Dorothea Mackeller

(1885 - 1968)

My Country - Poem by Dorothea Mackeller

The love of field and coppice
Of green and shaded lanes,
Of ordered woods and gardens
Is running in your veins.
Strong love of grey-blue distance,
Brown streams and soft, dim skies
I 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!

The stark white ring-barked forests,
All 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-tops,
And 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 again
The 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 greenness
That 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 country
My homing thoughts will fly.

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  • (6/12/2018 7:19:00 PM)


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  • (5/9/2018 7:23:00 PM)


    This poem uses poetic techniques to depict the true and unseen serenity of Australian land. This poem requires an in depth understanding of the English language and culture in order to fully comprehend this beautiful work of writing. The juxtaposition contradicts Australian culture with the typical view of Britian's imprudent society at the time. Mackellar uses figurative language to dissotain Australia

    Salutations, Dr Thomas Horn (PHD Harvard)
    (Report) Reply

  • (4/19/2018 10:52:00 PM)


    My Husband is Welsh and I lived over there for 6 years. I think Dorothias poem rings so true in my heart she has captured Australia so beautiful I just love it (Report) Reply

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  • (4/5/2018 7:59:00 PM)


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  • (4/3/2018 10:33:00 PM)


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    (6/18/2018 9:53:00 PM)

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  • (3/17/2018 1:11:00 AM)


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  • (3/14/2018 9:18:00 PM)


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  • (2/11/2018 7:40:00 PM)


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

Poem Edited: Monday, September 22, 2008


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