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Assessment Task.
It is a truth that Kath Walker writes poetry to educate white people about
black people .Not only does her poem attempt to educate but also change
the way we think about Aborigines and behave towards them. This can be
best described in there of the poems Colour Bar, Municipal Gum and Song
of Hope.
To convey her anger towards white people, Kath Walker uses strong
language techniques such as descriptive language and metaphors and
other techniques like alliteration, repetition and assonance.
She uses descriptive language, as an example The Colour Bar. It
shows meaner mind of moron kind It shows her opinion of the idea of
resist behaviour to black people from white people. She uses a nice
metaphor Justice a cant of hypocrites content with precedent. This
shows her perspective towards Christians and Christianity. She thinks that
what they think write is wrong. The phrase The Christianity you hold high
is but a like highlights her knowledge about Christianity. She explains
how wrong raciest white christens and she shows they think about
Aborigines.
Another important poem is Municipal Gum, a poem which illustrates
her race of people as slaves to white peoples culture, and she writes this
poem in order to educate white people about what they have done to
Aborigines.
Kath walker uses many language techniques to convince the idea of
how white people have treated Aborigines using metaphors,
personification and emotive language. She uses the metaphor Municipal
Gum to Aborigines or black people. The word Municipal and Gum five
a nice explanation about Aborigines because the word Municipal means
local or belong to a land mass she compare the Gum or Gum tree to
people. So the word Municipal Gum means Local people or in this case
Aborigines. If we analyse the poem itself we can identify that the whole
poem itself is a metaphor because the whole poem is compared to
Aborigine community. She cleverly uses personification in this poem by
using Hard bitumen around your feet to covey the meaning of being
trapped. The uses roots as feet to show that they are trapped or unable to
move freely. In Aborigines case this means they were taken from their
land or where they belong to missions by white people. She also uses
emotive language, as an example mine, hell and words dolorous to

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express her feeling towered Aborigines and white people. This helps the
listener to understand how she felt and her possible reactions.
Finally, Song of Hope demonstrates that Kath Walker has hope for
her people in spite of suffering, and she writes the poem in the hope that
after reading her words, white people will share her dream of unity.
In this poem Kath Walker uses inclusive language and many
more language techniques to convince the idea of how Aborigines should
think about themselves and their past. She expresses the uses of inclusive
language, for an example look up my people. This expresses that she
talking to her people to start a new life by leaving the past in the past and
get on with the present. She also uses emotive language, for an example
hate, frustrated and sorrow to covey her emotions or how she feel towards
Aborigines. She tries to emphasis the idea of replacing the past with the
present by uniting or reconciling with white people.
So it has been seen that Kath Walkers main purpose in writing
poetry is to educate white people about the black people or Aborigines.
She wants not only to educate, but also change the way white people and
Aborigines think and behave towards each other. This is cleverly
expressed in these above three of her great poems Colour Bar, Municipal
Gum and Song of Hope.