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How the landscape shaped Australia Poetry is an expressive way of describing something in great detail so that it creates a picture in the mind of the reader In the poetry I read I could see two different feelings and views on the landscape in Australia The two poems I read were My Country by Dorthea Mackellar and Drought by William Ogilvie Both poems both have important significance in the interest of landscapes In the first poem My Country the writer discusses earth as a whole and the elements that make up the earth itself The elements she chooses to discuss are the sky any living things animals plants trees forests bushes ferns and gardens Then she also mentions other elements the land itself mountains and rising plains Then she describes earths most important source of life water She mentions rain the seas and floods It pin points each element in great detail She describes living things in a very attractive way For example The love of field and coppice of green and shaded lands of ordered woods and gardens lines 1-3 The stark white ring-barked forests line16 and We see the cattle die line 27 She describes each element with color and texture She gives you a vivid description of the land as well to the point where you can picture it in your mind perfectly For example A land of sweeping plains line 10 Of rugged mountain ranges line 11 and The sapphire-misted mountains When she describes the source of water its as if you can feel it The steady soaking rain line 31 Of droughts and flooding plains She made the elements of earth seem as pure as the day they were born In the poem the Drought the writer discusses a drought that takes over some land He describes its home as well He also describes how the drought damages everything as well and its destroyers
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