Summative Entry

ENGL328 has been a challenging unit to endure. My experience with this unit started out in week four of the content. Having transferred into this unit late meant that I had to dedicate a lot of my time into catching up on all the lectures and tutorials previously past. Initially, I was overwhelmed with all the content I had to self-teach; however, this was surprisingly easy due to the enjoyment of the content.

Exploring the poetry of Judith Wright resulted in her becoming my favourite poet. My mind was opened up to a new perspective upon reading her insights into Aboriginal history. Her heart to breach the gap between her culture and theirs’ was a movement that shaped her career. Her life’s career is depicted in her poem, The Wattle Tree, where she personifies the growth of the tree to the transforming of our own lives. Judith Wright was my favourite module to study, along with Sally Morgan.

Additionally to this, there were many topics studied, all enjoyable with their own individual challenges. Exploring the autobiography and empathic language of Sally Morgan, questioning and debating the ending of character’s within novels, and face-to-face seminars with the author himself has left me in awe at how mind’s differ yet show multitude of talent. Analysing the poetry of Francis Webb allowed me to connect with the simplicity yet meaningful personifications that I then got to practice in my own entry about my personal experience. And finally, John Glover’s artwork, Patrick White and Judith Wright’s poetry has left me with lingering thoughts about their influence within these pieces. All the modules included fascinating people that have added value to my learning experience. Within these topics and blog posts, I have categorized them into sections; peer reviews, best creative, best critical and of course, the summative entry.

My best critical blog was my analysis of John Glover’s painting Launceston and the River Tamar. This was my fourth visit to the Art Gallery during my experience in Literature studies, and the second time I have viewed and been affected by Glover’s painting. Viewing this painting twice was interesting as both times had a different focus target on the various elements of the painting. This visit was focused on views of Australia through cultural artwork. There were three aspects of this painting that caught my attention in the way they radiate Australian nature, history and culture. These three items were the bird, woman and the trees.

The bird in the painting is sitting on a branch and is small in comparison to the rest of the painting. This bird, although so small, is magnifying the awe and beauty of the natural land that it is gazing upon. The specific size of the bird again heightens the magnificent creations of the land. The fallen branch is also left to fall and remain in its new place. This communicates the beauty in nature when it is untouched by man, ultimately tying in with Aboriginal land and culture. The woman in this painting is painted to show verisimilitude between her character and the bird’s. That is, both engaging in contemplation, gazing, awe, discovery and meditation through the land. And finally, the trees. The trees are painted throughout the painting with its leaves blowing in all different directions. This shows the submission that the trees have to the wind and ultimately the harmony that the nature shares.

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https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/australian-art/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwprbPBRCHARIsAF_7gDbBnUTPArkeqPGqHn6yu8asSLEMSECAwrwUhTsRAp9zPHemITPvBFYaAid_EALw_wcB

This painting was my favourite critical piece as the opportunity to analyse such talent revealed the detail Glover went through to incorporate Australian aspects into his work.

My best creative blog was my attempt at entering into the mindset of being on death’s row with only moments to live. Like mentioned in this blog post, my direction of this post was heavily influenced by the multitude of study on Aboriginal culture. Furthermore, their lives were their own, yet claimed by others and taken so emotionlessly. I think this was my most creative blog as I had to transform all the knowledge of this and turn it into my own creative piece. My motivation for this piece was surrounded around the fact that someone was born with a whole future ahead of them, and how it can be taken away so quickly and outside of their control. Additionally to this, the questions that would revolve around this person’s mind about everything that they miss out on are what I tried to channel into. This was a difficult topic to grasp and I do not believe I did the question justice. However, I believe my difficulty in creating this moment for the readers speaks volumes itself about how horrible the situation is itself. It leaves people speechless, lost for words and ultimately shattered. This, I believe, was a creative activity to attempt at entering into this mindset.

Overall, this unit has been enjoyable. The various texts and author’s studied has truly opened up my mind and revealed to me the wonders and stories that are created all through the power of the mind. I have enjoyed this unit and have made it to the halfway point of my degree! I am looking forward to my final Literature unit next semester where I will once again have the opportunity to explore the mind’s of various authors.

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Peer Review Eight.

Hey Silvana,

It is lovely to see the impact that David Malouf had on you during our lecture. You communicated some good insights into what Malouf taught you and the impacts he, as well as his novel had on you. However I did notice some errors within your writing. I would suggest reading through your work before submission to finalise your sentences as your structure was difficult to follow. Here are some words I picked up on:

Truely* = Truly
Me ?* = No space needed between ‘me’ and the question mark
Its* = it’s
Im* = I’m

These are simple mistakes that I’m sure would be noticed with a final read through. I often get caught up in these mistakes, too, so it is understandable how they are often overlooked when writing. You have great potential to express your thoughts into words as you demonstrate in class.

Good luck with the final assessments and well done on completing this milestone of blogging!

https://silvana97blog.wordpress.com

Blog Eight. Sally Morgan.

This week I have decided to discuss my thoughts and highlights from Sally Morgan’s autobiography.

 

As we enter into the final week of our Reading Australia journey, we have briefly looked into the famous Sally Morgan’s autobiography, My Place. My Place was written in 1987 and addresses many aspects of her upbringing and current life. Her autobiography includes many elements that she has gone through throughout her life. Unlike a typical upbringing, Morgan was on a search for who she was. Through her search of ethnicity, family history, racism and her education, Morgan was struggling to define who she was.

