Reflection

A Mid-Summer Noon in the Australian Forest by Charles Harpur is a beautiful poem that emphasises on a single strong presence that leads to silence, whereas in “BellBirds” by Henry Kendall focuses on the abundant presence of bell-birds and their humming that echoes and creates an ambience of home. In Harpur’s poem, the object is unknown and the availability of the object is vague, he stirs the attention to the other things that are present in the surroundings. It creates reflection inside the poem that resonated the beauty of his inspiration.

In Harpur’s poem, the object is unknown and the availability of the object is vague, he stirs the attention to the other things that are present in the surroundings. It creates reflection inside the poem that resonated the beauty of his inspiration. As he puts it on his last line, ” Musing thus of quietness”.

Kendall’s poem is completely opposite to Harpur’s. Instead of a single presence, he talks about the abundant presence of bellbirds that enhance the beauty of daytime.

      “It lives in the mountain where moss and the sedges
      Touch with their beauty the banks and the ledges.
      Through breaks of the cedar and sycamore bowers
      Struggles the light that is love to the flowers;”

He adds appeal to the surroundings and the Australian landscape through the help of the bellbirds. The bellbirds are made to seem like the glitter to the gold that is Australian landscape. 

These contrasts made in the two poems by these writers struck me about how differently these things reflect on us depending on our what is influencing us. This has made me think about how this unit may have affected all of us with our individual lives.

 

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