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.