This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Social Issues In Judith Wrights Work

1529 words - 7 pages

Social issues are displayed in many poets’ work and their beliefs on these issues are exposed intentionally through the use of various techniques. Judith Wright conveyed her view on social issues in most of her poems, and built her argument by using a variety of poetic techniques which position the reader to comprehend her beliefs. By developing a socially critical perspective through her poems, Wright’s view of the world’s social issues is presented to the reader in a way that forces them to ponder on the aspects of society mentioned. “Woman to Man” and “Remittance Man” are two poems through which Wrights beliefs on pregnancy, the relationship between man and wife, and social ...view middle of the document...

One can see this through the easy balance of the lines, even in line three which ends, or is maintained with a dash. This is meant to be a silence for the reader to ponder on what has just been mentioned. Again, the balance is maintained in the last line by a comma, which also indicates silence and thus stresses the four last words “for I am afraid”. These words portray strong feeling of anxiety and mirror Wrights feelings about her pregnancy at the time. The poem identifies with her emotions and the issue of pregnancy affecting marriage not only through structure, but also through speed and rhythm.

Wright reinforces her feelings about her pregnancy and her belief that pregnancy is sacred through the speed and rhythm of the poem “Woman to Man”. It also gives the reader a feeling about what is occurring in the poem, in this case, sexual intercourse. The increasing speed and urgency of the lines suggested by the use of short vowels, particularly in the last stanza, where the second last line can be seen as the orgasm. The image in this line is exaggerated through the power of its series of single syllables which alternate light and heavy stresses, combined with short vowels and plosive consonants (b, t, a), mainly in the stressed words, ‘blaze’, ‘light’ and ‘blade’. A relaxation after the climax is suggested in the last line as the vowels are longer and the consonants softer. The ‘d’s still suggest fear in the words ‘hold’ and ‘afraid’ replacing the passion of the sexual act. Throughout the poem, rhythm and speed create an atmosphere of beauty and excitement, all of which Wright feels during pregnancy. The solemn tone created by the previous stresses indicates the woman’s realisation about what she is taking on. Another technique which supports Wright’s feelings about the issue is imagery.

Imagery is one of the focal techniques used in Judith Wright’s “Woman to Man”. It creates an image in the reader’s mind supporting the emotion Wright felt when she wrote the poem. There are three kinds of imagery in the poem; abstract imagery, figurative imagery and literal imagery. “The eyeless labourer in the night” (line 1) is not meant to be taken literally, but is suggesting a living but less than human entity which is identified only through the action which is its most important attribute. “The blood’s wild tree” (line 14) is another abstract image which suggests the consequences of the wilderness that is ‘in the blood’ when a person is sexually aroused. Another assumption which can be made from this is that like a tree rooted in the dark earth, the woman’s form provides a vehicle for the continuing chain of life. These abstract images withhold Wright’s support for the woman’s role in continuing life and her feelings about pregnancy.

Figurative imagery in “the intricate and folded rose” shows the parallel between an unfolding rosebud and an unfolding personality in the child, but also in the mother and father as they take on parenthood. Wright also...

Other Papers Like Social Issues in Judith Wrights work

Issues of Social Division in an Inspector Calls

729 words - 3 pages Taking the play from a socialist perspective inevitably it focuses on issues of social class. Class is a large factor, indirectly, in the events of the play and Eva Smith’s death. Mrs. Birling, Priestley notes, is her husband’s social superior, just as Gerald will be Sheila’s social superior if they do get married. Priestley also subtly notes that Gerald’s mother, Lady Croft, disapproves of Gerald’s marrying Sheila for precisely this reason

How Do We Help Our Social Issues in the Environment

706 words - 3 pages | | | Why is the environment a social issue? What can we do to help the situation and can we fix it. What are some of the environment issues? Human overpopulation, environmental health, conservation, water population, land use

Why Is the Law so Important in Social Work?

1129 words - 5 pages Why is the law so important in social work? When the new degree in social work was being planned, all four countries in the UK outlined an understanding of the law as being a required part of the course. It is now more necessary than ever before that social workers understand the laws which are relevant to their own conduct and to service users. They must also possess the skills to use those laws for the benefit of the service user and

Gender Differences and Social Work Intervention in China

1591 words - 7 pages Yisi Zuo SOC 101 Gender Differences and Social Work Intervention in China Introduction Professional activity is one of the most important human activities in modern society; its effects permeate all areas of personal, family and social life. As China's market economy development and social transformation, and increasingly fierce competition in the labor market, unemployment and the rising threat of job flows down, various pressures caused by

Work in Partnership in Health and Social Care or Children and Young Peoples Settings

