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Judith Wright Poetry

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Introduction

English A1 Assignment The Legend by Judith Wright Analysis By Arjun Sharma The title " Legend" is important for this poem since we as readers can relate to legends . legends give us hope, they are usually portrayed as common and ordinary people. The fact that the " Blacks smiths boy is a legend/protagonist of this poem complements and emphasises the meaning. We also develop a rhyme scheme in this poem which is ABCDBABCA. The poem begins with the phrase "The blacksmiths boy" which is referenced several times later in the poem. In fact there are frequent uses of words relating to "black" used by the poet throughout out this poem. This is maybe to portray darker imagery in the readers mind or this also can interpreted as a foreshadowing technique used by the poet to foreshadow a tragic or an unfortunate event that may take place. Repetition of Words such as "black hat", "black dog" again emphasise the darker imagery exhibited in the poem which again adds a gloomy atmospheres in the poem. ...read more.

Middle

"Crows" and "Mountains" can be interpreted as the forces of nature trying to stop the protagonist from completing his mission or reaching his destination, Crows again can be seen as bad omen as they are signals of death or bad coming. This again may be a foreshadowing technique used in disguise by the poet to foreshadow that death may lie ahead of us in the poem. The crow can also be linked to Judith Wright's previous poem known as raven. The use of words in the poem such as "crows", "spiders", "dogs" again depict the extent of animal imagery which is used in the poem. The repetition of "I can" is again referenced in the last verse which expresses his commitment and desire to overcome the challenges nature provides him. He begins the next verse by contrasting himself with nature, " the sun began falling, up came the night ready to swallow him" the poet then links this phrase with further darker imagery by comparing the night to the black hat, black dog and barrel of a gun. ...read more.

Conclusion

Animal imagery is again referenced by implementing similie as a figure of speech and comparing the protagonist to a hare or a fox, this may have been done to express the situation better visually to allow the reader to easily understand. "The colours and the cold", here Judith Wright who is from Australia uses the imagery at a personal level by comparing the outbreaks of England to Australia in terms of weather. The cold weather brings freshness to the protagonist. "The blacksmith's boy hung the rainbow on his shoulder instead of his broken gun" The rainbow now is a replacement for the protagonist and can be interpreted as his new link to the society and the environment around him. It is an element of hope that drives the protagonist forward to his journey. There is a much happier tone in this verse and we near the completion of his journey, the sun and the rainbow both shine and rise and are metaphors for the uprising of the protagonist ...read more.

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