Suggestions for this week's LJs - if you have'nt yet completed your new entries:
For first years- which poems of Judith Wrights do you feel a real connection with? Is she speaking for you in any of her poems? Can you try writing a poem of your own stimulated by her way of looking at the world. There is no better way than this to learn how to write poetry.
For second years: this incredible moment of "spiritual" breakthrough that the characters in Katherine Mansfield's stories find themselves approaching.... is there a moment in your own lives that approximates these moments? We all are trapped in some way or other, we are all looking for moments of release.... can you let Mansfield's imagination open your own imagination to critical moments in your own lives.... have a try... nothing to lose!
For third years: We had such a powerful discussion this week in tutorials and lectures about life on the margins of society... how orphans and victims of adult abuse stand there as reminders of how our society is care-less in its responsibility to others. These are the sorts of issues that Blake stirs us into thinking.... Can you think of any instances of where society lacks real respect for people on the margins? Can you write a short piece (poem or prose) describing and reflecting on these circumstances.... let us see what your creativity can bring to this.....