Journeys can include those that are physical, mental or inner and are often accompanied by challenges that can change the individual mostly for the better. Journeys are taken for many reasons, some are taken from choice and others are compulsory. A journey can be lone or be accompanied. The outcomes of journeys may shape the individual as a person.
I was not aware of the depth or many aspects of concept of journey till our study of it. After our study I have developed a appreciation not only of all of the things I have mentioned but the affect that journey has on the lives on everyone of us.
Wanderlust by Dorothy Hewett explores journeys, both physical and imaginative. The poem starts off with a quote from another poem. “When I was but thirteen or so I went into a golden land” and leads on to the protagonist stating that she wants to travel to the edge of the world. The reason for the girl’s desire for many traveling experiences first comes from the quote in W J Tuner’s Poem. Her wide spread of knowledge through her interest in books has also made her want to travel the world.
In Wanderlust the protagonist reveals the imaginative journey she takes through her books that she reads. Her sense of experiencing journey in her head is shown throughout the poem. “Taking off in a gypsy moth in the London to Sydney air race” “She wanted to travel to the edge of the world past the timberline” The journeys undertaken in her mind have made her who she is. The realization of life is her journey through all the books and travels in her imagination.
In the final stanza the meaning of her journey is given, she really wants to travel but she can’t. “She put the books back on the shelf” All the experiences given before were all fabricated in her imagination. Her ideas set alight her imagination which went wild, taking her all over the world. “She rifled the Pharaohs bones… looking down from the tops of the Andes….” Her experiences in all the...
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