What are the literary devices used in "Remittance Man" by Judith Wright?
"Remittance Man" tells the story of a once wealthy English aristocrat who casts away his fortune and finds his freedom as an emigrant rambler in the Australian outback. He becomes a rolling stone, like the subject of Dylan's famous song, and within that life, comes to find a deep love for the new landscape and relationships that are detached from the chains of upper-class English lifestyle.
Much of "Remittance Man" has the feeling of a pastoral or, rather, two pastorals contrasted—England and Australia.
Blue blowing smoke of twigs from the noon fire/
red blowing dust of roads where teams go slow/ sparse swinging shadow of trees no longer foreign/silted the memory of a greener climate.
The poem does not follow a rhyme scheme or create patterns in meter. Wright seems to be obsessed with words, and she very carefully chooses her surreal imagery in this poem. It is not a poem that can be read quickly. It is full of speed bumps and potholes, forcing the reader to go slow and to take in the sparse and sublime language as if it were the wild, alien, and beautiful Australian outback, devoid of the neat and tidy rules of the British poetic tradition.