August 28th, 2010

MG Puck

Oz Litters- Suggestions for your Literature Journal Blog for Week 4

 Write a response to any one of the questions set down for Tutorial Topics in Week 4. Here is the full list if you have not yet had your tutorial (Page References are to the Macquarie Pen Anthology). You can of course personalize your responses to any of these questions and you can of course create a topic of your own choosing.
* Biggs/ Robinson- Jindyworobaks (1960/1970)
Page 323: What taste of experience does the poem “The Star Tribes” by Biggs/ Robinson succeed in transmitting to the reader? What is it about the choice of words and their arrangement that succeeds in capturing this experience. As part of the Jindyworobak Movement what do you think was Robinson’s purpose in translating this particular poem?
* Miles Franklin (1901)
Page 344: Weariness! Weariness!…… Weariness! Weariness!
By imitating Franklin’s style of writing through a description of a landscape you know, determine what it is that gives Franklin’s writing its force.

Page 348: What insights does the author give us into the motives for the first person narrator’s attitude to her man?
*A.D. Hope (1939)
Page 523: “Australia”. What is Hope’s attitude towards Australia? Does the third line of that last paragraph of the introduction to Hope adequately summarize a theme in this poem? How do the last two stanzas contrast with the tone and attitude of the rest of the poem?
Page 526: “The Death of the Bird”. The intense power of this poem rests on its vividly imagined landscape, but also on the ways in which the bird’s experience is a mirror for our own. Do you agree? Discuss this statement.

*Judith Wright (1985)
Page 599: “Memory”. What is this a memory of? How is the memory created? How do the 2 line stanzas help in focusing attention on significant details? Try to write two 2 line stanzas in imitation of Judith Wright’s way of seeing. Chose your own subject.

Page 595: “Eroded Hills”. Why does Wright chose this seemingly arid subject? What is the significance of her last line?
*Oodgeroo Noonuccal (1964)
Page 665: “We Are Going”. Drysdale’s painting of the Aboriginal family showed a family that had lost their tribal connections, but there was still a sense of togetherness in the way he presented this family. Is Oodgeroos’ “semi-naked band” presented with the same ambivalence?
Page 663: “Aboriginal Charter of Rights”. Have the hopes of this charter, written in 1964, been realized now, 46 years later?
* Francis Webb (1964)

Page 742: “Harry”. What is Francis Webb’s point of view on this inmate of a mental asylum?
MG Puck

Unjust Racism in Australia

 Hi all- in the light of what we have been discussing in both Australian Literature and William Blake it is really worth mentioning this report that has just come out of the United Nations about the deeply engrained racism that is still part of the Australian landscape. William Blake would have been horrified and many of our greatest Australian authors (including David Malouf) would throw up their arms in despair. But here it is. Here is the objective unbiassed report by the United Nations that tells us Australians – in no uncertain terms- to wake up to ourselves and to recognize our deep prejudices and do something to change these deeply engrained habits. Please read their full report at the following address. This is potent information for all our current literature studies:

MG Puck

Two Great New U-Tube Songs

 These songs were discovered by students studying William Blake this semester.
First there is this wonderful video of Allen Ginsberg singing Blake’s “The Nurse’s Song”. Ginsberg was one of the most passionate advocates of William Blake, especially Blake’s quest for freedom from oppression and all kinds of social injustice.

This link was discovered by Aileenette Alamazan who you can find at

You can listen to and watch Ginsberg here:

and then there is Jim Morrison’s DOORS singing “There Are Things Known, And Things Unknown , And Inbetween Is A Door “-

The Doors took their name from William Blake’s phrase “The Doors of Perception”-

This link was contributed by Alexander Barraza (

Watch the Doors here: