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The Poetry of Bruce Dawe

Includes Homecoming, 'Accident and Ambulance siren', 'Katrina', 'Breakthrough', 'The Not So Good Earth' and 'Enter without so much as Knocking'

central concernslife, media, materialism, contemporary world
style/techniqueaccessibility, familiarity, informal/colloquial, ordinary subject matter
use of humoursarire, pun, irony, parody, sarcasm, black humour
The Not so Good Earth _themethose who can be entretained by other people's suffering
Accident and Ambulace Siren_thememirrors one of our deepest fears - death
Enter Without so much as Knocking_themepeople under media or peer group pressure use cliches supplied by pressure groups intead of thinking out their own values and the emptiness of our lives
Katrina_themeexpresses competently and honestly the quality of absolute, unqualified love, which is for all of us our deepest need
Homecoming_themeelrgy about the deep tragedy of any war
Breakthrough_themethe impact and influence of advertising on our everyday lives
The Not So Good Earth_ techniquesclear and unmitigated satire, irony, oxymoron
Accident and Ambulance Siren_techniquesfigurative imagery, metaphor, limited punctuation, rhetorical questions
Enter Without So much as Knocking_techniquesdramatic presentation, cliches, humourthrough absurdly exaggerated examples, emphasis through repetiton, emphasis on first words of lines, figurative language, light hearted flippant tone
Katrina_techniquesfigurative imagery, metaphor, analogy, structured variation of the length of lines
Homecoming_techniquesfigurative imagery(mostly metaphors), slow reoccurring rhythm, repetition, alliteration, listing, heavy impersonal monotonous tone, paradox
Breakthrough _techniquesincongruity, exaggeration, contrast, figurative language
SatireWitty sarcasm

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