Judith Wright Essay

1246 Words Sep 6th, 2011 5 Pages
Judith Wright is a prominent figure in Australian literature, as well as an environmentalist and social activist. This plays a major role in her various collections of poems, where she explores both national and personal concerns. These include her fight for Aboriginal land rights, as well as personal experiences such as pregnancy and motherhood. Through her poetry, Wright is able to give voice to the interest of social groups who are often denied one. Wright’s poem “Woman to Child” primarily focuses on very personal matters. An intense lyric style is used to convey the process of childbirth and her view on motherhood. These concerns are represented through techniques such as persona, figurative language, structure and rhythm. The use …show more content…
She has created an offspring that means the world to her and this has been a wonderful experience. The repetition of ‘I am’ and the use of metaphor emphasise the feelings of joy. Rhythm and sound techniques also contribute to the overall effect of this lyric poem. The iambic tetrameter, and regular rhythm, symbolise a steady pulse or heartbeat. The process of creating new life is conveyed more effectively. Sound techniques also play an important role in highlighting childbirth. Sibilance used in “you shall escape and not escape”, slows down the rhythm and emphasises the slow process of birth. With the use of various techniques, Wright expresses the pleasant and wonderful processes of pregnancy and childbirth that women are able to experience. This is a quite different view of the supposedly long and laborious process. One critique remarked: “Judith Wright's success in translating human existence into poetry has resulted in a rich creation of exuberant expression and sincerity.” (Ravenscroft, 2008) Unlike many other texts in the forties to fifties dominated by public and social issues, “Woman to Child” has a very private subject matter. Wright lived in a time where women were denied a voice in society with the onset of third wave feminism approaching in the sixties. She was one of the first writers to express her femininity, and her personal concerns were clearly developed in this
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