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Douglas Stewart Essay
Douglas Stewart is a poet that uses many different types of poetry and poetic devices. He usually writes about nature in his poems (Snow Gum, The wombat, The lizards, The lady feeding the cats) and writes as though the animals are his old friends. He uses a lot of your senses in the poems. Stewart often goes out and experiences the things he writes about. This makes the bond with nature and himself stronger.
In this poem Stewart relates to nature by writing about how the wombat acts to him and what he thinks of the wombat.
"Was there some thud of foot in the mist and the silence
That stiffens whisker and ear in sound's fierce absence"
He writes in a humorous tone -
"Poor lump of moveable clay, snuffling and blinking.
Too thick in the head to know what thumps in your thinking"
He uses imagery to give a lot of effects.
He uses Similes -
"Plunging like red flood water"
This gives the effect of the wombat plunging down at a very fast speed.
He uses Metaphors -
"Ha there! Old pig, old bear, old bristly and gingery"
This gives the effect that he thinks he is a good old friend with the wombat.
He uses Consonance -
"We have one mother, good brother; it is Her laughter
That sends you now snorting and plunging like red floodwater"
Here he says to the wombat we have one mother bringing them closer together.
Thumps, Trembling, Thud
This is used to make more of your senses being used when reading the poem
"Old pig, old bear, old bristly and gingerly."
This is used to emphasise what the writer is trying to convey.
This was my favourite of all his poems I have read because I liked how he made it humorous and made the wombat look like a fat old lazy animal.
This poem is about a lizard that loves his wife no matter what she looks like and then his wife is stolen. Stewart relates to animals in this poem by explaining the lizards behaviour and appearance and the area in which it lives.
"Maybe it's you the plovers mean when they open their
beaks and scream."
He uses imagery
"Her eyes are as red as bulldog ants"
"The broken ridge like a bullocks ribs"
"Her body is made of the speckled grass"
Meaning her body is green
"My wife is a lovely leathery green"
This shows how something can love something else when someone else can hate it.
"Her body is made of the speckled grass, a violet grows on
And I could watch her for fifty years if nobody blundered
This shows how much the lizard loves his wife.
"I think I'd be taking another track, and I wouldn't stop
"Over the valley the gum-trees grow, the vast blue ranges
This helps create the rhythm in the poem
Gasp, scream, crumbling.
Helps use all your senses and gives more expression to the poem.
"But I am forced to gasp an claw and roll and fight in a
If I am forced to fight in the dirt under the blue of the
Repetition is used to emphasise a point.
I thought this poem was ok.
This poem is about a snow gum that is perfect from every aspect in the writers' opinion. He relates to nature through this poem by describing how much he loves and admires it.
"It is the trees perfection now shown in clear reflection"
He uses imagery -
"Like flakes of soft grey stone"
"Flowering of light on snow"
Out of the granite's eternity
Out of the winter's long enmity.
I didn't really like this poem because it wasn't on a topic I like.
Lady Feeding The Cats
This poem is about a poor old lady that feeds some left out homeless cats even when she has no food for herself. Stewart writes this poem so that it is not a sad poem but he admires the lady for what she does.
"Her long dress green and black like a pine in the rain."
"She is trembling with love and power"
"And so she is, she is trembling"
Used to emphasise something
The idea Stewart is trying to convey is that even though this lady lives in the slums
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