As this is my last entry for the Australian Literature topic I would like to reminisce on the journey I have taken. Throughout this experience I have explored the changing views on literature in Today’s society. The overall struggles that I had at the beginning of this experience was the difficult nature of wording and the time that would be consumed when writing weekly blogs. I was extremely incorrect. As the initial confidence kicked in, writing the blogs became like an oozing flow of words, as it was my own personal interpretation that I was laying out on the page. Poets, Artists and Writers such as Judith Wright, Lisa Bellear, W.Lister Lister, Charles Harpur, Henry Kendall, Mary Gilmore, Francis Webb, Patrick White and Les Murray have all featured in my blog contents this semester.
The comments that I received mainly all positive had a few reoccurring critiques such as sentence structure. Through the first few poems this has been evident but as a result of this being pointed out as I went on, my sentences have found themselves to be in a smooth flow.
My first entry was Judith Wrights “Rockface” which had a commutative presence of identity thief from that the mountain shows. A poet who mainly focusing on indigenous peoples perspectives of the land is Lisa Bellear in “Urbanised Reebocks” exploring a scare experience of being apart of the land. An artistic aspect of literature can be seen in W.Lister Lister’s “The Golden Splendor of the Bush” highlighting the golden aspects of the painting showing the pureness of the land is of higher standards. “A mid summers noon in the Australian Forest” by Charles Harpur and “Bell-Birds” by Henry Kendall bounce of each other views by the common gratitude they share. Harpur’s poem expresses that through all the noise the quiet things in life are what he appreciates the most. As for Kendall shows his appreciation lies also with the simple things in life such as the sweet chirping sound of Bell-birds. Mary Gilmore’s “The Measure” has a core theme of time and how it is measured by how everything evolves. Therefore it can be see as a hatred cycle in that period of time, it was ongoing and was always the same hate, death, life, and then again hate, death, life. Poem number 7 was the week I made up a creative poem from the inspiration from Francis Webb’s “End of the Picnic”, it spoke to me through it’s opaque writing style and as a result made me surrounded my poem around the them of an unknown destination. My analysis of “Down in the Dumps” was portrayed through a letter style format expressing how fantastic this piece of writing was and my admiration for the characters and their meaningful part in the story. Les Murray’s controversial poem “The Cool Green” dives into a materialistic world, driven blindly by money.
As a result, over the semester whilst studying literature and art, the human experience has tackled many forms of joy, distress and hope for a clearer future. Through 19th Century and 20th Century poets bringing ancient views into present day lifestyles and reflect ones own experience in their work.
Hi Brittany! I first would like to commend you on your blog post, it is vibrant and extremely factual. I really enjoyed the fact that you explored two of Patrick White’s writings instead of just sticking with one. In the first paragraph where you spoke of ‘The Prodigal Son’ and how White demonstrates “subverting the status quo and materialism” and bases his novel on the interior life rather than exterior. The second paragraph where you spoke about the “Down in the Dumps” extract that we read in class. Your interpretation of the relationship between Mrs Hogben, Megan and Daise enlightened my own views on the story.
One piece of advice: In the second paragraph you forgot to name the text you were speaking about – “Down in the Dumps”.
Keep up the Great Work!!
In last Friday’s tutorial (13.05.2016) we explored the poem “The Cool Green” written by Les Murray. Even though the most influential people get star time on the Australian dollar notes, this poem focuses on what money means to the people in today’s era and what they would be the consequences if they were left to survive without it.
Three main elements stood out to me within this poem that made me rethink the real worth of money. First off, within “The Cool Green” money has become personified like it is something higher than what we physically felt before. More so, it is personified as a God figure plundering our souls, which can be seen in the first line of the first stanza where Murray regards “ Money just a means to our ends?” which focuses on money being the ‘be all or end all’ of human beings in comparison to God who in the Christian belief did begin human life and who could end it.
I also was stunned by the idea that we have ‘willingly’ given our souls away and that we have created this God all on our own. In the 21st century, our world has become increasingly prevalent to the understanding that having materials is deemed as societally correct. “The more invisible the money the vaster and swifter it’s action, exchanging us for shopping malls, rewriting us as cities and style” this entire stanza perpetrates us as individuals being wronged by money. The less we can see and physically hold the more damage it can do and re instating the idea of our souls being swapped for shopping malls and frequency changing the way cities move and the trends that flow all are linked the money.
The question stated in the last stanza, “How did money capture life away from poetry, ideology, religion? It didn’t want our souls.” leaves the most outstanding message of all. The purpose of money wasn’t to take away our spirituality and our beliefs but it did it anyway. The stanza continues then to contradict the rest of the poem through a paradox. Money is obsessed with out lives but not with our souls. This is evident by it’s affects between the past time of literary poetry, idea making and searching and more commonly the pull against an ongoing and sustained religious belief system.
