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Analysis of Bruce Dawe and his Poetry

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Analysis of Bruce Dawe and his Poetry

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Bruce Dawe is one of the most inspirational and truthful poets of our time. Born in 1930, in Geelong, most of Dawe's poetry concerns the common person. His poems are a recollection on the world and issues around him. The statement 'The poet's role is to challenge the world they see around them' is very true for Bruce Dawe, as his main purpose in his poetry was to depict the unspoken social issues concerning the common Australian suburban resident. His genuine concern for these issues is obvious through his mocking approach to the issues he presents in his poems.

'Drifters' is about a family who move from place to place, as the father needs to move by the demand of his job. Dawe wrote this poem in a very casual language; however, if you read it carefully you would be able to see the seriousness of what he is saying. The young children are growing up to learn no other way of life except the life of continuously moving, as they are all waiting for the day they shall move again.

The children get very excited about moving from place to place 'and the kids will yell truly'. The eldest is becoming aware that their roaming lives may never change 'the oldest girl is close to tears because she was happy here'. She is becoming frustrated with her life. Dawe shows pity for the wife, as she has to gone through this so many more times before 'she won't even ask why they're leaving this time'.

Dawe writes sympathetically about the wife, like when she asks her husband Tom to make a wish in the last line of the poem 'Make a wish, Tom, make a wish'. Because this is a continuous event, the wife is getting frustrated, as at the time of packing once again she finds that she has not unpacked from there last move.

Even though this poem is written in a happy tone Dawe is being serious about the issue of how a family gets upset about being stuck in a life that is continuously moving around and not being permanently settled anywhere.

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