Pittaway, Gail (2017) Interislander. TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, 21 (2). pp. 1-3. ISSN 1327-9556

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This poem employs literary devices of allusion, association and pun to locate the commonplace concept of death as a journey in a geographical setting; a ferry ride between two islands. The poem attributes ancient motifs to contemporary life and revisits the idea of Charon as a worker, in order to acknowledge the ordinariness of the passage to death. The literary devices relate this poem to a tradition of poems about death, even as the intention is to remove the traditional association of grief and fear. To ‘inter’ is to bury, and the poem employs a grammatical pun on the official name of the regular ferry between the North and South Islands of New Zealand, where ‘inter’ operates both as a prefix meaning ‘between’ and as an active verb.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords that describe the item:Creative writing, Poetry, Death, Pyschopomp mythology
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions:Schools > School of Media Arts
ID Code:5758
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