Mark O'Connor Essay

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Discuss the ways language devices have been used to convey powerful images and communicate ideas about our natural world in at least two of O’Connor’s poems set for study and the stimulus viewed in class.
“To kill an olive & Turtles Hatching + Drop into the ocean”

The famous Australian poet mark O’Connor uses the power of imagery to share with us the complexity of nature on our planet and the biodiversity that is evident in our natural environments. Mark shows these ideas by conveying confronting images of the impact of humans in their global environment. In mark’s poems “To kill and olive” and “Turtles Hatching”, he successfully shows these ideas. The Related Stimulus Text “Drop into the ocean” also conveys the idea of human
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Juxtaposition is used in the related stimulus text when the image of the big boats are shown compared to the small villagers boats. The use of this technique is to show that the villagers come from poverty and usually come up second best. Black & white images are used to create the feeling of us taking the life away from the environment. Also use of old footage in the related stimulus text is used. This takes us back in time to see what the environment used to be like. This language feature is called retrospective images. This is similar to the poem “To kill an olive”, where we are taken back to the time of Gethsemane's. Gethsemane's is used to show that the olive tree has been around for a long time and is going anywhere anytime soon.

In the related stimulus text facts are used. “Every second Breath” is used to convey that the environment is an important resource to human life. Narration (voice over) is used in the related stimulus text. The effect of this is to show that it’s a serious matter. As the video goes on, the narrator used less harsh words. The narrator has a serious tone to show that it’s a serious message. The theme of resilience is shown in the related stimulus text when the narrator says “Oceans are resilient and it’s not too late for change.”
In the poem “Turtles Hatching” the theme of the life cycle is used. In the poem, O’Connor

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