The Spirit of the Anzac
They clad us in the colours of the forest,
and armed us with the weapons made for war.
Then taught to us the ancient trade of killing,
and lead us to the sound of battles roar.
So give us comfort as we lay down bleeding,
and pray upon our cold and stiffened dead.
But mark our place that we might be accounted,
this foreign soil becomes our graven bed.
Now children place upon this stone a garland,
and learn of us each Anzac Day at dawn.
We are Australia's dead from distant conflict,
our sacrifice remembered ever more.
The Spirit of the Anzac Analysis
The Spirit of the Anzac is a poem told in the position of a dying ANZAC in the middle of the battleground,
with his mates and gives readers the view of Australians at War. The poem is about an ANZAC who is
about to bleed to death on the battleground in a foreign country. The author has shown qualities such
as courage and heroism, through poetic techniques such as imagery, the title and rhyme.
Courage is a value linked to the Australian identity because of Australians at War. The poet has shown
the courage of the ANZAC through the use of imagery. “So give us comfort as we lay down
bleeding” This quote shows that the ANZAC has been through battle and has been wounded but
is prepared to die. This shows that the ANZAC is courageous because he was able to put himself
in the war situation for his country and now he is able to accept that he is going to die. Imagery
is used to give readers a view of the injury that the ANZAC has.
The Spirit of the Anzac is why Australians celebrate ANZAC day. The title the Spirit of the Anzac gives the
poem a heroic feeling because Australians remember ANZACs as people who threw themselves
into war for their countries. “and lead us to the sound of battles roar” This quote shows the
heroism in the Anzacs and “the spirit of the Anzac”.
Rhyme Schemes such as AB, AB make poems seem faster to readers. In this poem the rhyme scheme is
AB,CB for each stanza. The poet has used this technique to show that what the Anzacs did in the war
was short but it left a lasting impact on the Australian Identity. The first stanza talks about the soldiers
preparing for battle, the second stanza talks about the soldiers preparing for death and the third stanza
shows the people remembering the soldiers. This example shows that the poet used the rhyme scheme
A,B,C,B to convey the idea that what the Anzacs did was fast (in the first and second stanza) but it made
a large impact on Australian society (third stanza).
The poet has used a variety of poetic techniques to give an Australian view of Australians at war. Some
of the techniques used were imagery, title and rhyme. The poet gives readers a view of the values
presented by Australians at war and tells readers about the spirit of the Anzac.