Peer Review #2

In response, to Emily Dicks blog #2 which can be viewed through…03/23/blog-2 was focused on youth yindi’s call for treaty and his way to forward us all to in this country.

 Emily Dicks has successfully answered the chosen question by accounting all aspects of the given topic in precision. Dicks clear use of numerous examples, have further highlighted evidential concepts concerning the given question.

Moreover, Dicks use of contrast between the two apparent examples has competently addressed the selected question via exploring similar as well as varying perspectives of the example of the two versions of the song, which purposely depicts the frustrating injustice done to the aboriginal people.


Blog #3

Describe the impact on you of ONE of the paintings viewed on our tour- talk about how it has opened up your understanding of the key issues in the period we are studying!

Many of the exhibited paintings showcased in the NSW Gallery , significantly explore the generic conditions of prior era’s in Australia . In particular, Arthur Streetons painting the “Fire’s on” ,is a painting which captures Australia’s dangerously beautiful landscape. Streeton’s skilful inclusion of native flowers such as the waratah flower in the painting signifies the distinctive features of the Australian flora. Moreover, in the “Fire’s on” painting,  the idea of Death is presented through men in the painting carrying a dead friend whose died from falling rocks while working in constructing a railway, further emphasising Australia’s perilous nature.

The mentioned painting the “Fire’s on” by Arthur Streeton , expresses notions of realisation, death and nature being beauteous and dangerous , all of which illustrate the unstable conditions of life in Australia during the 1890s. Personally, the painting  has given me insight into life in the late 1800s and has opened my understanding of how severe in difficulty life must have been for the men working in construction.

In conclusion, the painting “fire’s on” made by Arthur Streeton transparently depicts the struggles of everyday men working in construction as well as nature’s alluring features and hazardous potential particularly in the 1800s era.

Peer Review #1

The following peer review is on Emily Dick ‘Blog #1’ which can be found at…03/16/blog-1

In Emily Dicks blog “Blog #1”, she was successful in concisely exploring fundamental aspects of the novel “That Deadman Dance”, by clearly identifying the literary devices used to ultimately support her pursued idea, in pertinence to “That Deadman Dance”.

Dick has also been successful in doing so, by addressing the given question via granting recognition to core themes present in the novel in a variety of ways and differing perspectives. Take the following as an evidential example extracted from Dicks response “For example, being in relation to the Maori tribe of New Zealand shows how their traditions of eating meals after funerals and making sure you wash your hands after such ceremony is a way of moving on in life.” In this selected passage , Dicks has exposed  the audience to view the text from a different perspective and thus, enabling the viewers to explicitly pin point the differing facets of the novel.

And also, Dicks personal input shown in the following  “I believe, family is a big part in every culture.” Indicatively , signifies her transparent feelings of understanding not only towards prominent ideas of the novel itself but also, towards the audience. Thus, creating an active atmosphere.

However, Dicks lacking in integrating authors , has slightly weaken her piece of response and hence impacting her degree of conveyance, pertaining to Aboriginal vernacular taken from similar or differing perspectives of authors other than composer of “That Deadman Dance” Kim Scott.

In conclusion, Emily Dick has written an exceptional response inclusive of compelling indications of explicit themes and reinforcing these concepts by identifying significant literary devices. Apart from the lack of other writers showcased in her response , Dicks response was concise and succinctly advantageous in successfully addressing the given question with evidence.

Blog #2

“What is the one most important idea or experience that you have discovered in the writings of indigenous authors ( other than Kim Scott) or in the writings of authors about the indigenous experience?”

One resonating and yet important idea I’ve discovered in texts of writing of authors about the indigenous experience, has to be their superficial skillful use of emphasis placed on the inevitable life’s of the Aboriginals .In particularly, their exceptional use of literary devices ,which are inclusive of 1st person perspective, imagery, extended Metaphors , repetition, accumulation, descriptive language , elegy alongside many more.

The Great poet Judith Wright , explicitly accentuates on the graphic experiences of the aboriginals .Hence, depicting her distinctive style of writing in context of aboriginals life’s ,lifestyle and endurances. In Wrights poem “Niggers Leap , New England” the commanding statement of  “O lonely air. Make a cold quilt across the bone and skull that screamed falling in flesh from the lipped cliff and then were silent , waiting for the flies.” entails senses of closeting , especially when Wright cleverly uses the rhetorical device of oxymoron in words “cold quilt” which further highlights notions of dark secrecy. And also, the use of imagery in the given statement further exemplifies the sheer barbaric crimes committed towards the native population.

Another poet who similarly depicts in explicitly , the hectic life’s of the original inhabitants of Australia , is poet David Unaipons. In Unaipons poem “The song of Hungarrda” the following quote is mentioned “Bright, consuming spirit .No power on earth so great as Thee.”The profound use of descriptive language , places prominence upon the concept of spiritual attachment to the aboriginals motherland as well as creating an atmospherical linger of appreciation and inner contentment , in pertinence to the aboriginals attitudes towards nature ,being the ultimate provider of sustenance for them.

Both motioned poets Judith Wright and David Unaipons, extensively emphasis on the aboriginals lifes , lifestyles as well as endurances , in both times of devastation and hardship as well as times of happiness and rejoice. The substantial uses of the previously mentioned literary devices ,further reinforce crucial notions of spiritual appreciation and deleterious circumstances in the aboriginals life’s in the 19th Century. 

Blog #1

“Describe in a short paragraph the single most important insight or understanding that has come to you from your study of literature this week. If you can, say also, why your personal history has led you to this insight or understanding.”


The initiated study course, focused on Australian Literature, has inevitably been showcased and explored through exceptional writers of Judith Wright, Kim Scott, Margaret Preston and Russell Drysdale. All of which, substantially emphasis on the vast beauty and intrinsic qualities of nature in the Australian landscape. The purpose of such recognition given to the raw land of Australia, was a result of the undermining perspectives of the European utilitarian’s who failed to holistically view the given landscape as something greater and significant, than just something plain materialistic which serves the purpose of no other than utilistic gain.

One of the many appealing poems composed by the writer Judith Wrights, is one named “Rockface” from “The Shadow of Fire: Ghazels” (1985). This compelling poem intentionally depicts the raw beauty of the attenuating aspect of nature being considerably degraded by the European settlers; to a level were natures only use was for personal and economic profit and benefit. “The remnant of a mountain has its own meaning.” the given statement mentioned in this poem, significantly highlights as well as manifests the sheer magnitude of intrinsicity the mountain alone entails.

In my personal perspective, the single most important understanding that has indelibly resonated from this weeks study of Australian Literature, is the sheer gratitude and appreciation one must at least acknowledge regarding natures existence. Ultimately perceiving nature or the beautiful landscape as something of great significance compacted with lively and noteworthy attributes of resilience and allurement. Thus, the lack of national gratitude shown towards the natural presence, has heightened as well as awaken senses of bare realization and understanding of the admirable subsisting landscape of Australia in the 19th Century.