A.D Hope Australia Essay

663 WordsJun 10, 20133 Pages
The poem Australia by A.D Hope is a juxtaposition of people's or societies view of Australia, versus the patriotic stance of the writer. It also shows how A.D Hope is trying to convey his perspective on the identity of Australia. A.D Hope reveals his discontentment and scathing tone on Australia’s identity through his descriptive imagery, “a Nation of trees, drab green and desolate grey,” where the sombre and bleak nature of Australia is divulged through the derogative language, “drab” and “desolate.” Furthermore, the poet reflects his dislike towards the Australian society which is built on trying to, “inhabit the dying earth,” and to “survive,” by the “ultimate men” and “second-hand Europeans.” As well as this, the sibilance of “savage…show more content…
In this case, I believe that the author is trying to put forth that these newcomers are like giant leeches that take in all that is good in his country. His direct reference to patriotism comes in the last two stanza's, where he feels that there are "some like him who turn gladly home" to withdraw from the "lush jungle of modern thought" to seek the "Arabian desert of the human mind." This to me as seen that the author enjoys retreating from the expansive world and would rather stay in a desert. In that case, all the above detractions that he mentioned are seen as added benefits of being an Australian. The last two lines of the poem are most memorable; he states "The learned doubt, the chatter of cultured apes” Which is called civilization over there." It leaves us with an impression of him seeing as Australia as being civilization and the rest of the world just being cultured apes which they merely call civilization without it really being so. This poem shows how A.D Hope feels that one’s identity can be robbed by circumstance like how Australia’s identity was robbed
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