The Poetry Of Judith Wright Essay

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The Poetry of Judith Wright

Abstract
This report discusses the influences of Australia as well as the universal impact on the poetry of Judith Wright. It contains an evaluation of both the techniques and the "plot" behind the poems "Remittance Man, "South of My Days" and "Eve to her Daughters" as well as a comparison between the three poems. Australia, as Wright¡¦s homeland, has had a significant effect on the content of her poems but references to English scenes are also consistent as well as general references to the universal world.

Eve to Her Daughters.
?     Poem Summary
The poem ¡¥Eve to Her Daughters¡¦ tells of original sin and gives advice to the women (her daughters) of today from Eve regarding men. The first stanza describes the consequences of the fall but Eve¡¦s acceptance of it.

The second and third stanzas describe Adam¡¦s rebellion against the punishment and the ¡§insult¡K the trick They had played on us¡¨, ¡¥They¡¦ being God and Satan whom Adam has grouped together as a united opposition. Adam was discontent with the new life and strove to build a new Eden and put God ¡¥out of business¡¦.

The third and fourth stanzas tell the audience about Adam¡¦s attempt to understand how the world works and to disprove God¡¦s existence. In his quest to unravel everything he decides that if it ¡§cannot be demonstrated [it] does not exist¡¨. In this process he proves that humans themselves cannot exist and ¡§refuses to accept the conclusion¡¨.
The conclusion of the poem is in a sarcastic tone as a final message to Eve¡¦s ¡¥daughters¡¦ that everybody has faults and they always work out. She suggests that Adam is too stubborn to accept this and through this he has turned himself into a shapeless enigma that ¡§doesn¡¦t exist.¡¨

?     Universal References
The biblical references to Eve, Adam, Abel and Cain, as well as God and Satan are not linked to Judith Wright¡¦s homeland or any country in particular but in particular her Christian upbringing. The poem reflects feminist ideas as many of her poems do and also encourage thought by including hidden questions within the poem to challenge her audience. In the third stanza there is mentioned a number of ideals that modern people are striving for such as ¡§multiplied opportunities for safe investment and higher education¡¨ as well as advanced technologies and communications. This stanza has obviously been highly impacted upon by the world Wright was living in.

?     Australian References
There are no obvious references to Australia in this poem as it is aimed at a larger, more generic audience.

Remittance Man
?     Poem Summary
¡¥Remittance Man¡¦ is the story of a rich man who enjoyed spending his money rashly who is now living the Australian outback after being exiled from his family in England. The first stanza throws the audience immediately into the story, telling of how the man was pleased about the easy escape from the lifestyle and was now enjoying the freedom...

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