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This poetry course highlights works by 19th century Australian female poets. The poems give us an insight of the harsh bush life in 19th century Australia – the struggles of the men and women went through on the land. They also describe the beauty of the Australian flora and fauna.
The poetic language used – metaphors, similes allusions – may “hide” the meaning of the poems, but as we discuss and analyse the poems and read them in context, they come to life and can mean different things to us personally as filtered through our individual experiences.
Some of the poems are lessons in history and society. They reveal the social standing of women then and their struggles. Even though we still have a long way to go, socially as women we have come a long way from those days when a woman’s role in life was to be an obedient wife and a good mother to her many children.

Lisa C.