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Module Four


Poetry: Bruce Dawe (selection from Sometimes Gladness) 

  • the ways in which texts are influenced by other texts and by contexts 

  • the relationship between conventions of genre, audience expectations and interpretations of texts  

  • respond personally, critically and imaginatively to a range of literary texts drawn from  Australian and other historical, contemporary and cultural contexts and traditions 

  • how the choice and combinations of mode and form transform texts 

  • the ways in which informed reading influences interpretation of texts 

  • how readings are constructed as a result of the reading practices or strategies that readers apply and as a result of readers relating the text to their understandings of the world. In this way, multiple readings of a text are possible.  

  • the ways in which texts resemble and/or refer to other texts, including through parody, imitation, appropriation and transformation; and the ways in which adaptations of earlier texts allow new insights into original texts 

  • how aspects of literary texts have been appropriated into popular culture  

  • the ways in which different literary forms may evolve by blending and borrowing conventions from other texts and/or genres   

  • the use of literary techniques, including poetic, dramatic and narrative structure and devices  

  • the use of a combination of sound and visual devices in literary texts. 

  • selecting appropriate argument and evidence to support readings/interpretations  

  • experimenting with different modes, media and forms. 

Featured books:

Use general search terms. You can choose the option of "Search other sources" and Oliver will search through a variety of resources. Choosing the "Advanced search" will allow you to limit to specific formats or collections e.g. Non-fiction narrative. Both of these options are right next to the search box:

Online encyclopaedia:

Online encyclopaedias are great for short, concise and reliable information. It may be best to access these articles from the Online encyclopaedias page through the Hale portal. Don't forget Britannica has ready made citations for you to use.

  • Variety of reading levels
  • Quality resources including text, images, videos and ‘Web’s Best Sites’
  • Read aloud facility
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  • Ready-made citation

Online databases:

A online collection of magazine and newspaper articles as well as interview transcripts, images and videos. You can sort your results by publication, full text versions and even date. Online databases are available through the portal and many require specific login details.

Both EBSCOhost and Gale INFOTRAC have specialized databases so use these first. 

Suggested articles would include:





Poem selection:

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In this excerpt, Dawe reads his poem “Little Red Fox”. Again, the subject matter is everyday and familiar; we are given a portrait of how the writer remembers his father. A big issue of the poem – that the spirit of a wild thing is so easily broken – recurs throughout several of his later poems.

Reference Generator:

Reference Generator It is important to provide evidence of using a variety of reliable resources. Use the online Reference Generator available through the Portal to create your citations. Make sure you alphabetically sort them afterwards. Click here for a Hale School guide to referencing.


A sample bibliography for 3 resources suggested on this page would look like:

Australian literature 2022. Britannica School. Retrieved 23 May 2022, from

Bernard Lane n.d., ‘THE FACE - Bruce Dawe’, Australian, The, viewed 23 May 2022, <>.

Vidar, S 2007, ‘Bruce Dawe’, Guide to Literary Masters & Their Works, p. 1, viewed 23 May 2022, <>.


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