We Are Going By Dorothea Mackellar Analysis

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In this world, each person can have a different perspective and opinion on one exact thing such as a political issue, the appearance of a certain individual, object, etc. The poems “My Country” by Dorothea Mackellar and “We Are Going” by Oodgeroo Noonuccal are both written in their own personal perspectives and give readers an insight into Australia’s exquisite environment and past tragedies. In Dorothea Mackellar’s poem “My Country”, she shares her admiration for Australia’s beauty and danger, landscape/geographical features and her personal relationship with the land. On the contrary, Oodgeroo Noonuccal the poet of “We Are Going”, writes the poem in an Aboriginal perspective and shares about Australia’s historically tragic past, indigenous …show more content…
Words like shaded, soft and dim show the peacefulness of England as oppose to the sunburnt and ragged mountains of Australia.
Although it may not be a lot, Dorothea Mackellar’s use and placement of exclamation points, emphasize her love for Australia and her strong belief in her opinion.
“The wide brown land for me!”
“Core of my heart, my country!”

To help the reader’s envision Australia’s divine landscape, Dorothea Mackellar uses a wide variety of language features such as alliteration, imagery and adjectives.
Alliteration is used in the text to draw attention to the words used and make them more interesting and emphasize the image that Dorothea Mackellar is trying to portray.
“Where lithe lianas coil,”
The incorporation of imagery in the text helps create a clearer and more distinct image in the reader’s mind and it also makes the readers feel like they are in the same location as Dorothea Mackellar, helping them relate to the poem more.
“The stark white ring-barked forests,
All tragic to the moon,
The sapphire-misted mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon,
Green tangle of the
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“I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror”
Although both poets (Dorothea Mackellar and Oodgeroo Noonuccal) have written about the same country, the opinions expressed through each individual poem is different. While Dorothea Mackellar is struck by homesickness while she writes, Oodgeroo Noonuccal on the contrary, is writing in her homeland about the tragic scene unfolding before her eyes.
Oodgeroo Noonuccal uses similes to construct an image in the readers mind of what she was witnessing. The effective use of this language feature is another factor that adds to the clarity of the scene she is trying to portray through this poem.
“…white men hurry about like ants.”
The specific description and use of words given of the appearance of their old bora ring (stanza 1, line 7-8) again helps to create a visual image in the reader’s mind and also convey the emotions felt when their land was being disrespected.
“Notice of the estate agent reads: 'Rubbish May Be Tipped Here '.
Now it half covers the traces of the old bora

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