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Critical Analysis Of My Mother The Land By Phill Moncrieff

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The poem My Mother The Land by Phill Moncrieff poetically describes the struggles the aboriginal people faced at the hands of the European people and colonisation throughout history. The fact that the author based the poem on accurate historical events adds to the authenticity of representations and engages the reader in an emotional journey with the struggles the aboriginal people faced with the somewhat loss of their country, culture, identity, people and place. The author uses a variety of language features and text structures to create this view point, for instance the author uses several language features and text structures throughout verse one to demonstrate the loss of culture and people. The poet uses effective language features throughout the poem to describe the loss that the narrator feels in their country, culture, identity, people…show more content…
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. Overall the poem effectively positions the reader to feel sympathy and empathy toward the aboriginal people and strong antipathy towards the European people furthermore it helps the reader understand the importance of country, culture, identity, people and place to the aboriginal
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