Paying attending to the world of the universe, from Bruce Dawe ‘s apprehension, is non every bit simple as it should be. Bruce Dawe ‘s chief purpose of composing poesy is to show to the audience the mute societal concerns to the ordinary Australian suburban occupant and to dispute the humanity he observes around him[ 1 ]. “ Enter Without So Much as Knocking ” , “ Vagrants ” , and “ Homo Suburbiensis ” compare the rhythm of being, mass – production and the deficiency of individualism. All three verse forms have a similar apprehension in the universe we live in and how in today ‘s society we do non pay adequate attending to the world of the universe ( 6 ) .
Consumerism, recommending the increased ingestion of green goods for societal and economic value, has a negative impact on our society. The verse form, Enter Without So Much as Knocking, represents a typical adult male ‘s life, populating in the suburbs. In stanza one the sentences are made suddenly short and clear to demo the existent significance as the babe is brought into this new universe but he sees marks, bids and outlooks. When a babe is born it is expected that the first things he/she hears is the loving mutters of its parents whereas the first sound of this new universe was a voice on the telecasting stand foring the fast turning mercenary universe:
Hello, hullo, hello all you lucky people…
This is the beginning of the major subject of consumerism and how it brainwashes everyone throughout their whole lives.
Families are theoretically made up of love and lovingness from the household within but the deficiency of individualism arises through the family slogans good equipped, smoothly tally and economic system size, and the household is presented as a stereotype of a summation and common domestic place. His siblings are stereotyped as good, as kids the same as everyone else and non important plenty to be based on neither sex nor gender:
… along with two other childs
directly off the Junior Department rack.
By holding regulations in our society we learn from an early age what is right and incorrect, but when those ordinances become dominate in our mundane lives such as walk, do n’t walk, turn left or no parking, we, as the audience, are leading struck to what is the appropriate thing to make. Dawe mocks these ordinances sardonically connoting that our mundane actions are so controlled e.g. no take a breathing except by order.
The kid is still guiltless in this phase of his life by the terminal of the 4th stanza – unswayed by material things, non goggling into the haunting and is still captivated by nature:
… a pure unadulterated periphery of sky, littered with stars
no 1 had got around to repairing up yet ; he ‘d watch them
circling about in aglow groups like childs at the circus
who ne’er go rather near adequate to the elephant to acquire kicked.
Dawe is supplying grounds to the audience ‘s heads that kids are wholly incognizant to their surrounding until grownups corrupt their heads with the dirt of our civilization.
Not deserving adverting the remainder of this kid ‘s childhood, there is a leap into his grownup life where he is described as money hungry, back knifing and suffering, evidently non the guiltless kid we had read about in the first four stanzas. No thirster is he guarded by the walls of adolescence but begins his life into the existent universe, no longer protected by the crud of our society.
Abruptly at the terminal of stanza seven, Dawe stops the adult male ‘s mouth offing midsentence merely go forthing a elan to demo how rapidly one adult male ‘s life can stop. Once once more the audience is positioned to see how the invitees at this adult male ‘s funeral merely admire the mercenary facets – looks good, bronzed and healthy. The invitees are a representation of merely how stolid and false he was in life.
: permanent residentials, no parking tickets, no taximeters
ticking, no Bobby Dazzlers here, no down payments,
cipher sorrowing over halitosis
After he leaves Earth, decease is a topographic point with no mercenary objects or beliefs that litter the new universe. While invitees showed up at the funeral they are non so much sorrowing about this adult male but are busy traveling about their ain narcissistic, self-involved lives. The last word silence is non done in capital letters like every other mark because there is silence in this graveyard already as a mark of the terminal of his life in add-on to the repeat of wink, blink links to the Begin of the verse form and how no affair how you lived, we will all still end up in the land.
“ Vagrants ” is a clear presentation of a domestic family that is ever on the move and how it affects the separate household members. The gap of the verse form gives a clear apprehension over who has authorization in the house and in the household – the hubby:
One twenty-four hours shortly he ‘ll state her it ‘s clip to get down wadding,
The words tell her, back up this premise by stressing that she has no control and her hubby is in control of her destiny. Onomatopoeia is used to symbolize the brown, kelpie pup exhilaration as a new beginning, darting about, stumbling everyone up. Dawe symbolises and contrasts images to show the impact that this journey has made on her, physically and emotionally. The green tomatoes on the vine and the unpacked bottling-set allude to the fact that the household has non been here long at all to even hold ripe veggies nor the auto to be wholly unpacked.
Small information is conveyed on the kids, but the usage of apposition is used for how the younger sister is happy because she was n’t happy at that place but the older sister is disquieted because she was. Furthermore, the female parent is focused on once more whilst keeping the berries in her manus symbolizing the lost hope in her household, matrimony and life.
‘Make a wish, Tom, make a want. ‘
This quotation mark suggests hope but in world the audience and the family know that is it all gone and is besides irony
The taking stanza of “ Homo Suburbiensis ” demonstrates the adult male ‘s features and actions from the really get downing. One invariable in a universe of variables, portrays that this adult male is a humdrum figure in a universe that is invariably altering. He can non make anything other than believing because he is ever entirely in his ideas and remains inactive. The spot of veggies is used as a scene to exemplify the type of topographic point that the adult male finds his ultimate tranquility at.
And all the things he takes down with him there
This quotation mark reinforces that he does non take tools down to the garden with him, but alternatively all the things in his caput. Foregrounding that the spot of veggies is a metaphor as a sanctuary for his ideas. The garden is continually illustrated and mentioned through the remainder of the verse form, but in stanza two, imagination is used to make vivacious and sensitive descriptions- for the audience we can see, smell, hear and savor the garden. However, these descriptions could besides hold a 2nd significance and be metaphorically picturing the adult male ‘s ideas. Deep, dual significances are used as a major poetic technique by using the usage of metaphors. By utilizing this poetic device, the audience gets a better apprehension of the verse form through a ocular journey of the physical characteristics of the garden.
As we being to venture into stanza three we discover that the adult male ‘s ideas are non as frenzied and wild as earlier, leaf conurbation and gawky whips. But alternatively use the words compost-box and picket fences as a mark of order and construction represented in the adult male ‘s new ideas, perchance to make with household or work.
The adult male is rapidly returns to his ideas:
… the clatter of a dish in a sink that could be his
The adult male can hear the clatter of the dishes but because he is so profoundly drowned in his ideas, he does non pay adequate attending to recognize it. This is followed by:
… hearing a Canis familiaris, a child, a far whisper of traffic
These lines have been mentioned once more to reenforce the fact that this adult male lives in suburban area, where these typical noises are so frequently heard. In the last stanza, the adult male ends all his incredible ideas with one last one idea. Whatever this adult male did throughout this life was what was best for him and whatever he offered to the universe was every bit much as he could offer. Ending “ Homo Suburbiensis ” with febrility was non by accident nor is the word to make with any type of unwellness. But a willingness to populate life to its fullest, and whatever we have to offer the universe we must be true.