What really inspired me about Morgan’s quest for identity was her personal conviction to discover her background despite the closest people to her rejecting the idea. Morgan believed that where she came from is the core of who she is, however her mother was disinterested in allowing this and lived with the mentality that they are different to other people, “mum never let me belong”. Additionally to this, her grandmother was quiet and did not take joy in revealing her life experiences to the family. This was to the extent that no memories of information were shared even on her deathbed. The unsaid information from the grandmother gives us insight into the trauma she encountered.

I believe it is through the rejection of her family’s impartation to this knowledge that drove her hunger for her historical information and makeup. Despite her lack of education, Morgan wrote My Place with such depth that communicated her story. This autobiography was used as a vehicle to give a voice to the voiceless as well as providing her own perspective and view on Aboriginality. Within the autobiography, she addresses her mum and says, “I’m going to write a book”. It is interesting to note that the book she was referring to is the book we are reading the lines from. Her goal was to convert her history from knowledge to words and thus had to fight for herself into receiving this information.

It really stood out to me the success of Sally Morgan. Her quest for identity led to her influence in other writers and ultimately, provided a piece of writing that provides insights that educates the unknown. Her story has affected me and helped me to understand how someone’s culture can influence their life immensely.

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http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/awaye/we-can-never-have-enough-stories-a-conversation/3670364

Peer Review Seven.

Hey Gabirelle!

You have such a beautiful poetic touch to your writing!

Well done on a fabulously written poem. I have always struggled reading poems that did not contain a rhyme sequence, however yours flowed eloquently. I specifically enjoyed the line, “for it is in the calm, we feel, and in the calm, we know”. It is here where you have summed up everything we have learned about nature over our literature experience into very simple, yet powerful words. This shows not only your dedication to expressing your knowledge, but also your depth of understanding in what any poet or author tries to convey.

I was also impressed by the two lines, “be one with your senses”, and “Let your body, take you to the discovery of you!” These two sentences tied together in the same stanza allow the reader to understand the connection between humanity and nature.

Well done on a great entry!

Belle

https://gabriellechidiac98.wordpress.com

Blog Seven. Seminar with David Malouf.

What do you learn most from the interactive seminar that we had with David Malouf last week.

 

Last week, our class had the honour of hearing from David Malouf himself about the insights into his book, Coversations at Curlow Creek. After having studied this novel in class for a number of weeks, it was surreal to have had the author in the flesh, so to speak, answer our questions and include his own thoughts into our class discussion.

One thing he mentioned that was very insightful was quite early in the seminar. He spoke of his early journey upon writing this magnificent story and revealed his uncertainty of what direction this book was heading in. As he was trying to figure out relationships between characters and settings of the story, he was only certain of one thing – and that was that he was going to write this book. This, although it may seem pointless toward the major theme of the novel, really stood out to me. It was humbling to hear that someone as successful as David Malouf also questioned himself and his capability in writing a story. It is encouraging, especially during this heavy and chaotic time of the university semester, that we, as students, are not alone in questioning our ideas that we write. In fact, by doing so, we are on the right path.

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/292192.The_Conversations_at_Curlow_Creek

Peer Review Six.

Hey Nigel,

Would like to initially thank you for your bravery in this piece! You have shared a part of your journey with us as readers. Your warm and soft tonality in writing this piece helps the reader to know that there is a positive outcome in the end. Additionally to this, you have expressed your personal perspective on Webb’s poem with your own story. Any great poet uses their life experiences in their writing which is what you have shown here. You should be proud of yourself!

Enjoy the break and see you in class.
Belle.

https://nigelgrvs.wordpress.com

Blog Six. Death’s Row.

Write a paragraph in which you imagine yourself on death’s row with a few hours left before you are executed.

 

For this week’s blog I have tried to collect my thoughts into the mindset of what it would be like knowing I am going to die in a short few hours. I strayed away from questioning whether my life had enough purpose and leant more towards a successful life being taken away. I think what influenced this particular piece and direction of writing was the amount of study I have completed this semester on the cruel manner in which Aboriginal people were treated. Their life was their own, however was claimed by other’s and taken so emotionlessly.

 

Death has always been far away. I was born and I had my whole lifetime ahead of me. I was five and I still had only just begun. I was twelve and I started high school. By this point I felt I had lived such a long time, as all I had known was school. I was fifteen and I had my first love. That loved pursued and I had my whole life to look forward to.

I am twenty. I am engaged to be married. I have graduated. I have a full time job. I have a house to move into to make it a home. I have a family to start. I have three hours left of my life. And, I am innocent.

All I will know is twenty. I will never marry him. My years of study only resulted in two years of working. The house will be empty. There is no home. No family. All I can do is sit here, chained, in this three hour pool of cold darkness and wait.

My entire life leading up to this moment felt quicker than the three hours before me. I am not where I thought I would be at twenty when I was five. I have everything I want yet I cannot reach it. I am numb. All I can picture is the home I should be moving into being an empty house. He’ll sit there alone as I sit here alone, and maybe, just maybe, it will feel like we are together again. I didn’t even get the chance to say goodbye.

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