Representation of Australia in Wright

             “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 to mark the dancing-ring: the apple-gums posture and mime a past corroboree, murmur a broken chant.’ 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. 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. The techniques that have been used to portray this image of the landscape is; personification, imagery and descriptive language. In the second stanza, the grass is personified as human, “the grass stands up”. Wright also personifies the apple-gums as the Aborigines who used to dance their tradition...

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