Lines 3-‐4: When the sky is pink and grey/ As the wings of a wild galah Technique: Simile Eﬀect of technique: The colouring of a galah is used to describe what the sky looks like. The sky is compared to the wings of of the native Australian bird to represent the image MacKellar has created. http://photos.beilby.com/images/ galah.3.jpg Eﬀect of Image: The image portrays the colours of the galah that are used to describe the sky
Lines 5-‐6: And the last night-‐shadow ebbs/ From the trees like a falling tide Technique: Simile Eﬀect of technique: The shadows that still remain from the night are compared to the way the ocean is sucked back in after a wave crashes onto the sand http://images.travelpod.com/users/ mistyandmark/1.1260705427.misty-‐ Eﬀect of image: Image visualises the walks-‐the-‐shoreline-‐just-‐after-‐high-‐ way the tide falls back which tide.jpg represents the last of the night-‐ shadows clinging to the trees
Lines 7-‐9: And the dew-‐hung spiderwebs/ On the grass-‐blades spread far and wide/ Each sharp spike well-‐loaded Technique: Vivid Imagery Eﬀect of technique: Enables the reader to mentally picture what is being described by the author. The author has also used descriptive language to represent the ‘grass-‐blades’ as sharp spikes. http://farm1.static.ﬂickr.com/ 3/3633789_24adc559a5.jpg Eﬀect of image: Image portrays the spiderwebs spread of the grass-‐blades
Lines 14-‐16: The horizon turned crystal white/ And a sea of diamond/ Is the plain to the dazzled sight Technique: Metaphor Eﬀect of technique: The light reﬂected oﬀ the horizon is described as ‘crystal white’ which is then made clear by the idea that resembles a sea of diamonds. Eﬀect of Image: The sun shining http://www.eunavfor.eu/wp-‐content/ uploads/ on the sea represents the ‘sea Surcouf_escorts_SEA_DIAMOND_Web.JPG of diamond’ that ‘dazzles sight’
Lines 1 & 17: At the dawning of the day Technique: Repetition Eﬀect of technique: The repetition of the opening line of the poem is also repeated in the last stanza to emphasise the focus of the poem. Eﬀect of Image: Captures the http:// wayshower.typepad.com/.a/essence of the dawning of day 6a0120a68523f8970b015390d29 ef8970b-‐800wi
Lines 13-‐17: Perhaps he learned nothing/ from his father’s face except how whiskey/ trawled sleep from his eyes and left him pursued/ by pain and thunder and a show of lightning’s /yellow ﬂares Technique: Personiﬁcation Eﬀect of technique: The whiskey is given human-‐like qualities of stealing the sleep from the father’s eyes . Eﬀect of Image: The lightning captures pain that the whiskey http://images.wikia.com/ dollarschat/images/e/e4/inﬂicts on the father. Lightning.jpg
Lines 47-‐48: to the noise of pelicans, those bills clacking/ like clapperboards, the ease of routine. Technique: Onomatopeoia Eﬀect of technique: Allows the reader to imagine the sound of the pelicans ‘clacking’ their bills open and shut. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_NZNothTK11w/ S9HqaiCWvSI/AAAAAAAABJ4/ nW8QDaNT9bQ/s1600/pelicans2.jpg Eﬀect of image: Visualises the pelicans causing a scene with the noise of their bills.
Lines 8-‐11: It could have been the way his father’s knife eased out the eyes/ of so many ﬁsh like spoonfuls of compote that gave/ him thoughts black as the inky emulsions of squid Technique: Simile Eﬀect of technique: Represents thoughts the boy is having while he watches his father gut ﬁsh eyes. Compares the process the imager of black squid ink http://media-‐cdn.tripadvisor.com/ media/photo-‐s/01/8b/e8/5a/squid-‐Eﬀect of Image: Image captures ink-‐pasta.jpg the comparison to the black squid ink. Image is of pasta covered in squid ink
Lines 22-‐23: …the slow drip of days revved up by outboards then dispelled by a drill Technique: Alliteration Eﬀect of technique: The repetition of consonant sounds represents the the slow pace of the long days ﬁshing http:// criticalmash.ﬁles.wordpress.coEﬀect of image: Depicts the m/2011/03/38975.jpg slow pace of the days by showing a drip slowly leaking from a tap
Various lines throughout poem Eg. Perhaps it was when he ﬁrst felt his shoulder /roll an oar…Perhaps when he felt the rod/ pull his arms through a band of static Technique: Repetition Eﬀect of Technique: Enables the reader to be inquisitive and creates suspense within the poem. Eﬀect of image: Represents a http:// www.davidmoorephotography.com.au/ﬁsherman rolling the oar from media/images/spain/21to28/7.jpg his shoulders. Depicts a possible cause of why a ﬁsherman would end his life?
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