The poem is not good to read only because of its subject, however. The use of repetition and symbolism in “Blink Your Eyes” adds more depth to the poem, and highlights the societal issues that the author and others of his race have felt. Use of repetition in poetry directs the reader 's attention to that word or phrase, as Sundiata does in “Blink Your Eyes.” Along with how the stanzas are formed, the repetition used sets a pace to the poem. In the first stanza, Sundiata writes “thru a red light red light red light” (Sundiata 503). The use of repetition here is smart, because the “red light” that is spoken of has two meanings and is crucial to the overall theme of the poem.
As patriotic Australians we pride ourselves to be a nation that accepts and respects the beliefs of all cultures, but on this historical day majority of Australians tend to forget the true meaning behind the celebration. If you ask today’s society, what they did this Australia day mass numbers would respond with “binged on alcohol” and “indulged in a barbecue.” Consequently, this day cannot be called a national celebration when some of our fellow Australians are grieving while others are out celebrating an occasion they know little about. Giving due regard to the indigenous people and their mostly negative perspective on this issue should be a priority. A new date, not the 26th of January should be established, as rather than unite, it seems to divide Australians into different viewpoints. Celebrating Australia day is like holding a party without inviting the hosts.
The author creates aboriginal representations and suspense through the punctuation that he has used in the poem. The author uses almost no punctuation to ensure the poem flows seamlessly yet uses an occasional comma to create suspense. The use of capital letters in the poem emphasise the words to create aboriginal representations and adds an aesthetic element to the poem. For example the capitalised word Mother indicates that it is a title as well as showing the significance of that term to the aboriginal culture and describes the secure relationship between the land and the aboriginal narrator. The poem My Mother The Land by Phill Moncrieff poetically describes the struggles the aboriginal people faced with loss of their country, culture, identity, people and place at the hands of the European people and colonisation throughout history.
Such poems are found in his first published book of poetry Simply My Mind (Dorrance Publishing, 2010). Small book it may be, but Simply My Mind is heavy on poetic artistry and creative imagination. Estable’s poems enables the human mind to understand the deep things or mysteries behind many things, and through his thought-provoking and fun verses readers will get to assess their own feelings and situations and expand their thoughts. For example, invites readers to reflect on the differences between a tiger and a bird (in “The Tiger”), the happy face of a blind boy and the smile of a mute girl (“I Saw”), a ‘dead penis’ (in “Dead Penis), and wealth (in “The Truth of Wealth”).
There are a variety of ways and factors that influence how people are represented in different non-fiction and fiction texts. Indigenous Australians are usually represented in harmful disrespectful ways, but they are also represented in positive ways. There are many factors that contribute to these representations. In the year 8 fiction and non-fiction text studied in the last three terms, we have seen different representations of indigenous Australian people. The main factors contributing to these are, stereotypes, historical events, real life experiences and Two main ways Indigenous Australians can be represented in fiction and non-fiction texts are as people who are kind and friendly or people who are troublesome.
While this may seem cliche, and his poetry is “largely dismissed as fragmentary and conventional” (Monroe), Heyward’s decision to personify the city helps the reader understand the level of complexity behind how the city has molded his life, building onto his thesis— the city is not just a place, but a force, a force capable of affecting him in ways that cannot be expressed in “wood and stone” (7). Although he explores aspects of Charleston that tourists do not address, he does not address the racial issues he studies so thoroughly in his famous novel, Porgy. Heyward’s decision to do neglect this darker side of Charleston may seem uncharacteristic of his “sensitivity to the rhythm’s of African-American life” (Monroe) but his reasoning becomes clearer when one considers his message. Choosing to include the injustice would create too much of a negative image of Charleston, not only distracting from the message of the poem, but also contradicting his thesis. Heyward writes the poem to describe how he experiences Charleston’s greatness in a different way and is able to look past “her dim old faded ways,” (9), which could be a possible reference to the systemic racism during Heyward’s
Firstly, he had no rhyme within his poems but only rhythm; He also broke the rules of the verses per stanzas constitution, giving a sense of chaos when observing some of his work fragments. One big and relevant annexation to these two significant artists, is the usage of different rhetorical devices, which are meant to seek for diverse reactions on the perception of their poems by the readers. Dickinson’s and Whitman’s styles are not similar, but their poetry is so strong that it can build the same feeling or sensation in the readers. Certainly, this sense emerge thanks to the way in which poems are constructed. Their poetry makes people feel the words even though it does not look it will do it (depending on the structure the poem is
New Criticism attracts many readers to its methods by appealing to them with simple steps in order to criticize any work of literature. According to Steven Lynn it “focuses attention on the work itself, not the reader or the author or anything else” (21). It dismisses the use of all outside sources, asserting that the only way to truly analyze a poem efficiently is to focus purely on the poem. However, my New Criticism approach will include counterparts between the text and historical contexts, such as the author’s life. For this I chose to analyze the poem “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke.
