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The universal appeal of Bruce Dawes poems lie in the poets passion in speaking for those who have no means of speaking In The Wholly Innocent Dawe challenges his readers through a wilful determination to terminate the pregnancy of a healthy foetus And in Homecoming Dawe questions the validity of war as he speaks of the untimely death of several adolescent boys who are brought home as dead soldiers Through the use of persona in a dramatic monologue vivid imagery onomatopoeia deliberate repetition and other poetic techniques Dawe reaches the moral conscience of his readers to the wrongness of terminating life prematurely whatever the reason for it may be The penetrating imagery of a womb that could become a tomb if abortion is carried out in The Wholly Innocent will unnerve any reader contemplating terminating a pregnancy or any institution that is pro-abortion The fact that the unborn foetus is ashamed to feel that he is a part of the doomed race whose death cell was the womb evokes untold pity for the defenceless life trapped in his own mothers womb The persona also highlights that all he wants is to experience the simple things in life like to rejoice at sun or star Most readers would believe that it is a universal right for all individuals to see these basic components of nature that we usually take for granted He also claims through powerful imagery that he never experienced parental love in the line I neverknew the sovereign touch of care Moreover the persona uses a simile that he will die anonymous as mud if nobody protects him The foetus also uses a biblical allusion comparing himself to a defenceless lamb which certainly evokes untold feelings of pity and sympathy in the reader Dawes main aim in publishing this poem was to persuade an extensive part of the public to consider abortion as being a criminal act as they are terminating a foetuss life
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