Ideas for your Literature Journal for Week 2

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Australian Literature

Here are some ideas for your Literature Blog for week 2. Of course you don’t have to use these ideas. You are at liberty to write about whatever aspect of literature has taken your fancy. You are also at liberty to write about your own life experiences, sparked off perhaps by your reading in literature this week. You are also encouraged to write both creatively and critically. Please see the unit outline for more specific guidelines. And remember, while I will be marking those entries called Literature Week 2, 3, 4 etc… you are at liberty to write as many other entries as you want.

The Mountain’s Own Meaning:
Creative Topics
Describe an Australian landscape that you are familiar with. Describe it in as much detail and with as much feeling as you can. Afterwards comment on your description (this is not essential): what does your description show you about yourself, about your inclinations?
Use either poetry or prose as the genre of your description.
Lawson loved writing zany, comic sketches of life in the bush, often aiming at the authorities who were doing nothing to help those living there. Following Henry Lawson, can you write a comic sketch of life in the suburbs pointing out the iniquities and inequities of contemporary life.

Critical Topics
Does the description of the Drover’s Wife have any relevance to the lives of women in Australia today?
Write a brief interpretative commentary on the paintings of Margaret Preston studied this week.

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