Judith Wright's Poetry Essay

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Judith Wright's Poetry

In reference to Judith Wright's poetry as being of a unique and distinctive style, in particular
Wright is well known for her use of two subjects, that being the 'Australian aspect' where in her
work she commonly relates to the old traditional style of Australia's history and the harsh
landscape that is well known as an Australian trait. Three examples of this distinctive style of
writing is 'Remittance Man', 'South of my Days' and 'Legend'. The other of Wright's favoured
topics is the 'Womens view' or the feminist side of life, in which Wright creatively relays the
way a women perceives certain aspects of a subject compared to that of a man. there is also the
clear presence in all her feminist poems the indication of the womens traditional role in society
today and in particular the past. Three examples of this style is 'Women to Man', 'To Another
Housewife' and 'Eve to her Daughters'.
Whilst all of Wright's poetry has it's own way of giving the lasting impression of these two
aspects, in particular the poem Remittance Man stands out clearly in my mind as one of Wright's
most qualified examples of the Australian style. Even in the opening lines of this poem there is
the subtle indication of that impression that Wright so strongly feels for Australia and the people,
'The spendthrift, disinherited and graceless' this English outcast i.e The Remittance Man, has no
real class or presence of a respectable character, yet these three dishonorable words refer directly
to that almost traditional idea of what the Australian man was in the past. Once it is established
that this Remittance Man is not wanted in England however happily retreats to the shores of
Australia and finds self contentment with this almost opposite lifesyle where he feels no
jugdement is put on him, no more restrictions or unacceptable behaivour that he so frequently
disgraced his family with.
The main ideas of this poem is the constant comparison between the cold, formal aspect of
England to the harsh, laid back way of Australia, which is still a commonly perceived way that is
seen today. In the first stanza the line 'backtracks in the summer haze' gives the instant idea of
the Australian landscape that shows Wright's direct idea of what she distinguishes this as. This is
just the first in a numerous amount of lines that account for the typical view of Australia. There is
also a strong sense that Australia is the favoured compared to that of England, not just by the
Remittance Man but in Particular through the writing Wright's opinion seems clear, which is also
justified in her other Australian poems. Though England seems to have no real qualities in this
poem there is also subtle criticism to the refined English culture that Australians ironically are
renound to be the complete opposite in manner and in the social ettiquette that exists strongly in
England.
However once the English aspect is left behind The Remittance...

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