Summative Entry – Thank you.

I would like to start out by saying, I love literature. I always have, even back in Vietnam. However, the method of teaching there did not suit me, as I lost my own voice and was unable to express my interpretation the way I wanted to. Here, in Australian Literature unit, not only did I […]

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Blog 8 – Green Inferno

Take the first line of any of the poems that we have looked at today and write your own poem based on the idea in the line you have chosen. Inspired by Les Murray’s “The Cool Green” Money just a means to our ends? Or a slippery slope leading to our end?   Working nine […]

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Blog 7 – White Eyes

Create a topic of your own that links into the readings this week and that includes some reference to your own personal experience. I find myself in a situation quite similar to that of Patrick White. As someone who has only spent months in Australia, I can imagine his experience coming back after such a […]

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Blog 6 – Blood Orange

Write a short creative or critical piece that is inspired by any of the works that we have looked at this week (in lectures & tutorials). Inspired by John Shaw Neilson’s “The Orange Tree” The 10-year-old me would be terrified of me now. He would not even recognize me. I can’t blame him. I’ve changed. We all […]

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Blog 5 – Feminist

  With reference to Mary Gilmore’s “Eve Song”, what is the meaning and force of the repeated phrase “I span and Eve span”? What  makes this poem so striking is the fact it even existed at all. In the 1890s, when women were still perceived as objects bound to men, the idea that any women, let […]

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Blog 4 -Painted with words

Looking at these two poems describing a natural scene (“A Mid-Summer Noon…” & “Bell-Birds”, say what you think each poet values and how they differ in their appreciation and their expression. As an art student, I have always tried my best to capture the slightest of details in my work as to make it as […]

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Peer review 3

“Mid 19th C OZ Poetry” This is a very detailed and great read. Your interpretation of the poems gave me new insights I had never thought of. I quite enjoyed the way you expressed the contrast between these two works. The down side to this blog is that visually, it is quite bland. You should try […]

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Blog 3 – Come Together

Describe the impact on you of ONE of the paintings viewed on our tour- talk about how it has opened up your understanding of the key issues in the period we are studying! This is a painting in 1905 by Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo called “Poverty makes strange bedfellows”. It is currently being displayed in the New […]

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Blog 2 – Overlooked & Overdue

Write a poem or piece of creative prose that expresses your sense of how we should “grow” our relationship to indigenous Australians? Our heart shows we are one Yet our actions says otherwise Is it really for the better If the cost is our brother’s demise? Their crops and land, we took Their home and […]

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Blog 1 – My Deadman Dance

Describe in a short paragraph the single most important insight or understanding that has come to you from your study of literature this week: Oz Lit, 19th C, or Shakespeare. If you can, say also, why your personal history has led you to this insight or understanding. Back in Vietnam, I had the joy of experiencing […]

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