Posted at 05.10.2018
Australians who hang out abroad will wish to answer questions about the kind of society that is available in the antipodes. It is usually easy enough to think of a few clichés about the beautiful Land of Oz or additionally, to uncover a few common myths about stereotypical Australian behaviour. Either way, the images converge on symbols such as Bondi Beach, The red mud outback, the MCG, kangaroos and crocodiles, meats pies, militant trade unions etc. However sometimes we could faced with a questioner who wants to probe just a little deeper in order to discover something of the identification of Australia, its people, and then the text messages that they write. There may have been a period when it was not too difficult to give the sort of answer that could have commanded the assent of almost all Australians. The content of such a explanation is now beside the point. Of a lot more relevance is the question of Australian id, our texts are recognized by their representations of iconic landmarks and stereotypical Australian behaviour. Could this be due to the fact apart from these exact things, Australia has little or nothing to split up itself from mediocrity?
One such example of a text that can be recognized as Australian because of its use of the stereotypical ideas of Australian id is Clancy of the Overflow, a poem by AB Banjo Paterson. This content material is written from the point of view of any city-dweller who once achieved the title character, a shearer and drover, and now envies the dreamed pleasures of Clancy's lifestyle, which he compares favourably alive in "the dusty, dirty city" and "the round eternal of the cashbook and the journal". The subject comes from the address of any letter the city-dweller delivers, "The Overflow" being the name of the sheep train station where Clancy was working when they found. The poem is based on a true report that was experienced by Banjo Paterson. He was working as a attorney when someone asked him to send a notice to a man named Thomas Gerald Clancy, asking for a payment that was never received. Banjo sent the notice to "The Overflow" and soon received a reply that read "Clancy's attended Queensland droving and we don't know where he are" The imagery that is used within the poem allows us to see the landscape that people now except to be Australian, the vocabulary used also we can appreciate the behavior that we have come to adopt as our very own 'Australian way'. For example "In my wild erratic fancy visions come to me of Clancy, Gone a-droving `down the Cooper' where in fact the American drovers go; As the stock are gradually stringing, Clancy rides behind them singing, For the drover's life has pleasures that the townsfolk never know. " The real question is, without these so called 'Australian' images would we be able to recognise the written text as an Australian one? The answer is no, Australian texts cannot find the money for to let their setting up be ambiguous. Australia has few qualities that split it from mediocrity and its setting is one of them.
As well as Australia's aesthetic attributes it also has its behavioural features that may be known as person. Australian is renowned as being a masculine society, in which the sporting world is worshiped; now this occurs other countries but this aspect of Australian life increases overall personality of Australian world. Bruce Dawe's Life Cycle is an exemplory case of this obsession that Australians have with sport in our masculine world. The diction in the poem takes on the largest role in creating the ideas and the sense of obsession. The capability to develop a poem which includes a life-cycle of any person through the game of AFL would not be possible without the choice of diction. For instance in the lines "For ownership of a Rusk: Ah he's just a little Tiger!" It uses particular words like ownership, which would be a term used in a casino game of AFL, or Tiger, the name of your team. Ideas are also conveyed through the term choice, for illustration "You bludger and the covenant is sealed"- creates the sense that the poet says AFL is almost a religion. People live their life in line with the success of the team they follow. The word covenant being truly a commonly used spiritual term portrays ideas of faith. The term choice and words chosen demonstrate the obsession as they bring in direct ideas and conditions from AFL, and relating them to many phases of life and deeper ideas such as faith. Australia being the young nation that it's has not forged its own identity fully up to now, although many different sources donate to the country's social amalgam. It is possible for different understandings, representing different starting details, to be grafted onto a common stock of images and beliefs. And we see this done within Dawe's poem, which we identify as an Australian wording.
Perhaps Australia suffers from these deeper identity issues due to relatively ignoble reason behind European negotiation in this country. No stories of Pilgrim Fathers escaping from religious persecution for all of us. Instead there is the ball and chain and the ignominy of an convict negotiation consciously made to house what were considered to be the dregs of another society. Or simply the difference is based on the fact of the simple our attaining personal government and self-reliance.
Whatever the situation, we do know that Australian texts are accepted by their unambiguous imagery and environment. There are incredibly few text messages that show this much better than Peter Allen's 'Tenterfield Sadler'. The highly stereotypical imagery that can be used throughout the songs is the type that separates Australia from mediocrity and allows the written text to be viewed as a unique 'Australian 'word. Some examples of the are, "52 years he sat on his verandah, made his saddles, in case you had questions about sheep or blossoms or doves, you merely asked the saddler, he lived without sin, There creating a collection for him" These words used are usually Australian, and therefore they appear nowhere else on the planet, the use of these words, i. e. 'verandah' suggests the uniqueness of the Australian lifestyle and also the personality of Australian texts. The normal Aussie has been described as "male, laid back, reasonable and democratic, having a wholesome disrespect for power, and a dried laconic humour". In the tune, Peter Allen identifies his personas as these kind of people.
The problem with defining Australian identity is that we now have a wide variety of sources adding to the country's communal amalgam. This alone does not cause an insuperable problem. It's possible for different understandings, representing different starting items, to be grafted onto the stock of images and beliefs. And perhaps the problem is more simply discussed as an lack of time since settlement in conjunction with such fast change that there's been no possibility to generate an Australian personal information that may be consciously articulated and shared by all. We're able to argue all day long in what the Australian individuality should be but in the end the identity that people have, in the sight of these who try looking in from the outside, is the well known stereotypical, cliché individuality. And yes, any words that you read that is Australian will be discovered so, because of the unambiguous fashion in which the setting up and images have been created. The suit this 'stereotypical' identification we have attained. 'Clancy of the Overflow', 'Life Cycle' and 'Tenterfiel Sadler' are examples of how Australian text messages use the items we've, and the items we do to split up us from all of those other world.