Q. How does Australian poetry deal with universal themes?
In all 3 poems universal themes such as loss, life and death are explored through the use of metaphors, personification and imagery this is not a thesis. Harwood and A.D Hope both use a variety of literary techniques in order to give the viewers a sense of fragility and how easily things can be lost. The themes and emotions shown in the poems all relate to each other as they all have similarities of leaving something behind in order to grow too vague connection to texts and ideas needs to be strong. Sophistication required in your writing.
In the poem “The Violets” by Gwen Harwood we can see how loss has impacted the character in the poem. This is seen when the main character in the poem is crying and asking, “Where’s morning gone?” this emphasises how fragile the child is and how things can be easily taken away. These universal themes of fragility and weakness are displayed throughout the text and could be easily relatable how? for the reader with their own personal experiences with fragility and weakness. Another example of loss is evident through the quote “Frail and melancholy flowers among ashes and loam” the ash represent death and fragility which serves as juxtaposition from flowers which usually would represent live and potential. This gives the reader more insight into universal themes of grief and loss using traumatic childhood experiences. These childhood experiences show how innocence and unknowing the character was during their childhood, this is also evident in the quote “the thing I could not grasp or name.” This is a monosyllabic quote intentionally written in order to further embody a simple minded child who is unknowing and ignorant of any grief for loss. This combination of unawareness, grief, life, death, fragility and weakness are all reoccurring universal themes throughout the other texts. This is too descriptive and explanatory, while your examples are good, your discussion lacks critical analysis *
The universal themes of innocence and ignorance too vague be specific; hat do you have to say about these two ideas are even further explored in the poem “glass jar” by Gwen Harwood don’t mention poet or poem in your topic sentence. Throughout the poem the reader is exposed to examples of biblical references, metaphors and imagery which all relate to innocence and ignorance. This can be seen in the quote “pulse of light beside his bed” where the pulse of light relates to the boys unconditional faith and belief in supernatural powers. He believes and can use this power of the light to overcome the “monsters that ringed his bed” and create a “holy common place of field and flower” The theme of innocence and ignorance is evident as he attempts to create a holy space where supernatural demons and evil spirits are not allowed to enter or not be welcomed all because of this powerful light he believes he can use. This plan may seem unrealistic to the reader ...