Essay about Analysis Of Harwood 's Poem, At Mornington, By Gwen Harwood

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“In her poetry Harwood explores many facets of human experience. Discuss”
Throughout Gwen Harwood’s "Selected Poems", Harwood continuously seeks to examine the many different faces of human nature, which have been heavily influenced by her experiences as a child, a woman and in the moments prior to her death. Her poems explore and reveal the power of reminiscence and memories, rebellion against authority, as well as the idea of mortality, which are illustrated by many of Harwood’s different personas. The sophisticated language and the rich style of Harwood’s poems paint a vivid image of life that reflect the many different surfaces of human existence.
In some of Harwood’s poems, the persona demonstrates that memory can be used as a powerful conduit into the past and that such a pilgrimage is one of the many faces of human experience. In Harwood’s poem “At Mornington,” the persona is Harwood herself and the poem begins softly with an account of Harwood’s first encounter with the sea. Her memories are triggered by a reunion with an old friend and her tone of voice throughout the passage is reflective and contemplative. The repetition of the waves and water symbolises the passing of time and the flow of memories, and is used to link the past with the present. The persona of the poem initially believes that she can “walk on water” and that “it was only a matter of balance”; signifying the naive belief that she is capable of such defiance of natural law. This is later juxtaposed…

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