first of all thank you very much for your constructive comment on my last entry. I also appreciate that you spotted my grammatical errors because it is important for me to improve.
About your entry “The Measure”. I really like that you related it to the current Anzac day. You go very deep in meaning. This is good but for me it seemed that you mentioned a lot of very important things but you did not go further.
Also I like you highlighting of your text. It supports the reader.
Keep on your good work.
All the best,
in this post I want to focus on certain parts of the two poems which were very noticeable to me.
Charles Harpur definitely values the silence of nature. For me his poem sounds like the possibility to escape from our everyday lives. Escape from the “being-all-the-time-up-to-date-society” and relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.
“Not a sound disturbs the air, there is quiet everywhere [..]” (Harpur)
He uses a lot of metaphors and personifications. Furthermore his poem has a nice flow (in my opinion easier to read and to feel than Kendall´s poem) which brings along the relaxation. While doing so he stays in the present tense.
Henry Kendall describes more the appearance of the nature.
“When rain and the sunbeams shine mingled together [..]” (Kendall)
“Welcome as waters unkissed by the summers
Are the voices of bell-birds to the thirsty far-comers.” (Kendall)
As you recognise his choice of adjectives is very strong and emotional. To express himself and how he values the nature he uses the past tense and is very nostalgic about the past.
“Often I sit, looking back to a childhood,
Mixt with the sights and the sounds of the wildwood [..]” (Kendall)
Kia ora to my blog again,
Kia ora means welcome or be well in Maori. The reason why I write about the Maori is because I spent my Easter break in New Zealand and the way they live with the indigenous people is a way different from Australia. First thing which was very demonstrative was that everything was written/translated in Maori – even in the supermarket. Second striking thing was how they live together. It seems more peaceful and integrated. They celebrate together in the clubs/pubs and they seem to be employed in high position jobs such as lawyers. I met several Maori and they live together with all the people in one country – together. Beside the amazing and most beautiful landscape I´ve every seen this was great.
I choose a painting from the Auckland Art Gallery because I couldn´t attend to your NSW Art Gallery trip but anyway I hope you had fun.
When I saw this painting I was thinking about the things I described above. For me the variety of colours represent the connectedness between the different cultures living in NZ. The squares could be interpreted as houses which belong together. Feel free to write your interpretation of this picture!
All the best,
thank you for your last comment on my post!
I totally agree with you that the man doesn´t look happy at all. There are just several ways to interpret this picture. How did you get to these thoughts? Do you have more background information? Anyway I really like your interpretation of this painting. It shows that you really tried to connect with the painting.
All the best,
the most important and interesting idea in Indigenous literature is the view of life as a cycle. This means that we all need what mother earth created and that we do not own anything. Indigenous culture is based on sharing but western society often acts very arrogant and indiscriminate especially with our nature. I am fascinated and curious about the way they are connected with the nature. The poet Kevin Gilbert expresses this attitude in an incredible way in his poem “Tree”.
“[..] earth and God and man is nothing until they fuse and become a total sum of something together fuse to consciousness of all and every sacred part aware alive in true affinity.”
(Macquarie Pen Anthology of Aboriginal Literature 84)
As Yothu Yindi says “We don´t own mother earth the earth owns us” we should change our thinking. This is a treaty from which we can not escape.
In real life
The tracks outside
Not listen to music
Listen to sounds
The nature provides
Hope you can make sense out of it. Enjoy the Easter time!
See you soon,
first of all thank you for your comment on my last contribution. Second I was very impressed by your article especially that you connected the book with the man who experienced a new culture in the rainforest with Indigenous issues. Reading your article clearly shows that you have a creative mind. Keep on doing like this! The book is in Germany but of you want to travel there you can borrow it. Is there a chance to borrow the book you mentioned?
All the best,