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Municipal Gum

Oodgeroo Noonuccal
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Camila Cremonese

on 6 October 2014

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Transcript of Municipal Gum

Municipal Gum
Simile
Here you seem to me
Like that poor cart-horse...

- comparing the tree to a cart-horse, A cart-horse is not free or wild - it is captured and made to work, bent under man's will. The tree is in the same situation.
Juxtaposition
Gumtree in the city street

-unusual place for a tree to be
Extension Activities
Vocabulary:
Castrate
- verb (used with object)
to remove the testes of; emasculate; geld.

Also has connotation of removing strength and masculinity
Other techniques
Rhyme: feet/street, halls/calls
Gumtree in the city street,
Hard bitumen around your feet,
Rather you should be
In the cool world of leafy forest halls
And wild bird calls.
Here you seem to me
Like that poor cart-horse
Castrated, broken, a thing wronged,
Strapped and buckled, its hell prolonged,
Whose hung head and listless mien express
Its hopelessness.
Municipal gum, it is dolorous
To see you thus
Set in your black grass of bitumen –
O fellow citizen,
What have they done to us?

Personification
Hard bitumen around your
feet

- the tree's feet are the roots
Contrasting Imagery
In the cool world of leafy forest halls

- bitumen is hot, especially in the sun, so here is a contrasting image of the hot black street against the cool green forest
How does this first part of the poem make you feel?
Listless
- adjective

having or showing little or no interest in anything; languid; spiritless; indifferent:
Mien
- noun (pronounced: meen)

air, bearing, or demeanor, as showing character, feeling, etc.

A person's face can also be his/her 'mien'
Personification
O fellow citizen

- the tree is no longer a tree. It is human, living in the city with the humans
Contrast
Black grass of bitumen

- the bitumen is being likened to grass around the tree trunk, but bitumen is hard and dead where grass is soft and alive
Rhetorical question
What have they done to us?

- ask us to think about the similarity between the tree and the urban Aboriginal
Vocabulary
Dolorous
- adjective

full of, expressing, or causing pain or sorrow; grievous; mournful.
Oodgeroo Noonuccal
Choose from one of the following activities:

1. Make a poster about Oodgeroo (her life, works, etc). Include pictures and make it pretty.

2. Make a short film recording of you reading/declaiming the poem. Be creative - go outside, use images from the web, sing the poem... up to you.

3. Write a detailed analysis (mini essay) of the poem answering the question:
'What themes are present in this poem and how does the author convey these themes to the reader'?

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