Alec Derwent was one of Australia’s greatest poets, who touched the lives of many throughout the world.
Within the 7 stanzas of “Australia”, A.D hope gives us a very negative one-sided approach to the poem. His poetry explores the spiritual poverty of our land. He insinuates that it takes so much to survive which has prevented Australians from reflecting upon their journey through life. A.D hope is looking down on Australia and our way of life. The sombre images of ‘ a nation of trees, drab green and desolate grey’ indicate that Australia is a monotonous and dreary place.
Each stanza consists of four lines with the rhyme scheme being ABBA. Little enjambment exists in the poem; most of the stanzas stand alone as paragraphed.
‘ ..drab green and desolate grey’
‘ Her rivers of water down among inland sands’
‘Floods her monotonous tribes from Cairns to Perth.”
A.D Hope uses imagery as a means to convey meaning to the poem. The dark colours portray the insipidness of the landscape. Monotonous tribes refer to the fact that there is no individualism throughout Australia everyone looks and thinks the same. The alliteration helps to once again convey an image ‘ drab green and desolate grey’. ‘ She is the last of lands, the emptiest..’ A. D Hope uses this metaphor to give the concrete reality that Australia does have human qualities an abstract idea. The tone is mocking Australian culture, our history, our land and they way we live our life.
A.D Hope gives Australia human qualities he refers to the land as a women “they call her a young country’. Australia is Hope's criticism of general Australian society and the country itself.
‘a women beyond her change in life, a breast
still tender but within the womb is dry
Refers to the fact that Australia is empty the inability to bear children, being infertile a change of life insinuates or implies menopause meaning baron and the land being e...