Eighth Peer Review

Alex Poeder – https://alexlouisesite.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/blog-9/comment-page-1/#comment-12

“Hi Alex,
I think you’ve hit the nail on the head with your first sentence about the human heart at conflict with itself being “the most complex, interesting, relatable aspect of the human condition”. Everyone has been at war with themselves at one point in their lives and it’s so much harder to do battle with yourself than with another person. I really like how you’ve elaborated on this point a little further, relating it to internal conflict and then linking that in with Faulkner’s work, with the example of Cash – well done! Just one thing I picked up on: double check and proof read your work before publishing it, I noticed a couple of spelling mistakes: “apsect” = aspect, “interal” – internal 🙂”


Seventh Peer Review

Helena Citroni – https://helenacitroni.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/week-8-american-literature/comment-page-1/#comment-34

“Hi Helena,
I’m in complete agreement with you when you say that there is an immense sadness to Cash’s character and it’s heartbreaking to read about his pain. I also love that you hone in on the hidden messages in the words and read in between the lines because there is so much about Cash that is unsaid, maybe more than what is said. I also think that you’re so right when you say that carpentry and crafting things is Cash’s way of coping with his mother’s death and I love that extra bit you wrote that creating the loveliest and nicest coffin is his way showing his mother how much he cares – that is so poignant. What an emotive post, well done!! 🙂”

Sixth Peer Review

Charles Lilienthal – https://americanliterature634.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/week-8-creative-blog/comment-page-1/#comment-6

“Hi Charles,
This is a great post, it’s full of wonderful detailed analysis and it’s very thorough and well thought out – well done! I’m in complete agreement with your analysis here and your closing remarks: there’s nothing wrong with the future and embracing modernism but we can’t let it consume us and neither can we let it change who we are or make us forget who we are. Great work!”

Fifth Peer Review

Danielle Gatt – https://daniellegattlit.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/fire-and-ice/comment-page-1/#comment-76

“Hi Danielle,
This is a very thoughtful post with some very good ideas supporting it, good work! 🙂
I am in complete agreement with you when you say that poetry is a journey and it’s open to interpretation; everyone has a different experience reading poetry and that lets them make their own unique journey. Your concluding remark also follows this point nicely when you say that what you learn from poetry isn’t always clear. And your last sentence is gold: “much like life itself, poetry -and the wisdom it may bring about- is not always presented on a silver platter.” – genius!!”

Fourth Peer Review

Christella Bade – https://christellabade.wordpress.com/2017/09/11/blog-5-american-literature/comment-page-1/#comment-31

“Hi Christella,
I absolutely love your post this week. I love how detailed your letter is, and how you justify feeling the way you do about “Going to Meet the Man”. I did the same topic myself and I feel exactly the same way you do. Your writing is so eloquent and makes reading your blog so much easier. Well done! 🙂

Just one tiny thing: may I suggest proof-reading your work more than once before you publish it? At the very beginning of your blog this week, when you’re introducing the topic, you wrote “lat” instead of “last”. Otherwise, you’ve done such a wonderful job and I look forward to reading more of your work in the coming weeks!”

Third Peer Review

Suzanne Solaiman – https://suzannes2016.wordpress.com/2017/09/03/blog-4-a-letter-to-the-world/comment-page-1/#comment-90

“Hey Suzanne

What an emotive post you’ve written! I did the same blog topic this week and I’m always interested to see how other people have interpreted the topic. The message about equality and doing what’s right is clearly conveyed here and I like how you write “even if it means going against the status quo” – I think it just brings home how hard it can be sometimes to do the right thing because of how people will judge you or because it’s just not what you’re used to.”

Second Peer Review

Naomi Zaki – https://naomizaki.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/blog-post-2-reflective/comment-page-1/#comment-10

“Hi Naomi,
Wow, this is great! I feel like your writing really resonates with what a lot of us feel as we get older, and reflect on the people we used to be and how much we’ve changed since we were children. I think you’re quite right when you describe our vision as “tainted and narrowed” as we get older because we now care about what others think about us and their opinions and beliefs influence us in turn. What a wonderful job you’ve done, well done!! 🙂”

First Peer Review

Ngaire Ale – https://ngaireale1.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/appreciation-for-nature/comment-page-1/#comment-331

“Hi Ngaire,
I really like your post and totally agree with what you’re saying. I think you’re so right when you say that the Native Americans’ love and connection to the land stems from their deep spiritual relationship with it and the fact that they use it for everything and rely so heavily on it, whereas white people only see what they can invest in the land and what they can gain from it. I love how, at the end, you bring in what trees and water do for us and how the Native Americans’ connection with the land can definitely be used today and that it would be to our benefit if we took their approach to things. Wonderful work!! 🙂”