How students are coping with lockdown- this was a very popular topic and has produced some amazing creative work. Read on! You will also find below some wonderful poems and prose extracts inspired by the likes of Thomas Gray, Samuel Johnson, Aemelia Lanyer and others… Overall a wonderful creative response to the literature we have been studying in the most difficult of times for university study. This is just a short sampling; there were many more entries just as good as the ones listed below. Thank you all for your continuing great work.
Wow! want to hear how Gemma and her friend escape the pain of lockdown: We consume the crispy, flaky, pastry and down the mineral water like its church wine (a friend of mine swears that San Pellegrino is the secret to her flawless skin). We bathe in the light like cats, rolling our backs on the bright, green grass, looking up at the aimless clouds as we wait for the Vitamin D to penetrate our brains.
Mary Samuels, on how to make the best of studying under lockdown:
How to make the best of a difficult situation, with Milton and Shakespeare- thank you Julian:
Best poem on the impact of lockdown and yet the moments of saving grace that can come with “Power Off”: Read on: https://tiamercanti.wordpress.com/2021/09/03/blog-2-power-off/
Bianca’s painful reflections on the reality of working in lockdown- see Blog 2:
That is a fabulous entry Jaimi: love it!!! So much optimism in a time of crisis! You have the capacity to describe the intimate details around you and invest those with a real life. Wonderful writing Jaimi! Thank you
How an imagined (??) author is coping with her time in lockdown. Are these the words of a future/present author dealing with the constraints of technology”
Dounia’s poem: literature in a time of global pandemic: “The never ending cycle of life in Sydney”: https://douniamardli.wordpress.com/2021/09/02/blog-2/
Dounia- I love it!!! You have capture the agony, the horror and the humour of our communal (not very!) situation. You have produced a wonderful reflective poem that doesn’t flinch from the truth of what is happening. You will ask “How can I improve?” I will say (do say): what you have produced is great, but it could be fine-tuned. What does that mean? It means SING the poem aloud to yourself. Listen to it. Which parts SING well, which parts are clunky. Are there any unnecessary repetitions?? etc…. and then you can chip away at it (like all poets do) until the whole thing sounds a little more polished…… Thank you for your honest and effective poem Dounia!!!
The relevance of Thomas Gray’s “Far from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife” to our own modern world:
Another great response to Gray’s Far from the Madding Crowd. Thank you Angeline Parco: https://angelineparco.wordpress.com/2021/09/23/blog-3-composition-inspired-by-grays-elegy/
The amazing way in which -following the model of Dorothy Wordsworth’s journal writing- paying attention to the details of our immediate surroundings, can transform the way we see the world. Writing can be a real medicine for the soul. Check out Rebecca Saywell’s take on this:
My comment: Rebecca this is a fabulous journal entry (a la Dorothy Wordsworth). You write well with vivid attention to detail (just as D.W. did). What this entry shows me very clearly is that when you (or anyone) takes the time to quietly observe the world around them (and maybe write it down as you have done), then the world is transformed. It is as if writing has a miraculous ability to intensify our attention to things and to bring life into a situation where at first there seemed to be no life. Wonderful! Thank you!
How lines from Samuel Johnson led to a reconciliation with her dad: thank you Annie: https://annieshumack.wordpress.com/2021/09/24/we-had-a-blue/
So many of you were clearly inspired by George Herbert’s amazing shaped poems. This challenged quite a few of you to experiment with this form. In the process many of you discovered just how reliant ALL poetry is on the shape of words on the page. Here a are just a few of these offerings:
Alex Warren’s fabulous shaped poem inspired by George Herbert:
Harriet Bridges-Webb amazing poem in the shape of George Herbert’s The Altar: https://harrietbw.wordpress.com/2021/09/24/poem-in-the-style-of-the-altar/
Emily Kennedy’s shaped poem “The Second Installment” : https://emilymonicakennedy.wordpress.com/2021/09/03/the-second-installment-blog-2/
Lily Dodin’s poem inspired by Wordsworth’s “ I wandered lonely as a cloud”: https://lilydodin.wordpress.com/2021/08/16/blog-3/