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Analysing The Bunyip and the whistling kettle written by the Australian poet John Manifold The poem The Bunyip and the whistling kettle was written by the modern Australian poet John Manifold He is telling the story of a modern camper who goes into the bush oblivious to the danger in the area He does not know what the bush is really like and is too careless in what he does which eventually leads to him being attacked in the bunyip-haunted creek The poet suggests that the bush is no place for people who are too attached to modern convinces and that going into the bush alone and with little knowledge of the area and basic survival skills is unwise and dangerous We can clearly see that the camper did not do much research in choosing where to camp as he settles near a bunyip-haunted creek He also is unable to survive even five minutes in the bush without modern devices He came in a nasty little car instead of walking and we are told that he did not live on tea and damper But took a little stove along The poet suggests that he has ruined the purpose of coming into the bush as the bush is natural and people normally go to the bush to be close to nature Instead this sacrilegious stranger brings gadgets to the bush and does not fully appreciate its beauty The poet is trying to show his anger for these people who try to bring technology with them to the bush It is plain to see that the poet cant see any subs titute for knowledge and intuition The speaker of this poem is an observer watching what is happening to a camper in the bush The poem certainly conveys the message that the poet feels that people should not go into the bush if they dont know what they are doing or if they are
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