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Analysis Of The Poem Enter Without So Much As Knocking By Ruce Dawe

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‘Enter Without So Much As Knocking’ by an ex-Vietnam veteran Bruce Dawe was published in 1959 and can be found in his Sometimes Gladness: Collected Poems 1954-1992. ‘Enter Without So Much As Knocking’ shows how consumerism has a negative effect on society. The poem portrays the life of a typical man who is living in the suburbs. It begins with the birth of a child. As the baby begins to observe the world he has been brought into, he sees instructions, signs and expectation. Dawe stresses the point of the first thing that the baby heard, a voice of consumerism on television opposed to a loving and comfortable family. The baby has been brought into a materialistic world, a world where such a significant event has just taken place, a new member to the family has been born yet the television is on and Bobby Dazzler is speaking his fakeness to the household.
At the time of publication in 1959, ‘Enter Without So Much As Knocking,’ Dawe was in the Airforce in the education section, where he remained there for nine years. The post period of the 1950’s and 1960’s was a time of prosperity when society and social values were changing. His impression of this atmosphere displays his concerns for the people falling into the significant trap of the new shiny, modern, and crowded lifestyle. Dawe sought to address this issue through ‘Enter Without So Much As Knocking.’
‘Enter Without So Much As knocking’ is a 33 line poem consisting of 7 stanzas of: 7, 6, 11, 9 and 2 lines. The poem is a narration through the voice of Dawe which exposes his aspects of the Australian Society. The poem’s tone varies throughout the 7 stanzas from gentle sympathetic to subtle satire as the persona passes through the periods of life. Dawe purposely uses short and long sentences to convey two different messages. The short sentences specify how society tells us we should live a long with the longer sentences that highlight the chaotic nature of life and how at times it can be out of control. The poems organization is circular returning to the beginning at the end as the Latin epigraph that all human beings will return to the dust...

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