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The paper aims to analyze the poemMookariby Daniel Davis. The analysis will be
done using the SMILE (Subject matter, Mood, Imagery, Language and Evaluation) technique1.
Dan Davis composed the poem in 2000 where he details about a storm, known in the
Baradah clan as ‘mookari’2. The poem was written at a time when Australia as a nation was
starting to recognize the Indigenous population as an integral part of the country. In the field of
art and literature too, growing number works by the Indigenous people began to be
acknowledged. The non-Indigenous authors also began writing Indigenous culture and traditions.
Davis has produced majority of his works in this era that include other thanMookari,So Many,
Society, Long Ago DaysandTribal Linesamongst others. The poem in discussion here is
Mookariin which the poet makes use of simple English to describe the coming of a storm and
the things that happen when it hits.
The poem involves several instances where the reader could clearly visualize the things
that are happening prior to and during the storm. The poem begins with a sad tone with the sun
being dull and clouds beginning to cover the blue sky.
“The clouds are slowing covering the blue, closing it all from sight”.
As the poem progresses, it infuses a sense of fear amongst the readers as the “big fella”,
theMookaribegins to cause heavy rains, lightning and thundering. However, the sight of the
storm with all the lightning also gives a feeling of joy to the readers as they witness the grandeur
of nature. Towards the end of the poem, the tone changes into happiness as the “Old Man” leaves
for another town and the sky begin to turn blue again.
1See Minter, Peter, and Kerry Kilner. ‘The BlackWords Symposium: The Past, Present, and Future of Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Literature’ (2014) 14 (3) Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature2See Korff, Jens. ‘Creative spirits: A resource repository’ (2014) 22 (4) Ethos 44
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