Homecoming Poem Analysis

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PARRA 1- intro Journeys are not always personally instigated. They are brought about by an outside pressure, force or action. Furthermore, journeys can lead to a profound progress of not only the venturer but the people around them. This is evident in the prescribed Australian poems ‘Smugglers’ written by Maria Lewitt, ‘Homecoming’ by Bruce Dawe as well as the two chosen texts ‘Rabbit Proof fence’ directed by Phillip Noyce and ‘Sophie’s Journey’ edited by Sally Collings. PARRA 2- homecoming In the Australian poem ‘Homecoming’ the author, Dawe uses vivid visual and aural poetic techniques to construct his ongoing attitudes of the war. The universal theme of moral outrage at the dehumanising aspects of the war can be seen by the repetition of particular words in the poem such as ‘them’ and ‘they’re’. Dawe chooses words which lack individuality ‘bagging’, ‘tagging’, ‘green plastic bag’ and categorises the dead soldiers into similar groups ‘curly heads’. This is done to provide a further insight into the journey by chronicling the repatriation of the Australian soldiers. Therefore journeys do not always involve an…show more content…
The book tells of a Childs resilience, of the choice of life and death and of a strength that prevails through suffering. The book is set out as a journal entry which allows the audience to obtain a further understanding of the different perspectives of Sophie’s fatal journey. As well as this it allows the author to create a different meaning in the story by setting it as first person. Another technique used is the visual images seen throughout the book, this shows the journey that the family underwent to help Sophie obtain full health. Emotive language is also a strong technique used to embrace the journey words such as ‘enthusiasm’ and ‘courage’ Sophie’s journey forced her to pass through childhood a lot quicker than that of another child her
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