Bruce Dawe Poetry Essay

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How has Bruce Dawe's poetry and the song 'Hero of War' challenge your views about war ?

Many Composers such as Bruce Dawe and Rise Against can encouraged the reader to alter their view and perspective about the war. Through Dawe's poem, "Homecoming and Weapons Training", and Rise Against's song "Hero of War", the true reality of war is shown as it is not always about being heroic and ethical but is about being in a constant battle not only in the war-zone but with yourself. Ideas such as Dehumanization, Loss of Dignity and Realities of War can be supported by poetic devices to further emphasize the idea of war. Through this it can be shown that Songs and Poetry can challenge the readers view on War.

The three texts of "Homecoming", "Weapons Training" and "Hero of War" all have a similar idea on getting the main message across to the reader.

The idea of Dehumanization is a major part in War as it is the act of depriving human qualities, the act is done so that when in battle with the enemy team, the soldier's won't feel any sympathy when killing the enemy and/or innocent people. Within the poem "Homecoming" Dawe shows his concern on dehumanization, he states "they're picking them up,those they can find, and bringing them home, they're bringing them in,piled on the hulls of Grants." the quote shows the lack of respect that the corpses are getting and also they are still being treated as nobodies even though they are dead. Dawe does this primarily through the use of Impersonal Language and repetition "They're and them". His intention for this is to create a un-human like effect ,meaning that they are not human's but are walking killing...