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Oodgeroo of the Noonuccal's poems The Dawn is at hand and We are Going provides contrasting perspectives on contemporary Aboriginal society. The tone in these poems is significant in allowing the reader to distinguish the perspectives. Oodgeroo expresses the tone in The Dawn is at Hand and We are Going by employing emotive writing, imagery, diverse language choices and metaphorical writing. Therefore it is important to explore how Oodgeroo manipulates these literary devices to signify the tone of her poems. Oodgeroo utilises emotive writing, focusing on the emotions of sorrow and hope, to dominate both her poems, We are Going and The Dawn is at Hand. Oodgeroo approaches emotive writing by using repetition and rhythm to exemplify the tone and therefore the contrasting emotions of the two poems. The last three lines of We are Going were short and sharp, "The bora ring is gone. The corroboree is gone. And we are going." The simple yet incisive last lines of the poem along with the repetition of the word "gone" were the core of the poem. ...read more.


(17-18) Aborigines were described as being "nature" in We are Going, and it is known that nature cannot be demolished by mankind. However, in line 7 to 8, it was stated that although Aborigines "belong here" they "are as strangers here now". The last line emphasised that the Aboriginal community accepts defeat and "we [they] are going". (25) Imagery within Oodgeroo's poems allows the audience to comprehend the extent of rejection of the white people to the indigenous community. In We are Going, the Aboriginal were described as "a semi-naked band subdued and silent". (2) These words underlined the fact that the Aborigines felt rejected and were withdrawn when they entered the white society. "Rubbish May Be Tipped Here" was the most powerful line in the poem. (6) This line was so significant because the lands and homes of the indigenous community were rejected and were compared to a place where waste and litter could be dumped. In We are Going, Oodgeroo further explains how the white men are taking over the land and rejecting the Aborigines. ...read more.


The motive that Oodgeroo has by varying the language choices is to distinguish the unpleasant past of the aboriginal society and the present world where it is "mate-ship wise" and is "a friendly land". (13, 19) The tone expressed in We are Going and The Dawn is at Hand, both written by Oodgeroo of the Noonuccal, emphasises the different perspectives of the contemporary Aboriginal society. The Dawn is at Hand held an optimistic tone throughout the poem. Oodgeroo metaphorically uses the word 'dawn' to send a message to the indigenous people that it is a new beginning and that "the shame of the past is over at last" and "the ban and bias will soon be gone". Oodgeroo on the other hand uses imagery in We are Going to set a sorrowful tone to the poem. Oodgeroo described the indigenous community as "gone and scattered" and this proved that the rejection from the white people immensely affected the indigenous community. The tone in these poems was essential in displaying to the reader the sorrowful past of the Aborigines, however, also presenting the optimistic perspective that the future still holds hope and opportunities for them. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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