Reflections of Australia in Judith Wright's Poetic Imagination:The Power of Ambivalence in The Gateway

URI http://cur-ren.cjc.ac.jp/metadata/105
FulltextURL
Title
Reflections of Australia in Judith Wright's Poetic Imagination:The Power of Ambivalence in The Gateway
Author
著者 橋内 幸子
著者(別表記) Hashiuchi Sachiko
Abstract

In 1953, Judith Wright (1915-2000), one of the greatest Australian poets, published her third anthology, The Gateway, in which she developed her own poetic perspective on Australia. The poems collected in this work create several kinds of images about a gateway symbolizing the moment and place that every existence changes. The poet constructs a tense panorama of many scenes; the austere drought and flood in Australia, the death of the creatures and human beings, some legends and myth about death and rebirth, and human spiritual resurrection through love. The influence of European poets is seen in the way she incorporates metaphysical devices in her poems, the use of which creates both ambivalent feelings and ambiguous attitudes towards contrastive themes and ideas. Death-in life versus life-in-death taking place in the Australian wilderness makes her insight deeper, and terror versus relief in our human feelings pervades in the poems' lines. The difficult adventures and toilsome colonization by immigrants left their offspring fruits of their harvest contrasts with the lives of aboriginals who were sacrificed by the whites' colonization but who can still recount the legends that have continued to provide power enough to survive. These patterns of life echo throughout Judith Wright's poetry.

Subject
930 English and American literature
Keyword
Judith Wright
Australian poems
The Gateway
Poetic patterns
Death and resurrection
Publish Date
2003
Publication Title
Chugokugakuen journal
Volume
2
Start Page
33
End Page
39
ISSN
1348-1452
NCID
AA11806612
Publisher
中国学園大学/中国短期大学
Copyright Holders
中国学園大学/中国短期大学
Official URL
Contents Type
Departmental Bulletin Paper
language
English
File Version
publisher