Here are some suggestions for Creative and Critical Work for both Henry Lawson and William Blake.
In “Middleton’s Rouseabout“ Lawson characterizes what for him is a typical Aussie. Can you write a short sketch -either as a poem or as short descriptive paragraph- that captures your sense of the the typical contemporary Aussie?Incidentally did you know that a Rouseabout could also be female: Check out this prizewinning book at http://www.penguin.com.au/lookinside/spotlight.cfm?SBN=9780143007890
In ”Brighten’s Sister in Law“ Lawson captures the fear and terror faced by a father in the face of the imminent death of his only child. Try to capture in your own words an experience which has produced a similar state of fear and terror.
Write a short appraisal of what it is about Lawson’s writing that still makes him relevant to readers in the 21st century. Imagine you are writing this appraisal for a popular journal in which you are trying to encourage readers to read Lawson.
Which of Lawson’s writings did you most enjoy and why?
We discussed the ways in which “Home is where the heART is” reflects the continuing application of Blake’s ideas in the contemporary world. Do you have any examples of where Blake’s ideas are either relevant to your own life or to aspects of society that you see around you?
The prophet Isaiah in the Old Testament foresees a time when “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.( Isaiah 11: 6). The lion and the lamb are also brought together in the New Testament in Revelations 5:5-6 (and elsewhere) Much ink has been spilt over the relationship between lion and lamb - these two opposite forces- in the Bible.
What does Blake make of the relationship of these two forces? Are they diametrically opposed to each other? Are they the necessary two sides of a complex creation? What were some of the thoughts these two poems inspired in you?
Write a poem or a short prose piece in which you present stark opposites.