Australian Poet Judith Wright and How Her Poems Portray Australias Cultural Identity

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It is stated that ‘We maintain and reproduce our cultural identity through what we read and write'. Many great Australian poets show the culture that Australia has through the strong imagery and emotive language portrayed in their poetry. Judith write is a famous Australian poet who wrote many poems that portrayed Australia's Cultural Identity. Her poems ‘The Wonga Vine", "Jet Flight Over Derby", "A Country Town" and "Two Dreamtimes" strongly reflect the landscape, environment, history, beliefs and social issues that Australia, had during the times that Judith Wright lived through. Her poetry also reflects the modern cultural identity that Australia has now.

Judith Wright was born in 1915 into a pioneering bush family. She grew up in
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Another poem that incorporates the reds are ‘Wonga Vine' and ‘Two Dreamtimes'.
Judith Wright was a believer in the conservation of the environment and these ideas come through strongly through the emotive language that she uses. The persona criticise the way the land has being treated.
"And therefore, when land dies?
Opened by whips of greed
These plains lie torn and scarred
Then I erode; my blood
Reddens the stream in flood."
The persona also expresses their anger towards people and how they are destroying the earth, and that the land will all ways be ruined.
"I cross this ravelled shore
And sigh: there's man no more
Only rage, a fear,
Smokes up to darken air
Destroy the earth! Destroy.
There shall be no more joy."
The identity that Judith Wright is showing is that Australia is a place with a rich landscape that is slowly being destroyed. This poem shows the strong feelings that people should have for the environment and how we should all protect it.

Judith Wright the poem "Two Dreamtimes" for Kath Walker a well-known aboriginal poet. The main theme in this poem is the relationship between aboriginals and non-aboriginals. In the poem Judith writes her thanks to the often-underprivileged aboriginal stories and beliefs. "I don't know how to thank you / for your dreamtime stories of joy and grief." Judith gives the aboriginal people a voice and she acknowledges the ignorance that society can have about the marginalisation of
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