Donald Bruce Dawe - Homecoming

Donald Bruce Dawe - Homecoming
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  • Structure: The poet repeats the phrase "bringing them home". This is to emphasise how the dead soldiers are brought home. By repeating this line it tells us that this happened quite a lot throughout the war.
  • There's another one boys!
  • Meaning: The meaning of this poem is bringing the dead soldiers home. The poet brings this to the reader's mind by the first few opening lines. The poet uses the lines "they're picking them up" and "they're bringing them in" to make the reader infer this meaning while reading this poem.
  • Imagery: With the words that the poet uses it forces the reader to imagine the hardships of war. By the line "They're bringing them home, now, too late, too early" it depicts an image of dead bodies surrounding the battlefields in the reader's mind. 
  • Language: The poet uses the simile "the noble jets are whining like hounds". This simile conveys the feeling of sadness. By using the word whining this implies that even the noble jets are sad from the devastating loss of the soldiers.
  • Emotion: The poet conveys the emotions of pain, sorrow and empathy for the soldiers family. By telling us the different ways people are paying their respects to the fallen soldiers. This shows us the global pain that everyone witnessed throughout this period of time.
  • I wish I could see my wife. Last time I called her she was crying about me still being at war.
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