Peer Blog Review 7

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

https://briannamwblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/288/

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.

https://louiselyons1.wordpress.com/2016/05/09/week-9-blog-6/

“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

https://andrewgiammarco.wordpress.com/2016/03/18/differing-outlooks/comment-page-1/#comment-7

“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.

https://felicitymcmanus.wordpress.com/2016/05/06/6th-blog/

“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

https://victoriakotsoris1blog.wordpress.com/2016/04/29/week-four-blog/

“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)

https://jakematthewsblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/such-is-life/

“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.

https://tksibbald.wordpress.com/2016/03/16/beauty/comment-page-1/#comment-1

“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.”