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The two discuss how their lives have progressed. They discuss her children but the conversation is superficial as the man actually thanks God that he did not end up with the woman and her children. The poem talks about the countless sacrifices a woman has to make for her children and how her life can get monotonous and torturous. Moreover, the poem shows symbolically the contrast in the life of the man and the woman.
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The poem is pessimistic in tone and its dominant theme is how stifling the life of a mother can get. She sits in the park.
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Her clothes are out of date. Two children whine and bicker, tug her skirt. A third draws aimless patterns in the dirt. Someone she loved once passed by — too late. From his neat head unquestionably rises. They stand a while in flickering light, rehearsing.
Then, nursing. Poet: Oodgeroo Noonuccal.
Published: 4. Oodgeroo Noonuccal was an Australian Aboriginal woman who emerged as a prominent political activist and writer during the s.
Her poetry collection We Are Going was the first book to be published by an Australian Aboriginal woman. This poem, which shares the title of the collection, is the most famous poem of Oodgeroo. In it, she talks about the oppression of the aboriginal people of Australia while condemning the western colonization of the indigenous world. Oodgeroo criticizes the white man throughout the poem. Among other things, she says that the white man has no connection or respect for the land as he sees it only as a practical resource.
She further says that, in contrast, the aboriginal people have a spiritual connection with the place as they have resided here for centuries. The scrubs are gone, the hunting and the laughter. The eagle is gone, the emu and the kangaroo are gone from this place. The bora ring is gone. The corroboree is gone. And we are going.
Poet: Bruce Dawe. Bruce Dawe is one of the highest selling as well as one of the most influential Australian poets of all time. He is most renowned for his anti-war poetry. The title of the poem is ironical as homecoming is generally regarded as a positive event marked by joy for the parties who are re-uniting. However, this homecoming is the acts of collecting and processing the bodies of the war dead and shipping them home.
The poem employs repetition to emphasize key points and its rhythm evokes the beat of a funeral drum. Poet: Judith Wright. A short story writer, an environmentalist and a campaigner for the land rights of the Aboriginal people of Australia, Judith Wright is still most famous for her poetry.
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She is known for her concise, traditional verse which was in keeping with the latest poetic trends in the west and which often captured the landscapes and lifestyles of Australia. Women to Man , the most famous poem of Wright, is an extended metaphor for the developing embryo in the womb of the narrator. It is written from the perspective of a pregnant woman who marvels at the development of the embryo and notices the changes in her body as a result of becoming pregnant. The poem describes the wonder and awe of the speaker as a new life is being created within her.
The prominent themes of the poem are unity, life and nature.
This is the maker and the made;. Oh hold me, for I am afraid. Weapons Training is another anti-war poem of Dawe but it is not as direct as Homecoming. In this poem, he captures a sergeant giving a harsh tirade to the recruits. Through the dramatic monologue of the sergeant, Dawe portrays how the military destroys human traits in common people to make them into insensitive and ruthless killers.
He further shows that how all aspects of war are degrading, brutalizing and dehumanizing. Bruce Dawe himself had an experience of military life as he served in the Royal Australian Airforce from to This poem by Paterson tells the story of a pursuit to capture a horse. It begins by telling the readers that a prized young colt has escaped and joined the wild horses in the mountains.
The best riders assemble for the hunt.
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The protagonist, a thin and bony youngster with an unimpressive little horse volunteers to join the hunt. The youngster is ridiculed but finally given the opportunity as Clancy of the Overflow vouches for him saying that he belongs to some of the toughest parts of the mountain country. The chase begins and finally the horses descend a seemingly impassably steep slope.
The Man from Snowy River promotes virtues like courage, tenacity, endurance and mate-ship; which are highly valued by Australians. It remains one of the most loved poems in the nation. And one was there, a stripling on a small and weedy beast,. He was something like a racehorse undersized,. With a touch of Timor pony — three parts thoroughbred at least —. And such as are by mountain horsemen prized.
There was courage in his quick impatient tread;. And he bore the badge of gameness in his bright and fiery eye,. And the proud and lofty carriage of his head. Poet: Dorothea Mackellar.
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The best known poem of Mackellar, My Country , was written by her in at the age of just 19 , when she felt homesick while travelling in England. The poem is inspired by the time Dorothea spent in her childhood in the rural properties owned by her family in New South Wales. It is thought to particularly describe the land after the breaking of a long drought in Torryburn, a property in the Paterson district of the Hunter Region.
My Country presents a romanticized and idealized view of a nation; penned by a person longing to be there.
It is very much a natural part of Traditional Australian Poetry. That is good rhyming, but it is not so simple when one has to make it a natural part of the story being told and fit into the metre pattern. I try hard to use perfect rhyme at all times and do my best to avoid forced rhyme, half rhymes, sight rhymes or substitute assonance for rhyme. The author has deviated from the story merely to get a rhyme. That is forced rhyme. We again have a perfect rhyme but now have better rhythm and sounds more natural.
They look the same to the eye but are pronounced differently. Some poets use these, but I prefer not to. They look good and I expect most poets would use them. A bit tricky? Conversely words that do not look alike can be perfect rhymes. Rhyming on the weak stress is not usually successful but can be made work if it follows a strong stress, e. You can go one step farther and have triple rhyme e. But one needs to be fairly conversed in the art of poetry to try some of these. Many confuse assonance with rhyme.
Assonance is the repetition of vowel sounds. Metre is, however, the hardest thing to learn about writing good Bush Verse. While it can be learnt I believe it is, to a certain extent, a God-given gift. It comes naturally to some poets, most have to work hard at it and some seem to find it impossible to grasp. Metre is actually rhythm and anything that jars or interrupts the regular flow of the rhythm spoils a poem. A very common one is where a poet establishes a pattern of Iambic metre - that is weak, strong, weak, strong - then suddenly has two weak or two strong syllables following each other.
This has a jarring effect and can spoil a good poem. There are many different patterns that one might use but I advise poets not to be too ambitious. If less than ten syllables are used I find it has a tendency to become stilted - unless the author is an accomplished poet. Iambic, as I have just mentioned, is a simple stress pattern to begin with and quite effective. Equally simple and effective is Trochee, whish is the reverse, having strong, weak, strong, weak.
It is better however, to use an even number of syllables for Iambic - 8,10,12,14 for example - and an uneven number of syllables for Trochee - that is 9,11,13 or