1270 words - 6 pages , giftedness, physical disability or health issues such as allergies or chronic illness. Individuals with additional needs also frequently receive support or therapy from other professionals such as social workers, psychologists, occupational or speech therapists or health care professionals. It is important that whenever possible, care professionals work in collaboration with other practitioners who are supporting a child who has additional needs

Exploring Significant Themes And Social Issues In Education Rita And Pygmalion

1543 words - 7 pages Both Educating Rita and Pygmalion explore significant themes and social issues, how effectively do you think these two playwrights dramatise these issues. 'Educating Rita': A play written by Willy Russell in the eighties and 'Pygmalion': A play written by Bernard Shaw in 1914 both effectively explore significant social issues and relate to significant themes. To successfully answer the question of how effectively the playwrights

Social Work and Its Code of Ethics in the West and the Arab World

2182 words - 9 pages It is well known that the social work profession is value-based, that is, professional values in mind should accompany everything social workers do. Yet the argument here is whose values should determine what is right and what is wrong anyway? This query becomes particularly important, when some people of the social work profession expect others to apply “Western” social work Code of Ethics and values to other cultures and societies such as the

Develop professional supervision practice in health and social care or children and young people’s work settings

3643 words - 15 pages Develop professional supervision practice in health and social care or children and young people’s work settings Analyse the principles, scope and purpose of professional supervision. Supervision is practised widely in the Health and Social Care industry. Supervision is a regular meeting with an independent person with training, skills, and knowledge to help you to reflect on your work practice with a goal towards improvement. Each

Unit Shc 23: Introduction to Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care or Children’S and Young Peoples Work Force

686 words - 3 pages 1. Understand the importance of equality and inclusion. 1.1 explain what is meant by diversity, equality, inclusion and discrimination. Diversity; diversity is accepting that all people are different and have different abilities. People are different in many ways such as different age groups, cultures, backgrounds, social groups, genders ETC. in the setting we support diversity in many different ways one of the ways we do this is by

Critically Evaluate the Relationship Between Applying the Law and Social Work Values in a Child Protection Case Study in Northern Ireland Case Study

1416 words - 6 pages (Accessed: 3rd November 2014). Henrichson, C and A, Bainham (2005) The Child and family policy divide; tensions, convergence and rights., York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Joe Duffy (February 2011) 'Explicit argumentation as a Supervisory Tool for Decision Making in Child Protection Cases Involving Human Rights Issues', Practice Social Work in action, 23(1), pp. . Laming, H. (2009) The Victoria Clinbie report of an inquiry , London: HMSO

In What Manner Do the Prophets Speak to the Following 3 Issues: Idolatry, Social Injustice, and Religious Ritualism? Cite Examples of the Prophets Speaking to Each of These Issues. Knowing What the...

945 words - 4 pages , and religious ritualism emerge. While we may like to think that these are issues of the past, they are still present and relative in 2013. Another theme emerges too: God's great and deep love for his people and the desire to see them restored. Israel wrestled over worshiping a God they couldn't see. No matter how many times God made himself known to them, they still assimilated into the culture and chose to worship man-made gods over

Related Essays

Social Work Practice Issues Essay

1845 words - 8 pages individual social, emotional, as much as physical needs. On the other hand, Thompson and Wright (2001) also highlight that the blending of knowledge from key areas of disability and dementia must be implemented. Also, Rubin and Babbie (2005) argue that exploratory studies cannot provide adequate answers to research questions, and as a result is not representative. Preparation I plan to explore the issues involved in a case study of older

Social Issues In Bangladesh Essay

1189 words - 5 pages Social problems of Bangladesh Introduction Social problem is an unexpected situation which hinders to lead normal life in a society. Social problem is a multidimensional problem. Social problem are created by various reasons. Definition Sociologists usually consider a social problem to be an alleged situation that is incompatible with the values of a significant number of people who agree that action is needed to alter the situation

Examining Social Work Role In Pndt Act

4098 words - 17 pages on 4-5-2001 to all state governments to make an effective and prompt implementation of the Pre-natal Diagnostics Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act (enacted in 1994 and brought into operation from 1-1-1996). Now, it stands renamed as “The Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act”. The profession of social work is dedicated to create smooth social functioning in the society, encourage

Social Issues In The House On Mango Street

1023 words - 5 pages The House on Mango Street: More than a Story In today’s world there are countless social problems. People are often treated as an inferior or as if they are less important for many different reasons. In The House on Mango Street, the author Sandra Cisneros addresses these problems. Throughout the story Cisneros does a thorough job explaining and showing how these issues affect the public. This novel is written through the eyes of a young