Clemente Mount Druitt- Week 7

This week we began with talking about your answers to the quiz and also spent time on going over some of the most common errors of expression.  We first read out some of the best responses to questions, especially those about your recent visit to the Art Gallery. There were some wonderful insights here and such expressions of joy at having taken the leap into discovering the links between literature and the visual arts.

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You can find all these comments in the attached word document. Please go into the links that are in this document and read in more detail about how some of your expression problems can be fixed: Quiz 1- ENGL102 2019

We also spent time exploring Bernard O’Dowd’s crazily complex poem “Australia” and explored the way in which the modern artist Martin Sharp had tried to capture some of O’Dowd’s ideas in his tapestry.

Read about the Tapestry and the artist here:

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Here are the discussions we had yesterday on all of this (together with some screen shots). At the bottom of this page you will find new blog topics for this week and your essay topics.

Click on the white board images to expand them…

Here are your blog topics for this week:


*Write your own short poem (it doesn’t have to be a sonnet) describing some aspects of where you think Australia is today.


*Describe in your own words what you see in the Martin Sharp tapestry of “Australia”.


*Building on Henry Lawson’s poem, write a few verses of what faces YOU see in the Street every day……

Essay Topics:

Chose any one of the authors we have looked at so far this semester. Choose any one of their works that we have looked at (poem or prose piece). Describe in as much critical detail as you can what you think the “work” is saying and explain in as much critical detail as you can what makes the “work” a piece of literature.

Is it powerful? beautiful? thought provoking? inspirational? challenging? original? innovative? You don’t have to address each of these possible qualities. These are just some ideas to set your thoughts moving.

When you are 2/3 of the way through your word length, then spend the remaining 1/3 of your work length writing a short creative piece that imitates the “work” you have been writing about critically.


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