Blog Post 3!!

3/ “London”- do the insights that Blake applies to the London of his times have any relevance at all to the Sydney in which you live? Write a short paragraph or compose a short poem that gives your sense of the relationship of your modern city to the Blake’s “London”.

Winding through streets of Sydney,
Like the charter’d streets of London in all but name.
In every face that passes me,
I see passing sadness, passed into despair.

In every silent scream of every person,
In every silent plea,
In every silenced voice,
The mind-forg’d manacles re-emerge to clamp on tighter than before.

These are the main relative insight’s Blake’s London shares with my Sydney. I see an unhappy population, bound by law. Where the inequality on supposedly liberal streets abounds, prime examples are the homeless and also those who suffer at the government’s hand. Those who are affected by the unemployment rate of some other knock on effect of the economic crisis. However the reason I didn’t continue is that I couldn’t find any relevance in Blake’s further insights.

Blog 2!

2/ In “The School Boy”, in “The Poison Tree”, in “The Human Abstract” -and in his letters- Blake shows penetrating insight into the human condition. What part of the human condition has he most to say about to you?

Blake has a great talent for expressing his insight into the human condition. The condition he has the most to say about to me is the importance of our emotions. That we as humans are strengthened by our emotions and we can also wield our emotions for our experiences. That we use our emotions for many purposes which can be both physical, like in The Poison Tree and spiritual like in The School Boy. Blake also delves into more traditional emotions like wrath and jealousy in The Poison Tree which slowly and metaphorically morph into a more physical shape as vengeance succeeds at the end of the poem with a foe’s death. This differs to a more spiritual use that I see in The School Boy, wherein Blake uses the poem to argue the importance of emotion, that it can be learnt through one experience and applied to another experience. Blake uses the example of a school boy wrapped in studies with zero life experience, to test his emotions. What type of courage will the School Boy have to wield when met with adversity, if he has no experience with emotional adversity, if the School Boy’s emotions are not tested by real world experience.

Semester 2, 2014 Blog 1

1/ Does Allen Ginsberg’s account (page 519) of his experience with WB give you any sense of the power of Blake’s art (poetry and painting)?

In Ginsberg’s account of his experience with William Blake’s poetry, he describes it as a catalyst. It’s an awakening at the sound of Blake’s voice. His better understanding makes him more aware of his surroundings. Ginsberg also describes it as a heightened conscious. This conscious allows Ginsberg to see more details of the life around him, as well as the ability to see the conscious that lies within others, referring to this as the unconscious. By the sheer power of Blake’s words Ginsberg’s imagination was able to conjure up something much more physical. Through this stronger representation Ginsberg is able to more deeply understand the poem which unlocks Blake’s own revelations to Ginsberg. This has the result of influencing how Ginsberg views the world. Anything that can have this type of influence over thought, in this case Blake’s poetry over Ginsberg’s perceptions, is an art that I sense to be immensely powerful and effective.

Peer Review 9, Semester 2 2013

Jude Salonga

Hey Jude,
Your digital resource kit on Margaret Atwood was really pretty succinct. I liked that you had resources that were related to all facets of Atwoods life and work. The documentary and biography give me a good indication of her life, the poetry extracts show what her work material is like and the interview with Margaret herself is very appealing to read. To hear how an artist identifies themselves is quite fascinating.

Peer Review 8, Semester 2 2013

Catherine Evans

Hi Catherine!
Reading your thoughts on Gastby was pretty enlightening. I agree with all of what you said. I too think that Gastby in his courtship of Daisy, he was in turn tainted, Corrupted like the question says. In his attempts to win over Daisy, Gatsby reduced himself and his morality by declining to the level of the majority of the other characters. Gatsby works and works to win over Daisy, but I agree very much that Gatsby is indeed morally bankrupt by the end of the story.

Peer Review 7, Semester 2 2013

Emma Randall

Hi Emma,
This was a great read. Different from some of the others I have read. In the ones I’ve seen most have chosen “The Daughters of the Late Colonel”. To read up on a different choice is refreshing and educational. As I learn about Katherine Mansfield’s use of descriptive language and he emphasis upon social class distinction, especially the constraints it had for women and the strict division that it enforced between the wealthy and the lower class. Although maybe paragraphing might be useful to accentuate the points of your argument, I definitely enjoyed going through that.

Peer Review 6, Semester 2 2013

Nancy Sammak

Hi Nancy,
I just wanted to say how much your resource kit helped me understand Orwell better. I didn’t see the BBC production on YouTube when I was doing my own research kit, so it was something new and cool to see. However I think you could have researched just a little more and perhaps if you found more resources to fill out the Digital Kit a little more.

Peer Review 5, Semester 2 2013

Shagufta Deen

Hey Shagufta,
I liked this story too! I could relate, having sisters myself. I agree with the others too however, separating your work into paragraphs makes it seem a little less long winded. It would help shape your arguments better. Although I do like how you’ve identified techniques to explain and support your arguments, it shows how much thought you gave towards the story and the extent of your understanding of the subject.


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