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Judith Wright once said in an interview I write poetry because its one way to understand life Being able to understand life and how it works seems to be Wrights intention in the poem Sports Field a poem that she was inspired to write after going to a school sports day The entire poem is a metaphor for a deeper understanding of children in the ball games and races they participate in representing their individual life-courses In Sports Field Wright emphasizes the values of innocence and experience Wright has cleverly used this poem as an allegory On the surface one would say that the poem is about anxious children all wanting to win their races with some children losing and others winning However the poem goes much further than that What Wright wants the reader to understand is that the sports day is actually a training ground for the world where the children learn to grow from their parents and take on the hard ways of the world The races and ball games in which the children participate represent their individual life-courses To explain this there is a rich development of symbolism all throughout the poem The poem begins with the field which symbolizes the start of life when a baby is born Naked all night the field breathed its dew until the great gold ball of day sprang up from the dark hill The great gold ball of day the sun is like a ball itself which flows with the theme of athletic competition In the second stanza the children come the field and they are met their day is measured and marked describes how these babies meet with life This metaphor of their day being measured and marked shows how at this stage life is set out by the childrens parents This is an excellent representation that the reader can relate to as it describes the general life pattern that
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