Consequently, Les Murray has created one of the most controversial poems that I have read so far and as a result dives into a materialistic world, run blindly by money.
Les Murray “The Cool Green” Macquarie Pen Anthology of Australian Literature
Hi Julena! After reading your blog post I understood that less can mean more. You proved that by showing your specific views on the darker side of humanity through war, greed and acceptance. As you discussed what “The Measure” really is you made a valid point when you said,
“I believe “The Measure” by Mary Gilmore is about how even though there is so much power and a want for it in the world it does not matter, it doesn’t compare to or even measure to the fact that everyone is born as one and we should all be equal.”
A small bit of advice: Add a bit more background about the piece of writing you are speaking about. This way your readers understand in a clearer view what you are talking about!
Keep up the great work!!
Dear Mr Patrick White,
May I start off by saying it has been a pleasure reading such personal and intriguing writings that you have created. You write with such a concern with one’s interior life, what goes on behind closed doors which I believe shows the most literal sense of the truth of a persons lifestyle. First off I just wanted to let you know how I felt about each other the characters within this story and as well evaluate theories on how you came up with these characters.
When reading your writings the one that has struck a cord with my thought is ‘Down in the Dumps’ which you made in 1964. Which was a clear, insightful writing about the bigger picture, the interior of one’s thoughts and feelings. With characters like Mrs Hogben who shows no affection towards others represents a person who is willingly to let her anger been seen. Her role play’s a large but negative part in the life of her daughter Megan who truly dislikes her mothers views on her life and has become an intensely nervous person when it comes to decision making. As a result of Megan’s forced attitude the one character that brings out the carefree, fun and loving side of Megan is her Aunt Daise. Aunt Daise has grown on me and has become my favourite character as she possesses real and pure love in everything she does and is not afraid to express her ‘out there’ ideas. Daise has been the most influential character in Megan’s life and as a result of this embraces her auntie’s free spiritedness because in Megan’s eyes you can see that Daise has everything she wants.
These three characters both share a blood relationship with Megan but then I thought to myself why would you create one character who despises everything the other does. My honest theory would be that before this stage in time both parties Mrs Hogben and Daise had a positive relationship and got along. As Mrs Hogben’s personalities is shown to be one of strict and a posh nature compared to Daise’s which is seen to be laid back brings the theme to light that maybe Mrs Hogben has been jealous of the person that Daise has become. As this is only an idea of mine it inspired me to make assumptions and go deeper into your work. The ‘Jealously’ which comes from Mrs Hogben persona towards Daise’ can also be the residing factor of why Mrs Hogben more informally known as Myrtle dislikes the way Megan adores and appreciates Aunt Daise’s ‘out there’ attitude.
Overall, “Down in the Dumps” is a fantastic piece of writing and really admire the characters and their meaningful part the place within this story. Your writings reflect on events that could really take place in someone’s real life, that’s what’s makes your writing’s more and more intriguing.
Speak soon and keep up the great work!!
From Annaliese Ferraro, Australian Literature 2016
* Patrick White Extract, “Down in the Dumps”
First may I say that what I read in this entry wasn’t what I was expecting, but it was in a great way! The way you made clear and evident references to Henry Kendall’s “Bellbirds” identified to audience that you have a strong knowledge and have been impacted by this poem! Likewise with Charles Harper’s ‘A Midsummer Noon in the Australian Forest’. Even though I can clearly see that you’ve understood both poems very well, one piece of critism I can give is that if you are making a comparative blog, both of the poems should be spoken about equally.
Overall, the post as an entirety was really informative and the pictures complete it! Keep up the great work!
Having read, analysed and annotated Francis Webb’s Poem ” End of the Picnic”, I’ve decided to take a more creative approach;
Torn, stranded, locked away
From an island where one minute feels like a day
Short breaths breathing fast others pushed out slow
Like white clouds covering a golden morning glow
These breaths start taking a pace
One, two, three, four.. now there’s 8
Compacted together, forced inside
Just waiting for the right moment to rise
Closer and Closer, the end is near
Sliding down his face arrives one shinny tear
The barrier drops, he’s found the unknown
Now the battle begins and theres no where to go
By Annaliese Ferraro
The reason why “End of the Picnic” spoke to me was because it’s powerful energy that Webb uses is through his opaque writing style. As mine may seem transparent, It has inspired me to call it “Destination Unknown”. Destination Unknown is also about the journey to Australia from the White European’s point of fire but from a micro-moment as the perspective.