#4 Peer Review

Hi Gabbie!

The blog that I have just read has allowed me to understand a different side of the poem I have yet to see. I too used this poem for my blog, but I understand your appreciation for the poem when you proclaim, ” I feel it proposes excitement, more specifically an eagerness to truly understand each perspective. The poem grows with each stanza. It’s enticing!”. One form of advice is your presentation. Italics or Bolding headings or subheadings would make the overall appearance of your blog! Overall, it is a great blog, keep up the great work!!!



#5 Time

Good morning all! The Australian Literature class this week has been given the opportunity to pick our own topics to write about. This week I’ve come up with;

Does time connote the actions or reactions retrieved within ones life?

With a wide focus on ‘Time’, it is made evident that it is apart of an everyday cycle. It is all around us, it plays an important role in our lives and most importantly its ongoing, and time never stops.

Mary Gilmore is immensely recognised for her poems and her appearance on the Australian ten-dollar note. Gilmore’s poem “The Measure” displays a record in her eyes of how time pans out and evolves revealing a constant war of hatred hidden by honour and sacrifice. Her interpretation of “Is hate the only lantern of the stars?” rhetorically states the deep theme of ongoing hate that took place during the war. Although time has moved forward “The measure” in itself identifies how the stars see everyman, discriminating one another as men do not see men as equals like they should. As for the time factor the past, present and future man has a continuous struggle and fight for optimal success not noticing the dark hate and destruction that comes from it.

Honour has a key role. To many people it is known as being courageous and morally correct. Gilmore reflects the honour-ability of men at war in WW1 as believing the only way to be honourable is by contributing in the destruction of man made features as well as ‘man’ themselves. The time frame of the war evident throughout this poem links around torment. Seen in stanza 2 in the first 4 lines, ‘Tears’ becomes a metaphor for everything throughout this period being torn apart by war, the ‘Tears’ of the soldiers and the dead connote the grief they share. Following that, the last two lines of “no beds occupied” showing the cycle of people being killed, then the end to the war and restarting in new life coming back and a start to the cycle of the war.

All in All, ‘Does time connote the actions or reactions retrieved within ones life?’ well my answer goes both ways. With reference to Gilmore’s poem, it can be seen that there is a significant hatred cycle in that period of time, it was ongoing and was always the same hate, death, life, and then again hate, death, life. On the other hand though time allows for individuals to change their mistakes which is more visible in this day and age compared to back in times of war.

*”The Measure” by Mary Gilmore from the “Macquarie Pen Anthology of Australian Literature”r320cF

#3 Peer Review

I truly agree with most of the points that you made in your blog this week. The comparison between Harpur and Kendall is very detailed and most of all I really liked how you broke down both poems and found the similarities as well as the differences that can be found in each. One thing that can be improved on is your repetition of words like “Meanwhile” . But not to worry that can easily be fixed with the use of synonyms, don’t worry I always used to repeat the same words. Overall, this post has to be one of my favourites I’ve read so far, keep up the good work!:)



#4 Harpur and Kendall


Hello all, this week’s blog post has my eyes compelled to the words that these two poets have written. In my literary life the names Charles Harpur and Henry Kendall have yet to be of my interests until last Friday. As they both engaged me through their love of the natural scene mainly the bushlands, it intrigued me more and more to see their similarities as well as their differences.

Charles Harpur born in 1813 at a young age was immensely fond of the bush almost as much as his love for his wife Rose (Mary). The poem “A mid-summer noon in the Australian Forest” opaquely compares his love for his beloved Mary and the beauty of the bush. Throughout the poem an evolving impression is made from the silence that brews just from the calmness of the smallest of creatures. It eventuates into the loud intense sounds of life, which is a lot like the rollercoaster which love took him on. I also realised within the third stanza that the pace of the words started to speed up alluding an exciting and dangerous energy when speaking of the hornet. The colourful imagery of the bright yellow hornet’s exuberated charisma is evident as it reflects the strong pace and the rush of life. Harpur expresses this reminding himself that through all the noise the quiet things as well as the silent things in life is what he appreciates the most.

The bond between Charles Harpur and Henry Kendall is special. Even though there is almost a 20 year age difference as Kendall was born in 1839 they both had a common gratitude for the bush. Kendall was a great admirer of Harper and as a result led and aided Kendall when becoming a poet. Harpur’s newly founded protégé wrote the poem “Bell-Birds”. Kendall reveals how he embraces the loud and the quiet noises in the Australian bushland. By comparing the timeframe “They sing in September their songs of the May-time” in the second stanza Kendall indirectly makes these associations to his home country England. The S in September, The M in May, the O in October and the D in December are all capitalised to create a personified movement in time, recognising that the bushes beauty has no time frame that it passes through the comfortable parts of nature. In the final stanza he wishes to have inspiration to write with passion by using the bellbird sounds;


“…Longing for the power and the sweetness to fashion

Lyrics with beats like the heart-beats of passion-

Songs interwoven of lights and of laughters

Borrowed from bell-birds in far forest rafters;…”


Showing that his appreciation lies with the simple things in life such as the sweet sound of chirping Bell-birds.

If you want to read the full poems you can find them in the links below! Have a lovely weekend!!

www. mountainman.com.au/kendall.html

www. bartleby.com/249/7.html

Macquarie Pen Anthology of Australian Literature – Insight into Harpur and Kendall Pages 99 & 147


#3 Landscape.. Our Interpretations

Bloggers, guess who is back! This week’s Blog I’ve invested completely around our individual literary interpretations of the Australian land through artwork. When each person reads a piece of literature or views a piece of artwork the way it is interpreted may be different due to the different ways people visualise, think and see.

Today, I visited the NSW Art Gallery to be shocked at learning as well as engaging in interesting things and putting my own interpretation of my visualization of it to the test. A painting which I could not seem to get out of my head was W. Lister Lister’s painting “The Golden Splendor of the Bush” which was created in 1906. The ongoing theme that resided with the painting was its untouched authentic beauty as the sunlight shone onto the trees in it’s natural setting.

At first glance at this stunning artwork the landscape in my opinion was seen as pure and realistic from when compared to other paintings I had come across during my visit. Nothing that was present in the artwork needed to be changed or improved in my eyes. The word ‘Golden’ in “The Golden Splendor of the Bush” can be seen through the shades of red and light orange upon the stalk and tree stumps making the largely seen trees stand out with their glowing beauty as well as being “Golden” in value. I believe that W. Lister Lister’s obvious attitude towards the strong predominant salient image of the main tree stalk is alluding to the continuous growth of Australian land. The bottom half of the painting, viewed with bright green tones, vaguely shows the current standings of new trees stalks rising, displaying that Australian beauty is continuous. Commonly known as the Sydney Red Gums, the painting is one of appreciating and valuing the natural elements through it’s tone and setting, expressing that the Australian bush is worth something as it can be overwhelming to the rest of the world.

Overall, “The Golden Splendor of the Bush” by W. Lister Lister is truly focused on the what natures underlying beauty. Painted in a realistic view of what the Australian landscape truly looks like and making evident that the bush is worth something.

See you all next time!