The question is “Is there a link between Marcus Clarke’s appreciation for the Australian Landscape…and Judith Wright’s wish not to ‘chisel things into new shapes’?”
The colonialist’s desire was to change Australia into a “Little England” not only in reality but also in a literary and artistic sense.
Marcus Clarke desired to show the beauty and the “not so beautiful” that is the Australian Bush. He has a desire not to change a thing, but to enjoy what is – not what it could become.
Judith Wright also had a desire to leave unchanged what she saw, but to embrace what is.
The poet can understand the landscape by becoming part of it.