Time Is Running Out Oodgeroo Noonuccal Essay

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Jim Morrison once said, “If poetry aims to achieve anything, it's to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel”. This quote relates to how Oodgeroo Noonuccal presents ideas about mining in her poem aimed at Australians to help them understand how Aboriginal people feel. In her poem ‘Time is Running Out’ Oodgeroo Noonuccal presents the idea that white people have come over and destroyed her land by mining it, an idea I am positioned to agree with. Oodgeroo Noonuccal wrote this poem because she cares about the land and she is an Indigenous Australian. Oodgeroo Noonuccal like all Aboriginal people has a spiritual, physical, social and cultural connection to the land. An example is that she changed her name from Kath Walker to her Aboriginal name Oodgeroo Noonuccal. With Kath Walker keeping her Aboriginal name this represents her Aboriginality. She also was a political activist as she cared about the land. I, as a member of a western culture, was not raised to care about the land and I believe the earth is just rock, not a living thing.…show more content…
Personification is when a writer gives a non-living thing human qualities. For example in her poem Kath Walker describes how “the miner rapes the heart of the earth”. This quote represents how Aboriginal people believe that the earth is a living thing. Here, Kath Walker suggests that the miners are assaulting the earth and taking the minerals which is the earth’s heart. Furthermore, Walker is trying to present the idea that if the miners remove all the minerals the earth will die. I am positioned to feel angry towards the miners because they are destroying Aboriginal land but I wasn't raised to care about the

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