How Effective Is Dawe in Exploring Issues Relating to Identity in Contemporary Australian Society?

Question: How effective is Dawe in exploring issues relating to identity in contemporary Australian Society?
Bruce Dawe is one of Australia’s most prized Poet’s of this last half century. Bruce Dawe through his works, particularly through; Katrina, Enter without so much as knocking, Weapons Training and life cycle, explores issues relating to Identity in Australian contemporary society. Issues that he envelopes and faces include the context of the time period he writes in/or about, the Fragility of life and death, a sense of Family and community sense if identity. He achieves all of this through colloquial expressions, intensely un/personal language, figurative language and situations of his characters are placed in that many Australians can refer themselves to.
The Australian identity throughout Enter is very much present through the context that Dawe writes in. He makes references to iconic Australian personalities such as “Bobby Dazzler” and in a way makes people reminisce about the old Australian culture, mentioning the local drive throughs watching the “fifty foot screen”. Dawe includes the characters family in the poem, representing a typical and average family of the time with an “economy sized mum” and “two other kids straight off the junior department rack”. Dawe uses items in his poem, adding to the authenticity and contextual structure he follows with throughout the poem, using old currency terms and vehicles that typically represent the time; “took him shopping in the good-as-new station-wagon (495 pounds dep. At Reno’s). Dawe also includes contextual events and experiences of that time era, mentioning the circus in Enter. This contextual issue that Dawe explores in enter, is important for Australian societies today because it was the structure and foundations of our communities present day.
The issues relating to identity contextually in “Weapons Training” are immensely part of Australian identity today. Dawe in this poem writes about the Vietnam...