Blog 5: 1890s in Australia

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.

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6 thoughts on “Blog 5: 1890s in Australia

  1. You said a lot in very few words and that’s hard to do! I believe you are saying that the title meaning stems from how it would be used in a sentence, such as “to measure up”, as in measure up to equality and compassion. Your message is not quite clear and I would have loved if you elaborated on it a bit more. I could not figure out what “The Measure” was, so well done for coming up with a theory.

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  2. This blog post was a really clear and concise look at Mary Gilmore’s poem, and I really appreciated your thoughts on it. It was good to think about what The Measure really referred to. Your analysis of the repetition of the sun and stars was great, and you gave a good picture of the sun and stars looking down at men and seeing them all the same. My only criticism is that your post could have been slightly longer; your writing is very strong and clear and I would have enjoyed getting even more detail on the poem!

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  3. Hi Julena! After reading your blog post I understood that less can mean more. You proved that by showing your specific views on the darker side of humanity through war, greed and acceptance. As you discussed what “The Measure” really is you made a valid point when you said,

    “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.”

    A small bit of advice: Add a bit more background about the piece of writing you are speaking about. This way your readers understand in a clearer view what you are talking about!

    Keep up the great work!!

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  4. Great post Julena! Your blog was truly fascinating, pointing everything out I personally wanted to state. I couldn’t agree more about the higher beings’ way of perceiving things on the land and how all beings equal. Great explanation on techniques as well.
    Hope you all the best.

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