Essay on Bruce Dawe
Bruce Dawe is a prominent Australian poet born in 1930, in Geelong.
His experiences as a laborer, postman, gardener, and in particular his
9 years as a sergeant in the Royal Australian Air Force, have enabled him to recollect and articulate his memories into a renowned compendium, Sometimes Gladness, which has been described as “perhaps the most successful book of verse by a contemporary Australian poet”.
His anthology contains a variety of poems. The three I will be discussing include The Day that They Shot Santa Claus, The Wholly
Innocent, and Homo Suburbiensis, all of which focus on life (or the lack of it) and its ups and downs.
The Day That They Shot Santa Claus tells a story through the eyes of a …show more content…
Like The Day That They Shot Santa Claus, the attitude of the speaker is downcast and despondent. However, the two poems differ in the way that The Wholly Innocent portrays a character that would have loved to have experienced what life has to offer, and their incessant complaints of not being able to “Rejoice at sun or star” leads us to believe that the poem is about abortion. This is supported by phrases such as “bloody space”, “down into the bucket thrust” and the reference to genocide. The poem is composed of 8 quatrains, which consist of 4 and 3 iambic feet in alternation. Therefore, the lines are even shorter than the ones featured in The Day That They Shot
Santa Claus, emphasizing Bruce Dawe’s view that abortion is immoral and simply wrong.
Homo Suburbiensis is a celebration of a man’s life. It is not a