The issue of representation has always posed a problem for writers concerned about using language to render their experience of the natural world accurately and convincingly. In his essay "Nature Writing and Environmental Psychology," Scott Slovic discusses this problem and how it affects the nature writer: "By confronting 'face to face' the separate realm of nature, by becoming aware of its 'otherness,' the writer implicitly becomes more deeply aware of his or her own dimensions, limitations of form and understanding, and processes of grappling with the unknown" (352). In her career Judith Wright struggled with just this issue. As her involvement as an environmental activist grew, her poetic vision began to change. I would say that the poetry of Judith Wright, in addition to reflecting growing concern about environmental issues, shows her developing the sort of awareness that Slovic describes.
"Judith Wright's Nature Poetry: The Problem of Living "through a web of language","
Antipodes: Vol. 12
, Article 4.
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