Perspectives

It is very important to be able to put the poem “Son of Mine” by Kath Walker into perspective by answering several questions related to it and its context.

Historical context

First of all, focus on the time when the poem was written. It was written in 1960, almost sixteen years before the pass of “The Aboriginal Land Rights Act” in 1976. During that time, civil rights movement was quite active. Do you believe the poem has somehow influenced other Aboriginals? Do you think it has spoken to them in any way?

Then, focus on the advice given by the mother to her child. By refusing to talk about the negative aspects and the abuse suffered by Aboriginals, she basically advises her child to live his life in harmony and avoid conflict. Still, conflict is what eventually led to the pass of “The Aboriginal Land Rights Act”. Do you believe the...

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