A Response Essay - Distinctively Visual: Henry Lawson

Individual perspectives on experiences are revealed through the distinctively visual.
Composers are inspired by their human experiences and recreate them using distinctively visual. Henry Lawson’s texts, The Drover’s Wife   and In a Dry Season highlight the isolation of the bush, as well as exposing the hardships the country people face in Outback Australia. Dorothy Mackellar’s poem My Country distinctively depicts Australia’s oxymoronic nature of its beauty and terror. Together, all texts highlight the countless difficulties faced in the bush, through the experiences of the composer.
Henry Lawson symbolizes his mother through the characterisation of The Drover’s Wife and the visual account as she reflects on her life in the bush. The unpropitious perspective on the bush is depressingly exposed in the negative connotations of the repetition in “no horizon, no ranges” where Lawson highlights the negative aspects of the Australian bush. Likewise, such descriptions of the harsh and dry conditions of the landscape are portrayed through the descriptive terms, “sun-browned” and “ragged dried up” these words highlight the sapping impact the outback has on the people and the struggles they encounter. The drover’s wife is a strong minded, courageous and brave woman. Her courage is evident in the repetition and cumulative listing of “fought” in she “fought a flood”, “she fought the pleuro-pneumonia” and “she also fought a mad bullock.” The shift of tense in “she also fights the crows and eagles” indicates her constant struggle in the bush in her attempting to protect her family. Hence the snake being the central figure of danger adds to this everyday struggle. The Drover’s Wife is a text that reveals the negative perspective of the bushland of an individual through distinctively visual.
In contrast, Dorothy Mackellar’s My Country demonstrations the division of Australia as her views are not all one-sided. This is evident in the oxymoron “her beauty and her terror” which...