Bruce Dawe Home Coming Analysis

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Written by Bruce Dawe, “ Home-coming,” is a free verse poem . There is one stanza , one verse but three segments. The tone of the poem is bitter and full of sadness. The title of the poem is ironic. We associate the word “ home-coming,” with happiness and laughter. However, Home-coming in this poem has no happiness or laughter. The poet talks about the soldiers being brought back home after they died, fighting in war. The fact that repetition is used many times in this poem, indicates to us that war is repetitive. Alliteration is also used many times in this poem. “ Howl of their home-coming,” “ Telegrams tremble,” these phrases give us a feeling that home-coming is not something to be happy about but something to fear of.The poem highlights
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