Nobody Calls Me A Wog Anymore

1137 Words Dec 13th, 2015 5 Pages
Australia’s identity has always been a complicated one. Starting with Aboriginal genocide, 1800’s cowboys and villains, two world wars and a bunch of poems describing them, it makes it difficult to conclude on what being an ‘Aussie’ really is. Thankfully, the two thought-provoking poems Nobody Calls Me a Wog Anymore by Komninos Zervos, and My Country by Dorothea Mackellar both use their discerning selection of themes to reflect modern attitudes in some extent. Along with their themes, Nobody Calls Me a Wog Anymore and My Country both use their story to capture the attributes modern Australians possess to some degree.
The passionate writer, Komninos Zervos, has been renowned for his upfront, realistic and modern themes shown in his work. The entirety of his most prominent poem Nobody Calls Me a Wog Anymore is based on a theme which identifies the discrimination a Greek Australian faced due to his ethnicity in the country
“Assert my identity
Say, ‘hey!’
‘Aus tra li a!’
‘Look at me!’
Whether you like it or not
I am one of you” (Line 13-18)
Speaking from his experiences with hate and discrimination, Komninos positions us to feel as if an apology is necessary. But why? Surely there has to be a reason to make us feel this way. Looking at the final stanza of this poem, we can experience how he feels now, in modern Australia.
“hey Australia
I like you lots
Since you stopped calling me
‘me wog mate kevin’
And started calling me
‘the Australian poet, Komninos!’” (Line…

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