My Country-Dorothea Mackellar

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My Country-Dorothea Mackellar

My Country

(Australia Poem by Dorothea Mackellar)

The poem 'My Country' was made by Dorothea MacKellar, a third generation Australian. The poem was first published in a magazine (The Spectator) titled as 'Core of my Heart'.

My CountryThe love of field and coppice,Of green and shaded lanes.Of ordered woods and gardensIs running in your veins,Strong love of grey-blue distanceBrown streams and soft dim skiesI know but cannot share it,My love is otherwise.I love a sunburnt country,A land of sweeping plains,Of ragged mountain ranges,Of droughts and flooding rains.I love her far horizons,I love her jewel-sea,Her beauty and her terror -The wide brown land for me!A stark white ring-barked forestAll tragic to the moon,The sapphire-misted mountains,The hot gold hush of noon.Green tangle of the brushes,Where lithe lianas coil,And orchids deck the tree-topsAnd ferns the warm dark soil.Core of my heart, my country!Her pitiless blue sky,When sick at heart, around us,We see the cattle die -But then the grey clouds gather,And we can bless againThe drumming of an army,The steady, soaking rain.Core of my heart, my country!Land of the Rainbow Gold,For flood and fire and famine,She pays us back threefold -Over the thirsty paddocks,Watch, after many days,The filmy veil of greennessThat thickens as we gaze.An opal-hearted country,A wilful, lavish land -All you who have not loved her,You will not understand -Though earth holds many splendours,Wherever I may die,I know to what brown countryMy homing thoughts will fly.

This poem reflects how patrioratic Dorothea was to Australia especially when she was writing the first stanza in London. The poem was written after the time her home town experienced dry seasons. Through literature, she expressed her feelings about how wonderful Australia no matter what the season was.

! ! !Listen to the recording of Dorothea reciting the poem as you scroll down the words.

This poem shows cultural significance to the Australian people by influencing them to be patriotic and just like how Mackellar felt, wherever Australians go, there is nothing like Australia.

This poem is not far off to the values of Australian culture today. No matter they go, Australians are proud to say that they are who they are.

Dorothea stated all her honest opinions about the country, both good and bad ones. Australians have learnt from this that even though Australia has its faults, they still learn to love their home.


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