Judith Wright: “The Wattle Tree”

Judith Wright was an environmentalist poet. She had an extraordinary connection to the land, nature and environment which are always characterized and easily perceived in her poems.

          In her poem “The Wattle Tree” she speaks about the “four truths -earth, water, air and the sun”. These are the four basic elements essential for all living creatures to remain alive and continue to exist. These “four truth” bridges the gap between the human, land and the nature. They are interconnected to each other and have important roles to take part. Trees and human have a lot of resemblance.  Humans are like trees, they need land to live, air to breath in, water to hydrate its physical body and the sun to keep them warm. Even if trees do not have the voice, they can still give their message through the blossom of each flowers, leaves and smells. Trees like each human being they also possess its own unique beauty and qualities.                                                          

          The poem shows how deep Judith Wright’s attachment to the land and nature that she was able to personify herself as the Wattle Tree. She was able to immortalized herself through her poem. Her poems and writings becomes her living legacy that have been passed on for the next generation to be celebrated and cherished.

2 thoughts on “Judith Wright: “The Wattle Tree”

  1. Hi Honeylene. I also studied Judith Wright when doing this same Australian Literature unit in 2017. She was one of my favourite poets, for many obvious reasons you’ve pointed out already. The way in which she captures the landscape around her and connects it with our human world is laudable. She was a great writer who stood up for what she believed in and so involved in defending Aboriginal rights. I noticed your blogging site is relatively new and I’d like to compliment you on a great start! Your blog was easy to read, clear, and concise. It showed you’ve got a deep understanding of the poem The Wattle Tree. I don’t believe I studied this poem but just popped online to have a read of it and I thought it was lovely. The way in which she describes the wattle tree with so much imagery, colour, and respect is just beautiful. You had some grammatical errors that could’ve been avoided with further editing, but that’s me knit-picking a little- I too still make them! If I could make a recommendation, it would be to add an image to your post- I think it’ll help the reader capture the essence and beauty of a wattle tree. All-in-all, good work!

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