Mary Gilmore 

Hi everyone,

Just a short blog on an Australian poet named Mary Gilmore who has drawn my attention to one of her poems “The measure”.

Mary Gilmore is a proud significant writer of both the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Gilmore famously known for all her 600 uncollected published poems as well as 8 major collections.

She was born Mary Jean Cameron near Goulburn NSW. Gilmores lifelong socialist views were formed by her working class childhood and time spent as a teacher in mining towns during the late 1800’s, when she began publishing poetry.

Her poem, “the measure” portrays her concern for all those involved in the war. Her outreach and cry within this poem has really drawn my attention and has enabled me to develop a greater understanding of the futility and pointlessness of war.

The first 4 lines of the poem begins with a rhetorical question, “must the young blood forever flow?”. This line forces the audience to question, do young people really have to die ? “Should the wide wounds no closing know? Will these wounds that have been opened by the war ever close ? Not just the physical wounds but also the emotional and intellectual wounds. “Is hate the only lantern of the stars?”, is hate the only guidance ? Is it the only way of living ?.

Throughout the poem she is giving different perspectives and views on the issue of war and so enabling for a wider and greater   understanding to be attained.



4 thoughts on “Mary Gilmore 

  1. Hi Georgia!!
    Reading your blog entry for this weeks topic has really fascinated me to read Mary Gilmore’s “the measure”. I loved reading a bit of background information about the author herself. I thought that was a great idea to include in your entry. As I continued to read however, I noticed you didn’t further explain your perspectives in greater detail about the poem which I would have loved to read about seeing as you have approached this extract in a very interesting manner.
    Keep up the fantastic work! I’m looking forward to reading your future entries and your ideas on how you interpret your work! 🙂


  2. I want more! I often try to keep my blogs brief because I’m not sure I can keep the readers interest. You may have the same belief and I will tell you from a readers perspective that I would like to know more about what you thought of this poem. I can see that it grabbed your interest and I would love to know what parts hit you hardest. I would also love to know if you figured out what “the measure” is because I could not.


  3. Hey, Georgiana!

    I enjoyed reading your blog entry on Mary Gilmore’s “The Measure”! I particularly liked the concise background information you provided on her. I thought it was a nice inclusion, and really showcased that Gilmore was a prolific writer, but still able to concern herself with the less fortunate in society. The latter possibly being an impetus for “The Measure”.

    I have a few comments to make that you may find useful:

    (1) The use of the vocative comma: Instead of writing “Hi everyone”, you should write “Hi, everyone” as you are addressing people directly.

    (2) The “so what” factor: When you include techniques and quote from a text, it is beneficial to ask yourself what purpose it will serve in your analysis. When you wrote that the first four lines of the poem begin with rhetorical questions, and then sourced examples from the text proving this, you should have gone one step further and explained what this demonstrated in relation to your main idea of Gilmore expressing the futility and pointlessness of war.

    (3) I am not sure which of Michael’s questions you were addressing, but if it was 2b (“With reference to Mary Gilmore’s “The Measure”, what is the meaning of the title “The Measure”?), you would have needed to address the meaning of “The Measure”. If not, then ignore this point (I’m sorry!).

    I hope you find my comments useful. Good work!


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