Introduction Homo Suburbiensis is as much a poem about by hmb46803


									Introduction: "Homo Suburbiensis" is as much a poem about the human condition, as it is a record of
one man's escape from the demands of his existence. "Homo Suburbiensis" uses one man's escape from h
is demands to represent our universal need to contemplate and resolve our own uncertainties in life
in our own special place. Dawe uses a series of imagery to depict the workings of our minds and a ch
ain of unpleasent sensory experiences to illustrate unwanted intrusions in our lives. Through the va
gue depictions of these intrusions Dawe urges us not to give great attention to them, but to offer t
o the world, our most truthful emotions and thoughts.        "The man" in the poem is not just a one indiv
idual. Dawe suggests this in his title "Homo Suburbiensis". He has classified that man as an example
 of a whole (invented) species, as "Homo Suburbiensis". The invention of the Latin sounding word "Su
burbiensis" is a reference to those of us who live in the suburbs and the suburbians being a status
allusion to the ordinary, working class people. So the title is "Homo Suburbiensis", leads us to bel
ieve that "the man" is not an individual but a metaphor for the ordinary people of Australia.        "...P
atch of vegetables" in the first stanza can be seen as the private territory of "the man" as it is "
...his patch of vegetables". The "...patch of vegetables" which is in the garden, could be seen as p
arallel to the Garden of Eden. Eden is seen as a paradise for the man and this garden is also being
a paradise to this man. This "...patch of vegetables" as a sanctuary is again implied in the third l
ine of the same stanza by the ambiguity of the word "things". Dawe could have used the word "tools"
but instead he chose the word "things" in the line: "...all the 'things' he takes down with him ther
e". This hints that the man does not have to take physical tools with him down to the vegetable patc
h, but also thoughts and problems that he has with life. This indicates that the "...patch of vegeta
bles" is indeed a sanctuary for his thoughts.     In the second stanza Dawe seems to describe what the
man's garden is like: "... The hoarse rasping tendrils of the pumpkin flourish..." This wild chaotic
 description of his garden could also be a metaphor for the man's thoughts. The man's thoughts are f
lourishing running wildly like "The hoarse rasping tendrils..." His thoughts are not perfectly forme
d so they are like "clumsy whips" and they're random and unordered like the "foliage" when it "spraw
ls".     Nevertheless the man's thoughts are not all chaotic. There are formal structures in the garden
 mentioned in the third stanza. The "compost box" and "palings", these ordered elements of the garde
n could stand for the staple in the man's thoughts like his family or his work. Even though they are
 stable occupants of the man's mind, these objects are covered with the unruly foliage. This could s
ignify the constant unexpected musing the man has about his family or any staple in his life.          Intru
sions like "... hearing a dog..."interrupt the man's thoughts this signifies the trivial events in t
he man's life. Through the distant nature at which Dawe portrays these events it suggests that we ar
e not supposed to pay attention to the likes of these events. Like " a far whisper of the traffic" w
hich does not affect us, some things in the man's life are not worth paying attention or thought to.
      These interruptions are then boldly contrasted with the final stanza, a listing of what the man ha
s offered to the world. "Time, pain, love, hate, age, war, death, laughter, fever." this could be se
en as a suggestion by Dawe that we (represented by the man) should offer all of ourselves to the wor
ld, our most truthful whether it be love or hate, or even our pain. The last word "fever", is not se
en as a disease or illness in this context, but a willingness to live life. A frenzied want to exper
ience and show the world all of our selves and our individuality. This simple word implies Dawe's wh
ole message that an ordinary man, can live, feel and be in a "world of variables" and have a very fu
lfilled life.  Dawe's poem "Homo Suburbiensis" could be read at face value as descriptions of a man
escaping the demands of his life. But within the lines and the imagery, it incases a whole worth of
meaning and of Dawe's view on the human condition. Objects are no longer just objects but a metaphor
 for our emotions and our actions. Dawe has included his opinion, his philosophy and his way of life
 into this one poem, a simple describing of a man's escape to his garden.          introduction homo suburbi
ensis much poem about human condition record escape from demands existence homo suburbiensis uses es
cape from demands represent universal need contemplate resolve uncertainties life special place dawe
 uses series imagery depict workings minds chain unpleasent sensory experiences illustrate unwanted
intrusions lives through vague depictions these intrusions dawe urges give great attention them offe
r world most truthful emotions thoughts poem just individual dawe suggests this title homo suburbien
sis classified that example whole invented species invention latin sounding word reference those liv
e suburbs suburbians being status allusion ordinary working class people title leads believe that in
dividual metaphor ordinary people australia patch vegetables first stanza seen private territory pat
ch vegetables patch vegetables which garden could seen parallel garden eden eden seen paradise this
garden also being paradise this sanctuary again implied third line same stanza ambiguity word things
 could have used word tools instead chose things line things takes down with there hints that does h
ave take physical tools with down vegetable also thoughts problems with life indicates indeed sanctu
ary thoughts second stanza seems describe what like hoarse rasping tendrils pumpkin flourish wild ch
aotic description could also metaphor flourishing running wildly like hoarse rasping tendrils perfec
tly formed they like clumsy whips they random unordered foliage when sprawls nevertheless chaotic th
ere formal structures mentioned third compost palings these ordered elements stand staple family wor
k even though they stable occupants mind these objects covered unruly foliage signify constant unexp
ected musing about family staple life intrusions hearing interrupt signifies trivial events through
distant nature which portrays events suggests supposed attention likes events whisper traffic which
does affect some worth paying attention thought interruptions then boldly contrasted final listing w
hat offered world time pain love hate death laughter fever suggestion represented should offer ourse
lves world most truthful whether love hate even pain last fever disease illness context willingness
live frenzied want experience show selves individuality simple implies whole message ordinary live f
eel variables have very fulfilled poem read face value descriptions escaping demands within lines im
agery incases whole worth meaning view human condition objects longer just objects metaphor emotions
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