#2 Peer Review

Hey Tylah,

I really was impressed by your take on both Emerson and Thoreau’s works.

I feel as though you engaged more with Thoreau’s Walden as it allowed you to question aspects in your life when using the term “eye opener”. Not only for yourself but it makes other readers aware of how materialistically consumed society has become. When you began to address Emerson, you beautifully stated the importance of the metaphor a “transparent eyeball”. This reveals how currently, we are made to see ideas, motions and change through somebody else’s vision and we have forgotten to think for ourselves.

All in all, I really enjoyed your blog and how you truly felt from the works of these poets. Although by adding an image to display what you have written would have been a great feature!

Keep up the great blogs!

– Annaliese




#3 Dickinson, The Mother of Poetry

Emily Dickinson, an inspiration to all and commonly recognised as “Mother of Poetry”. Dickinson writes in an abstract form, through my eyes a collection of her poems surround personal freedom. Today, I choose to write about a persona who is trapped through society grind. Re-telling in the theme of Dickinson, however, spun with my personal writing style.

I cannot live without you,
She said through all the liquor and wine –
He brought fair speech, however –
We are only made from the Divine.

This lust she speaks of,
is only just that.
Her desire has been manipulated –
from a girl fame wrapped.

Told – ‘Love is a riddle,
cloaked by thirst’,
But maybe it’s just greed
that got to her first.

Her appetite is pleased,
for only a short while –
she starts to grieve
such a quiet denial.

The words “I love you”
are never mentioned through this tidal.

As her mind felt freak-show closes in
So does her true yearning.

The bottle becomes empty,
as the last drop slashes down the aisle.

– Annaliese Ferraro



#2 Emerson’s ‘Nature’

How has Emerson’s ‘Nature’ given you a clearer sense of what it is you are looking for in your own life?

The idea Transcendentalism came as a shock to me. Not physically but mentally. For years I understood that something of this nature existed but I never had the knowledge the term, which it was related to. Transcendentalism as being repeatedly aware of is a title, which is hard to define and decipher, however, it can be illustrated as a philosophical movement in American Literature. The two main figureheads in literature of this movement are known to be Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau but I would just like to hone lightly on Emerson’s essay “Nature”.

Emerson’s essay “Nature” is mainly about how nature is a way of understanding who we are and being reminded not to let the noise surrounding our lives cloud our judgment on our own thoughts and truths. He does this through the quote “I become a transparent eye-ball. I am nothing. I see all. The currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am a particle of God.” (Chapter 1). It is a way that Emerson can express that what we see is a remarkable part of our being; it is the part that is original and warranted.

Each chapter following has been given separate key messages or ‘sub- messages’ which is portrayed to the reader as each one is interconnected to the main idea of understanding ourselves and to listen to our own opinions. Chapters 2,3 and 4 represent the value of nature through its commodity, beauty, and language. Through these chapters, they create a sense of awakening in my own life especially as these three themes are current issues in today’s day and age that is something that strikes a chord with me personally. Hearing about the longing for a physical possession or society’s value of an image and the way we express ourselves through our language.


Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Essay ‘Nature’
Penguin Books ‘Nature’ Cover 


#1 Peer Review

Hey Biancah,

For your first entry in the category, American Literature, you have done a tremendous job in capturing the essence of how in this day and age ‘nature ISN’T… the first thought that would come to one’s mind’. Not only have you reflected how symbolic the world around the Native American people is you’ve also created a critical account which is easily accessible to any kind of reader. This is a great strength to possess in your writing style. I also appreciate how you put forward a forethought or idea to your readers in experiencing the great outdoors by removing themselves from a technologically advanced world and fuel processed society to experience the serenity that nature possesses. On top of that, the addition organisation websites are a fantastic finisher to your first blog!

You’ve done a beautiful job! One critic I have is to add maybe one more quote from – I become part of it. !

– Annaliese 🙂



#1 The importance of nature

Can we apply the Native American sense of the importance of nature to make our own lives more whole and meaningful?

In certain ways, the Native American way of living would be foreign to implement in the time of the 21st century as surrounding factors such as our society is an ever-changing place filled with technological disruptions, increasing numbers of polluting vehicles and most importantly the ignorance people in relation to the beauty of nature. Adherents of the sacred bond of nature can be portrayed through the relationship of the Native American Indians and the natural world.
A Native American writer, Oren Lyons encompasses this through his essay, “Our Mother Earth” in the book I become part of it.

According to Lyons, they have proved time and time again that they share a ‘great connection’ with the land. His continuous repetition of the word “great” revives to foresee this unmeasurable understanding of the intensity that a connection between the Native American Indians and the environment share. Furthermore, when one looks at it, they could assume it is inextricable. However, this impossible separation is something the Europeans have fought towards for centuries on end. Though that doesn’t stop the Native American Indians as Lyons states, “We are like a conscience. We are small, but we are not a minority.” As well, Native Americans reveal that nature provides purpose through their sense of who they are; the growth of their identity makes this connection so much more personal and introspective “And among us there are even people with other gifts- a gift of art, or a gift of speech, or a gift of a smile that can make everyone laugh. Whatever it is, each of us was born with a mission.” as it is the development of who they are.

To have a whole and meaningful life is to be complete and to have a purpose and honestly, I believe by through the words and actions the Native American Indians take to profess their adoration towards nature can be sanctified in a material world. By not only acknowledging to appreciating what we have been blessed with but recognising the importance of the natural world as it is the beginning of the life we have all started for ourselves.


For more insight into Oren Lyons thoughts, it would be best to check out his youtube video “We are part of the Earth.” using this link

Dooling, D. M, and Paul Jordan-Smith. I BECOME PART OF IT ; Our Mother Earth. 1st ed., New York, Harperscollinspaperback, 2002,.
Sacred Land Film Project. “Oren Lyons “We Are Part Of The Earth”.” 2011, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSwmqZ272As.