Analysis Of The Poem ' Light Of The Centenary Celebration Of World War One '

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In light of the Centenary celebration of World War One, the Australian Journal of Poetry have asked young Australians to explore, analyse and explain how poetry is representative of socio-cultural and historical contexts. Drawing on raw emotion, The Measure by Dame Mary Gilmore reveals Mary’s attitude and idea towards war’s futile nature and her value of women’s equality. Mary’s socio-Cultural and historical background surrounding war’s meaningfulness, Her views and ideals about Women’s inequality and the poem’s invited reading and relatable content are all key factors that make this poem so powerful.

Dame Mary Gilmore’s socio-cultural and historical background was evocative in formulating her attitude and idea that war is futile. Born in Mary vale, New South Wales in 1865, Mary lived through both World War one and two. Living as a woman during wartime was no easy feat; Women were starting to take on more jobs throughout this time and were no longer seen as just the simple housewife. Mary was a passionate writer and journalist who participated heavily in the radicalism of her day; her second volume of poems, The Passionate Heart (1918), was a reflection of this radicalism (Wilde, "Australian Dictionary of Biography," 1983) Her poem ‘The Measure’ was used to reveal Mary’s attitude that war is futile. This distaste for war is seen in the first copulate of The Measure; where it states, “Must the young blood forever flow? Shall the wide wounds no closing know?” The use of…

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