Australian Cultural Identity in Bruce Dawe

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The Australian poet Bruce Dawe was one of the first Australian poets to recognise the average Australian as one who neither lives in the country or in the centre of a metropolis but in the middle class suburbs that expand outward from the cities. He writes for the great middle mass of Australian population about matters of social, political and cultural interests. Though Dawe is well aware of the sense of the ironic in city and suburban life in Australia that not all is well in the average Australian's life in suburbia. Bruce Dawe poems often concern's the average Australian people in the suburbs confronting their everyday problems, he observes and records the sorrow and hardships of average people struggling to survive. Our cultural identity even a stereotypical view of Australian's is that we're laconic, anti authority and we live in egalitarian society. Bruce Dawe's views on Australian cultural identity are represented in ˜Life Cycle' ˜Up The Wall' and ˜Homo Suburbiensis'.

˜Life Cycle' represents the proud and passionate nature of Australian people especially at sporting events. Life Cycle is obviously about A

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