Good morning all! The Australian Literature class this week has been given the opportunity to pick our own topics to write about. This week I’ve come up with;

Does time connote the actions or reactions retrieved within ones life?

With a wide focus on ‘Time’, it is made evident that it is apart of an everyday cycle. It is all around us, it plays an important role in our lives and most importantly its ongoing, and time never stops.

Mary Gilmore is immensely recognised for her poems and her appearance on the Australian ten-dollar note. Gilmore’s poem “The Measure” displays a record in her eyes of how time pans out and evolves revealing a constant war of hatred hidden by honour and sacrifice. Her interpretation of “Is hate the only lantern of the stars?” rhetorically states the deep theme of ongoing hate that took place during the war. Although time has moved forward “The measure” in itself identifies how the stars see everyman, discriminating one another as men do not see men as equals like they should. As for the time factor the past, present and future man has a continuous struggle and fight for optimal success not noticing the dark hate and destruction that comes from it.

Honour has a key role. To many people it is known as being courageous and morally correct. Gilmore reflects the honour-ability of men at war in WW1 as believing the only way to be honourable is by contributing in the destruction of man made features as well as ‘man’ themselves. The time frame of the war evident throughout this poem links around torment. Seen in stanza 2 in the first 4 lines, ‘Tears’ becomes a metaphor for everything throughout this period being torn apart by war, the ‘Tears’ of the soldiers and the dead connote the grief they share. Following that, the last two lines of “no beds occupied” showing the cycle of people being killed, then the end to the war and restarting in new life coming back and a start to the cycle of the war.

All in All, ‘Does time connote the actions or reactions retrieved within ones life?’ well my answer goes both ways. With reference to Gilmore’s poem, it can be seen that there is a significant hatred cycle in that period of time, it was ongoing and was always the same hate, death, life, and then again hate, death, life. On the other hand though time allows for individuals to change their mistakes which is more visible in this day and age compared to back in times of war.

*”The Measure” by Mary Gilmore from the “Macquarie Pen Anthology of Australian Literature”r320cF


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