Bruce Dawe Poetry

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Bruce Dawe Poetry-

Many of Bruce Dawe’s poems have a heavy message and a bleak meaning relating to society’s weaknesses and downfalls.

“Enter without so much as knocking” is a poem that is critical of consumerism in the modern world. The poem itself is a story of one man’s life, from birth till death and is a satirical look at modern society and its materialism. The poem begins with the Latin line “Memento, homo, qui, pulvis es, et in pulverem reverteris.” This means in English “Remember you are dust and dust you will return”. This is the central idea of the poem; no matter how many materialistic items we acquire and consume, in the end, we all end up at the same place. The poem then follows by speaking of a baby waking into life,
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The character is then buried with his “healthy tan” and “automatic smile” “Blink, blink. CEMETERY. SILENCE” As the child blinked into life, the man blinks into death, returning to dust at last.
Although a completely different subject, “Homecoming” is in ways similar to “enter without so much as knocking”. Both facing realistic views on life and the issues that are facing society, Bruce Dawes poems convey what he, and others, has wanted to say.
“Homecoming” is an elegy and anti-war poem written about the Vietnam War. The poem starts off in what seems to be a monotone, with many simple verbs such as "picking... bringing.... rolling ... tagging..." used to depict how day after day it is all the same. The bodies of the soldiers all tediously follow the same routine and being treated in a somewhat seemingly cold and offhanded way. Unlike “enter without so much as knocking”, these simple words are repetitive and slow paced; they aim to enhance the effect of imprinting a strong image within the reader’s imagination, forcing the reader into feeling this great injustice for these soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for their country, within the war.
In this free-verse war poem, the idea of 'journey' extends itself to cover both the physical and emotional aspects of the subject matter of the poem. Repetition and word
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