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Judith Wright English Summative
Transcript of Judith Wright English Summative
climbed through, slid under those long banks of
(hawthorn hedges in spring, thorns in the face stinging).
How his brown strength drove through the hollow and coil
of green-through weirs of water!
Muscle of arm thrust down long muscle of water;
and swimming so, went out of sight
where mortal, masterful, frail, the gulls went wheeling
in air as he in water, with delight.
Turn home, the sun goes down; swimmer, turn home.
Last leaf of gold vanishes from the sea-curve.
Take the big roller’s shoulder, speed and serve;
come to the long beach home like a gull diving.
For on the sand the grey-wolf sea lies, snarling,
cold twilight wind splits the waves’ hair and shows
the bones they worry in their wolf-teeth. O, wind blows
and sea crouches on sand, fawning and mouthing;
drops there and snatches again, drops and again snatches
its broken toys, its whitened pebbles and shells. Works Cited Summative Presentation by Sijia Wang Legend: Creative Analysis The land of Australia: Environmental Inspirations The Aboriginals: A voice for the injustice done to Natives Personal Life: Marriage and Age Theme •Man can never be above nor fully conquer nature: though the sea seems demure in the daytime, the sea actually contains much more power that cannot be controlled by man.
•The nature of the sea is constantly changing: one moment it is pleasant and manageable but the next moment, it is savage and brutal, ready to kill. Connotations 1
20 Sound + Form Shifts Parallel Structure: #7
Personification: #18 Stanza length
"wh" --> "whooshing", suggets exhilaration, soft sounding
"ss" --> sinister + bestial + unsettling atmosphere 2nd stanza the pivotal point from docile to savage
revelation of violent nature: #13
change in time: #11 - day to night, complements the darker and spontaneously dangerous sea Her father would recount tales he gets from his Aboriginal nurse: Main inspiration for her first book "The Moving Image"
focus on the necessity to craft a distinct Australian identity through connecting with the land
she later established herself as an environmental activist because of her love of the land and nature STANZA 1:
South of my days' circle, part of my blood's country,
rises that tableland, high delicate outline
of bony slopes wincing under the winter,
low trees, blue-leaved and olive, outcropping granite-
clean, lean, hungry country. The creek's leaf-silenced,
willow choked, the slope a tangle of medlar and crabapple
branching over and under, blotched with a green lichen;
and the old cottage lurches in for shelter.
STANZA 6 (Last):
South of my days' circle.
I know it dark against the stars, the high lean country
full of old stories that still go walking in my sleep. SOUTH OF MY DAYS From "Preoccupations of Australian Poetry" by Wright: "The writer must be at peace with his landscape before he can turn confidently to its human figures."
"But in Australian writing the landscape [is] hostile to its human inhabitants."
Pg xi ("South of My Days") Some of her poetry recounts the lost traditions of the Natives
"unusual for that time, they also take some responsibility for the loss"
became an activist for the Aboriginals (Brady) BORA RING The song is gone; the dance
is secret with the dancers in the earth,
the ritual useless, and the tribal story
lost in an alien tale. Only the grass stands up
to mark the dancing-ring; the apple-gums
posture and mime a past corroboree,
murmur a broken chant. The hunter is gone; the spear
is splintered underground; the painted bodies
a dream the world breathed sleeping and forgot.
The nomad feet are still. Only the rider's heart
halts at a sightless shadow, an unsaid word that fastens in the blood of the ancient curse,
the fear as old as Cain. ("Bora Ring") family descent: English gentry
Her family followed and valued the imperial tradition
Wright, as a child, challenged this tradition
Eg: she would "scandalize her father by sympathizing with Mahatma Gandhi in his struggle against the British" Wright met Jack Philip McKinney and he was the first man that Wright badly wanted to have a child with (Brady)
at old age, she was afflicted with deafness and blindness which she still wrote about in her poetry, with a note of defiance and energy WOMAN TO MAN ("Woman to Man") Stanza 1:
The eyeless labourer in the night,
the selfless, shapeless seed I hold,
builds for its resurrection day---
silent and swift and deep from sight
foresees the unimagined light. Stanza 3:
This is the strength that your arm knows,the arc of flesh that is my breast,the precise crystals of our eyes.This is the blood's wild tree that growsthe intricate and folded rose. Excerpt from Fourth Quarter and Other Poems
You bitter sign,
last lemon-quarter grin,
tell me to throw it in?
