Analysis Of Bruce Dawe 's ' Homecoming ' And ' Drifters ' Essay

1088 Words Jun 19th, 2016 5 Pages
Bruce Dawe was born on 15th February, 1930 in Fitzroy, Victoria. He is a renowned Australian poet who writes about ordinary people and their lives. His phenomenal 1968 poems, ‘Homecoming’ and ‘Drifters’ examine abiding human emotions such as loss of hope and loss of identity through the use of metaphors, personification and symbolism. ‘Homecoming’ is an anti-war poem written about the Vietnam War, which describes the process of collecting and processing the dead bodies, then shipping them home. It portrays a sense of moral outrage at the futile and dehumanizing war. The issues related to the emotions and the futility of war are universal in their implication regardless of the cultural context. However, we can presume that ‘Drifters’ refers to his personal life and how his father had moved from place to place in search of employment during the Great Depression. Both poems hold timeless messages that continuously inspire and remain relevant to contemporary readers.
First and foremost, loss of identity is a universal issue and is portrayed in ‘Homecoming’. Dawe dramatizes the homecoming of dead soldiers and explores how the soldiers became merely a number to fight in the war. Dawe joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1953 and was highly critical of the Australia’s involvement in war. Soldiers were being categorized as “curly-heads, kinky-hairs, crew-cuts, balding non-coms”, a detached tone, which provides an anonymous image. This indicates how the soldiers fought…

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