This study guide will help you analyse the poem “The Past” by Oodgeroo Noonuccal. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on composition, characters and narrator, language and style, imagery and metaphors, theme and message.
Presentation of the poem
Title: “The Past”
Author: Oodgeroo Noonuccal
Published in: The Dawn Is At Hand
Date of Publication: 1970
Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kathleen Jean Mary Walker) was an Australian author with Aboriginal origins. Her work includes mainly poetry. She is most known for being the first Australian Aboriginal to publish a literary book. Apart from her literary career, she was also an activist and a campaigner for Aboriginals’ rights in Australia. The poem “The Past” (1970) was included in a collection of poems titled “The Dawn Is At Hand” (1992).
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