Poem Review

05 Aug

Instructions to Year 12 English

1. Please create a wordpress account if you do not already have one using this link:

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(Sign up using your school email address if you don’t want me to know that your personal email address is something like ““)

3. Answer the following poll, and leave a comment to this post explaining why you chose the poem you did.

If the poll is not visible, please email me to let me know…


Posted by on August 5, 2011 in Year 12 English


17 responses to “Poem Review

  1. hopko

    August 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    wheres the Poll??

    • jacksonbates

      August 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      It doesn’t seem to appear using a school computer – must be blocked by the school filter. You should be able to view it at home – please check this and let me know either way.

  2. lozza321

    August 8, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Hey i voted for “enter without so much as knocking” because i love the ususual way its been written and how it relates to the boy’s loss of innocence as he grows older and becomes exposed to the world and its shallow, material values and how his life becomes quite meaningless in the end. Its actually quite depressing.

    • jacksonbates

      August 9, 2011 at 8:43 am

      That’s quite bleak! Do you think that is an accurate portrayal of how our identity develops?

  3. talljanismalicious

    August 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I chose ‘Going To A Seminar’ because it’s about judging people based on their outer appearances and challenges typical stereotypes. It’s through figuring out the people’s identities that the poet knows to which ‘groups’ they belong to.

  4. reedbro

    August 9, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I chose drifters because the surrounding set your identity.. also cos drifing cars is mad..

  5. cara32

    August 9, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I chose ‘Going to a Seminar’ for very similar reasons to Peter. I like that it explores the ideas of judging people by what they look like and how it sort of portrays in the end that you really have no way of telling much about anyone’s personality or interests by their physical apperance, as the poet had to wait and see who got off at his stop.

  6. andrewsalib

    August 9, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I chose Doctor to patient, because I feel that society discriminates against many people according to their job. esp. now that we are in vce it seems that what occupation you get into will determine your value as a human being

  7. hopko

    August 9, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    i chose homecoming because it showed a fairly grim yet accurate portrayal of that particular war period and it shows a sense of belonging through sacrifice and such

  8. Joanna

    August 9, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Going to a seminar because you can’t judge how a person is by how they look. Which means a person’s identity is not always reflected by their physical appearance. Even though in this present day in society, most people judge others by their physical apperance to determine what a person is like, there is no way of knowing how they are really if you don’t know the person.

  9. christinacuddon

    August 9, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    i chose enter without so much as knocking, because it is practically a summary of the typical life, but its rushed. much of the poem doesnt ‘make sense’ if you want, or doesnt connect to the line beforehand, and it takes some time to work out the specifics of what is trying to be said. i think its a lot like peoples identity, because it is a mess, and confusing, and disconnected. and i think the poem shows that, as its also a rush, and changing constantly.

  10. danyee000

    August 9, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I chose enter without so much as knocking because I feel that it eloquently describes what a man might feel about his identity during the various stages of life that many of us can relate to.

    Given this point in time in our lives in which we are transitioning from a stage of adolescence into adulthood this poem for me was significantly thought provoking as i can relate to the themes of the poem in which the writer feels that the more he immerses himself into reality the more he loses himself. This is of even greater significance as many of us begin to feel the stress of year 12 exams encroaching upon us resulting in less time for ourselves to indulge in the simple yet often forgotten process of continually striving to find out who we are.

  11. jess

    August 9, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I chose Homo Suburbiensis because it described a man in a seemingly insignificant environment, yet who he was and how he expressed himself was so closely intertwined in his suburban home. It was somewhere where he knew who he was, could ponder life and offer what any other human being could (love, hate, age…). Thus it revealed a lot about where he found his identity and belonging.

  12. forgedsalami

    August 10, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I chose Doctor to patient, as it explores the idea how financial insecurity and lack of work may contribute significantly to shaping and defining and individual’s identity. As opposed to the others, it presents the idea as if it was a disease or a contracted sickness, exploring the idea that identity change can be against the will and unwanted like something as common as a household cold.

  13. theamanda

    August 10, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I chose “Migrants” because it suggests that a person’s identity must be re-negotiated if they are to belong to a group. If people do not adjust to change (such as a new culture) then they will become isolated and not accepted. For instance, the migrants had to alter their identities by learning a new language and getting accustomed to Australian life… only then did they begin to belong to society.

  14. melxian

    August 10, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    I chose ‘Drifters’ because it presents the idea that a person’s sense of identity and belonging can be shaped by their environment and living circumstances. Some people may reach a point of confusion about their identity and where they belong when they are thrust into a new, unknown environment while others may welcome the change to start afresh.

  15. ihan1993

    August 11, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I chose ” Life-cycle” because it portraits our current society best in terms of identity and belonging. We all have inherited identities in some sense. Whether it is from your parents,heritage or religion etc, it shapes who you are. And I think that inheritance of identity is like a cycle in a way where you naturally adopt it from birth and pass it on to your next generation.


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