Peer Review 1, Semester 2 2013

Melissa Lascala

Hi Melissa,
Just dropping a word to say I enjoyed you poem very much. The rhythm caused by the repetition of day by day were only enhanced by the structure of those lines in the first stanza. I related to this poem because the line you included was “And for all this, nature is never spent” and this out of the whole poem was the line that stood out for me as well, though it was not the one I used. There is a hopefulness to this poem but a crushing disappointment as it cannot be seen by those who pass over the beauty.


Blog 9, Semester 2 2013

Saved the best post till last, adored this group and had great fun participating in the Transmedia portion of this exercise. Some had to be coerced with sweet talk, others with sweets and some with plain old violence. Either which way it was a good laugh the whole way through.
Credit to our director of filmography and editor as well as to our actors.

Blog 8, Semester 2 2013

Produce a mini Digital Kit of resources for George Orwell.

Did you know George Orwell was a pen name, meet Eric Arthur Blair, born 1903. Who went on to write countless literary criticisms of humans and government through his novels. Popular selections include Animal Farm and the chilling 1984.  This is one of many pages detailing the life of historic figures. Orwell’s contributions to literature make him an important addition in relation to creativity, culture and thought. A site with a biography, with excerpts from his novels written throughout his life. A documentary of George Orwell, his life in pictures, reflections upon his books and quotes. The documentary re-creates his life based upon Orwell’s own words, written in his novels or drawn from his essay. documentary specific to the influence of Orwell’s literary text, 1984. With focus on Room 101, and its disturbing idea of the novel being an intense reflection upon Orwell’s context.

George Orwell

Blog 7, Semester 2 2013

Chose one of the modernist paintings viewed during this week’s visit (go on a virtual visit of the gallery if you missed the visit) and discuss the ways in which it has opened your mind to a new understanding of what Modernism is and how this understanding helps your appreciation of literary modernism.

Jon Olsen “Five Bells”, didn’t exactly open my mind to a new understand but instead enhanced it. The biggest difference it made was that it showed me that modernism ins’t solely a style or technique used in literature, but it can also be used in other forms of art. Olsen created, to me a perfect example of what modernism means. It’s bent, out of shape, unstructured the colours leak beyond the black boundaries and I find myself leaning in toward the painting in an attempt to discern its meaning. Like true modernism, it isn’t what is on the surface, the painting must be observed before it begins to let slip its nuances, it helps to acknowledge the certain amount of intertextuality. Again, this intertextuality is not simply between texts but instead between individual pieces of art. The use of colour in “Five Bells” is not confront but caught my eye when first looking at the picture


Blog 6, Semester 2 2013


The Latest Modern Adaption of Scott Fitzgerald’s literature. The Great Gatsby

Does Gatsby, in his yearning for something unattainable, reach higher than the sordid world around him? Is his“incorruptible” quest something that is really praiseworthy in a world that is morally bankrupt.

Gatsby reaches for the dream; his yearning for the unattainable is reflected in his chase for Daisy, who remains out of Gatsby’s reach. His efforts all culminate in his ultimate goal to possess Daisy; he will not be swayed or corrupted in his mission. Yet this may not be exactly what Gatsby truly wants and he doesn’t even know it, he strives to win Daisy’s affections based upon the love she showed for him when they were young. This reader is inclined to think that Gatsby reaches for the emotions he feels with Daisy, not the person herself. After all he is blind to all her misgivings, her materialism and her disillusion due to her bad marriage. He may be incorruptible in his quest however is this really praiseworthy? At the core Gatsby’s actions are also morally corrupt, even if his quest may be incorruptible. He courts a married woman, albeit unhappily; and his own riches, which are used to pursue his long lost love, are revealed to be results from shady connections and illegal dealings. Nick often likes to point out that Gatsby was a great man, imagine his life if he weren’t so narrowly focused toward his intentions to spirit away Daisy, the greatness he would have achieved. Perhaps this behaviour isn’t as praiseworthy as once thought, of course romanticised by the idea what Gatsby and Daisy could be is a distracting thought from the truths of the tale. Gatsby’s flagrant disregard for moral or governing rules to pursue something pure is a mix of both positive and negative, his ultimate goal is praiseworthy if indeed he craves the emotion felt when with Daisy but his means and plans are not, he’s just short of Tom Buchanan’s character who is completely villainous. But what little separates the two men; superficially, both have money be it old or new, both chase married women and both strive to achieve. The deeper difference is in the emotions of the characters; Tom treats emotional connection with disdain, seen in his treatment of Daisy. However Gatsby covets it and again this reflects in his own respective treatment of Daisy, this and Tom escapes with Daisy whilst Jay is destroyed. Only if Gatsby’s quest is for the feeling that Daisy can give him then his ends are praiseworthy, he is not however “incorruptible”.


