Analysis of the poem "Son of Mine"
The poem "Son of mine" is an address by an Aboriginal women to her son about race relations between aborigines and white Australians. She could have told him about the terrible acts that have been committed by the whites towards aborigines. However, she tells him of the positive future for the two countries when "lives of black and white entwine, and men in brotherhood combine." In stanza one, the aboriginal mother notes that her son has "troubled eyes" and he is "puzzled and hurt by colour line." He has been hurt by racist acts against him and he is searching for answers. In stanza two, the aboriginal mother could tell her son all the terrible acts that were committed by the whites against the black people. But in ...view middle of the document...
The poetess is conveying the message of improved race relations between the aboriginal people and Europeans. Instead of discussing the terrible things that have happened in the past, she focuses on the possible positive outlook for the future between the two races.
The poem consist of three stanzas of four lines each. The lines are approximately of equal length. The poem has a regular rhyming scheme with rhyming couplets. The poem has a regular rhyming scheme with most lines rhyming with "mine" with the exception of "blind" and "mankind".
The poetess has used a number of poetic devices to convey her message. The use of simile "skin as soft as velvet" to compare the boy's smooth skin to the material "velvet". This shows the deep love from a mother to her loved son.
The poetess has used a number of strong words and images to emphasise her message. There are several words which refer to feelings, such as "troubled", "puzzled" and "hurt". As well, the poetess uses negative words such as "crime", "murder", "hatred" and "deeds malign" to describe the wrong things that white people have done to Aborigines. In contrast, the poetess uses positive words such as "brotherhood" and "brave" to express hope for improved race relations.
This poem evokes a strong feeling in the reader. It is not only to embody the strong love towards a hurting son from a helpless mother. It also expresses the tolerate to all the mistake that has been done by the whites. I was strongly infect by this generosity. I strongly believe that what she expected of the combine of the brotherhood will happened in future! When we comes to the day where there's no racial discrimination, where people lived in harmony. A truly wonderful world will be exist!