Australia is a multicultural society, which means that we are made up of people from all different cultures and backgrounds. Poetry on multicultural Australia can reveal both the positive and negative aspects of our multicultural society. This anthology will examine three Australian poems concerned with the topic of multiculturalism, each presenting a different image and opinion. The first poem, â€˜If I was the son of an Englishman,â€™ by Komninos, takes a critical view of white Australia, and highlights some of the attitudes, values and beliefs which work to exclude certain groups from being accepted and included in Australian society. The second poem, â€˜Multicultural Australiaâ€™ by ...view middle of the document...
Summary (25 words)
â€¢ â€˜The son of an Englishmanâ€™ offers us a look at the Australian identity through the eyes of Komninos, the Italian-Australian author of the poem
â€¢ Because of his cultural background, he feels he is not treated as a â€˜realâ€™ Aussie
â€¢ Komninos describes the Australian identity through his eyes, examining the attitudes and behaviours of typical â€˜Aussiesâ€™ (sons of Englishmen)
Attitudes, Images and Feelings (25 words)
â€¢ Author demonstrates a negative attitude towards Australians
â€¢ Creates an image of Australians as selfish, racist, inconsiderate, disrespectful of the land
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â€¢ Wants the reader to think critically about their attitudes and actions towards others.
â€¢ To a degree it also makes you feel ashamed to be Australian, or at the least ashamed of those Australians who fit the description in the poem.
Poetic Style/ Techniques (25 words)
â€¢ Use of Australian slang and simple language
â€¢ No specific form, or real consistency to stanza and line patterns
â€¢ Uses rhyme to engage the reader and make the poem more appealing
â€¢ Repetition of the line â€˜If I was the son of an Englishman, Iâ€™d really...