Summative Entry – ‘The Twentieth Century gives me real insights into human and social issues that are still current in the 21st century’

This semester was definitely a challenge but has led me to develop a profound appreciation for literature of the twentieth century, revealing that issues of the past are still current in our modern society! Particularly, as those of the twentieth century faced the impacts of war and industrialisation, we too are under attack today; forced …

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Week 11, Peer Review 4

(https://hollysliteratureblog.art.blog/2020/09/22/blog-4-2/) Hi Holly,  Your analysis of Yeats’ ‘The Second Coming’ was very interesting and well written. It definitely responded well to the set question and highlighted the sense of chaos and confusion throughout his poem. I especially liked how you included some historical context to when Yeats composed the poem, as it set the foundation …

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Week 11, Blog 5 – Using M. Nourbese Philip’s ‘Discourse on the logic of language’, discuss how language can be both a prison and a release from prison.

Language is a powerful tool of communication, allowing one to express their inner thoughts, emotions and experiences. Marlene Nourbese Philip considers “the estrangement of the postcolonial and female subject within the imposed colonial language of English,” (Greenblatt 872) through her poem ‘Discourse on the logic of language’. She utilises a mixture of poetry, prose and …

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Week 9, Peer Review 3

(https://literaturetalk.home.blog/2020/08/26/just-smile/)  Hi Evelyn,  Your poem was an extremely powerful and captivating read! You utilised the imagist style of poetry in an extremely influential way however, it was a bit lengthy. Nonetheless, the language used was sharp and confronting, provoking readers to understand the severity of the issue presented. This was particularly noted through your use …

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Week 9, Blog 4 – Virginia Woolf believes in the power of the imagination to liberate human beings from the shackles of their enslavement. Do you have a comment on this statement?

Virginia Woolf’s belief that the power of imagination holds the key to personal liberation of mental entrapment is a valid statement and one that I agree with. Imagination is defined as "the power or capacity to form internal images or ideas… and situations not actually present to the senses" ("imagination, n.", OED). Therefore, it can …

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Week 5, Peer Review 2

(https://teannie.home.blog/2020/08/19/blog-post-2/) Hi Teannie,  I’d like to commend you on your critical reflection this week! It was a very well written and honest response. I also reflected on Sassoon’s poem, “On Passing the New Menin Gate”, which definitely shifted my perspective on war memorials today. You’ve made an extremely important point about how Sassoon has revealed …

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Week 5, Blog 3 – Write a short poem in the style of the Imagists and explain what you think the Imagists were trying to do with their radically new approach to language

‘A stroll in times square’ A crisp chill of the Winter night --  The rush of city dwellers flew past me. I stood blinded by the blur of billboards like a stunned deer in headlights.  The hustle and bustle echoed, soothing like the fresh scent of lavender.  The poem I have composed is an attempt …

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Week 4, Peer Review 1

(https://adventuresinliterature.art.blog/2020/08/14/blog-1-alliteration-in-spring/) Hi Andrew, Your take on celebrating the arrival of Spring through the construction of your own poem was absolutely phenomenal! You definitely mimicked the amazing experimentation of Hopkins’ language through your use of alliteration and vivid imagery. You brought life to your words in a way that made me feel as if I was …

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Week 4, Blog 2 – How does your response to Sassoon’s “On Passing the New Menin Gate” make you reassess your reaction to war memorials in your own country?

Siegfried Sassoon is often regarded as the most innocent of the war poets. Although his poem “On Passing the New Menin Gate” connotes a more passive-aggressive tone compared to others, it still vividly emphasises great fury and anguish over the most gruesome era of human history. Siegfried Sassoon’s “On Passing the New Menin Gate” sourced …

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Week 3, Blog 1 – Describe an experience in your own life where you seem to have touched something much deeper than your ordinary everyday experience

I’m sure at some point in life everyone has had an experience which touched something far deeper than any ordinary everyday encounter. For me, that moment was when I had the opportunity to travel to Italy with my grandparents and explore the town they grew up in. It was truly unlike anything I had ever …

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