Topics: Oodgeroo Noonuccal, North Stradbroke Island, Indigenous Australians Pages: 2 (561 words) Published: May 23, 2013
“Explain how Noonuccal has used poetic devices to respond to the events that occurred in her time.”

The author has utilized techniques in poetry such as metaphors, similes and alliteration in her works to convey her advocacy for equality and the continual disadvantages experienced by the Aboriginal people. Kath Walker or Kathleen Jean Mary Ruska also known as (Oodgeroo Noonuccal), was born in 1920, from Stradbroke Island, near Brisbane, Australia. She is an Aboriginal Australian, which explains her passion for her people. The theme in many of her works is the hope for understanding and peace between black and white Australians.  She wanted people to celebrate her achievements and to continue working for true understanding between all Australians. Oodgeroo's memory stands today as a shining role model for all Australians and as someone who strived for true respect and understanding between both the white and black communities.

Let Us Not Be Bitter by Oodgeroo Noonuccal
“The past is gone ‘like’ our childhood days of old,” The simile is highlighting and likening the certain event of the text to time and growing up, the importance of this is significant as the simile highlights a tone of sadness and second the detachment from childhood (which is happy) connotes her sadness with the person. So the simile involves people and their sadness. “The future comes ‘like’ dawn after the dark,”

The text here is saying that in spite of all they went through, as a people, the future will bring good and better days for them. This future is certain for them as the author is using the metaphor of a sunrise which is certain aspect of nature. The aboriginals as people could then build a brighter future from the dark past.

We Are Going by Oodgeroo Noonuccal
We are the corroboree and the bora ground.
We are the old ceremonies, the laws of the elders.
We are the wonder tales of Dream time, the tribal legends told. We are the past, the hunts and the...
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