In the 1969 poem “An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow” by Influential Australian Poet Les Murray

In the 1969 poem “An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow” by Influential Australian Poet Les Murray, the concept belonging is explored. Acceptance and fear of both individuality and conformity is analysed. It reflects a distorted society where feelings and emotions are kept secret. Isolation is clear in this poem where the crying man is situated in a busy street with ‘crowds’ he is so alone ‘no one approaches’. ‘Weeping’ is a bitter-sweet emotion, As the man cries out with ‘grief’ and ‘sorrow’ it is a gift to weep because it brings peace. Les Murrays use of symbolism is demonstrated in the quote “Some will Say in years to come, a halo or force stood around him” the symbolic use of halo represents light hiding the greatness and fearlessness of the weeping mans act of refusal to conform. Creating a sense of emotional belonging within the readers mind, belonging to the minority rather than the majority going against the human emotion.