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Home Essays Sometimes Gladness - Bruce Sometimes Gladness - Bruce Dawe Essay Example Pages: 3 words Published: October 8, Life as a whole has both negative and positives however it is ultimately the positives that triumphs. The poem provides a window into the life of a common working class Australian family that is forced to move time and time again in order to try and find some sort of stability in their income and home. With each move comes sadness in the experienced of the family; the mother and oldest daughter. Despite the hardships that ravaged the family, the mother reflects on the first time they arrived at their home with hands "bright with berries", being juxtaposed with the "last shrivelled fruit", the berries symbolising the hope in finding stability in their home. The last line of the poem repeats "make a wish", ending the poem with a strong sense of hope and in doing so provides a final positive outlook on life.

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After leaving school at 16, he worked in various occupations labourer, farmhand, clerk, sawmill-hand, gardener and postman before joining the RAAF in He retired from full-time teaching in and was appointed as the first Honorary Professor of USQ in recognition of his contribution to the University.

He has taught U3A classes ever since his retirement from full-time teaching. Bruce Dawe has published 13 books of poetry, one book of short stories, one book of essays, and has edited two other books.

In , at the age of 86, Bruce Dawe published his latest book of poetry: Border Security. A study of his work written by Peter Kuch was published in the Oxford Australian Authors series in In he was awarded an Art Council Emeritus Writers Award for his long and outstanding contribution to Australian literature. He also wrote the lyrics for the musical play, Muscle Dance, based on the life of polio crusader, Sister Elizabeth Kenny. This was performed in the Empire Theatre, Toowoomba in early August the same year.

Dawe has also written the lyrics for the play for secondary schools, Invisible Rivers. He is presently working on the lyrics for a musical based on the life of Houdini.

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Early life[ edit ] Bruce Dawe was born in in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy. He always had encouragement from them the younger of his two sisters also wrote poetry and his mother, proud of her Lowlands Scots ancestry, often recited poems that she had learned in her 19th-century childhood. Dawe attended six schools before leaving Northcote High School in Melbourne at 16 without completing his Leaving Certificate. Of the four children in the family, he was the only one to attend secondary school. After leaving school at 16, he worked in a wide range of jobs: as a clerk in various firms as well as a labourer, sales assistant, office boy in an advertising agency and a copy boy at the Melbourne newspapers The Truth and The Sun News-Pictorial. He also worked as a labourer in the Public Works Department, as a tailer-out in various Melbourne saw-mills and as a farm-hand in the Cann River valley.

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He always had encouragement from them the younger of his two sisters also wrote poetry and his mother, proud of her Lowlands Scots ancestry, would often recite poems she had learned in her 19th century childhood. Dawe attended six schools before leaving Northcote High School at 16 without completing his Leaving Certificate. Of the four children in the family, he was the only one to attend secondary school. Dawe was educated at Northcote High School, Melbourne.

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