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.