Our first class discussion

I had a wonderful time listening to our first class discussion. The first poems that we studied were written by Errol West and Eva Johnson. They are both aboriginal people who were part of the “Stolen Generation” also known as the “Stolen children”. How these two poets are able to describe their traumatic experience and make it into a beautiful poem is exceptional! It was revealed in their poems the terrifying details of how they were forcibly taken away from their parents and families and were placed into a missionary house at young age. They were displaced from their own traditional lands. They have lost their cultural, spiritual and family bonds which leaves a tremendous impact in their lives and wellbeing.

          I feel sad to know what the indigenous people had to undergo back then. Surely their enormous suffering leaves a big scar in the memories of each indigenous person who survived. I feel for those children who were part of the “Stolen Generation”. They have lost not only their parents and loved ones but also their self identity in the process. They were innocent people who became victims of this unrealistic belief of creating an “all white civilization”, a new Britain in the South.

3 thoughts on “Our first class discussion

  1. Hi Honeylene…. so good to have you on board in this blogging forum! Well done!!!!!!
    Editing Needed (and some workshop follow-ups- see Purdue Owl for help: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/
    * How these two poets able to describe…. = How these two poets ARE able to describe… [ verb part “are” is missing.. ]
    * ….the terrifying details on how they were forcibly taken away = ….the terrifying details OF how they were forcibly taken away
    *what the indigenous people had undergone back then.= what the indigenous people had TO UNDERGO back then.
    *in the memories of each indigenous person survived. = ….in the memories of each indigenous person WHO survived.
    * their parents and love ones = their parents and LOVED ones
    * their self identity on the process. = their self identity IN the process.

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  2. This is a beautiful first entry…. you capture well all the main discussion points from the class about why these poems were so powerful .Well done…. But as you can see from my previous comment there are a few things to fix up. Doing this will help your English expression very much. So please go into EDIT YOUR BLOG and make the changes I have suggested and then SAVE IT or UPDATE it again….. Great work

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