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Almost Everything There is to Know About Bruce Dawe

Almost Everything There is to Know About Bruce Dawe

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Outline of Bruce Dawe's life and selected works.
Brief analysis of poems including:
- Homecoming
- Americanized
- Burial Ceremony
- A Victorian Hangman Tells His Love
- Weapons Training
Outline of Bruce Dawe's life and selected works.
Brief analysis of poems including:
- Homecoming
- Americanized
- Burial Ceremony
- A Victorian Hangman Tells His Love
- Weapons Training

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Published by: IB Screwed on May 02, 2011
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(Almost) Everything There is to Know About...
Bruce Dawe
 
Timeline of Life
 
Born in Victoria in 1930, now lives in Toowoomba, Queensland.
 
He is a contemporary Australian poet. His poems are written in the context of post-war Australia.
 
His poetry comments on Australian society and forces reader to question their place in Australian society.
 
Dawe’s poetry is accessible to a wide audience and often represents the experience of the ‘average’ Australian.
 1929- 1932
 –
 The Great Depression 1930- Bruce Dawe born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia 1939- World War II begins 1944- Dawe transfers to Northcote District High School and completed the Intermediate certificate 1954-1978
 –
 his poems
collected in the compilation “Sometimes Gladness”
 1956- Left school to become a legal clerk. Returned to Melbourne, working as a postman, Hungarian revolution begins. Olympic G
ames held in Melbourne. “Burial Ceremony” relies
on both of these 1958- He was unemployed and almost destitute 1959- He joined the airforce and remained there for nine years in the education section --
“Enter Without So Much as Knocking” published
-
reflecting the values of the 1950’s whilst remaining true to the materialism of today’s
Australia 1962- Offered a contract by the publisher F.W. Cheshire. Stimulated further writing for a
collection entitled “No fixed Address”.
 1964-
Married his wife, Gloria. Also dedicated his second volume of poetry “A Need of Similar Name”
1965
—“Breakthrough” published
 1966- He was posted to Butterworth in Malaysia. Second poetry volume wins the Ampol Arts Award for creative literature --
“The Not So Good Earth” is published
 
 
1967- The last hanging in Australia (Ronald Ryan hanged in Victoria)
 –
Referenced b
y “A Victorian Hangman Tells His Love”
 1968-
Dawe left the airforce. Published another collection of poetry “An Eye for a Tooth”
 --
“Homecoming” written
 1964- Conscription in Australia for Vietnam War 1969- Dawe graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree by external study form the University
of Queensland, began teaching at Downlands College. Fourth collection of poetry “Beyond the Subdivisions” was published at the end of the year.
 1970- Anti-
Vietnam War moratorium marches held in many capital cities. Dawe’s f 
irst
retrospective collection “Condolences of the Season” was published.
 --
“Weapons Training” written
 1972- Moved to a Lectureship in English at the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education, Vietnam War over 1974
—“Pleasant Sunday Afternoon” published
 1977
 –
 
“Tele vistas” Published
 1980- Dawe graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Queensland 1982
 –
 
“Bedroom Conversations” published
 1983- Left his full time lecturing post for a part-time teaching fellowship 1984- Dawe was a writer-in-residence at UQ 1987-
“Speaking in Parables” an anthology compiled by Dawe was published
 1992- Dawe awarded the Order of Australia for his literature 1993- Retired from full-time teaching 1995- Appointed as first Honorary Professor of USQ in recognition of his contributions to the university

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