Looking at these two poems describing a natural scene (“A Mid-Summer Noon…” & “Bell-Birds”, say what you think each poet values and how they differ in their appreciation and their expression
Charles Harpur’s “A Mid-Summer Noon In The Australian Forest”and Henry Kendall’s “Bell-Birds”, both describe their own sentient view of the Australian landscape. As the poems describe how the natural beauty of the land can be a peaceful and remarkable home if we learn to accept and appreciate it. The poems both feature elements were exploring the land untouched by civilisation can lead to a new discovery and gratitude towards the original nature of Australia.
Kendall’s poem is centered around the Australian Bellbirds and their surroundings, mentioning ”glimpses of creeks and a vision of mosses” at the end of his poem. The reason I feel that this last line is important is because, in my opinion, Kendall is trying to remind us that these remarkable Bellbirds live in the creeks and mosses that must be appreciated for us to appreciate other aspects of the Australian land. His fascination of the Bellbirds proven in his “longing for power and the sweetness to fashion.” As he is trying to say that he wishes to be as passionate as the Bellbirds with their surroundings. I believe Kendall is trying to compare the Bellbirds lifestyle and appreciation to the environment as something we should do and mimic if we are going to live in Australia.
Compared to Harpur’s poem, starting the first stanza with ”Not a bird disturbed the air, there is quiet everywhere.” Harpur gives the audience the perception of a silent stillness within the land. Harpur also mentioned his surroundings as well ”yon bright beetle gleams the air”, Similar to Kendall’s poem, Harpur’s tries to show the true nature of Australia untouched by utilisation and that all aspects of the land must be appreciated to grant a true gratitude to its beauty.