Write a response to any one of the questions set down for Tutorial Topics in Week 4. Here is the full list if you have not yet had your tutorial (Page References are to the Macquarie Pen Anthology). You can of course personalize your responses to any of these questions and you can of course create a topic of your own choosing.
* Biggs/ Robinson- Jindyworobaks (1960/1970)
Page 323: What taste of experience does the poem “The Star Tribes” by Biggs/ Robinson succeed in transmitting to the reader? What is it about the choice of words and their arrangement that succeeds in capturing this experience. As part of the Jindyworobak Movement what do you think was Robinson’s purpose in translating this particular poem?
* Miles Franklin (1901)
Page 344: Weariness! Weariness!…… Weariness! Weariness!
By imitating Franklin’s style of writing through a description of a landscape you know, determine what it is that gives Franklin’s writing its force.
Page 348: What insights does the author give us into the motives for the first person narrator’s attitude to her man?
*A.D. Hope (1939)
Page 523: “Australia”. What is Hope’s attitude towards Australia? Does the third line of that last paragraph of the introduction to Hope adequately summarize a theme in this poem? How do the last two stanzas contrast with the tone and attitude of the rest of the poem?
Page 526: “The Death of the Bird”. The intense power of this poem rests on its vividly imagined landscape, but also on the ways in which the bird’s experience is a mirror for our own. Do you agree? Discuss this statement.
*Judith Wright (1985)
Page 599: “Memory”. What is this a memory of? How is the memory created? How do the 2 line stanzas help in focusing attention on significant details? Try to write two 2 line stanzas in imitation of Judith Wright’s way of seeing. Chose your own subject.
Page 595: “Eroded Hills”. Why does Wright chose this seemingly arid subject? What is the significance of her last line?
*Oodgeroo Noonuccal (1964)
Page 665: “We Are Going”. Drysdale’s painting of the Aboriginal family showed a family that had lost their tribal connections, but there was still a sense of togetherness in the way he presented this family. Is Oodgeroos’ “semi-naked band” presented with the same ambivalence?
Page 663: “Aboriginal Charter of Rights”. Have the hopes of this charter, written in 1964, been realized now, 46 years later?
* Francis Webb (1964)
Page 742: “Harry”. What is Francis Webb’s point of view on this inmate of a mental asylum?