Encompassing on this pristine journey has brought to my attention that the nature of texts has many unopened layers to explore therefore stretching the boundaries of what can be revealed to individuals and society. Through ones senses, to their physical surroundings as well as ones briefly educated mind, there is so much more to learn and discover in this great big blue ball we call earth.
To the individuals of today’s era, visual being is represented at the main core of their world as individuals rely on this guiding sense thus blurring out the rest. Unfortunately, I was apart of that community. A carefully sculpted poem written by Judith Wright titled “Rockface” this passing week has shown me otherwise. On all accounts Wright’s underlining meaning lies within the land. How the land is personified to expose that it is it’s own being reaching out to her, “In the days of the hunters with spears, this rock had a name”, through it’s strong sense of soul. Another insight which stood with me was how Wright had painted this beautiful mind filling picture of setting the meaning of the important of the Australian landscapes in the last stanza “The remnant of a mountain has it’s own meaning”, opposed to the materialistic views which society have upheld.
Wright’s incredible tribute to the land has allowed the country surroundings to teach individuals and society that materialistic value is being overtaken by one’s respect towards the significance of Australian landscape.
My personal connection with this poem has been the identity thief that the mountain is assumed to be shown as. The relation I possess with this is throughout high school the commonality of being alike another person dulled the true unique identity which no one can take or compare too.
I hope everyone enjoyed my take on Societal Responses to Literature in our current timeframe. Leave a comment below!
*Judith Wright, “Rockface” from “The Shadow of Fire: Chazals” (1985)
Written by Annaliese Ferraro