Poem: Home Coming (Bruce Dawe)

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The poem "Homecoming" originates from Bruce Dawe. Its journey depicts the aspects of war and its devastations upon human individuals. Using mainly the Vietnam War as a demonstration for its destructions.

Within this poem Bruce Dawe dramatizes the homecoming of Australian veterans' bodies from Vietnam. This is clearly an anti-war poem, reproducing the sentiments of those who opposed the time when this war occurred.

The poem starts of in what seems to be a monotone. With many simple verbs such as "picking... bringing.... rolling ... whining..." are used to depicts how days after days, it is all the same. The bodies of the soldiers, days after days are all monotonously follow the same routine and being treated in a somewhat a seemingly cold and offhanded way. These simple words are repetitive; they aim to enhance the effect of imprinting a strong image within the readers' visual imagination of the relentless pace. Forcing the readers into feeling this great injustice for these soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for their country, within the war. Yet their bodies are treated no less than animals, following a strict routine of piling up in trucks, convoys, tagging them, giving them names, and boarding them onto the jets so they can finally return to their beloved home. This is their homecoming. The tone of this particular poem is apparent here. Within the title itself "Homecoming" is irony. When homecoming is spoken of, an image of happiness, of a safe return of those who have left so long ago, a safe return back to their world, security and comfort. Yet it is subtly ironic in term that these soldiers are no longer alive, their homecoming is one of death and a great sadness for their family members.

It should be noted that these soldiers are not referred to by names, by divisions, or even by status within the army. They are just referred to as the "curly-heads, kinky hairs, crew-cuts, balding non-coms", they are referred to by their hairstyle, an...
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