Bruce Dawe- Homecoming

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Bruce Dawe

·         Born on the 15th of Feb, 1930 in Fitzroy, Australia
·         Like his family, he never completed primary school which indicating that his family did not value education
·         After leaving school when he was 16, he work many jobs including as a clerk in various firms, as a labourer, sales assistant, office boy in an advertising agency, a copy boy at the Melbourne papers The Truth and The Sun News-Pictorial
·         He enrolled at Melbourne University on a teaching scholarship in 1954. He left university   later that year and moved to Sydney to work as a labourer but returned to Melbourne in 1956
·         In 1959, he joined the Royal Australian Air force
·         His married his wife Gloria Desley Blain on 27th January 1964, they had 4 children. Gloria died on 30th December 1997
·         In 1968 he began his teaching degree
·         He became a senior lecturer at his university in 1980 and holds 4 university degrees part-time
·         He was an anti-war poet
·         Bruce has 12 books of poetry, one book of short stories, one book of short stories, one book of essays and has edited two other books

- Written as an elegy for anonymous soldiers
- Elegy meaning a ‘lament’ for the dead
- ‘Lament’ meaning an expression of grief
- Anti-war poem protesting Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War during the 1960’s
- The Poem itself was written in 1968 during the heat of the war
- The Poem was primarily driven by a resentment towards the war, sparked by Dawe’s first hand experiences (Dawe was a part of the RAAF for 6 months)
- There is a strong presence of Irony, evident in the title itself. ‘Homecoming’ usually symbolises a celebratory event, but rather in this instance it is the arrival of dead soldiers to their home land.
- Anti- war sentiments
- First hand experiences of war enabled Dawe to be more vivid and more specific in his writing. Throughout the poem there are direct references to...