Homecoming by Donald Bruce Dawe - Analysis

Homecoming by Donald Bruce Dawe - Analysis

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  • Homecoming Analysis
  • S - Structure
  • M - Meaning
  • by Kiaara Latimer
  • I - Imagery
  • In the poem, the author repeats the phrase "they're bringing them home". He does this to emphasize that dead soldiers were constantly being brought home and to get us thinking about the gravity of the war.
  • L - Language
  • The meaning of this poem is that the soldiers are constantly being killed because of the war, and the number of soldiers dying and being sent home is incredibly high. It indirectly mentions the inhumanity behind these events and remind us of its significance.
  • E - Emotion
  • The poem makes the reader envision all the dead soldiers being taken from the battlefield to where they are processed and then flown back home. The author does this to share the pain of death during war with the reader and to convey the desolate atmosphere everybody involved in the war would have experienced.
  • In this poem, the author doesn't directly refer to anybody by their name or their title, but refers to the people as "them". He does this to emphasize that there were so many people and that it was no longer personal or sentimental, it was just a process.
  • In this poem, the author discusses the eerie process of collecting corpses and sending them back to their homeland. He does this to make the reader feel empathetic towards soldiers killed in war and their loved ones, and to give us a new perspective on the effects of war. 
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