Redgum I Was Only 19 Analysis Essay

...inquiry is to answer the question, does living in significant settings, time periods or personal experiences of the authors influence and/or develop their work? This report will go on to examine whether the following authors work was influenced and/or developed by them growing up in a significant setting or time period. The chosen authors are Larry Watson, George Orwell, Kurt Vonegut, J.G Ballard and director …….. From these authors I chose to study the five texts, Montana 1948, By Larry Watson, 1948, By George Orwell, Slughter House Five, By Kurt Vonegut, Empire Of The Sun, By J.G Ballard and the visual text Rendition directed by ………. Evidence from these texts will be used to process information by way of three questions. How did the time period the author was born and grew up in influence or have an affect on their writing? How does the location the author was born and lived in have an effect on their writing? How does the writers personal life and experiences have an effect on their writing? These three questions are formulated to give a comprehensive understanding of the authors and the effects of personal experience on their writing. Text-One, Montana 1949, By Larry Watson. Question one- How does the writers personal life and experiences have an effect on their writing? The novel Montana 1948, By Larry Watson is about the horrific events that...

I Was Only Nineteen was released by Australian folk-rock band Redgum in 1983. It is one of the best selling Australian singles of all time, remaining in that country’s top 40 charts for some four months. I Was Only Nineteen was written by Redgum vocalist John Schumann, who drew on the wartime experiences of his brother in law. I Was Only Nineteen is told in the first person as a series of reminiscences and flashbacks. It opens with a young Australian soldier completing basic training at Puckapunyal and specialist training in Queensland, before being deployed to Vietnam. He later experiences the horrors of combat, the loss of friends in battle, then psychological trauma after returning to civilian life. Royalties from I Was Only Nineteen are donated to Australia’s Vietnam Veterans Association.

Mum and Dad and Denny saw the passing-out parade at Puckapunyal
It was a long march from cadets.
The sixth battalion was the next to tour, and it was me who drew the card.
We did Canungra, Shoalwater before we left.

And Townsville lined the footpaths as we marched down to the quay
This clipping from the paper shows us young and strong and clean.
And there’s me in my slouch hat with my SLR and greens.
God help me, I was only nineteen.

From Vung Tau, riding Chinooks, to the dust at Nui Dat
I’d been in and out of choppers now for months.
But we made our tents a home, VB and pinups on the lockers
And an Asian orange sunset through the scrub.

And can you tell me, doctor, why I stil can’t get to sleep?
And night-time’s just a jungle dark and a barking M16?
And what’s this rash that comes and goes, can you tell me what it means?
God help me, I was only ninteen.

A four week operation when each step could mean your last one on two legs
It was a war within yourself.
But you wouldn’t let your mates down til they had you dusted off
So you closed your eyes and thought about something else.

Then someone yelled out “Contact!” and the bloke behind me swore
We hooked in there for hours, then a God lmighty roar
Frankie kicked a mine the day that mankind kicked the moon,
God help me, he was going home in June.

I can still see Frankie, drinking tinnies in the Grand Hotel
On a thirty-six hour rec leave in Vung Tau
And I can still hear Frankie, lying screaming in the jungle
Til the morphine came and killed the bloody row.

And the ANZAC legends didn’t mention mud and blood and tears
And the stories that my father told me never seemed quite real.
I caught some pieces in my back that I didn’t even feel
God help me, I was only nineteen.

And can you tell me, doctor, why I still can’t get to sleep?
And why the Channel Seven chopper chills me to my feet?
And what’s this rash that comes and goes, can you tell me what it means?
God help me, I was only nineteen.

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