And men will not understand us—for the generation that grew up before us, though it has passed these years with us already had a home and a calling; now it will return to its old occupations, and the war will be forgotten—and the generation that has grown up after us will be strange to us and push us aside. The first bomb, the first explosion, burst in our hearts. And if you give a man a little bit of authority he behaves just the same way, he snaps at it too. Had we gone into the trenches without this period of training most of us would certainly have gone mad. Travelling away from home often provokes thoughts of absent friends, as seen in several poems by Michael Brennan entitled 'Letters Home' as well as in Katherine Gallagher's 'Farewell Poem'.
Whatever it is, you'll find thousands of great Aussie quotes here. Now he is numb and feels nothing. Mateship is the antithesis of class structure inherent in the British monarchy. I have every confidence in the ultimate success of our joint cause when he arrives in Australia to become Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in the Southwest Pacific. If you train a dog to eat potatoes and then afterwards put a piece of meat in front of him, he'll snap at it, it's his nature. I raise my eyes, I let them move round, and turn myself with them, one circle, one circle, and I stand in the midst. For like Anzac Day, Labour Day is — above and beyond its historical significance — a day in which all Australians can celebrate our egalitarian society, our innate sense of fairness and equity, and our willingness to campaign side by side for a better world.
Our families and our teachers will be shocked when we go home, but here it is the universal language. Henry Lawson wrote in Shearers: They tramp in mateship side by side - The Protestant and Roman They call no biped lord or sir And touch their hat to no man! We value independence in a community minded way. So Peter Porter recalls the pleasures of his friendship with someone now dead, in 'Drinking Gavi with Gavin'. Labour Day, like Anzac Day, is a day when we remember the sacrifices our forebears made: the mateship, the loyalty and the determination to build and protect the freedom and rights we now enjoy. Fields of craters within and without.
A little soldier and a clear voice, and if anyone were to caress him he would hardly understand, this soldier with the big boots and the shut heart, who marches because he is wearing big boots, and has forgotten all else but marching. We are two men, two minute sparks of life; outside is the night and the circle of death. Prime Minister Harold Holt visiting President Johnson in Washington, June 1966 Here in Australia was the same openness, the same generosity of spirit, that I had treasured in my own country. We will hang on to our Aussie mateship and our Aussie fair go, in the worst of times and in the best, because we're Australian. Why do they never tell us that you are poor devils like us, that your mothers are just as anxious as ours, and that we have the same fear of death, and the same dying and the same agony--Forgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy? I am frightened: I dare think this way no more.
Three-quarters of his vocabulary is derived from these regions, and they give an intimate flavour to expressions of his greatest joy as well as of his deepest indignation. Gold diggers were portrayed in stories and songs as romantic heroes, larrikins and villains who embraced the principles of democracy. In Australia, a 'mate' is more than just a friend. In 2013, Westpac released a survey of 1,000 respondents who were asked to to define what makes a typical Australian. In the wake of the devastating Queensland floods four years ago, Julia Gillard used the term mateship to call for the nation to stick together. And good boots are hard to come by. We sit on the edge of it crouching in danger, the grease drips from our hands, in our hearts we are close to one another…What does he know of me or I of him? To go see something different.
He becomes familiar with the beauty of loneliness. We could never regain the old intimacy with those scenes. If for one hour in a year something eatable were to be had in some one place only, within that hour, as if moved by a vision, he would put on his cap, go out and walk directly there, as though following a compass, and find it. Or some words for that special occasion? Then I know nothing more. I feel excited; but I do not want to be, for that is not right.
Evan Jones also celebrates a friendship in his 'Birthday Song', as does Julian Croft in 'Amica'. For us lads of eighteen they ought to have been mediators and guides to the world of maturity, the world of work, of duty, of culture, of progress—to the future…The idea of authority, which they represented, was associated in our minds with a greater insight and a more humane wisdom. They are more to me than life, these voices, they are more than motherliness and more than fear; they are the strongest, most comforting thing there is anywhere: they are the voices of my comrades. As women in the war, Midge, Anne and Ethel were keen to start a canteen for passing soldiers. PoetrySoup is a great educational poetry resource of famous mateship poems.
One result of the prevalence of the 'mateship' culture is that Australian society is stringently anti-hierarchical. Women poets such as Caroline Leakey in her 'Friendship' and Emily Barton in 'Reminiscence' write about the value and joy of friendship, especially when looked back on from the present. Contemporary friendship poems are more likely to be written about a particular friend rather than the more abstract value of friendship. What he has gone through so far is nothing to what he's in for till he dies. Both are also occasions when we recognise the ongoing struggles of today and thank those standing beside us in the fray.
It is not surprising to find Henry Lawson, whose work has been especially associated with that particularly Australian type of friendship known as mateship, writing many poems about friendship. Australians are expected to behave with humility and not think of themselves as better than their peers. The animal is innocent of our failings, it is at one with the environment that supports it and you feel humbled at the privilege of that precious moment. Though Müller would be delighted to have Kemmerich's boots, he is really quite as sympathetic as another who could not bear to think of such a thing for grief. A century ago, our great poet, Henry Lawson wrote a short story entitled Mateship. They knew the war to be a misfortune, whereas those who were better off, and should have been able to see more clearly what the consequences would be, were beside themselves with joy.