Let me briefly shed some light onto each of the poets, and their backgrounds, which eight help you all to have more of an understanding into some of the impacts on their writing. So first of all, let’s start with Mary Gilmore. I could talk about this woman for days, because she did so many amazing things In her life. I guess that the quickest way that I can get across to you just how much she did, is by telling you about her column in the Australian Worker, which she remained editor of the women’s page from 1908 right up until 1931.
Through her column, Gilmore campaigned for many different social and economic reforms, such as the women’s tot, child endowment, the relief of the poor, old age and Invalid pensions and the just treatment of Aborigines. Now moving onto to Margaret Scott. The basic background behind Scott, Is that she migrated over to live In Tasmania, from Bristol in the UK. Now that you have an extremely brief idea of each of the cultural aspect behind each author, I will now move onto the part that you are all here for.
The poems. Firstly, I am going to deconstruct the more gritty of the two, Migrants. The title is a bit of a spoiler, and basically describes what the poem is obviously about, migration from the UK, to Australia. A poetic technique that is repeatedly used in this poem, is personification. It is used quite a bit in the first stanza. The liner’s arid gaiety, thirsting For roots and cover, hungry for the solid fare’.
The reason that Scott does this is to try and convey to the audience that on her journey over from the I-J, she is seeming to notice the way that everything around her Is feeling or acting, yet in the first stanza, she doesn’t really say how she is feeling much at all. She lets the audience know of her personal fear In stanza 2, where less personification Is used. ND more of her own emotions come through. 1 OFF in Fourteen Poor Men is allusion. The reason for this, is because you, the audience, are required to have a basic knowledge of Australian history, to be able to deconstruct, and make sense of this poem.
Once you pick up that the main technique used in this poem is allusion, you can look at the poem in a different light altogether. If you read into the poem deep enough, you could argue that the reason Gilmore used this technique so much (Need a better word choice for ‘so much’), is because she wants the reader to understand that you must have some sort of knowledge of our own countries historical events and what has coupled us into the country and society that we are today, to be able to even remotely understand someone else’s culture.
Once again, thank you all so much for taking time out of your Sunday afternoon to come and learn more about fine Australian poetry. I hope that I have given you an insight into the poems that I discussed today, in regards to Multicultural Australia, and how is has progressed. I hope that I have been able to confirm your love for Australian poetry, and made you even more passionate. Have a great afternoon everyone, and feel free to ask me questions after the meeting.