Flame Trees

The two versions of Flame Trees we’ve discussed (Sarah Blasko’s cover and the Cold Chisel original) provide us with an insight into how time can change one’s perspective on life. According to the composer, this is about lost youth and the return to the archetypal Australian country town. “It’s a song of lost love, of mortality and what’s left behind.”

What is this text about? How do we know? ?
Who would be most likely to read and/or view this text and why? ?
What does the composer of the text want us to know/feel?
Textual structures and features
What are the structures and features of the text?
What sort of genre does the text belong to?
What do the images suggest?
What do the words suggest?
What kind of language is used in the text?
Key concept
How is the concept of change evident in this text?
Is the change presented as positive or negative ?Is it enforced? is it short term ? is it long
term ? is it gradual or dramatic? Is the change planned? unplanned ?
What form does the change take – physical, emotional , perceptions, world?

Changing Perspectives – related material

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You need to find three related texts that express/represent change in some way.
You may include a poem, song lyrics, a photograph, an advertisement, an extract, a short story, a novel, an article, a web page or a book cover.

Answer the following questions:

1. What is the form of the text and what change is evident in it?
2. Identify the purpose, audience and context of the text.
3. What are the language features and structure of the text?
Language features may include:
– whole text (extended metaphors, imagery, symbolism, irony, repetition etc)
– paragraphs (extended metaphors, repetition etc)
– sentences (metaphors, similes etc)
– words (onomatopoeia, alliteration, etc)
Contrasts- (before and after)
Emotive language
4. How are these techniques used to present the concept of change?

Complete for prep

Sky High


1. What two worlds are being depicted? By close reference to the passage, define the qualities and features of both.

2. What is the emotional state of the central figures in both worlds? How does the child differ from the adult?

3. In what ways is the concept of change being represented?

How is is being said?

1. Skilful manipulation of language is a core feature of this text. Comment on the use of colloquial language and why it has been used.

2. Word choice is both simple and complex. Vibrant, rich vocabulary evokes a real sense of time and place. Find effective examples from the text and evaluate how they help to reinforce the central theme of change.

3. How does the write engage the readers attention and hold it throughout?

The Second Coming

Read the poem again and answer the questions
• The image of the falcon and the falconer begins the poem. Draw a picture of what Yeats means?
What happens over time, as the bird gets further away from the falconer?
Define the word “Gyre”
• When the center cannot hold, what happens?
• What happens to the ceremony of innocence?
What drowns it?
What could be an example of an innocent ceremony?
• What is happening to the world?
What happens to the “best”?
What happens to the “worst”
• What is “The Second Coming”?
What is supposed to happen there?
• What image does Yeats see out in the desert?
Why is it having a nightmare?
Why is a cradle doing it?
• Where in the world, today, are “things falling apart”?