Summative Entry (American Literature)

“American Literature helps me to expand the boundaries of my own experience.”

My experience with American Literature has been broadened greatly as a direct result of this course. On an analytical and creative scale, I as a literature student have felt a much more reinforced view of writings by American authors and composers. From the perspective of my own analytical writing, American composers have provided me a much more elucidated insight towards varied writing styles and contexts. This was effectively present in particular, in my reading and analysis towards the writing style of Mark Twain throughout his almost transcendental and sublime representation of “Huck’s” connection to the landscape alongside also the commentary of the values of racial equality in a post civil-war context, was truly influential towards my understanding of Twain’s agenda and allowed me to further follow his work closely. Likewise, Robert Frost has had a similar effect on my analytical frame of mind. Having to closely read and understand his works in particular the poem “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” whilst also taking into account and incorporating into the analysis his quote from “The Figure a Poem Makes” to further understand the intentions behind his writing and what has made this particular poem successfully appealing in an imaginary manner a a result of its composure and structure. This insight and view has allowed me an enhanced understanding of the writing style of American composers during their respective contexts and the unique ways they may attempt to communicate through their writing towards their audienceMoreso, American literature has also allowed me to think, in a creative sense more alike to the famous composers of the nation. Present in my creative representation of Walt Whitman’s poem, to truly understand the meaning behind the composers writing, one must delve themselves into the mind and thoughts of the writer. Using what I had learned from Whitman’s writing style, I had attempted to emulate his writing style into my own creative piece and as such the result was the remodelling of his creative insight alongside my written interpretation to create something new. Another similar act is present in my attempt to take the personality of a character from William Faulkner’s work and utilise that into a unique creative piece. Manipulating his character of Darl from “As I Lay Dying”, I created a unique character mimicking the views of the character in particular the selfish and introspective nature of the character whilst demonstrating this through the completely new character of the “Zookeeper in Thailand” which effectively allowed me a plethora of insight and information to help mould and build my own character. Hence, through my developed emulation of the writing style of the above composers as well as the inspiration they have provided me, have greatly allowed me to grasp a much more in-depth understanding of the multiple writing styles which conform to the genre of American literature. Thus, on a creative and analytical level, American composers have undeniably allowed me to tap into a variation of writing styles which have greatly benefitted my own.



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.

Peer Review 10/10

Hi Jenny,

I find your writing on the “Orange Tree” intriguing and well thought-out you have some really good ideas within the poem and present them with sophistication. It would possibly be beneficial however to provide more techniques and possibly direct quotes from the text as to further reinforce your points.

Keep up the good work!




Jenny’s Post:


Peer Review 10/10

Hi Emily,

Your personal reflection on your emotions towards Ezra Pound’s text is incredibly written. You effectively present quotes and describe intelligently your emotions and thoughts towards them. Could you have provided more devices if possible in your reflection as I feel it would really help your analysis shine.

Keep up the good work!




Emily’s Post:


Using any one of Faulkner’s 15 character voices as a guide, create a paragraph in the voice of a character totally different to yourself. Think about people you might have overheard on the train or bus, or someone you might have seen randomly on a street corner. Invent their life, their consciousness in a paragraph.

Stream of consciousness of a  zookeeper in Thailand. (Note to reader’s lack of grammar and mistakes in sentencing are intentional as to emulate the lower-class and more and possibly less educated aspects of the third-world country)

The animal before me, filthy a decaying orange orang-utan full of flea and dirt. Yet the families and children treat it as if they have struck gold. No gold has been found here, at least not in my eyes. What good are any of these animals to me? All they do is beg, cry, eat and shit, all in a beg of mercy or help. To the tourist, it’s adorable, to me my monthly wage. I am meant to be brushing the Orang-utan until suddenly, it grabs the brush out of my hand and clutches on for dear life. To the tourist this is all a game so they point it out in laughter but to me, this is not doing my job. The pleading eyes of the orang-utan are stare at me gripping tighter to the comb. I am forced to strike it repeatedly, the pleading eyes turn to begging cries, and the crowd in shock as if they care any in he slightest about the animal. I look up as I force the comb out of the creatures hand. I notice a young boy, he looks at me with pleading eyes, tears rolling down his cheeks. This world is harsh and tough, and I am this boys first example of it.



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





Add to Ezra Pound’s list of Don’ts (342) as they apply to a beginning writer.


24. Do not disregard proper grammar and punctuation, as it lowers your reputation, use of grammar is the essential foundations of literature

25. Do use personal stories and reflections to shape your own creative writing and morals, each person’s life is a journey, your story as unique as it is, is also engaging and will provide your writing with a soul

26. Do not attack another writers perspective and views, each persons view is the body and souls prayer written onto paper, all words and sentences have power

27. Thou shalt not use verbose writing as to convolute the work, the jamming of a sentence will disengage your reader, simplicities are a necessity

28. Thou shalt write with passion and strength of a true writer, for without passion is your creative truly creative?

Peer Review 19/9

Hi Jesse, 

Your analysis and interpretation of Robert Frost’s quote was extremely extensive and thoroughly enjoyable to read, your use of external sources in your interpretation is to be commended and your  understanding of the quote is truly insightful. Your post has been composed with significant eloquence.

Keep up the good work!



Jesse’s Blog

Week 8 Blog

Do you share Robert Frost’s belief that “A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom…it runs a course of lucky events, and ends in a clarification of life.” “The Figure a Poem Makes” (250-251)? If possible try to explain in your own words what you understand by this statement. Can you give an example of poem you have read that does just this?


The above statement is extremely relevant towards attaining an understanding of the general meaning within poetry. A successful poem will attempt to draw its audience in using strong visualisation and provide the reader with a much stronger moral or perspective on the composers set agenda. Taken for example from Frost’s own “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, Frost with utilisation of the imagery of both visual and aural manners almost immerses the audience into the setting played out by Frost using the environment to represent the symbolism for the beginning and progression of life, and his stop being both a metaphorical and physical representation for his own choice to end his life. By the closing stanzas of the poem, the reader is completely aware of the personas intent to end his own life and represent the natural environment falling of the snow and his horse to be the internal conflict within his head in favour of the abrupt conclusion towards his life, addressing to his audience the significance of the landscape in portraying the ending of a life. Thus, Frost himself has portrayed the above idea of not only enticing his audience to further read the poem but also to leave them with a new vision of the life around them