Ideas for Your Blake Journal Week 3

Remember not to go overboard with your blogs: keep entries concise- just like William Blake might have wanted! Write a short review of the film “Singing for England”. You might like to say how it inspired you to taste something of the continuing relevance of William Blake to today. Describe in your own words the…

William Blake – Suggested Topic for Week 1

To get you all focussed and thinking about Blake’s continuing impact on the modern world, please take part fully in the Blackboard Discussion on Ginsberg and Mitchell and then try to write a short response to the following statement in your Blake – WordPress Literature Journal (please read the unit outline carefully for this assessable…

Literature Blogs Spring 2010

Boronias at Dawn: I went bushwalking with a friend yesterday morning and discovered a whole ridge full of Blossoming Boronias. Spring is already here and winter is not yet over! Sydney has an amazing climate. So here now is my first         L….O…..O…..O…..O…..O……N…….G       Blog for the semester. Please bear…

Clemente Drama Practice

Hi all Linda is hosting a practice session at the Nagle Centre all day today…. Here is her message: Hullo Michael, I want our class to have as much opportunity to practice as possible, so I am seeing Peter tomorrow about accessing the room for the class. Would you please post this to speed commencement…

Suggestions for Week 10

Hi productive writers all: Tolstoy for second years in the last two weeks has produced some wonderful tutorials and great sharing of ideas in lectures. For WordPress – if you are in a critical mode then please describe in your own words what you think Tolstoy is trying to convey to his readers through this…

Drama at Clemente Campbelltown

Drama started this week. We looked today at the Language of Drama, how it differs from the language of poetry and prose. We also looked at a wonderful episode from Midsummer Night’s Dream: what a knockout performance of “Pyramus and Thisbe”! brought tears to many an eye. Shakespeare has a knack of celebrating the lowly…

After Easter

Hi all- hope you had a fruitful and restful Easter break. 19th Century: This week in the 19th Century we had our last session on Dickens’ Hard Times and turned to look at an amazing poem by Matthew Arnold (Dickens’ contemporary) “The Scholar Gypsy”. Like Dickens Arnold tried to find an alternative to the social…

Clemente Campbelltown Week 5 Prose

Hello all: thank you for such a great session at today’s class and for all your creative contributions. I loved sharing your poems and your reflections with the whole class. This is an excellent start for the writing component of our work together. Let us see how many of you can compose a poem or…

Week 5

For all trusted Shakespeareans we had a wonderful, jam-packed week, following on the heels of our visit to Bell Shakespeare’s King Lear. This week we visited the Shakespeare Room at the State Library, an amazing space that pays tribute to Shakespeare’s fame and importance in the Australian context. Plans for the room began in 1913…

Week 5

For all trusted Shakespeareans we had a wonderful, jam-packed week, following on the heels of our visit to Bell Shakespeare’s King Lear. This week we visited the Shakespeare Room at the State Library, an amazing space that pays tribute to Shakespeare’s fame and importance in the Australian context. Plans for the room began in 1913…

Literature Journal Weeks 5 and 6

Ye Olde Trusted Shakespeareans What an amazing night that was with Bell Shakespear and King Lear. This was an extraordinary production that brought Shakespeare and his language and his insights to life in powerful new ways. Especially arresting was the way that Peter Carrol (the Fool) and John Bell (King Lear) played a kind of…

Art Gallery Time!

Then Nineteenth Century group went to the NSW Art Gallery to explore Romanticism and Victorianism against the background of the Enlightenment. Thank you all for making the visit stimulating and enjoyable. I will post a few images below to help you formulate your own Literature Journal entry for this week. Remember this is a really…

Sacred Australia Week 5

Your topic for this week is on page 8 of your main workbook. Please do a draft in your workbook and then upload this to your WordPress (Studentblog) Literature Journal. Remember a requirement for completing this unit is to upload one entry each week and also to post a comment on someone else’s entry in…

On Campus Literature Bloggers

Hi all: you may have noticed that I have posted a couple of entries in relation to the group of disadvantaged Clemente students completing the unit “Sacred Australia” through Mission Australia. These students, when they complete four Clemente units have completed a Certificate that allows them to enter university and complete a full degree. Many…

To All My Trusted On-Campus WordPress Literature Bloggers

Hi all: you may have noticed that I have posted a couple of entries in relation to the group of disadvantaged Clemente students completing the unit “Sacred Australia” through Mission Australia. These students, when they complete four Clemente units have completed a Certificate that allows them to enter university and complete a full degree. Many…

Sacred Australia Week 4

Thank you all for your hearty participation in today’s discussion. You can see that landscape plays an important part in our thinking. In Australia landscape was initially something that people found very difficult to relate to. Gradually artists, writers, musicians began to celebrate aspects of our landscape. People were especially drawn to things in our…

Blake's Illustrations of The Book of Job

We had an extraordinary visit to this amazing collection of Blake’s engravings, owned by the NSW Art Gallery, but only put on display very rarely. They depict Blake’s unique interpretation of the timeless story. It is an interpretation that brings Job’s predicament very much into the 21st Century. It was our task to try to…

