Representation of Australia in Wright

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Judith Wright Poetry Long Essay “Remittance Man” and “Bora Ring” are poems by Judith Wright that both represent different feelings to Australia. “Remittance Man” is about a young man who is exiled to Australia by his family in England. Although this was meant to be a punishment, the man did not see it as one as the poem suggests that he enjoyed this new land. He enjoyed life and eventually died. “Bora Ring” in contrast, is about the stilling of the Aborigines traditions and their nomadic way to life, the spirituality of the landscape and the guilt that the settlers feel. They are both written in the time of ‘The Moving Image’ in 1946 where there are still controversial issues towards Aborigines and the colonization of Australia. Both poems have different attitudes and values of the landscape and the Aborigines of Australia and use techniques such as imagery, personification and descriptive language. “Bora Ring” and “Remittance Man” both portray differing attitudes to the landscape of Australia. In “Bora Ring” the land continues the past traditions of the Aborigines in that they mark the place of a past corroboree and they mime the dancers that used to dance there. ‘Only the grass stands up t Continue...


The rider in "Bora Ring seems unaccustomed to the land and sees it as harsh and unbeautiful. ' This also shows the significance of the land in Australia as it is the land that tells the stories of the past and holds the memories. The last part of this refers to what the man thinks other people think of him. The final stanza is the only stanza that refers to the Europeans. This is also shown by the third stanza, 'the spear is splintered underground' this shows that the memories are also held within the land and that they are not only shown by the land itself but hidden within it. This shows his preference to the Aboriginal women and that they are more intriguing than the women in England and perhaps more beautiful. This line of the poem implies that the Aborigines that are still there no longer have the freedom to practice their culture and traditions nor have the freedom that they used to. "The nomad feet are still also refers to this abolishing of the culture and traditions of the Aborigines. "Bora Ring also holds a different attitude to the Aborigines than in "Remittance Man. This shows a sense of homeliness to the man who has been exiled and that he is now comfortable in this land that he did not know at first. Here Wright introduces the thought that the Europeans did not take into consideration the destruction that would happen to a culture and tradition. In "Bora Ring, the attitude towards the Aborigines is one of guilt and a slight feeling of awareness. In the third stanza it talks of the Aborigines sleeping and forgot. The metaphor is "nowhere suited his book. Imagery also takes a significant role in the poem.