Essay on Distinctivly Visual Douglas Stewart

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Composers use distinctively visual images to convey distinctive experiences within our lives, such as feelings we have felt, places we have been and images we have seen. This then helps emphasise the different purposes distinctively visual images can create. This is exemplified through Douglas Stewart’s poems “Wombat”, “The Snow-Gum” and “Fireflies” as well as Frederick Mccubbin’s painting “Down On His Luck”.
Stewart conveys his experiences of Feelings towards nature, as well as his past situations in relation to nature. This is demonstrated through the use of various techniques, such as personification, similes’, imagery and contrasts. Mccubbin, however uses visual techniques such as vector lines, colour and salience. Ultimately, both
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This emphasises nature’s purpose of working with mankind.
Stewart also provokes nature being given human-like qualities in his poem “Fireflies” .This poem tells the story of Stewart witnessing a swarm of fireflies as he was climbing a mountain. Personification is used to portray the fireflies as having human-like features. This is evident in the line “Many small flames, all climbing the stony mountain” .Stewart purposely uses the word “Climbing” to help unify man and nature aswell as give the image of the fireflies being bright and colourful. The fireflies are no longer flying, but walking along side Stewart. This technique helps unify man and nature by giving nature human qualities. Stewart also uses a simile in the line” Like an invisible army”. By comparing the fireflies to an army they are given a sense of power and strength. It also teaches us that the fireflies are growing in numbers and unifying with themselves. Stewart refers to the fireflies as being an army to help compare them to a human-like army. This helps the responder understand that images of nature can be used to compare and unify nature and man.
Nature can have both a beautiful /peaceful side as well as a harsh/angry side. This is evident through “Down On His Luck” as well as “The Snow-Gum”. This is portrayed through the use of the impressionistic style of loose, broad and rough