– by Taylor Weaver
Australia’s’ emotional evolution throughout the poetry of our generations
As a poetical world, an emotional race, we depend highly upon what we can gain from the expression of these two things. Articulating what we feel about the world we reside in is something humans have done forever, in so many ways.
Perhaps the most powerful, and even most pure, form of such communication is poetry. It can get really corny and it still makes me cringe from time to time, but I think that’s because humans are very reluctant to express their emotions in front of other people. It probably makes everyone uncomfortable, to a certain degree, but that could be a factor of beauty and growth in the form.
I write this article about poetry because it’s a nice way to show how Australia has changed and evolved along with its surroundings. I’ve read a lot of poetry, old and new, and a significant difference between the two arose throughout the time I’ve spent with poems.
Humanity has evolved viciously over the last 100 years: industry, production, and technology have taken over the entire world. Australia, as a first world country, has become entirely consumed. Comparing environments from the 1910s to the 2010s proves this without question. However, that’s just the physical change.
Mentally and emotionally, Australia has also changed dramatically. Poetry is probably one of the truest and most underrated ways in which to show this. It isn’t a direct representation of change; that’s not why it is written, but it’s because of this unconscious writing that poetry proves to be so telling.
I recently found a book of old Australian poetry and the poems in there were from a different world entirely. They spoke about swagmen and boundless Australian plains, toiling for the development of Australia.
The development of Australia which, presented through recent poetry, has led to a selfish and self-validated society. We have turned inwards from the world, focusing on our own selves, and I think that’s the reason topics like mental illness have come about.
Nature has taken a back seat to social issues and relationships. The fact that we are focusing our emotional energy on all of these things, I think, will only perpetuate the situation and continue to make us more selfish as we indulge in our own emotions. It seemed old Australia would pick themselves up and move on, because they had no other option.
As Australians in the early 1900s, life was down to Earth. They had nothing to distract them from their natural world. I still don’t know which world is better, but either way you’ll always be missing out on something.
I don’t know if it’s a solely personal opinion, but the poets of old seem emotionally sound, where our new world is in emotional chaos. It may seem bold of me to assume such a thing in this article; so take it upon yourselves to read poetry from every era, and compare the values and emotional status of the people belonging to it. It will change your perception of the world.
We have fallen deeper into emotional oceans of self-pity, and our obsession for self-validation is a catalyst for the simple question: are we heading into deeper waters, or to shore?