What insights has your study of Australian Literature and Art given you into the importance of creativity as part of human experience?

Looking back on this semester I am proud to acknowledge all I have learnt and the great insights I have gained within Australian literature and Art from the early 19th Century onwards. Courtesy of all the fantastic artists including Kendall, Glover, White, Gilmore and Murray, I have explored and enjoyed different approaches to our beautiful landscape, understood the interactions of Aboriginal people with European settlement and absorbed the roles of women at this time. All of which has broadened by knowledge on contextual, historical and textual components, which I hope stand out in my blog posts. Initially, I was far from enthusiastic about these weekly blogs, however, as each Friday rolled by I found myself happy to sit down and type away! After being inspired by the authors and artist I found myself eager to express my ideas, queries and thoughts!

Now looking back on all my posts and given the hint in this question I can see that each and every artist value creativity as a crucial element to their human experience. Through tutorials, lectures and ideas learnt from my peers and tutor I have developed greater skills of analysing and depicting messages within the works. One thing about creativity that strikes me is that there are so many different approaches to expressing your message. For example, Arthur Streeton in his painting “Fire’s on: Lapstone Tunnel” captures his audience through the Australian colours and landscape. Through his portrayal of the brown rock and green shrub, we realise the mightiness of our landscape and see just how small humanity is in comparison. Streeton does this successfully through the talent of his stroke other artists such as Harper have achieved the same expressiveness through poetry. As discussed in my 4th analytical blog, Harpur uses language as a path to his in-depth experiences with nature and animals. “Not a bird disturbs the air. / there is quite everywhere;” While in a painting, we may depict a certain stillness through calm colours and tone of the figures within, a poet such as Harper use rhyme schemes, truncated sentences and perhaps a lack of auditory imagery to express his creativity.

At each thought of Gwen Harwood, I struggle to only make a single comment. Knowing we had to also complete creative blogs, I knew this would be a perfect poet to focus on! As seen in my 6th blog post I wrote a poem centred on the ideas of Harwood’s poem, “Mother Who Gave Me Life”. Without bragging, I would like to say I was quite proud of my poem. Being new to writing poetry I think using a rhyme scheme helped and gave me confidence in my creativity. I would like to think my poem captures the intense themes of Harwood’s poem, these being the innate love between mother and child, the concept of grief and the universal characteristics of mothers. Overall I would say Harwood’s creativity is one that has inspired me the most.

 Using these examples can stand for the countless works we have looked at over the semester in highlighting the importance that authors place in creativity, their unique method of attracting and connecting with the audience and finally providing inspiration for readers like me in helping me develop by creativity to enhance my human experience. To all that art and literature bring, I will be forever grateful!

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1 Response to Summative

  1. This is a fabulous summative entry Sarah! Well done. Only one spelling error I detected “Harper= Harpur” – you should correct this (xtwice)

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