War is a significant issue that has been affecting society throughout the ages on a multitude of scales. Its impact on our world has resulted in many texts which each present a strong anti-war perspective. One such text is the poem “Homecoming” written by Bruce Dawe. This is a visually rich poem containing various images, key ideas, motifs, and poetic techniques. These are used as Dawe conveys his anti-war perspective through exploring a variety of themes regarding war and its many negative outcomes. The most prominent of these themes is that of dehumanisation but the poem also demonstrates the consequences, futility and emotional journeys resulting from war.
Firstly, the theme of dehumanisation is effectively conveyed throughout “Homecoming” …show more content…
This is seen in how war changes people’s perspectives on life and their surroundings. Whilst war is often recognised at changing the lives of those remaining, the most obvious impact is that of how many soldiers are dead. This is the most evident consequence of war as each person has unnecessarily lost their lives and as a result they are simply the image of what they once were. Their potential and personality has been destroyed within a second. This is all represented through the personification of shadows which are said to be “tracing the blue curve of the Pacific”. War’s consequences that affect the world are seen in how Dawe describes Australia’s vast landscapes as “the old ridiculous curvatures of earth”. This is yet another use of cumulative listing and conveys how the soldiers will never see their homeland again. Furthermore, it presents the Australian landscape as something that is now unknown, distant and foreign due to the large impacts of war. The consequences of war are also seen in the attitude towards the dead and surviving soldiers returning from the Vietnam war. There is a clear absence of a heroes return and the soldiers return to find “dogs in the frozen sunset” who “raise muzzles in mute salute”. This shows how society has completely changed and that there is a lack of humans who support the efforts of the soldiers. In their place are simply dogs (a motif throughout the poem) who sit in silence so as to demonstrate the solemnity of the occasion. All of this demonstrates that war has a vast array of consequences on many scales, hence another reason for this poem to convey a strong anti-war
This passage shows how the soldiers are emotionally and mentally drained by the horrors of war, and how they feel disconnected from the world they once knew. The
We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight. John Lennon. Based on his own reading and reflection, Bruce Dawe constructs his attitudes towards war in his poems, Homecoming and Weapons Training, believing it to be lacking sense historically and ultimately futile. By specifically addressing an Australian cultural context, the poet exposes a universal appeal in that the insensitivity and anonymity are common attitudes towards soldiers during war. Dawe clearly expresses his ‘anti-war sentiment’ through his use of language and imagery as he examines the dehumanising aspects of war and its brutal reality.
War has- regrettably- been the answer to many conflicts in human history, ranging from the Sumerian’s conquests to the invasion of Iraq by the US and its allies. During its long history, war has been questioned and contemplated, especially through culture: music, poetry, literature, etc. Two prominent pieces of anti-war literature include Catch-22 by Joseph Heller and For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway. Both novels express contemporary fears and questions on war: its impact, its conduct, and its purpose; as well as frustrations and dangers of a modernizing society, industry, and bureaucracy, however the former has a comedic tone, while the latter is serious. Tone is a very powerful and moving tool for both Heller and Hemingway in their novels.
There is no happiness for those involved in this homecoming…only deep loss and the question, “Why?” This poem is written in the free verse style. It utilizes repetition to emphasize his key points. In addition, his use of participial “ing” words promotes the loss of identity of those soldiers who have died in this bleak war.
In the poem “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner” the author, Randall Jarrell discusses the darkness and brutality of war, as well as the role of a soldier during wartime. Jarrell uses an extended metaphor, as well as informal diction towards the end of the poem, to convey his meaning that war is wasteful to some lives and during wartime soldiers are viewed as expendable or disposable. Jarrell contrasts between the darkness and light of the life of a soldier with a metaphor in the first two lines. Jarrell says, “From my mother’s sleep..”, which is viewed as the birth of the gunner, in a normal life, not during wartime, but Jarrell compares the mother to the bomber jet that the gunner sits in, saying he falls into “the State”, which could be
But the grim reality of war, the blood and the horror, would eventually serve as an antidote for such romanticism. These soldiers would meet a rude awakening. War’s horrors also demanded a great deal of courage and sanity from the soldiers, but the human psyche is not necessarily built to endure such horrific episodes. Their families at home saw photos of actual battle-scenes depicting widespread death and destruction. Their perception of war too was quickly changed by the bloodshed.
