In the first week of this unit, I learnt about the importance of literature, art and music in the 20th century. Artists like Picasso, used different conventions of art to make a statement and explore the outcomes of war through his famous painting, Guernica. Similarly, Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring that challenged the traditional ways of composing music.
My second blog is in the form of a letter to Wilfred Owen expressing my appreciation for his ideas that exposes the truth of war in his poetry, and how his ideas need to be understood by everyone and applied in the government to establish worldwide peace.
Erich Maria Remarque’s novel, All Quiet on the Western Front also exposes the impacts of war and contains other meaningful ideas about not taking life for granted, living in the moment by appreciating the simple aspects in life, as these simple aspects are miracles in itself.
My fourth blog is what I consider to be my best creative entry. It is a free verse poem inspired by the works of T.S Eliot, who is one of my favourite poets because of his unique style of writing, the modernist ideas and spiritual themes he conveys in his poetry.
The excursion to the Art Gallery of New South Wales also taught me a lot about modernism. Vincent Van Gogh and Lucian Freud both focused on revealing humanity at its core. Lucian 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. 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. To view my fifth blog, click this link: https://suzannes2016.wordpress.com/2016/09/09/excursion-to-the-art-gallery-of-nsw/
Studying the works of Virginia Woolf, who was also a modernist, made me appreciate and consider the importance of her works, as she addressed the issues of the traditional structure of writing in her essay Modern Fiction. Woolf stressed 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, hence her utilisation of the stream of consciousness in her novel, Mrs Dalloway. To view my letter to Virginia Woolf, click this link: https://suzannes2016.wordpress.com/2016/09/24/blog-6-a-letter-to-virginia-woolf/
Looking into the life of George Orwell reminded me of the importance of knowing the context behind a novel or any form of literature, including the biographical context of the author, because the author’s experiences in life can help shape their ideas on important topics in life, and therefore explore these ideas in their literature. Orwell’s ideas on how language can be misused by politicians, psychologists and journalists to mask the truth are explored in his essay Politics and the English Language, and his novel, 1984. Furthermore, I consider my blog on Orwell’s essay, Politics and the English Language, and his novel, 1984, to be my best critical entry. To view my best critical entry, click this link: https://suzannes2016.wordpress.com/2016/10/09/blog-8-the-power-of-language/
My last blog is another free verse poem inspired by the works of many immigrant writers such as Wole Soyinka and M. Nourbese Philip. It explores the history of indigenous inhabitants in many countries in the world and how they were oppressed, and the impacts of this oppression. Impacts include, the loss of identity, culture and the separation between families.
When studying the interests, concerns and experiences of writers in the 20th century, I realised how they’ve assisted 21st Century human beings in their understanding of the purpose of existence and the importance of appreciating certain aspects in life that humans tend to overlook and take for granted.