Gwen Harwood is using this ironically, to show how unlike the conventional sonnet woman her female subject is, but a woman of despair and hopelessness. The use of rhyming couplets and irregular short sentences create a hectic and disorganised structure and rhythm to the poem, which symbolises the mother’s life. Harwood uses emotive description and olfactory imagery to allow the audience to experience exactly what the woman is feeling. “A pot boils over. As she rushes to the stove too late, a wave of nausea overpowers” As the woman is framed in a doorway it suggests that she cannot escape her reality, to the dreams in which she once aimed to achieved.
Distinctively visual techniques are fundamental in the transmission of stimulating ideas between composers and responders of their texts. They are able to communicate the distinctive experiences within their texts that affect the responder and their relationships with others and the world. In the context of WW2, John Misto’s play The Shoe Horn Sonata conveys the experiences of the suffering of the female prisoners of war. It is Misto’s intention to portray the oppression the women suffered and highlight the power of art in their journey to hope and purpose. These ideas are also explored through Gary Ross’ film, Pleasantville as the protagonists fight against oppression of society’s expectations and the power of art as a way of escaping this and finding a purpose and a sense of hope.
From these texts responders understand that humans can become very brutal during times of war. Responders also learn that humans can use friendship in order to assist people to survive and cope with brutality. Both texts engage responders through visual imagery to understand that war creates circumstances were people become brutal in the play the women were subjected to brutal treatment at the hands of the Japanese and in the film the brutality occurs on both sides of conflict. This can be seen in the play Slides are projected onto a screen at the rear of the stage – photographs of the evacuation of 13th February 1942 images of women and children boarding ships clutching toys and waving goodbye its hard to believe from their happy faces and smiles that they are soon to be the victims of history’s worst massacre. Through the use of contrasting images of their goodbyes coupled with noun massacre responders understand that the women were subjected to harsh treatment The use of the sound of gun fire combined with the cries of women on the soundtrack in the studio are again strong representations of the horror of their experiences Bridie speaks about Vivien Bullwinkle who survived and says “My friends weren’t a threat they were only there to help people ill never understand what the japs had to shoot them” the verb “shoot” conveys a strong image of those women experiences as does what Bridie also says “Die many women did….
English essay – shoe horn sonata, distinctively visual. Important issues in the world can be brought to mind by engaging visual images. There are many examples of this present in John Misto’s play the shoehorn sonata and also Siegfried Sassoon’s poem suicide in the trenches. Shoe horn sonata was written as a tribute to inform its audience of the little known history of the forgotten prisoners of World War II, focusing on British and Australian nurses, he uses two main characters Bridie and Sheila who tell their experiences from the war. Misto does this in a humorous and often confronting manner.
The experience created through language establishes a uniquely graphic story that initiates a personal response to society. Thus, our and understandings of society can be enhanced and extracted through elements of distinctively visual. Many composers use various techniques to shape our individual perception and interpretation through the experiences and opinions of others. Through the hardship of war, sexism and the importance of relationships, this notion is depicted within John Misto’s play The Shoe-Horn Sonata and the related poetry Vergissmeinnict by Keith Douglas which demonstrates the hardships of war, Suburban Sonnet by Gwen Harwood which demonstrates sexism and South of My Days by Judith Wright. A common occurrence
Further, by analysing Dawe’s use of poetic devices such as mental imagery, symbolism, repetition and subject matter, the relevance of his poetry to all people is proven. Bruce Dawe’s poem “Drifters” supports Thomas Hardy’s premise that poetry engages people, places and time. Through the use of a detached perspective, subject matter and contrasting mental imagery, the reader identifies with the life of a family constantly on the move due to economic hardship. “ Drifters” is told in third person from a detached perspective and without judgement. The woman/ wife is nameless and passive as “she won’t even ask why they’re
The shoe-horn sonata Good morning, I am here to discuss the play "The Shoe-Horn Sonata" by John Misto in relation to the use of visual elements used, plus two themes. The Shoe-horn Sonata is concerned with the incarceration of two women held captive in a Japanese prisoner of war (POW) camp. Misto uses the play to demonstrate the devastation of war and the human spirit and will to survive. Such themes are shown to the audience through the use of visual elements such as music, projected photographs, lighting effect. My first theme is power.
Distinctively visual Question: how composers use distinctively visual techniques to create meaning in texts. Distinctively visual technique holds great ability to convey powerful message through the text to the responders. This is evident in the play “shoehorn sonata” as its composer John Misto explores the horror of war and the importance of friendship during the invasion of Singapore in 1942. Similarly Nick Ut’s photograph “The Napalm Girl” illustrates the brutality of human conflict in the Vietnam War as well as the innocent civilian that is mercilessly treated. Both texts demonstrates the atrocity that war brings using visual techniques although they rely on different ways to convey their message.
Distinctively Visual The play ‘The Shoe Horn Sonata’ by John Misto, the drawing and poem ‘From the Shadows’ by Grame Base, and the documentary ‘Touching the Void’ by Kevin Macdonald, explore the challenging aspects of life using dialogue, sound, stage directions and other distinctively visual elements. The Shoe Horn Sonata by John Misto is about two women, Bridie and Sheila, and their traumatic ordeal of being imprisoned in a Japanese prison camp during WWII. John Misto uses a range of distinctively visual elements to create a variety of mental images in the audiences’ minds. Through the use of description and other language techniques, dialogue creates images of devastation and disaster. The trauma and brutality of the sinking ship is evocatively captured in Sheila’s description of the Giang Bee.
Mama then goes on to describe how nervous Maggie will be until her sister leaves, “standing hopelessly in corners”, “eyeing her sister with a mixture of envy and awe.” She then goes onto reminisce about a dream she had in which she and her daughter Dee, were reunited on a talk show. During this Mama, reveals how she knows her physical appearance is less than desirable but she makes no apologies for being a, “big-boned woman with rough, man working hands.” The two daughters are like night and day when compared to one another. When the reader first meets Maggie, she is portrayed as shy, awkward and self-conscious do to the scars she received when