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Summary: Judith Wright Expresses Concern for Our Society and Conveys This Through Her Poem's "Eve to Her Daughters" and "South of My Days." Wright Uses a Variety of Techniques to Appeal to the Responder.

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Summary: Judith Wright expresses concern for our society and conveys this through her poem's "Eve to her Daughters" and "South of my Days." Wright uses a variety of techniques to appeal to the responder.

Judith Wright is a commendable poet and part of her achievement is her ability to express ideas and personal reactions that are effectively communicated to the responder. Wright expresses concern for our society and conveys this through her poem's "Eve to her Daughters" and "South of my Days." Wright uses a variety of techniques to appeal to the responder. The poem "Eve to her Daughters" is an imaginative account grounded in the biblical story of `Adam and Eve' and it still retains its relevance for twentieth century people. Wright dramatises the argument that the preoccupation with technology and the quest for knowledge and scientific proof is dangerous for human kind and has caused people to forget their traditional relationship with God. Also, from a feminist reading the poem ultimately acknowledges that females are submissive. The poem sees Eve talking to her daughters about their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. The poem opens very formally "It was not I" to show that Eve is submissive to her husband. "Where Adam went I fairly contented to go" also reinforces this idea. The formal tone shifts in the next stanza to accommodate the humorous mood presented. In the line "He had discovered a flaw in himself" satirises Adam's realisation that he is not perfect. What Wright addresses here is implicit throughout the whole poem. The message conveyed is that human life is `imperfect' and the humorous line "It was hard to compete with Heaven" shows that it's impossible to equal God. In the third stanza, Eve imitates Adam's voice and in a few lines she lists his argument. In a public retrospective voice "The earth must be made a new Eden with central heating...." she lists the achievements of technological progress. Men have generally taken the credit for these...

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