How Is Gwen Harwood's Poetry Received In 1960's And In 2003 Also Make Reference To One Critical Essay From The 1960's?

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"Consider at least two of Harwood's poems and discuss their relevance in 2003. You will also need to consider how they were received by the audience in the 1960's (context)"Relevance has to do with the matter in hand, while context is the circumstances or facts that surround a particular situation or event. Gwen Harwood's poems are received differently between the 1960's and 2003 as the context changes. Alter Ego, The Violets and At Mornington all show this difference as the themes and context of the poems are viewed in different time periods, in different ways. Chris Wallace-Crabbe wrote a critical essay on Gwen Harwood Poetry in 1969 this could show how the poetry was received during the period of 1960's to 1970's.Alter Ego has many themes that are relevant to the context of 2003. 'go/on paths of love and pain/to meet you face to face' shows that life is a journey to find self-knowledge. It is relevant for 2003 as you take your life journey you learn about yourself and the inner you that you might have not known before you started your journey. This quote also shows that life is a mixture of love and of pain, of trial and of triumph, of creation and of defeat. Relevance in 2003 is that no matter what you do in life you will always encounter these happy times and troubled times.Time is a destroyer of love and beauty is shown by 'childhood's steady air/to love, like a blown flame'. Its relevance is time is on going and not different between context therefore it is going to be the thing to destroy the love between people and beauty they had when they were younger.Memory is an item everybody has and is able to use sometime in their life therefore 'music and thought reverse/their flow' shows the power of memory. Memory is relevant for 2003, as memory is apart of life and no matter what triggers the memories they are an important part of life. All these themes mentioned about Alter Ego have relevance in 2003 as the poem talks about the aspects of life that are understood by all responders no matter the age.Alter Ego is one of Gwen Harwood's poems that can be defined as timeless because the themes can be relevant in 1960 or 2003. These themes are relevant as the journey of life does not change it is the view of the people that changes. Time is a universal measurement consequently no matter what year you are in time goes on and continues to destroy love and beauty. Memory is a thing you cannot change everybody has it no matter what time period they are in. The level they use the memory may be different but it still has the same influence. The only context difference is the understanding of Mozart. Responders in the 1960's would have the understanding of Mozart and he's situation where as responders from 2003 wouldn't know about Mozart and his hearing loss because in 2003 less and less classical music is listened to. Therefore, Alter Ego is a poem that can be understood no matter what time period you are reading the poem in.The Violets also talks about...

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