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“The Nineteenth Century gives me real insights into human and social issues that are still current in the 21st century” Unintentionally I responded to this question within my first blog post, centred around the film “Pandaemonium”. Unaware that this would be the “pinnacle” of the blog process for this unit, I explored the various manifestations …

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Peer Review 3

Peer Review of Lauren Perry’s blog post which can be found here:https://australianliteratureblogbylaurenperry.home.blog/2020/04/16/blog-3-19th-century-literature/ Hi Lauren, I really enjoyed reading this blog post. The connections that you made between Eugene von Guerard’s artistic choices and the Romantic movement were quite insightful and added depth to this post. Further, connections that you made between your own personal experience …

Poem based on Line 142 of Matthew Arnold’s “The Scholar Gypsy”

For what wears out the life of mortal men? Alas, but that which does tie them to it. That burning pendant too quickly descends And leaves men cold and breaks their spirit. Afraid and alone, this dreaded ritual Goes on. In the dark all hope is gone The dread that ensues is habitual And like …

Peer Review 2

Peer Review of Jessica Aramini’s blog post which can be found here: https://uniblogjessicaaramini.wordpress.com/2020/04/05/19th-century-literature-blog-3/ Hey Jess, I really enjoyed reading this blog post. The way that you broke down each aspect of the painting was quite detailed and made for an informative read. Your discussion of the symbolic significance of each section showcased your deep knowledge …

In words (either poetry or prose) vividly describe one of the paintings that you saw on our virtual tour of the gallery last week.

The painting that I have chosen to describe is Richard Westall’s 1811 “Landscape-Solitude”. “Immediately the viewer finds themselves truly alone in a dark, gloomy and somewhat morbid landscape. The shadowy midground of the painting emanates an almost unearthly aura, only interjected with slim pockets of blue sky. Each knotted, aging tree appears as some ghoulish …

Reflections on Wordsworth’s “The World is too much with us”

Does Wordsworth’s sonnet “The World is too much with us” apply in any measure to the contemporary 21st century world? Wordsworth’s sonnet “The World is too much with us”, despite being written during the Early 19th century, can be seen as an insightful commentary to the contemporary 21st Century world. Wordsworth writes of a society …

Peer Review 1

Peer Review of Dylan Versola’s blog post, which can be found here: https://dylanversola.home.blog/2020/03/12/wise-passiveness-describe-a-moment-in-your-own-life-where-such-a-phrase-might-apply/ Hi Dylan, I really enjoyed reading this blog post. I found it’s structure quite engaging, in that you opened with a definition of “wise passiveness” before diving into your own personal experience. As a reader, this gave me a greater depth into …

Pandaemonium

Are the concerns expressed in the film Pandaemonium still relevant in the 21st century? One of the most interesting things that I’ve noted, watching even only a small section of the film Pandaemonium, is its universality. Admittedly, a film made nearly two decades ago, based upon events that themselves occurred two centuries ago, isn’t going …