I have had a wonderful day trawling through the ePortfolio/ Blogs produced by the Shakespeare Class of 2018. Such talent and inspiration is hard to find anywhere else. The top 6 ePortfolio/Blogs (all scoring High Distinctions) were as follows. I would encourage you all to scroll through these as powerful examples of what can be done creatively and critically with blog technology
Best Blogs for Shakespeare in 2018
Jessica Smith https://jessicaandliterature.wordpress.com/
Joey O’Reilly https://joeyoreilly.wordpress.com/
Amber Hunt https://amberhunt397174316.wordpress.com
Alina Goro https://alinagoro.wordpress.com
Nutchanart Chairuangvit https://nutchichairuangvit.wordpress.com
As two special additonal items I would like to share with you firstly this wonderful blog by Erin Bayas on “Beauty”. This blog was inspired by Shakespeare’s amazing sonnet 65 in which he asks the question how, in this world of ceasless destructiveness, how can that all important, life endowing quality of beauty be sustained:
Write a paragraph that describes vividly three of things that for you fall in the category of BEAUTY. In other words, say what for you is BEAUTY. (This topic of course relates closely to Shakespeare’s ideas in his sonnet 65).
Beauty is the flush in my love’s face when I touch their hair, the sweet pink that creeps across their cheeks and drowns their little freckles. The heat in their face that makes their eyelids dip, and their heart tap a fast beat against the cage of their chest, a quick thrum I can feel with my fingertips resting gently on the juncture of neck and shoulder.
Beauty is the sound of my father’s voice, singing quite out of tune, swaying to a quick salsa around the kitchen, and the smell of scones made with lemonade. It is the soft hum in his throat as he marks papers, and the constant flow of inescapable music that follows him through life. The quiet whistle in the line at the cafe. The tap of his foot as he explains algebra to a class that is both captivated and elsewhere.
Beauty is my brother’s midnight calls. When after another sleepless night he calls to make sure I’m okay and to tell me that he loves me. It is a text goodnight and a child who I love trying to take care of me, his clumsy attempt to return the years of care I gave him. It is twelve texts “Did you get home okay????” followed by the call that wakes me up from my doze on the couch.
Beauty is family, and love, and care.
See more of Erin Bayas’s work at https://whatalittime.wordpress.com/
Last, but a long shot from not least is Owen Crowe’s Summative Entry. Owen was one of two international students from Ireland (the other was Emily Blake– click on her name to see her blog) who helped to bring a whole new dimension into our class. Owen’s Summative Blog, complete with a picture of our whole class hugging the statue of Shakespeare outside the Mitchell Library can be read here:
Hi, everyone. This is my final blog post as an ACU student. I will be discussing how the human and artistic concerns of the Shakespearean despite language differences are similar to our own concerns; the response to those concerns- given by poets, novelists, dramatists and artists- can help us live fuller, more meaningful and creative lives in our own times. I will also be discussing my experience of the module, my best critical and creative blogs and finally my experience of university as an international student in ACU.
Firstly, when choosing this unit, I did not expect to be able to relate the Shakespearean world to the world we are living in today. Many of the issues outlined in Shakespeare’s works can be identified in the world we live in. War and politics are common themes which runs through the three plays we examined throughout the semester. Also, the love between the characters and the lengths they are willing to go to be with that person are also relatable to the world we are living in today.
When choosing this module, I did not know what to expect. Although, I studied Shakespeare in school I did not feel confident reading or analysing Shakespeare’s works. From the very first lecture in ACU I felt more confident. The tutorials forced me to think about what was happening in the plays and allowed me to understand what was happening in the plays. From Antony and Cleopatra to the Tempest I have really enjoyed every moment of this module. The main highlight of this this unit was the visit to the Shakespeare room in the New South Wales library. I feel so lucky that I have seen a first folio of Shakespeare’s works. Also, the visit to the Opera House topped off our day at the library. Being an international student, I have always wanted to see the Opera House but I got the chance to see a play which was amazing!
I have really enjoyed writing the blogs and peer reviews. They have made me dig deeper into Shakespeare’s plays. The peer reviews were helpful as the feedback I got from other people helped me to improve my writing and also gave me a different view on the topic. My best creative blog examines both painting of Jesus Christ. this allowed me to examine the different meanings of the same event. The first painting by Giulio Cesare Procaccini paints a sad depiction of the death of Jesus while the second painting Prospero Fontana portrays a celebration of the life of Christ. My best critical blog discusses what I think Bottom is trying to describe in his dream. I believe that Bottom cannot explain what happened.
The experience of living in Australia has been brilliant. I have been lucky enough to visit places I never thought I would see. I have enjoyed my time as a student of ACU. It has given me the opportunity to experience a different education system. I have gained a lot of knowledge on Shakespearean literature which will help me in my final year of university. To finish off I have really enjoyed this unit and I can’t thank Michael enough.
I hope everybody has enjoyed reading my blog,
Thank you Owen- (and Emily!!)