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Examine how composers use texts to explore concepts of change and how has this deepened your understanding of changing perspective?

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Examine how composers use texts to explore concepts of change and how has this deepened your understanding of changing perspective? Change is an essential and unavoidable part of humanity. As we progress through life we change, both physically and emotionally. Time and experience allows us to change our attitudes and perceptions of everything: people, events, ideas and ourselves. And as Thaddeus Golas reflects, "you never have to change what you see only the way you see it." The poems "Bushfire at Waterfall" "Starfish" and "The lazy poem" By Dorothy Porter as well as the films "Radiance" By Rachel Perkins and "The Godfather" by Frances Ford Coppola elaborates and helps develops this concept. "Bushfire at Waterfall" is a poem that explores the ideas of how events in our past impacts on our perceptions of the present. By juxtaposing a bushfire with the intangible, emotional fires of the past Porter highlights the tumultuous effects change can have on our lives. ...read more.

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Through blunt revelations and forced confrontations of past events, the perspectives of the sister broaden and family ties strengthened, but through this journey we the responders too are changed - the way we view their lives, actions and choices are altered with the new found understanding. The film uses costume, language and symbolism to portray this process of change - Cressy accepting the drink of vodka after initially declaring "I don't drink beer" and her change of clothing but most significantly the three sisters driving of together at the end of the film wearing the wigs "that don't suit". The film "The Godfather" focuses more on the circumstances inducing the change than the effects of the change it self. Michael, a decorated marine officer is, through a series of events, forced to transform himself into a feared 'man of respect'. His na�ve perception of his family and the world "that's my family Kay, its not me" is significantly altered by the end "my father is no different to any man who is responsible for the lives of other people". ...read more.

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The persona is at first "rapt" at the sight of the starfish but having "the museum" an authoritative figure informing her of the detrimental effect of the starfish "gobbling them who belong here" she no longer gains the same satisfaction at their sight. The use of "Yesterday" and "Today' further extenuates the ease with which our views can be altered. "The Lazy Poem" is a more laid back poem by Porter, dealing with seemingly more insignificant changes. With a casual and colloquial tone, Porter displays the power of inspiration on changing our perceptions. A poet presumably suffering from writer's bloc gains a burst of inspiration from a rosella thereby composing the poem. Like Radiance and The Godfather the poem is also used to change the responder's view of the process of writing. Change in perspective occurs as a result of experiences either monumental or trivial and by changing our perceptions we can alter the way we view the world, as most often it is not the world around us that change, just how we view it, and hence ourselves. 1 GF3 ...read more.

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