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.


Comments about My Country by Dorothea Mackeller

  • (6/12/2018 7:19:00 PM)

    This poem is a piece of sh*t (Report) Reply

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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)
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  • (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

  • (4/8/2018 7:44:00 PM)

    love did song so much! I am pooping rn (Report) Reply

  • (4/5/2018 7:59:00 PM)

    This is really helpful! Thanks!
    Also please limit the swearing in the comments plz
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  • (4/3/2018 10:33:00 PM)

    EVERYONE STFU and enjoy this piece of art retards, you all a disgrace to this country (Report) Reply

  • (3/27/2018 4:49:00 AM)

    School students come here to troll lol (Report) Reply

  • (3/17/2018 1:11:00 AM)

    Lol...U spelt Mackellar wrong! ! ! HAHAHAHA U SPELT IT AS MACKELLER! ! ! (Report) Reply

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  • (2/11/2018 7:40:00 PM)

    yo what up tho this poem is Lit af (Report) Reply

  • (2/11/2018 7:08:00 PM)

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    (2/11/2018 7:09:00 PM)

    im with you bro

  • (2/8/2018 5:09:00 PM)

    yo wat up do bro your boy hollow bout to rip dat (Report) Reply

  • (1/9/2018 1:36:00 AM)

    Everytime I remember my English brother-in-law's somewhat scathing comments about our beautiful but rather undisciplined garden, compared with his bare property in Birmingham, I think of this poem. I am 71 and of course learnt it at school, but the older I get, the more I find it encapsulates everything I love about our country! (Report) Reply

  • (12/16/2017 6:21:00 PM)

    Lovely poem that stirs the imagination and emotions. (Report) Reply

  • (6/27/2017 11:21:00 PM)

    hi i wear huggies drynites nappy pants you (Report) Reply

  • (1/31/2017 4:58:00 AM)

    I think the first verse refers to England, therefore the 'grey-blue distance' is meant to be a contrast to 'far horizons' (Report) Reply

  • Rahman Henry (10/13/2015 12:11:00 AM)

    Lovely poem about motherland. Thanks a lot to share. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (10/12/2015 2:00:00 PM)

    Grey-blue distance- -simple words but descriptive and descriptive of more than a physical quality. Yes, she did indeed love her country (Report) Reply

  • Akham Nilabirdhwaja Singh (10/12/2015 8:31:00 AM)

    I love a sunburn country -a very beautiful poem (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (10/12/2015 6:32:00 AM)

    A very lovely poem about her beloved Australia. Shame on the 64 voters so far who have only given this poem a rating of 6.7 out of ten. It deserves much higher than that! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

Poem Edited: Monday, September 22, 2008

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