Australian Aboriginal culture Essay.
“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.
Simile 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 Personification 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 laughing games, the wandering camp fires. We are the lightening bold over Gaphembah Hill. Where the aboriginal culture is embodied and represented by the persons themselves. The repetition of we suggest the unity of the aboriginal community and the tone here is happy as well. Alliteration Life is learning things, life is onward. What you learn from the past, is a wealth of knowledge to bring to the future so as not to repeat those mistakes.
Treat mistakes in life as lessons to learn to achieve wisdom. Do not dwell on the past, just move on and appreciate what you have achieved along the way. Conclusion In conclusion, the author makes use of techniques such as simile, personification and alliteration as devices to make her works sound interesting, as it would not be appealing to write everyday talk in a poem or a story for such matter that would be too long, boring and common.
The devices and techniques utilized are like another dimension for one who wants to get away from everyday life and to create sound within a point. Moreover, techniques could be used to complement or emphasize the message the author wishes to convey in a creative manner. Techniques also create a mood and reveal the speaker’s attitude. The poems of Noonuccal expressed her opinions, advocacy and passion for her people.