Peer Blog Review 7

This week I have added to Brianna’s discussion on Les Murrays poem “The Cool Green”

Hi Brianna,
You raised an interesting point, suggesting that the issues argued within the poem are still relevant in our culture despite the poem being written over a decade ago. Poetry often documents the human experience, and I think because of this, many poems we have studied in Australian Literature still feel ‘relevant’ despite their age. Also, a beautiful analogy between Murrays idea that “we are money’s genitals” and reproductive organs. We are the link that creates the unbreakable cycle of money. Great insight!


Peer Blog Review 6

This week I had the pleasure of reading Louise’s post on grief and poetry.

“Hi Louise,
You have a powerful appreciation and interpretation of poetic language.
I agree with your insights on “The Almond-tree in the King James version” by Rosemary Dobson, I thought it was a very interesting expression of loss. Your post is very well written and the only suggestion I might give is to consider including a visual interpretation or link your work to some support material.
Well done!”

Peer Blog Review 5

This week I added to Andrew’s discussion on European destruction in the Australian landscape

“Hi Andrew
Not only in retrospective history” this suggests that there continues to be a difference between Europeans and indigenous Australians today. Perhaps you could clarify these insights? As your finally statement argues, there is a European greed creating destruction as they purge the Australian landscape. I understand this to be your focus when you discuss ‘differences’. I believe through creating paragraphs and tidying up your initial statements this could be expressed in a stronger way.”


Peer Blog Review 4

This week I on commented on Felicity’s creative blog post influenced by the Appin Massacre.

“Hi Felicity,
An interesting creative response to the Appin Massacre, I think the perspective of narration you have taken was very clever. Perhaps you could further develop a sense of the cultural climate of 1816. It is possible that this response in the white community during that time would have felt very conflicting to the protagonist. A development of character would be very interesting.
Also, be mindful of your use of language for example ‘feel a strange feeling inside’ is repetitive. There were a few sentences that could be further refined.
Overall, well done!”


Peer Blog Review 3

This week I have added to Victorias discussion of values present in the works of Charles Harpur and Henry Kendall

“Hi Victoria,
This is a well informed analytical response to the values depicted in Charles Harpur’s “A Mid-Summer Noon in the Australian Forest” and Henry Kendall’s “Bell-Birds”. However, I’d like to know how you perceive the poems. Did you agree with the way the poems described the natural landscape? Do you the differences between texts affects has a significant effect on the Australian literary canon?”


Peer Blog Review 2

This week I commented on Jake’s understanding of the key issues present in Sidney Nolans painting “First Class Marksman” (1946)

“Hi Jake,
A great and iconic painting by Sidney Nolan! I agree there is a beauty in Nolans abstract technique and the image feels distinctly Australian. Perhaps you could connect this Art to a work of Australian literature you may have studied that has similarly influenced you. Also, you discuss society “During Ned Kelly times,” I think this post could really benefit from adding in dates- referring to the 19th century, or references to other texts.
Good work so far.”


Peer Blog Review 1

This week, I have added to Tamara’s discussion of beauty and its purpose and existence in Australian literature.

“A very well written and engaging perspective. I agree, beauty is subjective, but I disagree that the word holds “no true meaning” The word ‘beauty’ portrays a very positive and affirming concept. I believe it has a very absolute meaning. Leading on from your interpretation, across the spectrum of Australian literature the manipulation of beauty/beauty lost is so enduring in subject matter, I think you may have touched on a very grand notion: Does all literature connect, in some way to the concept of beauty?
Interesting stuff.”