How is language used to represent distinctly Australian visions in Douglas Stewarts Poetry? Use “Snow gum and Lady feeding the cats”
Douglas Stewart is one of the great poets who portray the though and varied landscape, with its flora and fauna using his poetry and diverse vocabulary. His effective use of poetic techniques and high level of imagination combined with passion for Australia gives him the possibility to create poems such as ‘Snow Gum’ that admires a unique Australian landscape. ‘Lady feeding the cats’ is a rather different poem that focuses on the city area rather than the bush. These poems represent distinctly Australian visions and provides a clear image to the reader through various language devices.
‘The Snow Gum’ is a poem which explores an Australian iconic gum tree that grows in the snowy areas of Australia. Douglas Stewart’s vision of the snow gum tree on a sunny day in winter, casting its shadow on the flat snow is conveyed with a variety of imagery and by using various language techniques. The poet uses descriptive language in the second stanza starting from “leaf upon Leaf fidelity” to “Now shown in clear reflection”. This describes the imagery of the gumtree’s reflection on the snow. The word “fidelity” and the repetition of “leaf” combine the idea of a relationship between the tree and its shadow and how they are being faithful to each other. This use of language conveys to the reader how accurate and sharp the shadow is on the show as it copies every movement of the tree. This enables the reader to understand and visualise the scene described by the poet.
The use of personification in the first stanza “Performing its slow miracle” outlines the human like actions done by a non-human object. The reader can “see” the “performance” of the tree its shadow. The word “miracle” also provides a sense of god-like properties that adds to its beauty and nobility. In the last stanza, the repetition of “out of the “in the first two lines coveys a strong separation of the tree from the harsh environmental conditions that face it. The repetition emphasis the barriers against belonging to an alien environment and how it overcame it and stands proudly on the snow. This is a distinctly Australian phenomenon, a gum tree surviving and being so beautiful on the snow, and Douglas Stewart has captures and conveyed this vision through his poetic devices.
“lady Feeding the Cats” is a poem that at an old lady from the slums feeding homeless cats on the road. This is distantly Australian because of the location the poet describes is the Domainwith Moreton bays which is ocated in the heart of Sydney. Douglas Stewart conveys this sense of interactions between humas and animals using a variey of poetic devices. Onomatepia is used such examples “shuffling, “hiss” and “howl” expressing the actions defined by sounds from the lady and the cats. These action words help the reader to “hear” the actions done by characters. The use of descriptive language “Her long dress green … She cats and those villainous toms “provides s strong image through naturalistic imagery to create strong visuals on the reader.
Even though the poet describes a scene of wild cats roaming on the street, he gives a mark of respect to the cats by comparing them to royal soldiers. This use of allusion shown in the second stanza “Proudly they step to meet her … waving of plumy tails”. The port is suggesting these cats are important and well known. The respect continues to lady through the cats’ perspective expressed with the imagery in the second stanza “they think she is a princess out of a tower” showing the poets’ vision of royalty as if she’s from slums; she is a princess to the cats because she survives cats from hunger.
As shown above, the two poems from Douglas Stewart “snow Gum” and “lady Feeding the Cats” represent distinctly Australian visions through the use of poetic devices. The poet’s perspectives of Australian nature and its relationship with humans is conveyed with the use of a variety of language techniques which helps readers share the poet’s distinctly Australian visions.
Arthur Schopenhauer once said “every men take the limit of his own field of vision for the limits of world “a vision is the best path way to understand culture. And today I will be talking about Australian vision through Douglas Stewart’s “eyes” .Australian vision are a reflection is Australian beliefs, value, and perceptions. In Mr. Stewart’s poems explore concepts of Australian’s egalitarianism, Australia flora and fauna, Aussie battler. The poems clearly present those ideas. Wombat’s Aussie battler struggle for survival, the beauty of Australian flora “snow gum” that is standout out in snow. In the poem “then snow gum” Douglas Stewart present the ideas of snow gum’s inner strength as it overcomes the difficulties as an Aussie battler and the beauty of Australia’s flora. The use of imagery “out of granite’s eternity”, “out of winter’s long enmity” the bitter, cruel climate and harsh environment create the idea of winter as an enemy, and the solid, dark, hard element of granite.
All those present an idea of Aussie battler as the snow gum has struggled to survive in this harsh environment. Also suggest an idea that Australians can struggle to survival through difficulties and push themselves to try harder and never give up. And the use of simile connect snow gum to “ecstasy” by using hyperbolic emotive language drop a hint to audience a spiritual connection and shows that the poet were amazed by the view of the tree in the snow and he was enjoyed. And the color of “silver” and “green” is symbolize the warm life in the cold winter and is a miracle to survived in this harsh environment.
The poem “snow gum” is a vision of Australians overcomes the troubles and face the difficulties at the same time he shows the amazing picture of Australian’s flora The poem “wombat” shows us another side of Australian visions such as: Australia fauna and egalitarianism. The use of metaphor demonstrates the idea of egalitarianism “we have one mother, good brother” the metaphor emphasizes the relationship between mother earth and the wombat and we clearly see the earth has a deep connection with the wombat 1st the earth provide shelter 2nd the earth give the wombat food to survival. And it also shows the kinship between the poet and the wombat suggesting an idea that we are come from the same Mother Nature, and we are a family.