Summative Entry

Another semester has gone by in what feels like the blink of an eye and there are so many things that are surreal to me! It is shocking to think that it doesn’t feel that long ago when I was writing my summative entry for my first semester, and here I am at the last stretch of the university year! My experience of Literature has been so much greater than what I expected. To be completely honest with myself, my view of the English language was founded in high-school, but the university level of study is so much more than what I expected – in a good way.

This semester included a series of blogs. In the first few weeks of my first semester I did not enjoy them too much, but this time round I surprised myself with how much I looked forward to blogging every week. Something lightened my spirit about blogging. I think what it was is that I’ve always struggled to put my thoughts into words in a clear and quick manner, but blogging doesn’t have that restriction – it’s a bunch of ramblings and thoughts that I can express about my view on literature and it helps me engage with my inner thoughts and feelings towards a topic.

My most creative entry this semester was a blog called, “Missing Limb”, I worked hard to complete a poem about the deepest of feelings that can be experienced when a loved one is lost at war. Obviously, I have never been to war or had a loved one leave me for war, so my knowledge that went into the poem was a collection of what I had learnt in the course so far. Studying a range of war poets and war novels helped me empathise and feel the emotive push at this time in history. What I loved about this entry was how long it took me. I can usually write a blog in 30 minutes or so… but this poem took a few hours as I kept editing one line at a time to ensure it encapsulated the hurt that people experience at home when their loved ones die at war. The theme of this poem captures the thought that a loved one dying at war leaves the same restriction on your life as losing your own limb. This blog can be found here,

My most critical blog this semester was a blog called, “closer to home”. This one was about my experience at the NSW Art Gallery and it centred on Catherine O’Donnell’s piece titled, “Close to Home”. The critical aspect I enjoyed about this blog was the experience I enjoyed upon seeing the piece of art. I remember believing it was a staff room and then realising when I got closer that it was a 2D piece. My thoughts spiralled into craving the back-story, the intent and the motive of the artist to create this piece. Below is a small extract of my blog that represents my thoughts,

“Not only does the title fit perfectly physically, but I also wonder what inspired the artist to create this piece. What does “home” mean to her? Was this her childhood home that she is no longer connected to physically? Did the house burn down? Was there even a house? Is it just what she pictures as a perfect home? Or maybe it has nothing to do with a house at all, but what a home can bring internally.” This blog can be found here,

 Blogging has been one of the many reasons why I have enjoyed this course. I have always loved finding deeper meanings and hidden meanings to words written and this experience has been my area of discovering all the little gems that make literature what it is.



W10 Peer Review

Hi Natasha,

I liked your take on George Orwell’s theme in his writing, the way you presented it with a relevant topic in today’s day and age is very relatable and shows you have a bright mind to do so. Not only do you have a technique for debating, but you also show your knowledge of what is happening in the world. As I did enjoy reading your work, the only thing I would comment on for improvement is for your blog posts to be a little bit longer. Your writing is enjoyable but it ended so soon. Overall, I believe you have talent and are gifted in putting your thoughts into words. Well done!

W9 Peer Review

Hey, Victoria!

Excellent piece! I love your comparison of wisdom and knowledge and your question as to whether they connect, are the same, or are entirely different. I agree with your conclusion that knowledge can be basic and thus everyone can have it and wisdom goes a step further by being the application of this knowledge. It reminded of the common saying, “knowledge is knowing that tomato is a fruit, wisdom is knowing not to add it to your fruit salad”, this is the theme I engaged with when reading your blog, that is, wisdom is the next step forward from knowledge.

I think your added statement from the lecture about wars and the current election in America was an eye-opening touch. Upon reading it, I considered the deep meaning that it actually contains, “if we really had so much knowledge then there would be no need for the current election in America” – very nice add on! If every individual were wise and worked their wisdom collectively, we would have piece. This comment showed your level of writing by using other sources and clearly communicated what you have learnt and what you want to pass on. I believe that if more people were to have a mind like yours, there would be more wisdom and less chaos within the world.

Overall, I agree with your insights and thoroughly enjoyed reading a comparative blog 🙂

W8 Peer Review

Brittney, you have such a powerful way with words. Your poem was moving, eye-opening and it encapsulated everything we learn about the war but in such few words that instantly hit home. I liked that your poem had a soft feel; it was read in a soft voice and the theme of it is delicate and fragile. I specifically enjoyed you AA/BB poetic writing style that complimented the delicate theme. You have inspired me to attempt my own poem for this week’s blog topic! Thank you for this piece.


Missing Limb

Inspired by a fellow blogger’s and friend’s post about a poem of war and the heart ache that follows has led me to attempt writing my own poem this week.

A man of great courage, that husband of mine

Enlisted in his twenties, straight to the frontline

Fighting for his country, its people to be free

A wife and two children, his family now three

Our days are chaotic; there is now one less hand

As he’s protecting his people, his sovereign land

The whole world protected, yet his family is not

Every life affected by the new job that he got

I remember a time where he’d come home after work

Never did I have to fear that a different day would lurk

Waiting, waiting, to see him approach in the pack

But we did not reunite the day they all came back

No amount of love could ever replace

The man so consumed by love and grace

Our girls and I, forever without a limb

Will live on with a heart-hole meant only for him


W7 Peer Review

Hey Eleanor,

Firstly, great blog! I loved how you opened with a definition of ‘manifesto’, this not only shows your knowledge of the concept but also allows readers outside of our lecture class to understand the theme of your post. Your in-depth writing shows that you have not only analysed two of the short videos, but have gained a general understanding of what each video represents. I particularly admired your line, “Manifesto highlights that many issues of the early 20th Century have carried through today. These issues include war, poverty, wealth, the educated and uneducated, the rise of technology and industrialisation and our dehumanisation.” You show a highly educated understanding that there are still many issues in today’s day and age that need addressing that have either been overlooked or generally unsolved. Your insight has inspired me to know more and it’s people with a mindset like yours that seek to achieve a better world.

Thank you for this blog!


W6 Peer Review

Hey Suzanne!

I admire your use of comparison between the two paintings. You briefly described the artist’s intention behind the brush strokes that created the piece and did so through the use of showing these two pieces. It is clear that you have an eye for detail as the two paintings are quite different (one being a lighter painting, and the other dark), but you are able to compare similarities despite obvious differences. It is rare to see this so well done!