Sally Fitzgibbons Foundation

Beginning the Academic Essay

‘My Country’ is an iconic poem about the true colours of the land down under. Written by Dorothea Mackellar at the age of 19, homesick in the UK. My Country is a rhyming poem with eight stanzas containing strong evocative language. Dorothea expresses her love for Australia by introducing Australia’s uniqueness. In the first two stanzas “I love a sunburnt country a land of sweeping plains” Mackellar exclaims Australia’s wide landscape compared to England’s. England’s scenery is described as “grey-blue distance, brown streams and soft dim skies”. While Australia’s landscape is portrayed as “a land of sweeping plains, of ragged mountain ranges, of droughts and flooding rains.”

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