Peer Review Week 10

Hi Amy,

Your analytical perception of Miles Franklin’s writing is truly insightful and provides an in depth and well thought out interpretation towards your view of the text. That said, please do try to be mindful of becoming repetitive in your writing style in particular the line “The repetition of the word ‘weariness’ “

Keep up the good work!




Amy’s Post:


Australian Literature: Summative Entry

Australian Literature helps me to expand the boundaries of my own experience.

Australian Literature has undeniably broadened my view and perspective of both the Australian environment and its people. When analysing the works of authors whom discuss the beauty of Australia, I never truly thought myself capable of empathising towards their writing. However, having to directly annotate and discuss the writings of authors such as John Shaw Neilson have both challenged and enticed me in my analysis to look into the mind of my own inner child to view a fresh and sublime understanding of the world around me. Much more similarly through my reflection of artworks within the NSW Art Gallery, I was again challenged by my writing on my interpretation of the work “Natives on the River Ouse” by John Glover to observe the natural beauty of the landscape whilst being forced as a literature student to step out of my comfort zone and observe visual technique and artistic styles in order to truly immerse myself within the meaning of the artwork and obtain a grander picture of its significance towards its audiences. Overall, on the scale of analysis and critical thought these insights have provided me with a view of the Australian landscape which has become extremely enriched and undeniably broadened as a direct result of my further exposure to Australian writing and artwork. 

With that said, I feel it also Necessary to discuss the influence of Australian Literature on my own creative process. I personally enjoy describing vividly the raw landscape and grand plains of varied harshness  lusciousness the environment has to offer, with Australia being no exception. I feel like this is present in my creative writing when submerging myself in the natural landscape and placing not only my persona but also as a direct result of forms of imagery, my reader as well. As well as the natural environment, my writing on the perspectives of other people has been severely influenced. Having read the writing and works of Authors especially in particular of Indigenous descent, I feel I am able to personally sympathise with their situation within their historical context during the time post colonialism during the policies of Assimilation and Isolation and can to the best of my ability, attempt to draw out the raw emotions and style of the writer in order to amplify their own voice and allow readers to understand their works further. Therefore through reading the creative works of Australian writers and having to mimic them in my own works, I feel as though my experience towards the Australian land and its people has been immensely broadened

Thus, my perspective towards the land and people of Australia as presented through its art and literature has expanded and greatly benefitted my own creative and analytical thoughts towards the writing style of various Australian authors and composers.


Write a letter to Patrick White telling him what you think of any one of the texts you have read this week.


Mr Patrick White,

Having read your work “Down at the Dump” firstly I would like to state that I am most impressed with your depiction of strength and independence shown through a female character in your work reflected upon by her chopping the wood, which typically is a chore depicted to be done by males. Moreover your uncommon depiction of the more grotesque features of people in Australian society is truly one which is unique and makes for an interesting read. When reading upon the people and society in Australia, most authors tend to miss out the more disenfranchised Australians as well as the more disconnected and rural which you vividly display and as such should be commended.

I would personally like to thank you for your insight into these ideas through your composition




Peer Review 03/10

Hi Natalie,

Your creative is one which explicitly immerses the reader into the text with the use of highly emotive language. The despair is extremely powerful and almost radiates across the poem. The creative is powerfully written and your eloquence should be highly commended.

Keep up the good work!






Natalies Blog Post:

The Orange Tree 03/10


—Silence! the young girl said. Oh, why, Why will you talk to weary me?

Plague me no longer now, for I
Am listening like the Orange Tree.

The last few lines of this poem effectively display a strong conclusion to a powerfully emotive poem. It is at this point, the reader is made aware of the little girl. We as the audience, are presented within Shaw’s with the direct contrasts between the over-analytical and materialistic mind and perception of the adult, towards the naive and unburdened mind of a young child. quotes such as “—Listen! the young girl said. There calls No voice, no music beats on me; But it is almost sound: it falls This evening on the Orange Tree.” spoken in an enjambment to interrupt the analytical thought of the adult, the frustration of the child is ever apparent as the adult will never understand to appreciate the beauty of the environment for its face-value. Hence, in my belief the child’s frustration is one which is due to her own attempt to conform with the natural world rather than identify its properties and should be commended

Peer Review 19/9

Hi Christella,

You have composed a truly beautiful written sonnet. Your continuity of rhyming couplets is a strong characteristic of your creative post and your post in general is strongly representative of Charles Harpur’s  originality and uniquely emotional sonnets. You are to be commended for such a vivid and imaginary piece

Keep up the good work!




Christella’s Post


Week 8 Blog

What does A.D. Hope’s poem Australia (written half a century after the 1890s) add to the debate on what is Australia?

A.D Hope’s contribution towards the beauty of the landscape is one that presents her in her rawest and her most beautiful. Hope demonstrates through the visual depiction of the land, as being harsh and barren utilising visual imagery to demonstrate the “Nation of trees, drab green and desolate grey”. Hope utilises an almost mocking tone to to welcome the thought of returning home “gladly” from the “lush jungle” of modern thought to the exposed landscape which the nation has to offer. Hope utilises this poem as a criticism towards the more “educated” elites such as the learned “cultured apes” whom will criticise the lack of civilisation in the Australian environment. However, as demonstrated by Hope, his home, nonetheless still calls to him to return regardless of the criticism received by the educated members of society against the dreary land of the nation.

Peer Review 12th September

Hi Quincy,

You have undeniably captured the style of Charles Harpur in your creative. You explicitly capture a unique perspective towards the emotions of love beautifully. However, please be wary on the capitalisations of your personal pronouns (I). Nonetheless a good creative

Keep up the good work!




Quincy’s Blog:

Week 6 Blog

1/ Charles Harpur’s love sonnets to Rosa are a model for all love sonnets. Using the style and structure of a Harpur sonnnet, write a love sonnet to your own beloved! Can you create images as fiery as his!


My Dear Beloved,

Lest my love be foiled in some cruel fate.

My heart burns its brightest when drawn on the thought of you

Lest my heartbeat fall into dire straits 

Know surely with the setting sun my nights are sleepless with your image

To see a glimpse of your eyes again, to glimpse upon the wicked smile

Would thrill me more than burning of Apollo upon a divided range 

And until I hold you, unless you accompany me down a floral aisle

My feelings for you, the winds of time will never be able to change

To hold you, once, twice, forever or even for a while.

Peer Review Week 5

Hi Jess,

You description of Drysdale’s work effectively captured my interest as a reader, you have undeniably captured the resemblance of the artwork alongside the intended representations of the artist. It could be beneficial for your blog to reflect on more of a description of the piece alongside a representation of what the actual artwork is attempting to discuss. 

Keep up the good work!

From Brandon


Review Of Jess Smith’s blog: