War A Social Evil:Reflections in The Poetry of Judith Wright and Oodgeroo Noonuucal

Bhavna Sharma


Judith Wright and Oodgeroo Noonuccal, the two well-known Australian poets have dealt with war and its effect on humanity in their poetry. Both the poets were a witness to Second World War and the political and social ramifications of the times inspired their thoughts and feelings. Wickedness of war, destruction and countless killings of innocent human beings take an intellectual and rational poetic expressions in their poems. The cruelty of war and transformation of peaceful world into an inhumane world has influenced their sensory art. Both the poets consider war as an evil on earth and suggest various solutions to this problem. One finds a note of pacifism in their poetry that appeals to humanity to have no more war as it will only lead to bloodshed, dejection and hostility. They advocate an end to war that will be an attempt towards harmony and peace.


poetry; war; humanity; pacifism; harmony

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