Bruce Dawe Lifecycle and Homecoming
Close study of poetry of bruse dawe
Good Morning selection committee my name is and I am the editior of an anthology of the modern Australian poetry book. Today I will be discussing the way Bruce Dawe’s poems ‘Homecoming’ and ‘Lifecyle’ confront and challenge readers to re-assess or examine their lives and life its self. The way bruce dawe has made his readers reassess and examine their lives and life itself is by using techniques such as emotive phrases, repeitition, personification, visual imagery, alleratition and dualitites.
Through dehumanising and depersonalising the soldiers in his poem ‘Homecoming’ Dawe has established a con-tem-pla-tive tone which has encouraged his readers to reassess their lives and life itself. The use of the repetiition of the word “them” aswell as the employment of emotive phrases such as “frozen sunset” and “desert empitness” all help the creation of the tone of the poem. By repeating the collective personal pronoun “them” dawe has established a disconection between how the reader perceives everyday man and the soliders in the poem, evoking thought in his readers about there lives and life in general. This challanging of the readers preconcevied ideas about life is also helped by the emotive phrases that assist in creating tone aswell as expanding ideas in the poem. In the poem ‘Homecoming’ Dawe has not only challanged and confronted his readers to reasses and examine there lifes and there views on life its self through the tone but has also done this through personifying non human aspects of the poem. “telegrams tremble like leaves” and “nobel jets” are two examples of how Dawe has made aspects of the poem that are usually insignificant and non human more alive and important. This personification is furthered through the use of visual imagery when talking about the telegrams, by doing this Dawe has emphasised the emotional damage caused to friends and family of the soildures which makes