Ruth Vania Christine

Time is Running Out by Oodgeroo Noonuccal

Ruth Vania Christine
Time is Running Out by Oodgeroo Noonuccal
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The poem Time is Running Out by Oodgeroo Noonuccal is about a labour man, that works so hard for a good salary or profit because of the trade of the minerals from the mountains. He doesn’t care what he has done to the earth; he just wants to finish his mission: take all the minerals from the mountains. But then he realizes too, that his work hurts the nature while he runs for the target. And for the time passes by, the nature hurts so bad and completely broken by those drills and machines. However, he can’t do anything except that. It was a must for him to do that, for the sake of dollars. The people on the land start to stand for their land, and force the miner to love their land too.
This essay is about study poem or poetry. We will talk about the poem’s poetic devices and why they are used on that per stanza, describe what is the stanzas about, and comment based on the opinion. For the poetic devices we will talk about the imaginery and figurative speech, and these are being analized in every single line or stanza.
For the first paragraph, it tells the readers about how the mineer takes all of the minerals with his heavy big iron machines and drills. Oodgeroo Noonuccal says that “the miner rapes the heart of earth with his violent spade” (line 1-3). It says that the poem shows that the miner has a will to catch, as he has to “...labour away with a will, pilling the mountainous minerals high with giant tool and iron drill” (line 7-9).
For the second paragraph, it tells the readers that he needs the power to work harder and wants to destroy all to get good will, as “his greedy lust for power, he destroys old nature’s will for the sake of the filthy dollar” (line 10-12). But, he knows “that violence of his destructive kind will be violently written…” (line 14-16). He knows that it’ll completely break as time passes by “…upon the sands of time” (line 17). He hurts the earth.
For the third paragraph, it tells the readers about “the time is running out” (line 18), as the nature becomes worse. The people of the land need to realize themselves to the lost of their nature, and start to “defend their timeless land” (line 21). They must “take a stand” (line 24) for their home nature, make no excuse for the miner, and make the miner has the feeling of the “love of [their] land” (line 27).

For the figurative, there is a use of personification and paradox in this stanza. The line “but the time is running out” (line 18) shows that the time can runs like a human being, however it exactly means “as time passes by”. Personification is the comparison between something not human and human being. Next, the line “your violent, love of land” (line 26-27) shows the use of paradox. Violent means force to hurt, causing hurt, and a kind of strong. Love means care. It is a bit contra between the word “violent” and “love”. Paradox is a situation or statement which seems impossible or is difficult to understand because it contains two opposite facts or characteristics.

This poem is really interesting, because this is a kind of irony. The miner wants too get dollars for their work as a labour, mineral digger. He knows that it is wrong and he destroys his nature, which is his own homeland too. But he keeps to work it out, because that is the only way he can live, as time passes by. His neighborhood, the people of the land, wants to open his and other miners heart and give him a try to feel as same as the people of the land, which is the love of their own land.
This tells the reader that we must care and love the nature and the environtment of our land. Not just our land perhaps, it can be this entire world. Don’t broke the future by destroy the power supply of the earth, because this is our home, this is our resposibility to take care of her.

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Oodgeroo Noonuccal was born in 1920 on Stradbroke Island (the island is called Minjerriba by the aboriginal people), Queensland, of the Noonuccal people of the Yuggera group. She was best known for her poetry, although she was also an actress, writer, teacher, artist and a campaigner for Aboriginal rights. Her work is recognised worldwide. The theme of many of her works is the hope for understanding and peace between black and white Australians.
When Oodgeroo Noonuccal died, hundreds of people mourned, but that's not what she wanted. Oogeroo Noonuccal wanted people to celebrate her achievements and to continue working for true understanding between all Australians. Oodgeroo Noonuccal's memory stands today as a shining role model for all Australians as someone who strived for true respect and understanding between both the white and black communities.