To What Extent Did the Contrast from Both Our Study of Judith Wright, Oodgeroo Noonuccal and Bruce Dawe Make You Aware Poets Present Different Responses to the Same Issues?

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To what extent did the contrast from both our study of Judith Wright, Oodgeroo Noonuccal and Bruce Dawe make you aware poets present different responses to the same issues? Bruce Dawe and Judith Wright both present their readers with similar themes, although their style of writing differs. While Wright’s poetry is mainly focusing on the concerns about the natural world and society itself, Dawe’s poetry focuses on ordinary people in the suburbs and confronting their everyday problems. Although Wright and Dawe’s poetry style contrasts, they are still able to generate a different response to the themes of Human Relationship and Conflict using the similar techniques of language, repetition, symbolism and imagery. The effect that language has in both Wright and Dawe’s poetry plays a role in what the poem represents and how the reader understands it. Dawe’s poem ‘Life Cycle’ holds the purpose of the vicissitudes of life. A main feature in ‘Life Cycle’ is how in life, humans essentially end up the way that their childhood began. The effect of the language in the first line of the second stanza introduces the reader to this concept, ‘Carn, they cry, Carn, feebly at first’ which is then repeated in the eleventh stanza ‘the elderly still loyally crying Carn, Carn (if feebly) unto the very end’. Dawe uses this repetition for the reader to understand how the lifestyles are able to change, but the ending is similar to the beginning. Both Wright and Dawe use symbolism, although it is used in different forms. In ‘Life Cycle’ (Dawe), there are many religious symbols used, such as ‘demons and saints’, ‘ladder into heaven’ and ‘voice of God booming from the stands’. This is very similar to the religious symbols and references made in Wright’s ‘Woman to Man’. ‘Woman to Man’s’ purpose is to convey to the reader the awe of creation, and to discuss how the act of creation and life is timeless. In the second stanza, it discusses the embrace that the unborn child holds between the...
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