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2In speaking for those who have no means of speaking Dawe has succeeded in writing poetry that has universal appeal Discuss Dawes achievements in terms of this appeal In Homecoming poet Bruce Dawe uses vivid visual and aural poetic techniques to construct his attitudes towards war He creates a specifically Australian cultural context where soldiers have been fighting in a war in Vietnam and the dead bodies flown home However the poem has universal appeal in that the insensitivity and anonymity accorded to precious lives reduced to body bags are common attitudes towards soldiers in all historical conflicts Although Dawe makes several references to the Vietnam War the sense of moral outrage at the futile dehumanising aspects of war is a universal theme He also speaks on behalf of the mute dead soldiers who have no way of expressing their suffering and loss of hope By speaking for those who have no means of speaking Dawe ultimately exposes the brutal hopelessness of soldiers caught up in foreign conflicts and the shocking impact on families The title Homecoming is used effectively to contrast the traditional universal implications of the word with the shocking reality of dead soldiers flown home from Vietnam to grieving families The word homecoming usually implies a celebration or heroic reception for a great achievement with a return to roots and family It would further invoke a sense of anticipation for the return of a loved one whom has a real identity and a place in the hearts of those awaiting his arrival However the title operates ironically because the homecoming described in the poem is related to death mourning and loss and the arrival of a nameless body is quite different from the heartfelt joy extended to a loved one By establishing irony through the globally understood ritual of homecoming celebration Dawe generates universal appeal Through the use of repetition Dawe establishes the inhuman machine-like processing of human bodies a
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