Bruce Dawe Homecoming Analysis

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Today I have been challenged to write a blog answering the question that both text and context do exist in literature. WW1 was a bloodbath there's no doubt and such awful things happened to the most innocent of lives, during the times of war however it shone a light on the poets who wrote both anti and pro war poems. Each with a different meaning, from Jessie Pope the women who encouraged young men to risk their lives for their country and honor to Owen Wilfred who’s words reached out to the soldiers who went through the traumatizing pain. From the propaganda making men feel like cowards if they don’t step up, the truth about what life is like in the trenches to the PTSD vietnam soldiers had to live with for the rest of their life.
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One poem called “Homecoming” written by Bruce Dawe talks about all the different sounds, images and scenery the men went through. With descriptive language such as “curly heads, kinky-hairs, crew-cuts, balding non-coms” which describe the different kinds of men and what they all looked like. Also during the poem Bruce used wide varieties of personification to describe the scenery such as”frozen sunset” to describe the chilling and beautiful backdrop of the vietnam war. Once again poems weren’t the only thing that spoke out to people, but also songs. “I was only 19” written and sung by Redgum talks about a old man who looks back from when he was only 19 years old and already enlisted to the vietnam war, with heart wrenching lyrics such as “And can you tell me, doctor, why I still can't get to sleep?” referring to the massive epidemic that was PTSD, not even doctors knew the name of. Listening to these songs and poems brings back my argument that context and text have a massive relation with one another during the times or the vietnam

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