In an Essay Explain What Insights Are Offered Through an Examination of the Concept of 'Identity'. Your Response Should Include a Detailed Analysis of Three Core Poems and at Least One Related Text.

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Identity is about perception, the way someone sees themselves and their surroundings, the set of rules that they follow, their morals, the decisions they make, the way they look and the way they think. This is shaped by their location and experiences, as well as by other humans. Identity is represented in many ways through poetry, music, books, paintings and other mediums. Bruce Dawe represents the identity of two very different types of people in his poems "Homo Suburbiensis" and "Drifters" where he represents the identity of his subjects through more of a specific description of a certain set of people and not any person in particular in an informative tone , while Dorothea Mackellar focuses more on her own identity in her poem, "My…show more content…
Similarly, Dawe's poem "Homo Suburbiensis" is aimed to present a suburban man as a species of human, rather than an individual. This is done through the latinised title, sounding like a scientific name for an animal, rather than a human being. The informative tone is also present in this poem as it is in the previous poem. As we look through a proverbial magnifying glass into the life of the man, the poem examines even the smallest of details during those few seconds the man spends in his garden as we observe him. We learn that he is in a vegetable patch and the line "all the things he takes down with him there" suggests more than garden tools, but also his thoughts, specifically his problems and worries, which may be depicted as a weight one may be carrying. This suggests to us that his vegetable patch is a sanctuary, his own personal private place of relaxation where he can sink into his own mind and think things over. The second stanza uses sensory imagery to let the reader put himself in the place of the man in the garden, no longer simply observing him, which helps the reader develop a more accurate picture of exactly the state of mind the man may be in during his time in his garden. "The clatter of a dish in a sink that could be his" suggests that he is married, which could imply children, making his garden all the more an escape,

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