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Poem Analysis Of 'a Song Of The Republic' By Henry Lawson And 'if You Forget Me' By Pablo Neruda

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I have chosen two poems, A Song of The Republic, by Henry Lawson (1867-1922), and 'If You Forget Me' by Pablo Neruda (1904-1973). Both of these poems use many different techniques to reflect the context of their time and their values and beliefs.Pablo Neruda was a Nobel prize winning Chilean poet who lived during the times of World War 1 and 2 as well as the Spanish civil war. Due to his first hand experiences, his poems changed overtime from love poems to political poems. Neruda firmly believed in the power of poetry, and wrote according to his beliefs. 'If You Forget Me' is one of Pablo's earlier poems as it is a love poem.The poem 'If You Forget Me' can be interpreted in many ways and is ...view middle of the document...

Another strong use of a metaphor is in the 3rd stanza where Neruda writes "In me all that fire is repeated, in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten ". This metaphor shows us that he believes passion is needed in a relationship for it to succeed and last.Neruda also uses visual imagery to convey his values and beliefs to the reader. This is shown in the 1st stanza where Pablo writes "to leave me at the shore of the heart where I have roots". This visual imagery shows us the sadness felt at the end of the relationship where he is left alone on a shore.Henry Lawson lived in a time where the nationalist movement in Australia was very powerful. Many people believed in Australia's independence, including many Lawson's close relatives and friends. A Song of The Republic shows the nationalist influence in that, while it is not mentioned specifically, it calls for all Australians to rise up against the British Empire.In the first stanza, Lawson calls for the "Sons of the South" that is, all Australians, to "Banish from under your bonny skies/those old-world errors and wrongs and lies. /Making a hell in a Paradise" meaning to remove all the influences of the British Empire, because Lawson believed that they were "making a hell in a Paradise." He then goes on to present all Australians with a choice, loyalty to British Empire "the land that belongs to the lord and queen", or to loyalty to Australia "a Land that belongs to you". In the third stanza, Lawson tells us that "your time...

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