Lovely entry Natasha! You’ve clearly provided some insightful facts about T.S Eliot’s close friendship with Ezra Pound and their significance in modernist literature. The only thing I would suggest to improve this entry is to be a bit more specific in some of the ideas you’re trying to convey, for instance when you say: “heavily influenced Modernist writing”, are you trying to say that they challenged the traditional ways of writing and therefore influenced other writers to do the same thing? Overall, this is an enlightening entry. Well done!
Write a letter to Virginia Woolf telling her how much you like her ideas about writing a kind of fiction completely unconstrained by the rules of the past. Use the last paragraph on page 2151 and over to 2152 as your reference point.
I agree with your opinions on the way literature should be written. In your essay, ‘Modern Fiction’, you criticise authors who use a strict, traditional structure in their writing, and you refer to this conventional structure as a “tyrant”. Additionally, you highlight the fact that a writer may feel “constrained” by this tyrant, because it does not allow much freedom in one’s personal expression. You also stress the importance of ‘looking inwards’ in the characters of a short story or a novel, as opposed to focusing on the outward appearance of the characters, which is why I consider this essay to be very fascinating, as you effectively explore the complexities of the human psyche. Furthermore, your utilisation of the stream of consciousness in your novel, ‘Mrs Dalloway’, shows how a writer can give freedom to the characters to travel back and forth in time and also creates verisimilitude.
Whilst reading ‘Modern Fiction’, one of the many profound statements that I found to be very insightful was: “Life is not a series of gig-lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end”.
On another note, your protestations for women’s rights in your speech, ‘Professions for Women’, emphasises the importance of feminism, which is admirable.
To conclude, I must say that your literature is highly significant and definitely stands out in the modernist movement for me, as it not only effectively depicts the ‘life within’ but also inspires other writers to do the same. Thank you for expressing your significant thoughts and ideas about humanity in all of your texts.
This is a well-written entry about Gogh’s painting, as you thoroughly express how the painting affected you personally, as well as your detailed critical analysis of the painting. Your strong understanding of the context behind the artwork also makes your entry very interesting. However, as I am peer reviewing your blog entry, not your peer review, I notice that you’ve put your peer review in the same post as your blog entry when you’re actually meant to separate them into different posts and categories. Nonetheless, this is a fantastic blog entry so keep up the great work!
During my visit to the Art Gallery of New South Wales I learnt a lot about the different kinds of art movements. One of the most progressive and interesting movements I learnt about was modernism. I noticed that many modernist painters focused on revealing humanity at its core. Two artists that really engaged me in their works were Lucian Freud and Vincent van Gogh.
Lucian Freud, grandson of the famous revolutionary Psychologist, Sigmund Freud, was interested in exposing how people are and was also fascinated by the physical truth of bodies, which is why most of his paintings are of people sleeping. When people are asleep, they are themselves. This is evident in his painting, Susie.
Similarly, Vincent van Gogh’s painting, Head of a peasant, effectively depicts the expressions of the person in his painting.
Like Lucian Freud, Gogh was interested in portraying the soul and the energy of a person, regardless of their social status in his works, as he considered everyone to be equal. This probably explains why he decided to focus on conveying the emotions of a peasant rather than someone with a higher social status, which also allows the viewer to sympathise with the painting.
“Artists And Works :: In The Flesh :: Exhibition Kits :: Resources :: Art Gallery NSW”. Artgallery.nsw.gov.au. N.p., 2016. Web. 9 Sept. 2016.
“Head Of A Peasant, (1884) By Vincent Van Gogh :: The Collection :: Art Gallery NSW”. Artgallery.nsw.gov.au. N.p., 2016. Web. 9 Sept. 2016.
Hi everyone! This is one of the very few free verse poems I’ve recently written. I was inspired by T.S. Eliot’s style of writing and the certain ideas and themes he conveys in many of his poems including Wasteland, Preludes and Journey of the Magi.
Tired bones decaying in the ground
When shall the dirt dissolve for them to rise up?
Generation after generation, mistake after mistake,
Duty, responsibility, sacrifice,
These values exist to reform humanity.
What will open their minds and save their souls is the question,
Miracles are within nature
But with their whole being,
They cannot see or love the sanctity in the world.
This is a wonderful entry! You’ve thoroughly explained your personal experiences and effectively connected it to Kat and Paul’s relationship. Also, your personal expression and utilisation of descriptive language engaged me as a reader, in particular, your description of the nature of the ocean in the last paragraph of your entry and its connection to how people bond is very interesting. Keep up the great work!