Essay on At Cooloola

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At Cooloola

At Cooloola is a lyrical poem written by a well recognized Australian poet, Judith Wright. This poem creatively describes a beautiful scene of nature. The poet uses highly descriptive language and a diverse range of poetic devices to engage the reader into imagining a picture of how peaceful and serene this exquisite the scenery is down by Lake Cooloola. Underlying the subject matter is the implied theme that the lake is under threat from “conquering people” who will not protect its “white shores of sand, plumreed and paperbark”. This poem reflects Judith Wright’s concern for our special and unique flora and fauna, how fortunate we are to have stunning scenery, how easily mankind can destroy it, and our need to appreciate
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Judith Wright’s knowledgeable use of poetic devices enhances the reader’s enjoyment and understanding of the white invasion that occurred in Australia many years ago through the use of metaphors, imagery and rhyme. “The blue crane fishing” is an example of a metaphor as a crane is a species of bird but it is also a type of rod used for fishing. The poet uses this to show the difference between how the Aborigines used to hunt for food independently and how the settlers who arrived in Australia manufactured food which changed the way Aborigines lived. Throughout this entire poem Wright uses rhyme. For example Stanza Two:

“But I’m a stranger; come of conquering people.
I cannot share his calm, who watch his lake,
Being loves by all my eyes delight in, and made uneasy, for an old murder’s sake”,

The reason why this is used is because it gives the poem a flowing rhythm which describes how the years just flowed by for the Aborigines (How their times were changed so much). Although the language contained in the poem is simple, it is extremely effective. The language is accessible through the poet’s use of brief descriptive words.

The main theme which Wright has tried to imply throughout this poem is how badly Aborigines were treated when the white settlers took aver Australia and how they were forced to adopt different ways of living.

Overall Judith Wright’s poem ‘At Cooloola’ has one main

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