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.
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.