How the concept of belonging is represented in the poem "We Are Going" by Oodgeroo Noonuccal and the song clip This Land Is Mine Essay
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Both the Poem “We Are Going” by Oodgeroo Noonuccal and the song clip “This Land Is Mine” deals with the concept of belonging by using textual features and details.
The poem represents the author’s feelings of kinship towards the aboriginal people and her contempt towards the white invaders. The repetition of the word ‘We’ at the starts of lines nine to fifteen and the poet’s use of words such as tribe best demonstrates this sense of membership while the extended metaphor that stretches from line nine to line twenty shows the affinity the poet has with the land ‘We are the corroboree and the bora ground’. The poem also addresses the notion of not belonging where others might. The simile ‘many white men hurry about like ants’ indicates that Noonuccal views the white people as a colony in which she does not belong ‘We are the strangers now, but the white tribe are the strangers’.
Like Noonuccal’s poem, the song clip gives an insight to an Aborigine’s perspective on land ownership though it also offers the view point of white Australians. The predominant message of the song clip is the differing views of the two men. One sings ‘this land is mine’ which suggests that he has a legal connection to the land he calls his property while the other sings ‘this land is me’ which gives the impression of a more profound, spiritual connection. The clip also deals with a segregation that is forced upon the tracker; the owner of the land refuses the Aborigine permission to help with the search because of his race. Also in the clip there is a shot of the land owner’s wife who regards the Aborigine with a look of hatred or disgust which further demonstrates the tracker’s isolation.
"We Are Going” by Oodgeroo Noonuccal