Best Blogs First Round 1 “Show and Tell”- Shakespeare and the Renaissance 2022- ENGL210

Our visit to Shakespeare Place 2022 with a great bunch of switched on students!!!: this is the last time I will be teaching Shakespeare at ACU….. 😦

Here are some of the amazing blogs and peer reviews produced by mid-semester: This is a feast of responses to the art that was around in Shakespeare’s time, to the impresssions gleaned from the Shakespeare Room at the Mitchell Library and the amazing Shakespeare statue which sits in Shakespeare Place, outside the MItchell, but now cosied around by two arms of a crazy freeway. See Andrew Colman’s wonderful reflections on this below. Also find some of the best peer reviews, which will give some idea of what really is a good peer review! But there are some truly amazing visualisations here and dramatic realisations of character’s deepest thoughts. Much to be pondered here from the great class of ’22. Thank you all. And this is just the first trawl through your blogs!!!!

Alysha Mcdougall, that is a fabulous dramatization of Viola’s thoughts and her dilemma! You capture really well the difficult realities of her situation and take us back to the play to notice her conflicted state of mind. Well done. And the visual power of your blog is awesome!!!

Thank you Alysha again for this amazing dramatization of the thoughts of the young woman of 1541. You capture really well the condition of women in the mid16thCentury. And what you have written here nicely complements your dramatization of Cesario’s thoughts in your previous blog:

And Alexa Warren has produced another fascinating insight into what is really going on in this woman’s mind. Well done Alexa for showing us the underlying determination in Renaissance women!

Check out Andrew Colman’s great blog on the significance of our visit to the Shakespeare Room and the Shakespeare Statue. Andrew has managed to capture the eternal significance in these two events:

Also check out Carmel Larrarte’s stirring dramatization of the painting of Blanchard, Jacque; Mars and the Vestal Virgin in which she captures the emotions of that moment!

And here is Kirsty Ross’s great insight on Feste the Fool’s freedom from the roles that the rest of us have to try and control in our lives:

And here is Liarn Cregan’s wonderful interpretation of the complexities of Orsino’s character. Thank you Liarn:

And don’t miss Frances Saad’s Outstanding blog on Cignani’s Painting The Five Senses:

And look at Georgia Clifton’s amazing dramatization of the thoughts going through Aesop’s mind in this painting where he is depicted like a typical renaissance fool.

Thank you Georgia!

Here is another fascinating response to this same painting by Rebecca Saywell. She insists on parallels between this artist’s methods and a number of Shakespeare’s characters:
A wonderful peer review by Daisy Trinh, that gives real credit where it is due, but is not afraid to point out what needs to be corrected in order for her peer to do even better in her next blogs. Well done Daisy!!

Carmel’s amazing sonnet based on a line from the 16th Century’s Earl of Surrey- and take note the poem scans beautifully and has an amazing rhyme scheme:

Another amazing 16th/21st Century sonnet. Thank you again Georgia for taking us into the powerful forces that are at work in LOVE, for picking up the mood of the early 16th Century and translating it into modern times.!

An astounding peer review of Georgia’s poem! Thank you Andrew for the care you have taken to get us to the heart of Georgia’s creation:

And here is Ciara Cullen’s wonderful description of Paul Bril’s painting, Wood Landscape, 1595, completed when Shakespeare was in his 30s. Thank you Ciara! You are very careful in what you observe and you bring the painting in all its dimensions vividly to life. Thank you! And then I especially liked the way you brought this painting into the context of Shakespeare and his times. Well done!

Thank you Issa Albaba, for this great letter on why Shakespeare should be studied:

Maddison Lambert has powerfully re-imagined the wider events surrounding this moment in Christ’s life. Well done Maddison. You bring the father/ son relationship vividly into focus and really capture some of the agony and pain of the event, physical and psychological. Thank you.

And here is the Best Peer Review so far – thank you Alysha for the detailed comment and the thoughtful criticism that will help you peer improve next time. That is what we want!!!

And finally, thank you Daisy Trinh for showing us the real side of Countess Olivia in her interior monologue about what she really feels about Cesario’s visit. Thank you Daisy, this is an inspired piece of writing!:

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