Early life[ edit ] Bruce Dawe was born in Fitzroy, Victoria, in 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's father's ancestors came from Wyke Regis in Dorset, England, in the midth century.
Early life[ edit ] Bruce Dawe was born in Fitzroy, Victoria, in 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: 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.
Dawe completed his Adult Matriculation by part-time study in and enrolled at Melbourne University on a teaching scholarship in He left university at the end of and moved to Sydney where he worked as a labourer in a glass factory and later in a factory manufacturing batteries.
Returning to Melbourne inhe worked as a postman for two years and as a self-employed gardener.
He was posted to Malaysia and returned to Melbourne after six months. After teaching English and history at secondary level for two and a half years, he became a tertiary lecturer in English literature at the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education in Toowoomba.
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 University of the Third Age classes since his retirement from full-time teaching.
Between December and Julythey had four children: Brian, twins Jamie and Katrina, and Melissa. Gloria died in Dawe has four degrees, all completed by part-time study: He now teaches various literature courses in the U3A A University of the Third Agean organisation for senior citizens.Drifters by Bruce Dawe This poem is about a family that’s always on the move, with no place to settle down for long, hence the poem was titled ‘Drifters’ to describe this family.
‘Drifters’ looks at the members of this family response to frequently change and how it has affected them. This is a carefree natural poem about an Australian phenomenon of transient or nomadic workers. Not quite as reviled as the gypsies of Europe, transient workers originated as shearers, rouseabouts or sundowners in early colonial times.
Drifters by Bruce Dawe This poem is about a family that’s always on the move, with no place to settle down for long, hence the poem was titled ‘Drifters’ to. Drifters The poem refers to his personal life. It is about Bruce Dawe’s father moving from place to place looking for work.
Drifters can also mean “people who move one place to another” (Nomadic). In the poem the wife has no control of where they are going to go next.
In the poem the first line starts of with “ One day soon” this line. Drifters by Bruce Dawe One day soon he'll tell her it's time to start packing and the kids will yell 'Truly?' and get wildly excited for no reason. Homecoming by Bruce Dawe shows and checks the tragedies of the Vietnam War in an even-tempered, but negative tone.
· The poem is based around the returning of passed soldiers in the sense that they were not appreciated.