ROBERT GRAY ESSAY
Question: “Discoveries can be new and refreshing or challenging and confronting”
The self discovery of an unknown or veiled environment can be new and reinvigorate or denouncing and encountering. Self discovery involves the process of an individual, which inaugurate’s new features of an certain status. Robert Gray and Christo Erasmus, both explore the concept of self discovery but alter the discovery to being either new and refreshing or challenging and confronting. “Journey, North Coast” written by poet Robert Gray, demonstrates the self discovery of a concealed environment. This influences the persona’s demeanour to an undulate and stimulating psyche. However, the poem “The meatworks” by Robert Gray, and short film “The Pencil” (TROPFEST) directed by Christo Erasmus, exposes the threats of a discovery. The persona in both text feel challenged and confronted by these discoveries. Therefore discoveries can be new and refreshing or challenging and confronting.
“Journey, North Coast” by Robert Gray, describes the journey of the persona from the city to a country location. The intriguing self discovery brings a refreshing feeling towards the persona who had the country surroundings concealed whilst living in the city. “it’s the train that booms and cracks,/ it tears the wind apart” sets the mood of the poem, as the viewer senses the excitement of the persona towards discovering the country side. The savage primal power of the engine that “tears the wind apart” matches his vitality and vigour. He can’t wait to let in the abundant light now that they have symbolically left the darkness of the night and twelve unhappy months spent in the city behind.
The refreshing discovery can also be seen through the use of aural imagery. The aural imagery created in the onomatopoeia of the words ‘booms’ and the ‘cracks’ and the verb ‘tears’ creates a sense of powerful energy and capture the excitement and celebration of this emotional journey. The recapturing of