To the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition, I ask: who are we? The answer to our Australian identity fails to remain universal. Regardless, what honestly represents us as a country is found deep within our spoken language. What is written in articles and texts, by authors of non-fictional works, finely illustrates the characteristics of our national identity through language choices. Characteristics such as Ignorance, Discrimination and Hospitality in Australian non-fiction texts remain ubiquitous.
Blake’s work was mentioned as ‘diseased and wild’ by John Ruskin, even though Ruskin noted that Blake’s mind as ‘great and wise’. However, it was only in the Twentieth century that Blake was acknowledged as a notable poet and artist. Blake’s poems are simple and lyrical in form, but there are complex works too, which needs the reader to work hard to understand what Blake means. This complexity is due to the presence of mythological in addition to the philosophical sources present in his work. Blake himself has stated that he had to "create a System, or be enslaved by another Man 's.” this reasons the presence of vague thoughts and allusions in his work.
Moreover, the use of juxtaposition, “droughts and flooding rains” portrays the harsh beauty of the country that makes it challenging for Australians to survive. This technique also makes the audience to think and imagine the contrasting sides of Australia, hence engaging the audience. Moreover, the use of personification and gendering, “I love her far horizons”, enables the narrator and audience to link more deeply and strongly with the Australian land. This also rouses empathy in the reader and allows the reader to associate with the poem and the message of loving the Australian landscape. These gives evident that the Australians experiences the extreme beauty of
Australian identity and what constitutes Australian culture are prominent ideas explored by Peter Goldsworthy’s Maestro. Throughout the novel, there is a strong sense of cynicism towards Australian culture as it is painted as ambiguous and indefinite. This is established through the analogy of Paul representing Australian society and his parents representing the British influence on Australian culture. Goldsworthy also explores the European influence on Australia through Kellar’s character. Goldsworthy’s broader message is that Australian identity is in fact quite complex and open to interpretation due how culturally diverse it is.
Racism and gender equality are still relevant issues in Australia today, however, are not as dominant now as they were in 1965. (Dexter B. Wakefield, 2009) The film, ‘Jindabyne’ by Ray Lawrence and the novel, ‘Jasper Jones’ by Craig Silvey are two effective texts that incorporate individuals and relationships in society. Both Ray Lawrence and author Craig Silvey challenge the audiences in relation to how society treats these individuals, emphasising the themes, racism and gender equality. These perspectives are shown through context, characters and themes. As well as, audience influence, language devices and aesthetic features.
Today, I will show you how two quite different Australian poems with varied cultural contexts manage to convey the notion of belonging and identity, albeit from very different perspectives. The poems that I will be discussing are My Country by Dorothea Mackellar and Please Resist Me by Luka
(1923 poem by Joan Torrance source 10) this source shows the excessive emotions of dignity, and heightened awareness of fanaticism in Australia. This poem indicates its tribute to Australia instead of Britain. The poem also expresses that other nations identified Australia. The Great War for ANZAC 's, Although death and much despair, Australian troops had formed a name for Australia, out of there sense of brotherhood and pride. They were forced to britains aid though not there war to fight.