The obvious technique is slow deliberate repetition. This reinforces the ancient sigh of a people dispossessed. All that is sacred has been violated. A history is being expunged.
Alliteration: subdued and silent ( we even faintly hear the shush)
Simile: white men hurry about like ants
There are metaphors used by the naive speaker in this poem. They are the land, the elements, the fauna, the flora and the history. The warning is all this heart will be gone if the white man has his way.
Kath Walker was right.
Her warning was not heard.
And they are gone!
1. Explain why they are “silent and subdued”.
2. How are white men represented? Why?
3. What is a bora ring and explain why it is so central to this poem. 4. Explain their reaction in line 8.
5. Lines 9-17 begin a ‘litany’. What is the effect produced? 6. Comment on the significance of metaphors used in the poem. 7. Comment on the structure and form of this poem.
8. Why does Thunder have a capital letter?
9. Comment on the mood and atmosphere...