Speech on Poetry

Good Morning Staff And Students of Year 10. The Poem I chosen is Sanctuary by the famous Australian poet Judith Wright.

The road beneath the giant original trees sweeps on and cannot wait. Varnished by dew, its darkness mimics mirrors and is bright behind the panic eyes the driver sees caught in headlights. Behind his wheels the night takes over: only the road ahead it true. It knows where it is going; we go too.

Sanctuary, the sign said. Sanctuary- trees, not house: flat skins pinned to the road of possum and native –cat; and here the old tree stood for how many thousand years? That old gnome-tree some axe-new boy cut down. Sanctuary it said; but only the road has meaning here. It leads into the worlds cities like a long fuse laid.

Fuse, nerve, stand of a net, tense bearer of messages, snap-tight violin-string, dangerous knife-edge laid across the dark, what has that sign to do with you? The immense tower of antique forest and cliff, the rock where years accumulate like leaves, the tree where transient bird and mindless insect sing? The word the board holds up is Sanctuary, and the road knows that notice boards make sense,

But has not time to pray. Only, up there, morning sets doves upon the power-line. Swung on that fatal voltage like a sign and meaning love, perhaps they are a prayer.

Judith Wright wrote this poem to show the destruction of the native world. She is saying that all we really care about is money making, money having, money spending and we have forgotten about the living world around us.

In this poem, the author describes an area of habitation as a sanctuary. She uses the heading as an ironic meaning to make a point on the thoughtlessness of human destruction of our environment.

The opening stanza sets the scene for this poem.   Judith Wright uses the road as a metaphor to stand for the human conflict with nature.
This “sanctuary” which by definition means “A place which is safe”, has a road passing through leading...