Were All Australian Now Poem Analysis Essay

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"We're all Australian now" poem analysis Good morning/Good afternoon boys and girls aboriginal elders and Mrs. Brown Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson (17 February 1864 – 5 February 1941) was an Australian bush poet, journalist and author. He wrote many ballads and poems about Australian life, focusing particularly on the rural and outback areas, including the district around Bin-along, New South Wales, where he spent much of his childhood. Banjo Paterson’s, ‘We’re all Australians now’ was published in 1915. His largely optimistic and patriotic poem inspires readers of the Australian community to embrace unity. ‘We’re all Australians now’ draws the reader to see the war from a positive Australia home front perspective. Texts from…show more content…
This change of pronouns gives a sense of ‘the other’, a separate entity. Through this otherness, he betrays a feeling of superiority. His sometime overuse of victorious terminology shows complete silencing of the actual circumstances of the war, which then sounds slightly superficial, therefore betraying superiority. Paterson’s other purpose of this text is to promote nationalism amongst Australian men, persuading them to enlist. He deliberately emphasises on how everyone in Australia is an Australian, through this line ‘English, Scotch, and Irish-bred, They're all Australians now!’ This would make everyone at the time feel obliged to join. His victorious tone also conveys also conveys the glory and honour that accompanies being a soldier. The actual hardships of the war which would dissuade enlisting if mentioned, is deliberately silenced by Paterson. The careful choices of literary devices Paterson had successfully conveyed his underlying purpose to the reader. This text also paints a picture of the mood of one of the facets of Australians in the war which is the main focus of this poem. Australia takes her pen in hand To write a line to you, To let you fellows understand How proud we are of you. From shearing shed and cattle run, From Broome to Hobson’s Bay, Each native-born Australian son Stands straighter up today. The fisher-boys dropped sail and oar To
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