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How to write an accurate analytic paragraph :)

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Poetry analysis - HOMO SUBURBIENSIS

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How to write an accurate analytic paragraph :)

  1. 1. How to write an accurate text-analysis paragraph … a paragraph which could fit into an English essay
  2. 2. In his poem Homo Suburbiensis, how does Bruce Dawe portray his perception of the Australian Identity? In his poem Homo Suburbiensis, what language techniques does Bruce Dawe use to portray his perception of the Australian Identity? Question: In his poem Homo Suburbiensis, how does Bruce Dawe portray his perception of the Australian Identity?
  3. 3. In his poem Homo Suburbiensis, what language techniques does Bruce Dawe use to portray his perception of the Australian Identity? 1. Statement (or topic) sentence: In his poem Homo Suburbiensis, Bruce Dawe uses a variety of poetic techniques to portray a clear image of the suburban life of a typical Australian family. (idea / concern / opinion / point of view) Character / personality / self / distinctive values and attitudes
  4. 4. Sentence 2? What next? You should give specific detail about the “identity” (ie: the value / attitude) In his poem Homo Suburbiensis, Bruce Dawe uses a variety of poetic techniques to portray a clear image of the suburban life of a typical Australian man. The idea the suburban man is a down-to-earth (‘true blue’) Aussie bloke… is conveyed throughout the poem homo suburbiensis.
  5. 5. • The importance of ordinary man… and the idea that Australian’s celebrate the down-to-earth ‘true blue’ Aussie bloke… is a perception which is conveyed throughout the poem Homo Suburbiensis. • Dawe shows that ordinary suburban Australian men find solitude and peace and “me time” in a backyard. The place (outside the house – away from the wife and kids) lets him collect his thoughts and reflect on his life. (…in this case the place is a vege garden – in another text by another composer – it might be a shed in the backyard). • Bruce Dawe established the suburban man’s characteristics from the first line “One constant in a world of variables.” Techniques= contrast (of singular and plural + the same and variety…  evokes that this man is an unchanging character in a world of variety and change. In his garden he can be himself (constant) and keep the rest of the world at bay. Analysis of poem – focusing on the “ideas about the Australian identity”
  6. 6. • The vegetable patch is both ordered and wild. “________________________________” and “______________________” are contrasting images which metaphorically represents the quiet reflections of the persona. • And all the things he takes down with him there. Techniques =  Ambiguity  “The only things he takes down with him to this place of tranquility are his thoughts.”  Alliteration  “Th” and “T” in “The only things he takes down with him to this place of tranquility are his thoughts.”
  7. 7. A clear image in ‘Homo Suburbiensis’ is that of the typical Australian bloke, who comes home after work and relaxes in his backyard as the day ends. The man is a suburban householder with an ordinary Australian life standing alone in his backyard on a quiet evening among his vegetables. The simple everyday language used by Dawe “____________ ________________________” evokes the idea that suburban man is ______________.
  8. 8. • The cumulative imagery in “compost” and “rubbish” suggests that Dawe is both celebrating suburbia, while in some ways puts down the suburban householders dreams. • Dawe develops a sympathetic tone towards the persona – “lost in a green confusion” as even in the retreat of his backyard he is “lost” or stuck in the lifestyle of suburbs.
  9. 9. • The peace, beauty of nature and freedom he encounters in is backyard allows the persona to relax in his middle class life. To be an ordinary bloke in Australia, it is typical for men to hide their concerns and troubles. Quotes??? “_________________________________” “___________________________________” • Dawe represents that the persona needs an escape from the pressures of suburban life, highlighted in the list of nouns “TIME, PAIN, LOVE, HATE, AGE, EMOTION, and LAUGHTER”. • Dawe depicts the down-to-earth simplicity of Australian life being reflected in the simple afternoon experience in a suburban back yard.
  10. 10. • The garden represents the mind which is chaotic when wild, but is also beautiful and fertile - like a vegetable garden. The man's thoughts, as represented by the garden, may seem chaotic but there is also a sense of order - in “one constant” “the compost box” and “the back fence”. • The title, Homo Suburbiensis, is a parody of scientific classification methods: Man of the Suburbs. • The poet views the man as a scientist would a view a specimen: interested, but with detachment, and perhaps a quiet joy in the beauty of it all.
  11. 11. • The title, Homo Suburbiensis, is an allusion to scientific classification methods: Man of the Suburbs. • The title suggests that Australian suburban man is a particular species – with specific personality characteristics and patterns of behaviour. The title suggest that the Aussie Suburban man lives in a habitat which is contained and unique. The title further suggests that the behaviour and characteristics of Homo Suburbiensis are “constant” and predictable. •  Aussie blokes usually hang-out in the back yard when they want to collect their thoughts.

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