Doreothea Mackellar’s poem shows her many reasons why she loves her home, her county, Australia. While doing this, she depicts particular beauties in Australia, one by one. “I love a sunburnt country” , she describes Australia’s plentiful features, all throughout her poem. She mentions Australia’s great appearances and surprises. “For flood and fire and famine”, she gives a glance of this country, full of opposites. On the other hand, “We are going” by Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker) depicts the dark tragedies hidden in Australia. She reveals what the Aboriginals went through, as the European settlers arrived in Australia. “My Country” showcases as the sun’s bright rays beaming across this country, but “We are going” shows some of the dark and murky histories that lie in this country.
Dorothea Mackellar’s poem, “My country” shows love for her home country, Australia. While doing so, she depicts one (of many) of Australia’s appearances to spotlight. One of the many, she describes the red-orange crusty dry sand that covers approximately 70% of Australia.
“I love a sunburnt country”
Here, Mackellar indicates that she loves a sunburnt country. A sunburnt country as in Australia’s heart, its vast lands of red, rich and dry sand. Mackellar uses metaphors to describe her country. She says this as if Australia has legitimately been burnt. Here Mackellar also uses emotive and romantising language. She says “I love” as if it was coming from her heart.
“For flood and fire and famine”
Mackellar depicts a continuous use of contrasting images, through the line “For flood, fire and famine.” She presents that the atmosphere in Australia is unpredictable, vivid and colourful.
• Flood- for Australia’s dark, loud thundering mourns.
• Fire- for Australia’s fearful and ferocious bushfires
• Famine- for Australia’s longs dry days without rains.
Mackellar uses alliteration in this text, by letter. “Flood, Fire and Famine”. She quoted “flood, fire and famine” which also uses juxtaposition by how it is used in opposites but it still contrasts together.
Although Australia displays many beautiful features, “We are going” (by Oodgeroo Noonuccal) reveals the truth about Australia’s dark histories.
“They came in to the little town, A semi-naked band subdued and silent”
(“They” : Aboriginals ) These phrases depict the loss of the Aboriginals freedom. “Little” is referring to how the Aboriginals were used to freedom, the wide open areas. The “little town” is also saying that it is a restricted and confined area. (semi-naked band: Aboriginals) The phrase “subdued and silent” also indicates that the Aboriginals were not free, but under-control by the Europeans. Alliteration is used here by the use of ‘s’ twice, next to each other (subdued and silent).
“Notice of the estate agent reads: ‘Rubbish May Be Tipped Here’.”
The Aboriginal’s identity is strongly attached to their land. Indirectly, the Europeans overlook the importance of the Land, the Aboriginal’s land. The rubbish does not have any value, and tipping it on land would not make the land have any value.