Charles Harpur’s ”Midsummer Noon in the Australian Forest” -My understanding about the poem

Harpur’s experience of the bush in ”Midsummer Noon in the Australian Forest” tells of the writer’s admiration of how peaceful, quiet and relaxing the environment was at that particular time. He was amazed that the insects were still or not moving. Even the ants that are known to be always working can be seen here to be resting, except the dragon hornet that makes a humming sound that slowly comes in front of him and then takes off. He was full of admiration and excitement when he saw it and describes in full details what the creature looked like. The environment was too quite and so peaceful that he too, like the creatures around him was resting and taking advantage of that very moment. He felt very comfortable lying down in that particular spot in the bush hidden from the scorching sun, day dreaming or in deep thought.

Harpur uses words that are easy for the readers to understand along with detailed descriptions of what he saw in his surroundings. He succeeded in taking the reader’s mind straight to the place where he was at and so allowing the reader to feel and enjoy the beauty and calm of that particular noon in the bush that he experienced.

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2 thoughts on “Charles Harpur’s ”Midsummer Noon in the Australian Forest” -My understanding about the poem

  1. This is a beautiful, feelingful description of what is happening in this poem Vivian. Well done. I have corrected a few of your sentences and you are welcome to make these changes in your blog. It would also be good to talk about some of these issues with a learning partner, if possible. Good work.

    Editing Needed (and some workshop follow-ups- see Purdue Owl for help: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/
    * …of how peaceful, quiet and relaxing the environment he was in, in that particular time. = ….of how peaceful, quiet and relaxing the environment WAS, AT that particular time.
    *that slowly coming in front of him and then took off. = that slowly COMES in front of him and then TAKES off.
    *and describing in full details = and DESCRIBES in full DETAIL
    *along with detailed description of what he saw in his surroundings.= along with detailed DESCRIPTIONS of what he saw in his surroundings. OR along with A detailed DESCRIPTION of what he saw in his surroundings.
    *the readers mind straight to the place = the reader’s mind straight to the place = [‘s or s’ – Apostrophe- if there is a meaning of ownership ( the boy’s apple/ the boys’ apples) then you need an apostrophe. See http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/621/01/. But don’t use apostrophe s for normal plurals!!!]
    * ….allowing the readers to feel and enjoy the beauty and calmness of that particular noon in the bush that he experienced.= ….SO allowing the READER to feel and enjoy the beauty and CALM of that particular noon in the bush.

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