Bruce Dawe

Bruce Dawe’s poems do bring specific impressions of Australia to life. Today I will specifically talk about two of Dawe’s popular poems, Homo Surburbiensis and Homecoming. Both of these poems explore ways in which Australian identity, impressions and culture is reflected.
Before I continue; Who is Bruce Dawe?  
Bruce Dawe is an Australian poet, considered by some as one of the most influential Australian poets of all time. His poems celebrate the community and the social and working class he identifies himself with. His poetry belongs not just for eternity, but also to the average person and the ordinary moment. His poems also describe the common man, the ordinary bloke - the “little Aussie battler”.

A clear image in ‘Homo Surburbiensis’ is your typical Australian bloke, who comes home after work and relaxes in his backyard as the sunsets. The poem is set on quarter-acre block with a flower garden and lawn in front and a vegetable garden at the back. This is part of the Australian dream to come home after work and relax in the outdoors in a quiet backyard in suburbia. The man is a suburban householder with an ordinary Australian life standing alone in his backyard on a quiet evening among his vegetables. Dawe understands the ordinary life of a man as when he was younger he didn’t hold a regular job and ‘knocked around’ giving him an experience of the occupations of an ordinary Aussie man. He also understands the language of the common man and writes in simple everyday language.