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The Twentieth Century must be seen as the first wherein the immense depth and breadth of the human experience was truly explored and exasperated. No other century has seen experienced the utter devastation that both the First and Second World War’s brought about. Yet, whilst remaining distinctive aspects of the Twentieth Century, these events do …

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Peer Review 4

Peer Review of Jared Marks’ blog post which can be found here: https://jaredmarksbrain.home.blog/2020/09/24/virginia-woolf-believes-in-the-power-of-the-imagination-to-liberate-human-beings-from/ Hi Jared, I really enjoyed reading this blog post. I really enjoyed your discussion of the different perspectives on the imagination before exploring your own opinion. This made for quite a wholistic blog post to read. I am also a massive fan …

Write a paragraph that continues this sentence by James Joyce and the expresses your own hopes for your life:

” I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can…..” I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, for life’s greatest injustice is the …

Peer Review 3

Peer Review of Andrew Colman’s blog post which can be found here: https://adventuresinliterature.art.blog/2020/08/28/blog-3-nude-in-a-rocking-chair/ Hi Andrew, I really enjoyed reading this blog post. The ekphrastic section of this post was a powerful description of a complex and somewhat ambiguous painting. I quite enjoyed the line “Baleful eyes stare forth in wild mockery, bulging as they gaze …

Virginia Woolf believes in the power of the imagination to liberate human beings from the shackles of their enslavement. Do you have a comment on this statement?

The first thing to break down is exactly what is meant by the term “enslavement”. I think that the angle being taken here is that modern life and society presents itself as this enslavement. Through the dehumanisation of individuals, as nameless, faceless cogs in one large corporate machine, individuals may view themselves as slaves in …

Peer Review 2

Peer Review of Dylan Versola’s blog post which can be found here: https://dylanversola.home.blog/2020/08/25/blog-3-2/ Hi Dylan, I really enjoyed reading this blog post. The way in which you extensively explored the question with a multi-faceted response made it quite engaging. I especially enjoyed the personal example that you gave at the end to conclude the blog …

Write a short poem in the style of the Imagists and explain what you think the Imagists were trying to do with their radically new approach to language.

Coming Home I saw the light under your door which means either you’re here or you just forgot. . where did I go that I don’t know where you went or if . Explanation The Imagists forged a new literary path with their approach to language. Almost suddenly they conjured a new paradigm for poetic …

How does your response to Sassoon’s “On Passing the New Menin Gate” make you reassess your reaction to war memorials in your own country?

Siegfried Sassoon’s poem “On Passing the New Menin Gate” raises a crucial perspective on the deadly reality of war. He highlights how war memorials romanticise the idea of war and do little to memorialise the individuals who fought and died. On my first reading, I was taken back by this poem, it stood out to …

Peer Review 1

Peer Review of Jessica Aramini’s blog post, which can be found here: https://uniblogjessicaaramini.wordpress.com/2020/08/10/20th-century-literature-blog-1/ Hey Jess, I really enjoyed reading this blog post. The way in which you established your position on the quote was direct and set the tone for the rest of the post. Further, the way in which you made reference to both …

Ekphrastic Poem based on Fred Williams untitled 1980 painting.

“Try to write your own ekphrastic poem with reference to any one of the paintings shown to you during lectures in the first two weeks. Include an image of the painting in your blog.” Emerald fields that swayed in the breeze Now pale against the blackened stumps Of once proud, tall standing native trees Whose …