Analysis Of Enter Without So Much As Knocking By Donuce Dawe

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Donald Bruce Dawe (AO) was a one of the most influential Australian poets of all time whom challenged readers with his strong moralistic messages throughout his work. During Dawe’s childhood, he moved throughout Melbourne while his father sought employment. He worked as a postman, lecturer, teacher, and was enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force, all as well as being a successful writer and poet. His life experiences are prevalent in his writing, where his moralistic and powerful views encourage deep interpretation and reevaluation. Dawe’s poem “Enter Without So Much As Knocking” challenges the themes of materialism and consumerism in a cynical manner. The piece draws focus to society’s conformity to such things, and our ideas as to what is important. “Drifters,” another of Dawe’s works, focuses on transience of life, looking at a family who constantly move around and struggle with the uncertainty of their future. “The Raped Girl’s Father,” one of Dawe’s stronger poems, powerfully argues society’s view of rape and specifically rape victims. The piece draws attention to the vulnerability that victims have as a result of judgment from those around them.

Dawe’s piece, “Enter Without So Much As Knocking” tests materialism and conformity within society. The entire piece is written like a television commercial with a commentator pitching every part of life with reference to Bobby Dazzler on Channel 7. The descriptions – ‘well-equipped’, ‘smoothly-run’, and ‘economy-size’ – generally used on sales products, are used for the character’s household and family. The manner in which his siblings are said to have come off the ‘department rack’ pushes the materialistic theme further, and challenges what humans in society see as important b...

... middle of paper ... poetry and conveyed strong ideas to spark reevaluation towards situations that society faces each day. His poem, “Enter Without So Much As Knocking” challenged our conformity to materialism, and the prominence of such themes in popular culture. “Drifters” was another piece that told a story but allowed the opportunity for deeper evaluation. It questioned human’s ability to make sacrifices for the happiness of those around us, focusing on transience, stability and the hope for such things. “The Raped Girl’s Father” took a much deeper approach, and powerfully questioned the manner in which we judge rape victims in popular culture. It concentrated on the aftermath, rather than the rape itself and was written in a manner that could be related to society. Dawe created visionary works that allowed readers to re-assess their opinions and their approach to everyday life.

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