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Judith Wright Poems Analysis

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English Assignment 1 by Arjun Sharma Analysing Judith Wright Poem's: Turning Fifty Imagery: Sight:- "Sun to rise" "still, as the sun comes up" "to all I've seen and known to this new sun" " outside the green birds come" "Their wings wait for the sun" "dark, clean" " Though we've polluted even this air I breathe" Sound: "the day will quiet" Taste: " I drink my coffee and wait" "I taste my fifty years her in the cup" " for bread and water" " bitter" Touch: " I raise my cup" Sound/Rhyme/Rhythm: * There is no rhyming scheme in the poem. * Alliteration, consistent use of oxymoron's and a lot of nature based imagery add to the flow of the poem Mood/tone: * The tone of the poem is very key, for most of the poem the narrators tone is dark and ironic, however in the later stanzas it switches over to a more happier and hopeful tone. * The mood of the narrator for key stages of the poem is very reminiscent, regretful and nostalgic as the narrator is reminiscing her past experiences and regretting what she has seen. ...read more.

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The style of the diction used by the writer throughout the poem is very biblical, this is evident as there are constant allusions made to Moses and the use of words and phrase with biblical origins. The last two lines in the final stanza are more reflective to the rest of the poem " The prophet moses feeds the grape and fruitful is the promised land" could be said that it is used to emphasise that the land of Australia will never be tied with Englishmen and will always be tied with its cultue. Woman to man: Imagery : Imagery: * Sight- "the arc o flesh that is my breast" "a blaze of light along the blade" "The eyeless laborer in the night" "foresees the unimagined light" "the precise crystals of our eyes" "the blind head butting at the dark" * Touch- "the selfless, shapeless seed I hold" "the third who lay in our embrace" "This is the strength that your arm knows,"| "Oh hold me, for I am afraid" * Sound-"silent and swift" Sound/Rhyme/Rhythm: * The rhyme scheme is ABCAA which means in each stanza of the poem, the first line rhymes with the fourth and fifth line. ...read more.

Conclusion

* The rhyme scheme in this poem is ABCCB. This means that the 2nd and 5th line of each stanza rhymes and same with 3rd and 4th line. For example : O node and focus of the world; I hold you deep within that well you shall escape and not escape- that mirrors still your sleeping shape; that nurtures still your crescent cell. Voice/ Persona : * The poem is narrated from a first person perspective from the mother. * As the title suggests the mother is talking to her new born child about the difficulties the baby might face wile entering the new world. Tone/Mood: * The tone is similarly carried on from woman to man and brings out a very caring and loving tone. Her doubts on the trouble the baby will face in the new world has carried upon in this poem "O node and focus of the world, I hold you deep within that well, you shall escape and not escape" This stanza emphasises the mother concerns over the baby's presence in the world and fears that baby would be vulnerable. * The mood in few stanzas if the poem seems to depict happiness and joy, however as we progress in the poem the mood switches over to a more concerned and mournful mood. ...read more.

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