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We Are Going- Task

Posted on: March 2, 2008

We Are Going    

They came in to the little town

A semi-naked band subdued and silent

All that remained of their tribe.

They came here to the place of their old bora ground

Where now the many white men hurry about like ants.

Notice of the estate agent reads: ‘Rubbish May Be Tipped Here’.

Now it half covers the traces of the old bora ring.

We are as strangers here now, but the white tribe are the strangers.

We belong here, we are of the old ways.

We are the corroboree and the bora ground,

We are the old ceremonies, the laws of the elders.

We are the wonder tales of Dream Time, the tribal legends told.

We are the past, the hunts and the laughing games, the wandering camp fires.

We are the lightening bolt over Gaphembah Hill

Quick and terrible,

And the Thunderer after him, that loud fellow.

We are the quiet daybreak paling the dark lagoon.

We are the shadow-ghosts creeping back as the campfires burn low.

We are nature and the past, all the old ways

Gone now and scattered.

The scrubs are gone, the hunting and the laughter.

The eagle is gone, the emu and the kangaroo are gone from this place.

The bora ring is gone.

The corroboree is gone.

And we are going.’

Oodgeroo Noonuccal

Appreciating “We are Going” by Oodgerooo Noonuccal

Read Oodgeroo’s “We are going” (p. 32) and answer these questions on it:

1.                  Explain why they are “silent and subdued”.

1.                  The reason why they were silent and subdued was because they were shocked and sad. The land to which they once praised now them their selves were being kept    captive  at.

2.                  How are white men represented? Why?

2.                  White men are represented by being called ants and the reason for that is because that is slowly aborigines are starting to get outnumbered by many groups of white people who go everywhere in large groups just like ants.

  3.         What is a bora ring and explain why it is so central to this poem.

3.                  Bora ring is an aboriginal sacred ground, the reason why it is so central to this poem is because it is there scared ground and the notice that has been put on it tells to dump rubbish there.

  4.           Explain their reaction in line 8.

4.                   Their reaction is kind off shocked and sad when they say that they have become strangers to there own land.


5.                   Lines 9-17 begin a ‘litany’. What is the effect produced?

  5.          The effect that litany produces is that it tells us how they were used to own the land 

                and spend there every day life before other people came and due to this we can  

               compare the difference of before and after.


6.                  Comment on the significance of metaphors used in the poem.

6.            The significance of metaphors used in this poem is very big it tells many things  about how they feel and how there living was before other people came.

7.            Comment on the structure and form of this poem.

7.                  Structure of the poem varies from long lines, which tell us about their experience in detail, and short lines that only carry few words that add effects after long lines.

8.                  Why does Thunder have a capital letter?

8.            The reason why thunder has a capital letter is because thunder is a strong meaning   and a powerful word.

9.            Comment on the mood and atmosphere created here.

9.                  The mood and the atmosphere that is created is sad, rejected and ignored which are most of the feeling that aborigines must have been through and you have really got to feel sorry for them while reading the poem.

10.              Combine comments on its theme, title and conclusion.

10.        The theme of this poem is on stolen generation and the tile is we are going which is 

            nicely summed up in the end. This is something that nearly happened after all there 

            holy places were taken.


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