Blog 5, Semester 2 2013

Write a short review of the Mansfield story that appealed to you most. It does not need to be one that we looked at in lectures or tutorials.

I enjoyed the Daughters of the Late Colonel, of all of Mansfield’s stories. I quite enjoyed the bickering between the Daughters, a unyielding answer for the barrage of questions and thoughts that they threw back and forth. Their conversations remind me of the rapid fire between me and my own sisters. That’s not to say we we’re anywhere near as troublesome and cumbersome as the Colonels Daughters though. The lack of structure is reminiscent of a household, thrown into chaos at the loss of its leader at the hands of the theme of death. It’s also shows its modernist style, as well as through its structurally conforming and constant shifting narrative. As the flow introduces different stories into the mix, with each various character that interrupts the sisters’ thoughts from something as small as a mouse to the house cook.


Blog 4 -Semester 2 2013

Creative- take a line from either Eliot or Woolf and use this line as an opportunity to  express something of your own understanding, in the style of either of these authors.

“How readily our thoughts swarm upon a new object, lifting it a little way, as ants carry a blade of straw so feverishly, and then leave it…”
– The Mark on The Wall Virginia Woolf
A thousand question float through one’s mind. Questions ever posed with different answers, all which could lead to a completely different life. Thoughts flow to follow the questions unstoppable? Perhaps. The thoughts travel the very same ebbing, weaving, twisting and turning path taken with that of indecision. As a result each decision creates a new path. Like a maze, a turn per thought, per question. The leaves green; in deep shades, large and fully formed like idea’s come to fruition or wilted shades in smaller shapes like an idea undernourished and unspoken. The leaves more meticulously grown and shaped evergreen towards the middle of the maze were the prize of awaits those with the more grandiose thoughts. Those who make clear decision who find their means to an end.

Blog 3 – Semester 2, 2013

Critical- closely analyze a section from one of the war poems. Try to explain how (what combinations of words, sounds, figures etc) the poem gains its force.

“He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,
My friend you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie Dulce et Decorum Est
Pro patria mori” – Dulce Et Decorum Est; Wilfred Owen.

Owen writes during the war, daring to present its true horror whilst desperately dissuading others from being convinced to enter the fray. The second half of Dulce Et Decorum Est, dives instantly into a thorough depiction of the fatality of war. Like Joseph Conrad proposed with his preface to The Nigger of Narcissus studied, Owen employs his writing, his art, to present an unbridled truth to war. Owen contrasts previous poems that had detailed the honour of dying for your county, written in the period before the war, by the mere use of his last lines calling “dulce et decorum est pro patria mori”, loosely translated to mean it’s a good thing to die for your country, a lie. His evidence to this is a graphic description of a soldier’s death, his use of sound and words help to build a grotesque picture clearly juxtaposing the “lie” of glorious death. A reader can hear the soldier’s limp body being flung onto the cart, can hear the cart hitting a bump delivering a jolt the riding soldier and can hear the soldier’s blood come gargling from his damaged lungs. The reader is helped to picture the painful situation with the help of the descriptive alliteration of “white eyes writhing” and “his hanging face”, the soldier is simultaneously contorted and limp with sheer pain. This all builds to discredit the lie passed to those enlisting that “dulce et decorum est pro patria mori”.

First World War

Blog 2 – Semester 2, 2013

Critical Topic: In your own words and based on your reading of the “Preface to The Nigger of Narcissus  explain to a friend what you think Conrad is trying to say about the need for “art” in the world today.

Conrad begins by unfolding our hardened, unfeeling and protected nature. He uses the metaphor of a “vulnerable body within a steel armour” to illustrate the idea that we protect our feeling and cover it over with unflinching fact. Conrad argues that this is where the artist digs to appeal to humanities emotions and creativity. He argues that this is what endures, as it “is a gift not an acquisition” whether it’s wanted or not, that the part of us that is not dependent upon wisdom remains. Therefore here is where art must be attempted to appeal to. Art must appeal to a world wrapped in fact to uncover emotion and draw out people’s senses and help us to uncover different truths. He puts forward his own aims as surrogate to a fraction of the need for art today “to make you hear, to make you feel- it is before all to make you see

The Nigger of the Narcissus

Blog 1 – Semester 2, 2013

Creative: in the wake of you introduction to Hopkins (Gerard Manley) take a single line from any one of his poems and use this as the starting point for a poem of your own. If you can explore his way of using language by imitating some aspects of his style (alliteration, assonance, rhyme, consonance…)

“Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;”
From hut to home,
From mud to stone.
From dark to light,
From fright to might.
From the unknown to the fact.

“Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;”
Evolving to learn
Forgetting to fight
Evolving to progress
Forgetting regression
Repeating mistakes yet forever the expanding act.