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Mark O’Connor Essay

Discuss the ways language devices have been used to convey powerful images and communicate ideas about our natural world in at least two of O’Connor’s poems set for study and the stimulus viewed in class. “To kill an olive & Turtles Hatching + Drop into the ocean” The famous Australian poet mark O’Connor uses the power of imagery to share with us the complexity of nature on our planet and the biodiversity that is evident in our natural environments. Mark shows these ideas by conveying confronting images of the impact of humans in their global environment.

In mark’s poems “To kill and olive” and “Turtles Hatching”, he successfully shows these ideas. The Related Stimulus Text “Drop into the ocean” also conveys the idea of human interaction. The poem “To kill an olive” shows the resilience of the olive tree. The olive tree is a symbol of nature and its motivation to fight back. The repetition of ‘revive’ suggests that the olive tree is stubborn and irrepressible. The many references to time in the poem, suggests that time is not short for olive trees. Such vivid images of this allows readers to understand the stoic nature of olive trees and by association the resilience of nature.

The themes used in the poem “To kill an olive” are resilience and complexity of nature. These themes resemble that everything in nature has a purpose and that nature doesn’t give up easily. This statement is supported in the poem when it says “Hack one down, grub out a ton of main root for fuel, and next spring every side-root sends up shoots. ” This is said in the poem to show that the olive tree does so much for us, yet we keep cutting it down. This part of the poem is similar to the related stimulus text “Drop into the ocean” where an image of a dead whale is shown.

This image of the whale conveys that nature does things for us and as also said “planet earth is planet ocean” and all we do is kill the environment. The repetition and alliteration in “Dazzling Diversity” creates an image of a beautiful ocean and the creatures in it. This image shows the beauty of the ocean to the listeners/viewers to get them to see the complexity of nature and how human interference is destroying the environment. Juxtaposition is used in the related stimulus text when the image of the big boats are shown compared to the small villagers boats. The use of this technique is to show that the illagers come from poverty and usually come up second best. Black & white images are used to create the feeling of us taking the life away from the environment. Also use of old footage in the related stimulus text is used. This takes us back in time to see what the environment used to be like. This language feature is called retrospective images. This is similar to the poem “To kill an olive”, where we are taken back to the time of Gethsemane’s. Gethsemane’s is used to show that the olive tree has been around for a long time and is going anywhere anytime soon. In the related stimulus text facts are used. Every second Breath” is used to convey that the environment is an important resource to human life. Narration (voice over) is used in the related stimulus text. The effect of this is to show that it’s a serious matter. As the video goes on, the narrator used less harsh words. The narrator has a serious tone to show that it’s a serious message. The theme of resilience is shown in the related stimulus text when the narrator says “Oceans are resilient and it’s not too late for change. ” In the poem “Turtles Hatching” the theme of the life cycle is used. In the poem, O’Connor uses imagery to get us to see life in the eyes of a turtle. Caught in cracks they push hard down the crab’s throat” this gives us an image of a turtle, stuck in a crabs mouth, this makes us feel for the turtles. This is called emotive language. Mark O’Connor creates a lot of imagery in his poem, just like in the related stimulus text. In the related stimulus text, the methods of close up are used to connect us to nature and to make us feel like we are really there. The simile “Likeable as a dry handshake” is used to emphasis the turtles hug your hands when you hold them. This simile also gives us an image of this delicate nature.

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