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Australian Identity Through Poetry. Essay

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The Australian identity is as diverse as the country itself. Each and every Australian has a unique perception of Australia, yet there is also a common awareness of Australia as a whole. The Australian identity also concerns the way Australians are viewed by other people. There are many different aspects to this identity, which include historical icons, such as bushrangers and convicts, and more recent developments in Australia, such as the surfing culture, and even our language, which has been adapted over two hundred years to become what it is today. There are many stereotypes of Australia, yet most of these are based on real traditions or quirks.This essay will analyse the poems Clancy of the Overflow written by A.B. Paterson, and compare and contrast it with Andy's Gone With Cattle by Henry Lawson. Both of these poems are about life without the men that have 'gone a-droving' in Queensland. Droving is one of the original stereotypes of Australia, and is an important part of our identity.Clancy of the Overflow is one of 'Banjo' Paterson's most famous works. It is a wistful poem comparing the freedom of droving to the monotonous toil of city life. This is expressed with phrases such as "For the drover's life has pleasures that the townsfolk never know". Paterson uses many techniques to portray the conflicting lives of city slickers and farmers. He uses visual imagery to perfection, painting a vivid picture of 'Clancy', leading a jolly life droving cattle and living under the stars, and then compares it with "the foetid air and gritty of the dusty, dirty city through the open window floating". 'Banjo' also uses metaphor, again to emphasise the differences between city and country life, especially in verse six, with "And in place of lowing cattle, I can hear the fiendish rattle of the tramways and the buses making hurry down the street" which also appeals to the senses. Clancy of the Overflow is a very ordered poem, using metred verse, with an aa bc dd ec rhyme pattern. Overall, this poem expresses an interesting view of Australia, mainly using contrast to express the point of view. It communicates most Australians' love of the bush, and the outdoors, and their pride in Australia, and also the very stereotypical, but somewhat relevant 'Crocodile Dundee, the average Aussie bloke' attitude/approach. Paterson spent his most enjoyable years in the bush, doing one job or another, which is something he had in common with his character 'Clancy'.Andy's Gone With Cattle by Henry Lawson, is also about a cheerful character with a love for the outback. However, Lawson himself was very bitter about the bush, and bush life, although it was the topic of many of his works. He had an unhappy...

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