Bruce Dawe

Vale, Bruce Dawe, Australia’s best loved poet

He wrote poetry to help people ‘see ourselves and our world more clearly’. He insisted: ‘Life comes first, art comes second’. He was not lost in the self-indulgent, self-justifying, and subjective, which are the marks of so much contemporary art, literature, and cinema. His goal was to reflect reality, to better understand it and himself. He was naturally courteous, reflective and never surrendered his optimism.