The Last of His Tribe by Oodgeroo Noonuccal

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In this poem I shall compare and analysis two poems ''peaches and cream'' by mudrooroo and ''last of his tribe '' by oodgeroo noonuccal. The need for analyzing both poems is that they are dedicated to people who fought for the Aboriginals; only an in-depth analysis can give a clear understanding of their poems.


The poet's complete focus is on the individual's ambiguity, his suffering and his abhorrent fate.
He detailed dramatization the of the thoughts which the tribe men had, he further dramatizes the memories of hunts of yore and of fights he fought. The poem carries a elegiac mood as the poet invokes a sad and bleak image of Willie Mackenzie, who is the last existing member of his tribe he pictures him as if someone were re kindling the fire of memory in the poet . The poet uses Willie Mackenzie as a symbol of the tribes that disappeared ad the culture and times that are disappearing with them (Derek p24).
The poet emphasizes on elements of fauna as well as the tribe's cultural artefact such as "boomerangs, nullah, sling as well as spear" abide with wallaroos, rocks as well as thunder. Oodgeroo Noonuccal's memory of is the most wonderful part about the poem as it helps the poet in describing the past quite clearly: the poet gives an clear illustration of the happy hunts that this tribe experienced prior to the invasion of the white in the twentieth century era.
The poem consists of thirty five lines. It is divided into seven formal verses and consists of ababb rhyming. Oodgeroo Noonuccal was expressive and assertive so much so that she was successful in drawing the reader to her persona. ...
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