—Silence! the young girl said. Oh, why, Why will you talk to weary me?
Plague me no longer now, for I
Am listening like the Orange Tree.
The last few lines of this poem effectively display a strong conclusion to a powerfully emotive poem. It is at this point, the reader is made aware of the little girl. We as the audience, are presented within Shaw’s with the direct contrasts between the over-analytical and materialistic mind and perception of the adult, towards the naive and unburdened mind of a young child. quotes such as “—Listen! the young girl said. There calls No voice, no music beats on me; But it is almost sound: it falls This evening on the Orange Tree.” spoken in an enjambment to interrupt the analytical thought of the adult, the frustration of the child is ever apparent as the adult will never understand to appreciate the beauty of the environment for its face-value. Hence, in my belief the child’s frustration is one which is due to her own attempt to conform with the natural world rather than identify its properties and should be commended
What does A.D. Hope’s poem Australia (written half a century after the 1890s) add to the debate on what is Australia?
A.D Hope’s contribution towards the beauty of the landscape is one that presents her in her rawest and her most beautiful. Hope demonstrates through the visual depiction of the land, as being harsh and barren utilising visual imagery to demonstrate the “Nation of trees, drab green and desolate grey”. Hope utilises an almost mocking tone to to welcome the thought of returning home “gladly” from the “lush jungle” of modern thought to the exposed landscape which the nation has to offer. Hope utilises this poem as a criticism towards the more “educated” elites such as the learned “cultured apes” whom will criticise the lack of civilisation in the Australian environment. However, as demonstrated by Hope, his home, nonetheless still calls to him to return regardless of the criticism received by the educated members of society against the dreary land of the nation.
Give a short description of one of the Australian paintings currently hanging in the Art Gallery of NSW and explore the ways in which it illuminates at least one literary theme and/or method explored in Australian Literature studied this semester.
“Natives on the River Ouse”, John Glover
The above canvas is an effective display of the inextricable relationships of the indigenous people towards the landscape. The artist has effectively attempted to allow the audience to meditate upon the spiritual bonds of the Native Australian’s to the environment. Effectively present through the anonymous depictions of the Indigenous’ everyday life within the natural world is one example of the artists effective reflection on the simplistic bliss discovered in the natural world which the Native communities have become accustomed to. His depiction of Native people in the background, with anonymous, silhouetted features amidst a widely vast plain in the foreground is a representation of the Indigenous peoples favouring over the environment as a significant influence over their cultural life and sole provider of their necessities. The artist has hence created a more raw experience which is completely alien from the industrial urbanisation undertaken in European and ergonomic Australian society and hence encourages his audience to bask in the sublimity of the untamed natural world as the Indigenous communities do.
Do you agree with the sentiments of Stan Grant in the article above? If so why? If not why not?
I highly support the statements made by Stan Grant in his article which completely support the actions of the left-wing of the United States socio-political influence alongside his views that Australia should be taking similar measures in order to protect and support the Indigenous heritage of our land. Grant calls out the action of the Australian government for upholding statues which act as a reminder of the “Terra Nullius” and the role it held in the erasure of the plethora of Aboriginal heritage and culture which has been passed down in Australia since beyond recorded history. With the progression of the international community towards the reconciliation for the consequences of colonisation upon the social, spiritual, environmental and psychological aspects of the inextricable relationships towards people and places the indigenous culture hold dear, it is thus the role of the Australian to use empathy and understanding to stand against prejudice towards the traditional custodians and move further on to preserve their traditional values and way of life