Bruce Dawe, Apology for Impatience

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Apology for Impatience for Gloria. On first reading, this poem seems quite incomprehensible. Out of context, the poem appears to be about love and relationships. “Apology for Impatience” was written in 1963 (wife dead?) and it was written for Gloria, his wife. Dawe rarely uses a first person persona and it is through his use of the first person persona and the fact that it was written for his wife, that leads me to believe that …

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…but whatever has happened to her has caused the growth of: the poem, his character and his love to end before they had reached maturity. It is through the experiences of the persona, and the context of Dawe’s life. That transforms my belief from, the poem is just about love, to, the poem is about lost love, loneliness, dashed hopes and living each day so that there will be nothing to apologize for tomorrow.