Distinctive Voice: Banjo Paterson's Clancy Of The Overflow

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Composers make use of distinctive voices within their texts to invoke a reaction and create experiences in the audience to communicate a certain perspective, which may challenge the individual’s ideas and views. The poetry of Banjo Paterson expresses the use of distinctive voices throughout his works. In Paterson’s well known poem, ‘Clancy of the Overflow’ there is a combination of language techniques, such as first person narration, visual imagery, alliteration, and rhythm, that form a distinctive voice that is able to communicate a distinct and underlying meaning to the reader. Similar to the work of Paterson is Christine Anu’s song, ‘My Island Home’ which conveys her strong connection to her homeland, convincing the responder of how beautiful the natural landscape is. Her…show more content…
The distinctive voice of Anu brings to the forefront the strong connection an indigenous woman holds to her native land of Australia. Anu’s voice creates a comparison between the fulfillment of the natural landscape and the sense of unhappiness felt in the city lifestyle. First person narrative voice for example ‘I came from the saltwater people’ conveys a personal reflection of an underlying connection to the land. The true desires and pleasures of the natural coastal country are conveyed through Anu’s use of repetition, ‘My Island Home, my island home’ as well as visual imagery, ‘I close my eyes and I’m standing in a boat on the sea again’. The use of the rhetorical question ‘Will this place [city] ever satisfy me?’ highlights the uneasiness and unfulfillment the city life has brought Anu further conveying her longing and loyalty to her natural country. Anu’s voice emphasises the wholehearted and faithfulness connection an indigenous women has to her homeland and the desire within to reconnect with the beauty and glee the natural landscape

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