I won't resign. Excerpt from "Pressures":
Gravity's drag, time's wear, keep pressing downwards,
moving loose stones downslope, sinking hills like wet
I move more slowly this year, neck falling in folds,
pulses more visible; yet there's still a thrust in the arteries. Blood slows, thickens, silts--yet when I saw you
once again, what a joy set this pulse jumping. ("The Surfer") The blacksmith's boy went out with a rifleand a black dog running behind.Cobwebs snatched at his feet,rivers hindered him,thorn branches caught at his eyes to make him blindand the sky turned into an unlucky opal, LEGEND but he didn't mind.I can break branches, I can swim rivers, I can stare out any spider I meet,said he to his dog and his rifle. The blacksmith's boy went over the paddocks
with his old black hat on his head.
Mountains jumped in his way,
rocks rolled down on him,
and the old crow cried, You'll soon be dead.
And the rain came down like mattocks.
But he only said,
I can climb mountains, I can dodge rocks, I can shoot an old crow any day,
and he went on over the paddocks. When he came to the end of the day, the sun began falling,
Up came the night ready to swallow him,
like the barrel of a gun,
like an old black hat,
like a black dog hungry to follow him.
Then the pigeon, the magpie and the dove began wailing
and the grass lay down to pillow him.
His rifle broke, his hat blew away and his dog was gone and the sun was falling. But in front of the night, the rainbow stood on the mountain,
just as his heart foretold.
He ran like a hare,
he climbed like a fox;
he caught it in his hands, the colours and the cold -
like a bar of ice, like the column of a fountain,
like a ring of gold.
The pigeon, the magpie and the dove flew up to stare,
and the grass stood up again on the mountain. The blacksmith's boy hung the rainbow on his shoulder
instead of his broken gun.
Lizards ran out to see, snakes made way for him,
and the rainbow shone as brightly as the sun.
All the world said, Nobody is braver, nobody is bolder,
nobody else has done
anything equal to it. He went home as easy as could be
with the swinging rainbow on his shoulder. THE END Pay Attention to: The Characters:
birds represent the different people in society
the crow = the pessimist who prefers to not take risks
the other birds who are worried about the boy and wail because they think he will not succeed
snakes + lizards: those who are "lower" who respect the boy because he is like an underdog who did the impossible
represents blindness, not knowing the future, whether it brings success or failure
also presents itself as a hindrance as the boy is successful only after he loses his possessions (black hat, black dog) --> representative of sacrifices
Nature: the obstacles it throws at the Blacksmith's boy (as if testing if he's worthy of the treasure, the Rainbow) illustrations are made by Sijia ("Another New England Kind of Day") ("waves, surfing, sharks, jaws") ("The Willow Story") ("Wilcox") ("Dr. Judith Wright") ("Smith") (Brady) ("Legend") "South of My Days." PoemHunter.Com. 13 Jan. 2003. Web. 13 Jan. 2013.
Wright, Judith. "The Surfer." Trans. Array Five senses: selected poems. Sydney: Angus and
Robertson, 1986. 16. Print.
Wright, Judith. "Woman to Man." PoemHunter.Com. 13 Jan. 2003. Web. 13 Jan. 2013.
*note: spelling of “Currriculum” is as it appears on the site Another New England Kind of Day. 2008. WordPress. Web. 13 Jan 2013.
"Currriculum Vitae." Universitat de Lleida. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Jan 2013.
Dr. Judith Wright. N.d. Wright Living, Chicago. Web. 13 Jan 2013.
Wilcox, Julie. Extreme Surfing. 2012. Julie Wilcox MethodWeb. 13 Jan 2013.
Smith, Heide. Judith Wright McKinney. N.d. Photographs of Canberra. Web. 13 Jan 2013.
The Willow Story. 2010. Blogspot, Oregon. Web. 13 Jan 2013.
Waves, Surfing, Sharks, Jaws. 2012. Wallpapers Download. Web. 13 Jan 2013.
Wright, Judith. "Bora Ring." PoemHunter.Com. 13 Jan. 2003. Web. 13 Jan. 2013.
Wright, Judith. Fourth Quarter and Other Poems. 1st ed. Melbourne: Angus & Robertson, 1976.
Wright, Judith. "Legend." Trans. Array Five senses: selected poems. Sydney: Angus and
Robertson, 1986. 75. Print.
Wright, Judith. Phantom Dweller. Melbourne: Angus & Robertson, 1985. Print.
Wright, Judith. Preoccupations in Australian Poetry. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1965.
xi-xxi. Print. Old Age Youth