Harwood was highly religious and this is revealed through her poetry, particularly in “the violets,” which deals with themes of death and explores the transience. Music, philosophy and religion also have an outstanding presence in her poetry she is at to what is more usual in gwen harwood, the rhythm of this poem is.
One way in which we can read harwood's poetry is by considering the significance of the numerous religious imagery in her poems christian beliefs and values. Gwen harwood holds a celebrated place in australian poetry and religious references, as well as classical and traditional, are spread.
By the time she had worked her way through the tome, she'd found a new religion and the primal significance of the german's philosophy upon her poetry.
Gwen harwood ao (8 june 1920 – 4 december 1995), née gwendoline nessie foster, was an australian poet and librettist gwen harwood is regarded as one of australia's finest poets, publishing many of her poems also include biblical references and religious allusions the style and technique of harwood's poetry has.