Visionary Imagination, as expressed in the work of William Blake, Patrick White and Brett Whiteley has given me a new way of seeing and understanding the world.
My first blog for this assignment is a critical analysis on Allen Ginsberg’s poem: ‘Sunflower Sutra’. After studying this poem I immediately understood how Ginsberg was inspired by William Blake’s literature and art. More importantly, I was able to identify some of the important messages Ginsberg conveys in his poem, such as the importance of having freedom and obtaining balance in one’s life, as well as the importance of environmentalism, and having a connection to nature.
My second blog is a critical analysis of Patti Smith’s song: ‘My Blakean Year’. This was one of my favourite texts studied in the unit as it explores solutions to many issues that are relevant to the world today such as the importance of letting go of things that hold you back, and to not let fear or worry weigh you down. Furthermore, Smith’s song embodies the essence of Blake’s mission to find truth and experience fulfilment with all of one’s being. To view this entry, click this link: https://suzannes2016.wordpress.com/2018/09/08/blog-2-analysis-of-patti-smiths-song-my-blakean-year/
My third blog includes a critical analysis of Brett Whiteley’s artwork: ‘Alchemy’ and William Blake’s engravings. As I was studying Whiteley’s artwork, I was simply amazed. Almost every corner and every panel of the artwork, was filled with little, profound images or quotes that had meaning. ‘Alchemy’ as a whole takes the viewer on an extraordinary journey from the origins of humanity to the point where someone like William Blake experiences a sacred connection to nature, as depicted in the last few panels of the ‘journey’ where paintings of a lyrebird, a flannel flower and a kangaroo are shown in a positive light, hence the splashes of yellow and gold paint.
As I was studying Blake’s engravings, I could see how Blake depicted his own understanding of the Book of Job in his engravings and how he saw Job’s relationship with the divine in each plate. I was also amazed at how the quotes compliment the visionary images in each plate. It was also great to study Blake’s artwork ‘Chaucer’s Canterbury pilgrims’ as we were lectured about it by Professor Paul Hardwick. His lecture helped me to understand the significance of Piers Plowman in Blake’s artwork, as the Plowman was considered to be the ideal Christian in medieval England. My third blog is what I consider to be one of my best critical entries. To view my third blog, click this link: https://suzannes2016.wordpress.com/2018/09/17/my-reflection-on-brett-whiteleys-artwork-alchemy-and-william-blakes-engravings/
For my fourth blog, I decided to create my own blog topic. This blog is about how much of a modernist Patrick White can be as he aims to seek truth in a lot of his texts, and explores the stream of consciousness in a lot of his characters, and doesn’t just focus on the outward appearance of the characters in his plays or novels. White highlights the extraordinary in the ordinary in the various texts he has written. In my blog, I was inspired by this philosophy and wrote a mini reflection on how people overlook the simple expressions of a person and think that they can always accurately grasp how the person is feeling just by looking at them from a distance. However, in reality, that person could be experiencing immense hardship and pain without showing their true feelings or talking about it directly. Therefore, it’s important to be considerate of the way you treat people, because most of the time, you really don’t know what people are going through or what people have been through.
My last blog consists of two paragraphs describing two paintings that I am not familiar with in terms of the theory or story behind each painting. It is important to note that Patrick White’s literary techniques includes the stream of consciousness, meaning to include the inner thoughts of the character, implementing the character’s flashbacks and dreams. Furthermore, White’s descriptive language takes the reader on a journey which is what I tried to do as well in this blog, and include the said literary techniques in my paragraphs such as the probing questions in my first paragraph to highlight the inner thoughts of the artist, the dream the artist had, and the descriptive language in the second paragraph to convey the artist’s experience in finding inner peace through nature, as they break a way from the meaningless lifestyle they were living, a common theme in Patrick White’s literature. My fifth blog is what I consider to be one of my best creative entries. To view my fifth blog, click this link: https://suzannes2016.wordpress.com/2018/10/06/blog-5-my-attempt-to-describe-paintings-inspired-by-patrick-whites-style-of-writing/
All in all, studying the works of William Blake, Patrick White and Brett Whiteley have given me greater insight into ways of seeing and understanding the world, as they explore the importance of spirituality, individualism, and the importance of appreciating nature. These topics are especially insightful as they are still relevant and are important to the world today.