Rupert McCall

Jason McCall, more communally known as Rupert McCall has been called the modern
day banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson. He has the ability to express his emotions
though his poetry with a warm and compelling simplicity. He has the ability to
combine passion with humor in his poetry which captures the hearts of all true

Australian’s, from school kids to sports fans and blue-collar workers to
businessmen. When reading Rupert’s poetry it’s easy to get caught up in the
emotion, patriotism and true aussie pride that he has of this beautiful country
that exists in his poetry. Rupert McCall is a 26-year-old solicitor who has put
his legal career on hold to peruse his number one passion - poetry and creative
writing. He went on a tour of the 163 world hotspots as part of his research and
mental preparation for his third book entitled "Green and Gold Malaria"
which has already sold 60000 copies. Rupert has also produced a CD, which has
nearly reached gold status. The image that comes across in his poetry is one of
a "True Blue Aussie". He writes about things in a way that only a true

Aussie would understand. His poetry is on topics such as cricket, AFL and proud

Australian moments such as the Australian Rugby team winning the World Cup. If
an immigrant from Italy was to read Ruperts poetry, they would not appreciate
it. Because he writes about Australian issues that only true Australians would
understand. So they would think that he has a screw loose or something. The
three poems featured in this anthology are "Green and Gold Malaria", "The

Tubby Little Trooper" and "A Land of Backyard Cricket". Green and Gold

Malaria tells a story of an Australian man who comes home from overseas and goes
to the doctor to get the verdict on an allergy he gets when he’s witnessing

Australians who have done heroic things in there field of expertise. Whether it
be the Anzacs in the Anzac day parade or Border making a gutsy ton. The doctor
then goes on to tell him that there is no cure for it because it’s just

"Good Old Aussie Pride". If an immigrant from East Timor was to read this
poem they would not understand The message in this poem is that Australians are
proud of this beautiful country and the people who live in it and represent it.

Throughout this poem there have been three types of poetic devices used.

Alliterations have been used in the lines "And Matilda sends me waltzing with
a billy-boiling shiver" Billy-boiling being the alliteration. Another one
appears in the line "\'From the beaches here in Queensland to the sweeping
shores of Broome" sweeping shores being the alliteration this time. The last
alliteration in this poem appears in the line "The medical profession call it
‘green and gold malaria’ ". Green and Gold being the alliteration. Another
poetic device used in this poem is a personification that appears in the line

"Well, the Doctor scratched his melon with a rather worried look". The poet
using melon as a symbol for the doctors head. The rhyme scheme used in this poem
is AABB. ‘The Tubby Little Trooper’ tells a story of David Boon arguably

Australia’s bravest cricketer ever to take the field. The poem is written from
a teammates point of view who compares the battles he had on the field to war. I
think the purpose of this poem is to reflect to the readers the guts and the
determination of this great man has to win. There are several poetic devices
used in this poem they are a metaphor, in the line " he is good old fashioned
guts. There are quite a few alliterations in this poem. The lines " we are
standing sure and strong", "This tubby little trooper make his stand",

"and I shiver Green and Gold" and "without a word to say" all have at
least 2 words starting with the same letter in close proximity to each other.

There are two onomatopoeia’s used in this poem they are located in the lines"missiles fly and bullets rattle" rattle being the noise bullets make when
shot out of a gun. And the other being in the line "when his crashing bat
salutes the roaring crowd" There is two onomatopoeia’s in this line they are
crashing being the noise of bat hitting ball and roaring symbolizing the noise
the crowd makes. The rhyme scheme used in ‘The Tubby Little Trooper’ is

AABAAB. This rhyme scheme makes each verse six lines long. The