Create your own Blog topic based on some text, theme or idea that stirred your imagination in today’s classes.
Discuss the picture being painted from the words of this poem, showing evidence for the ideas and themes created
The Measure, written by Mary Gilmore, is a poem I read that allowed me to understand the concept of metaphorical speech, that is, taking what is being said in a literal sense and if that isn’t logical, then believing it is hypothetical. The images I created in my mind occurred from certain lines within the separate stanzas.
The theme of equality comes to mind as I read this poem; this is communicated through the title of the poem as well as the body. The line that this blog will focus on is found in the first stanza, “is hate the only lantern of the stars, and honour bastard but to scars?” This speaks to me about a measure of how time evolves, that is, stars are spread out and give light, they are always there and their job is always being achieved, so this means to me that they’ve seen everything that is underneath them – which is everything on the earth. They’ve seen what life was like 100 years ago and they see what life looks like today. They see actions, behaviours, how people love, how people travel, chaos, war, peace and much more. And despite what they see being ever-changing, the quality about stars is that their function doesn’t change; they have given light, they give light and they will always give light. But, is hate the only light that earth gives? I ask myself if the meaning of this is questioning whether or not all that there is now is hate, and because light reveals and guides, all our eyes are ope to, is hate.
One thing I admired about this poem is that initially, and early on in the first stanza, it was common for sentences to end in question marks, allowing myself as the audience to be open-minded for what was about to be communicated. And within the last stanza, those questions were answered, sealing the theme.