Todays blog will be on the fascinating period of the 1890s. There were many great poets and writers during this specific time especially women. Mary Gilmore’s “The Measure” is what I will be writing about today. The title “The Measure” really caught my eye, I asked myself “What is the measure” is it the measure of life? Time? Humanity? As we looked into the poem I realised what “The Measure” truly means. Gilmore uses a rhetorical question to show aspects of war. “Must the young blood for ever flow?” Showing the darker side of humanity, men will go to great lengths for power even if it means killing another young man. However what makes the poem interesting is the repetitive use of the “sun” and “stars” looking down at the men as they fight. The “sun” and “stars” don’t see the men for there colour or race, they see them as all equal and all as one. I believe “The Measure” by Mary Gilmore is about how even though there is so much power and a want for it in the world it does not matter, it doesn’t compare to or even measure to the fact that everyone is born as one and we should all be equal.