Comparing Poems 'When The Children Come Home And We Are Going'

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The Great Australian Loneliness By Tim Maier Solitude, alienated, seclusion, alone, abandoned, isolated, deserted, reclusive. All these words have one thing in common, loneliness. The Great Australian Loneliness can be portrayed in various ways. There is our geographical location compared to the rest of the western world, how sparsely populated Australia is in contrast to other countries, our relationship to the indigenous people and our cluttered cities. Good morning Miss Price and fellow students today I will be analysing certain poetic devices concealed within the following two poems, “When the children come home” by Henry Lawson and “We Are Going” by Oodegroo Noonuccal and interpret their meanings and how they connect with the idea of The Great Australian Loneliness. Firstly I would like you to shift your attention to the poem We Are Going. Written by Oodgeroo Noonuccal it depicts the European colonisation of Australia from an indigenous perspective. It has been criticised amongst many critics as being more propaganda than poetry. Oodgeroo Noonuccal dismisses these comments and…show more content…
Where the diminishing effect is further strengthened by using constant repetition. Repeatedly using the word “gone” to amplify the destruction of indigenous culture, “the eagle is gone”, “the bora ring is gone”, the corroboree is gone”. The eagle, the bora ring and the corroboree all played a major part in indigenous culture. The eagle was a sign of spiritual healing and strength. The bora ring is a spiritual ring made of rocks used for indigenous rituals. The corroboree was an event where Aborigines interacted with the Dreamtime through dance, music and costume. However this culture was mostly destroyed by European colonization relating back to the Great Australian

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