Blake's Illustrations of The Book of Job

We had an extraordinary visit to this amazing collection of Blake’s engravings, owned by the NSW Art Gallery, but only put on display very rarely. They depict Blake’s unique interpretation of the timeless story. It is an interpretation that brings Job’s predicament very much into the 21st Century. It was our task to try to…

Blake’s Illustrations of The Book of Job

We had an extraordinary visit to this amazing collection of Blake’s engravings, owned by the NSW Art Gallery, but only put on display very rarely. They depict Blake’s unique interpretation of the timeless story. It is an interpretation that brings Job’s predicament very much into the 21st Century. It was our task to try to…

Suggestions for Entries Week 9

Suggestions for Week 9. All have until 11.59 on Saturday to complete these entries- remember these are just suggestions, you are encouraged to write from your own experience in response to the literature we have been studying and/or your own life experience OzLiteans Can you think of a moment in your own life which was…

Sacred Australia at Mission Australia

I am having such a great time working with this group of Clemente students at Mission Australia. They are such a lively, interested and passionate group of students who really have a need to connect with the core meanings of the literature we are studying. So far we have looked at poetry by Judith Wright-…

Suggestions for Entries Week 8

Blakeans- can you begin to speculate why Blake wants a marriage between Heaven and Hell? How can he dare to yoke these opposites together. Did he have a death wish? Was he determined to be burned at the stake?! Can you write an entry which gives voice to your confusion or your understanding of this…

Suggestions for Entries Week 7

Hi Folks- remember that you now have time extended to 11.59pm Saturday to get your entries for each week up and tidied. For this week our Blakeans could dramatize Earth’s answer to the summons given to it by the Bard. Use your own words and your own language. How does Earth feel? What does Earth…

Suggestions for Entries Week 6

Blakeans have entered the complex and paradoxical world of Innocence and Experience. How can Experience, that sullying of the purity of innocence, actually be the gateway to the innocence that the human spirit desires? Can you write a short prose piece or even a poem that captures this paradox…. and do we have any artists…

Suggestions for Entries Week 5

HI all- this has been a busy week for us all. Now how to bring real focus into your experience of literature this week. For Blakeans I believe it is time for you to write a short piece on Blake’s sexual radicalism. Do you think he is still challenging in today’s society? Or perhaps you…

Vale John Van Gulik

It is with great sadness that I have to write of John Van Gulik’s passing. He was a brilliant, gifted student with great insight and enthusiasm for the things that really mattered in literature. He had a tough life but he brought his hard-won insights to every class that he participated in. I/we will miss…

Art Gallery Visit 2009

Fabulous visit to the Art Gallery of NSW yesterday exploring links between Australian painting and Australian Literature. The tour started down in the aboriginal exhibition “The Dreamers” where the focus was on Ronnie Tjampitjnpa, especially his “Tingari Story at Walungura” 1981. He was one of a number of artists who went to settle at Papunya…

J.K. Rowling's Favourite poem

I was intrigued to discover that this deeply reflective poem by Walt Whitman- from his "Leaves of Grass" was/is Rowling’s favourite poem: Of the terrible doubt of appearances, Of the uncertainty after all—that we may be deluded, That may-be reliance and hope are but speculations after all, That may-be identity beyond the grave is a…

J.K. Rowling's Favourite poem

I was intrigued to discover that this deeply reflective poem by Walt Whitman- from his "Leaves of Grass" was/is Rowling’s favourite poem: Of the terrible doubt of appearances, Of the uncertainty after all—that we may be deluded, That may-be reliance and hope are but speculations after all, That may-be identity beyond the grave is a…

J.K. Rowling’s Favourite poem

I was intrigued to discover that this deeply reflective poem by Walt Whitman- from his "Leaves of Grass" was/is Rowling’s favourite poem: Of the terrible doubt of appearances, Of the uncertainty after all—that we may be deluded, That may-be reliance and hope are but speculations after all, That may-be identity beyond the grave is a…

Teaching Week 3

William Blake and Henry Lawson! What an amazing feast to have these two radically different authors on my teaching diet this week. Lawson so earthed, so in touch with the immediate feelings and aspirations of his bedevilled Australian characters, Blake so in touch with the cosmic import with the contrary living forces around him, for…

Ideas for your Literature Journal for Week 3

Please go to either of the following two addresses to see a list of ideas for your Literature Journal (whether you are doing Australian Literature or William Blake: The Visionary Imagination): http://michaelgriffith.livejournal.com or https://michaelgriffith1.wordpress.com Enjoy…… when I work out how to import seamlessly from either of these two sites the content should appear here as…

Former Student Turned Poet

Young Jang who completed Literature at ACU a few years ago now is still a very active on-line poet, writing in both LiveJournal http://youngjang.livejournal.com/ AND in WordPress http://youngjoon.wordpress.com. It is well worth checking out his poetry: he has come a huge distance since finishing uni and seems to write something almost every day. MG http://l-userpic.livejournal.com/85420229/6243147