The underdog. These concepts are all key to the Australian experience. These are only some of the values that define Australians. After the war, poets like Banjo Patterson, were trying to lift peoples spirits, as one of the best ways to escape from reality is through literature. This was one of the best times for Australian poets as people wanted a way out, some alternate universe where everything ends in a happily ever after. One of the later toes, Bruce Dade saw this and reflected this in his poems, Life-cycle and homogeneousness.
He did this by portraying a man in homogeneousness, who retreats to his garden, taking all his worries with him. ‘One constant in a world of variables’, Dade writes. There are many reasons for a man to retreat to his ‘garden’ one of these reasons is because the world is changing to fast, as it did when the war took place. This is also shown in Life-cycle as Dade writes, ‘They will not grow old as those from more northern States grow old, for them it will always be three- quarter- mime with the scores level and the wind advantage in the final term’.
By this I believe he is referring to the whole ‘if you support this team you will not grow old, in other words sport is Just another way to cheat death. One of the main themes is the Australians see themselves as the ‘Little Guy. ‘ The person who nobody expects to become anybody important in life.
As depicted in ‘The Man from Snowy River. ‘ ‘A stripling on a small and weedy beast, a racehorse undersized. ‘ However the man from Snowy River does the unexpected When they reached the mountains summit, even Clan took a pull.
The hidden ground was full of wombat holes, and any slip was death. But the man from Snowy River let the pony have its head. He raced down the mountain like a torrent down its bed. While the others stood and watched in very fear. And he ran him single- handedly. He turned their heads for home. Australia as a country is Just that, proven when Australia became independent of the United Kingdom in 1901. After that in 1931 they officially became a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. These myths made it so.
How well to quote Joseph Gobbles “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State. Rarely in today’s roll, would you see a situation where the under-dogs rises from the ashes of defeat, not backing down, till the final breath, where the people will undergo hardships to get the Job done. The reality of it all is much different; as most people will complain or procrastinate, do anything to delay the Job. These are however the story lines that inspire Australians to be more than they are. This is the main reason why these poems are important. Not because they remind people of their past. No, because they inspire our whole nation, to be the best they can be.