The Wars is a symbolic masterpiece that illustrates the great impact war brings on the microcosm of society and how individuals juxtaposed to the war are affected. The novel itself requires active reading; because without it, the novel would seem very simplistic; however, after further examination, readers can evidently recognize the complexity of Robert’s character with the aid of many heteroglossic components, techniques, devices, and the reworking of literary conventions. Robert’s physical, mental and emotional journey he endeavours, followed by the constant re-evaluations of his truths and becoming a more proficient soldier, can be seen through a formalist perspective with the use of foreshadowing to signify Robert’s transition from a sane to insane soldier; the utilization of animal imagery highlighting Robert’s development through the horrific experiences of war; and the several themes in the text to illustrate Robert’s evolution as a soldier through his inner
What terrific influence a war caused is not the devastation of splendid constructions and the recessions of participated countries but the devastation of a whole generation of people. There are people who devoted their whole youth to the war; the guns in their hands, the bullets they had shoots, and the people they killed would be eternally existing in their memories. The horrible memories would never fade away as the war ends.
Three Messages from The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner (An Analysis of The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner by Randall Jarrell) In Randall Jarrell’s poem The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner, he explains the sacrifice a young ball turret gunner shows for his country, and the fear he goes through in the process. Goldman says, “Jarrell tries to resolve the dilemma of a war that turns boys into "murderers" by asserting their sacrificial, Christ-like innocence that is itself a martyrdom for the historical brutality of the state.”
In the opening lines “Clips from the battlefield/ in a Iraqi evening:/ a peaceable home” (al-Sa’igh 1-3) highlights the contrast between peace and war. The word “home” (al-Sa’igh 3) can be associated with peace and love compared with “clips from battlefield” (al-Sa’igh 1). “Absentmindedly drawing on a scrap paper/ funny pictures” (7-8) the innocent imagery of children disarms the reader and sets the poem up for a depressing realization that is reality. “The entire house becomes ears/ ten Iraqi eyes glued to the screen in frightened silence” (10-11) the ten people in one household signifies the close relationship the family has with one another. War breaks families apart as the men go off to battle and sometimes they do not come back.
Going to war means sacrificing your life to save others, to save the world, leaving your loved ones and families behind, all in the name of bravery. However, the experiences and feelings toward wars differ from one person to another. This essay will talk about the similarities and differences in perspectives, tones, and diction that the writers use to convey what war meant to them in the poems, which further develops the theme and delivers the poets’ main idea to their audience. In some ways the two sets are similar. For example both sets are obviously writing about war.
He shows deploring violence in the beginning, but later in the poem is calmer and gloomier. He is lamenting the dead of the young boys that fought in the war. In addition, he uses graphic descriptions that emphasize how horrid the war atmosphere was. From the hideous noises of guns with “monstrous anger” and “rapid rattles” of the rifles to the exasperation felt for the youth “who die as cattle” and “in their eyes shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes”, Owen depicts how much he despised the war. He mourns the undignified death of the youth, like animals in a slaughterhouse, in the first two lines.
War has many connotations, negative and positive. Although no matter how you look at it, it is a tough decision. War is a serious subject because of the fact that we are not talking about economics or politics anymore; we are specifically taking into account the lives of the people of our country. It has always been a large decision whether or not to go into war. This stirs up lots of opinions and neutralities that can be seen in our writing as well as our artwork.
In the poems “Disabled” by Wilfred Owen and “The Bright Lights of Sarajevo” by Tony Harrison, both poems present the truths of war. However, both differ in terms of setting and contrast that help depicts the similarities between their theme. Disabled takes place within World War I as Owen vividly describes the subject’s amputation, but the poem is centered around the subject’s adjustment to civilian life after war. In The Bright Lights of Sarajevo although Harrison discusses the consequences of partaking in war in the town, he illustrates the way in which life goes on regardless the horrific impact. Through use of setting and contrast, both poets contribute to presenting the theme of the realities of war.
In this poem Dreamer, the author which is Sassoon show how the soldiers are people too. It is written during the First World War. In this poem the anger is focused on those most directly responsible for the soldier’s fate. Society frequently depicts war as an exciting adventure offering opportunities to prove one 's power and win glory. But, says Sassoon in presenting his theme, war is a brutal ordeal for facing bullets and artillery bombardment--and the sight of bloody uniforms, torn limbs, and twitching bodies.