write poems, short stories, and a few novels. Against work and all for freedom; the corporation is symbolic of the opposite philosophy.

    3.) Bukowski is known to be an individualist and to be rebellious. He didn't follow traditional society, nor did he care for being revered by established literary groups. He lived his life, his way. This reputation and style is reflected in, "The LAughing Heart."

    4.) I google searched the commercial to find sites stating the poem and poet. A couple sites were wrong, which was verified by listening to the commercial and seeing the site's poem did not match the commercial's. After finding it, I checked multiple sites to credit the answer. I answered number three by researching Bukowski on multiple sites, most important being Bukowski.net.


    Trevor
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  115. 1. This commercial borrows from Charles Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart".

    2. The use of this poem by the Levi's commercial is ironic because the poem states "your life is your life" and "don't let it be clubbed into dank submission" which is basically saying "don't let others influence you, be your own self." Levi, however, wants everyone to buy their jeans which makes everyone the same. Kinda ironic.

    3. "The Laughing Heart" reflects the reputation of the author because in the poem he says once again, "your life is your life", and in his life, he lives as a wondering hobo, alcoholic and works as a petrol station attendant, lift operator, lorry driver, and an overman in a factory. He tells people to be satistied with what they are/have despite people's pressures.

    4. I found the answer to Q1 by clicking on the youtube link and reading the comments people left. Luckily, someone left a comment on it.
    For Q3, by typing Charles Bukowski in the search engine found some websites that helped me to be familiar with his biography.


    Samuel Moon Period 4

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  117. For Question 4: the websites I used were

    http://jmww.150m.com/Bukowski.html
    http://kirjasto.sci.fi/bukowski.htm

    Samuel Moon Period 6

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