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I have selected the following two poems for my coursework. Homecoming which was written by Bruce Dawe and Dulce et Decorum which was written by Wilfred Owen.

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Poetry coursework For my coursework on poetry I have selected the following two poems for my coursework. "Homecoming" which was written by Bruce Dawe and "Dulce et Decorum "which was written by Wilfred Owen. Bruce Dawe was an Australian poet who was born in 1930 and is still living. Dawe left school at 16 and took a series of jobs before night classes let him enter the University of Melbourne. He was also influenced by Vincent Buckley and Chris Wallace Crabbes poetry that he left. He then became a factory worker in Sydney then he became a post man in Melbourne before he joined the royal Australian Air force from 1959 to 1968 where he served in Malaysia Wilfred Owen is a British poet who was born in 1893 and died in 1918 one week before the war ended. Owen was awarded the Military Cross for serving in the war with distinction. He wrote poetry from an early age. Most of his poetry at first was inspired by religion. He then became increasingly disapproving of the role of the church in society. In 1913 he went to France to be thought English there until 1915. Owen made the difficult decision to enlist in the army and fight in world war one (1914- 1918). ...read more.

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Bruce Dawe starts the poem "Homecoming" with "All day, day after day, they're bringing them home," he uses repetition of the word "day" he could have wrote it the deaths are never ending. He says "picking them up" while he is trying to get across that they are of know importance. He says "those they can find" when he could have said some are blown up, prisoners, just can't find them or they are lying in pieces. He writes "bringing them home" Again he uses repetition when he says "they're bringing". He says "piled up on the hulls of tanks, in trucks, in convoys". Stressing just how many there were. He says "green plastic bags "while he could have said body bags or is he trying to give us the opinion they're rubbish bags. He writes "they're tagging them now" like animals. He says there "giving them names" as if they're not sure who they are. He writes about them being kept in "deep-freeze" while this is usually where meat is keep. He writes "Tan Son Nhut" this gives us the reality of the real airport. He says "noble jets whining like hounds," he uses personification and a simile the people are dying all around the place and no one is morning for the men the jets are the only things that are expressing sympathy and the jets seem to be more valuable than the men who are dying and giving them a lack of sympathy and the men are dehumanised. ...read more.

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Again he uses reputation "they're bringing them home, now, too late, too early" he says this because they are dead they died too young and because the war wasn't over they should have pulled out because it wasn't there war to fight in. The structure of the poems. The writer uses the structure to get across the attitude to war. It starts of by saying that there bringing who ever they can find home anyway they can. Then they are tagging them with any name tags. Then it goes on to say how far they had to travel to get home. This shows that it wasn't their war. Then they are home and they get there official reception. After that the only people who remembered them are their familes. The poet uses form to get across his attitude to war. He does this by having no verses so it is one long sentence. This suggested that the war is never-ending. There is only one capital letter at the start. This poem is written in free verse. The poem that applied to me most was "Dulce et Decorum est" because it was focusing on the negative points of the war and Wilfred Owen was anti war. Another reason why I liked the poem is because most people think it is great to fight and die for your while Wilfred Owen just said that it is stupid to die for your country. Livinus Cassidy. ...read more.

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