Early life[ edit ] Bruce Dawe was born in Fitzroy, Victoria, in He always had encouragement from them the younger of his two sisters also wrote poetry and his mother, proud of her Lowlands Scots ancestry, often recited poems that she had learned in her 19th century childhood.
Yet there is a third space here, an unacknowledged and under-discussed hybrid that is the majoritarian existence in Australia, namely the suburbs. The suburbs moreover are not simply Australian.
Australian poet Bruce Dawe, courtesy The Australian Review The suburbs can be understood as a type of life that mediates the city and the country. To be certain these are not two autonomous zones, but have always existed in each other.
They are dialogic, heuristic, interacting, porous, dynamic, various, ideal. We are dealing then with spaces as relations and relations as spaces.
Some Romantic poets express this, to my mind none better than Blake, whereby the idyllic, bucolic, natural, innocent green of nature is juxtaposed with the coal black, acrid smoke filled, orphaned city of experience. In trying to yoke, rope, contain the capriciousness of such things as Romantic and Modern though, we pummel, beat them into a certain shape.
It is though less controversial to suggest that both things exist.
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But as yet there has been no appreciable body of work that would consider itself as Suburbanist. Indeed, what of people who write in between the country-city divide, who would in a Bruce dawes poetry Gilroy approximation trade in between these two safe harbours?
There has long being this negotiation and there will long continue to be this expression, but the suburbs as the self conscious creation of a type of life post-Romance and post-Modern seem to have arisen most completely after World War Two.
They are not though a peculiarly American institution, or even found only in other settler societies from Australia and New Zealand to Canada and South Africa. Suburbs, in their common sense expression, in their everyday shorthand language game, are to be found wherever there are people.
There are the newly rising suburbs of Gurgaon in New Delhi that come as a response to the urban, and there are the older established suburbs that have seen the built environment come up around them, such as Wesley Heights in Washington DC and most parts of peripheral Canberra. Jo Gill, book cover The suburbs though are not often considered as places for the creation of art, or rather, the art that responds to the suburbs is often dismissed.
Although this may be challenged by particular American novelists from John Updike to Richard Ford, we lack a well considered poetry and poetics of the suburbs that does not simply re-inscribe the political shortcomings of this way of life.
That Australia is particularly suburban is an important point to make, but the nation is a false consciousness that needs be critiqued in order to understand this as a truly global phenomenon.
There is a long tradition of disparagement about suburbia in Australian poetry. We see something like this across a range of formal styles and timeframes. It is not the country-city divide, but rather the theoretical failure to see how that binarism means there is a vested interest in maintaining such a narrative, to which we could propose an internal negation.
In other words, this is a poetic genealogy that sees life in the suburbs. One has to work hard to discover this however.
Poets now do not cognise themselves as suburban, let alone suburbanist, poets even as many have spent and continue to spend the majority of their time in spaces that are suburban.
They are, to my mind, an unacknowledged and extensive network that can help us re-frame and re-organise the apparently natural groupings that we think of and through in poetics. The material then can alter our theoretical frames of reference.
When I spoke with colleagues about suburban Australian poetry everyone agreed that the greatest exponent was Bruce Dawe. It seems that Dawe stands apart, if not alone, for many people in considering this as a type of life.
Suburbanism is the determinate negation of the suburban as it exists in the uncritical imagination.This poem by Australian poet Bruce Dawe epitomises the unique connection sporting tragics have to their preferred football teams, -an almost tribal allegiance.
Bruce Dawe used the technique of repetition throughout the whole poem. The main word used is ‘they’re’. The use of repetition of this word evokes and promotes the characteristics of war. Home page for the Bruce Dawe section of Film Australia's Australian Biography Online site.
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Donald Bruce Dawe AO (born 15 February ) is an Australian poet, considered by some as one of the most influential Australian poets of all time. Dawe completed his Adult Matriculation by part-time study in and enrolled at Melbourne University on a teaching scholarship in He left.
‘Homecoming’by Bruce Dawe is a dramatic poem, portraying the futility of war in a confronting tone. The poem was written as a tribute to the return of the bodies of young Australian soldiers who had fought and died in Vietnam, and the lack of identity and respect that was attributed to them.