Composition

In order to have a better grasp of the poem “Son of Mine” by Kath Walker, it is necessary to look at both its outer composition and inner composition.

Outer composition

The poem “Son of Mine” by Kath Walker is comprised of three stanzas. Each stanza has four lines, so they are called quatrains. Each stanza rhymes according to the “AAAA” scheme:

“My son, your troubled eyes search mine,
Puzzled and hurt by colour line.
Your black skin as soft as velvet shine;
What can I tell you, son of mine?” 
(ll. 1-4)

The poem is written in iambic tetrameter. This means that an initial unstressed syllable is followed by a stressed syllable. This is one example in which we have highlighted the syllables which are stressed: “My son, your troubled eyes search mine,” (l. 1).

At a first sight, the poem looks quite simple, but the themes it explores are very deep.

Inner composition

The poem “Son of Mine” depicts the issues which an Aboriginal encounters in the world of whites. A mother addresses her child and tells him about what he...

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