Analysis of Donald Bruce's poem, Homecoming

Analysis of Donald Bruce's poem, Homecoming

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  • Structure: The poet uses a lot of repetition with the words they, they're, home,homecoming to suggest to readers that the amount of dead that were brought home was in the mass numbers and that it was happening all the time.
  • Meaning: the meaning of this poem is to show how many people have died in the war and the idea of 'bringing them home' is supposed to make the reader have a feeling of relief to the fact threat they are coming home, but only to find out that they have been brought home dead suddenly creates a sense of guilt and a somber and sad mood also emphasizing the feeling of empathy the reader feels for the families of the dead and the dead themselves.
  • Imagery: The poet uses detailed and harsh descriptions to demonstrate the barbaric conditions of war suggesting to readers that war is a time of slaughter and horror and not so much the journey the soldiers were hoping for and those who survived did not come back the same person simply because of the terrifying 'journey' they have been through.
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  • Language: The poet uses many literary devices to emphasize the setting and what is going on in the poem. For example, "they're bringing them home, now, too late, too early." Through the use of a metaphor the poet emphasizes the idea that soldiers are dying all the time. This evokes readers to think about how devastating war really was.
  •  Emotion: Throughout the poem the poet uses useful techniques such as adding literary devices and punctuation where most effective to alter the readers emotion to feel specific ways about different parts of the poem.
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