Starter: Vietnam Poetry Clue: SPECS and SLIMS Think

Starter: Vietnam Poetry Clue: SPECS and SLIMS Think

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Learning Objective Objective Learning To learn learn the the SPECS SPECS and and SLIMS SLIMS way way of of analysing analysing aa To poem poem To revise revise the the poetry poetry techniques techniques POPS POPS MARS MARS To To understand understand Bruce Bruce Dawes Dawes poem poem Homecoming Homecoming To

Success Criteria Criteria Success Annotated Homecoming Homecoming Annotated Have written written SPECS SPECS and and SLIMS SLIMS notes notes on on Have Homecoming Homecoming Plenary Plenary One thing thing you you have have learned learned about about One the poem poem the

Poetry Analysis Technique SS LL II M M SS Structure Structure Language Language Imagery Imagery Movement Movement Sound Sound Copy this diagram into your books. Homecoming By Bruce Dawe 1.All day, day after day, theyre bringing them home, 2.theyre picking them up, those they can find, and bringing them home, 3.theyre bringing them in, piled on the hulls of Grants, in trucks in convoys, 4.theyre zipping them up in green plastic bags, 5.theyre tagging them now in Saigon in the mortuary coolness

6.theyre giving them names, theyre rolling them out of 7.the deep freeze lockers on the tarmac at Tan Son Nhut 8.the noble jets are whining like hounds, 9.they are bringing them home 10.-- curly- heads, kinky-hairs, crew-cuts, balding non-coms 11.-- theyre high , now, high and higher, over the land the steaming chow mein 12.their shadows are tracing the blue curve of the Pacific 13.with sorrowful quick fingers, heading south , heading east, 14. home, home, home and the coasts swing upward, the old ridiculous curvatures 15.of earth, the knuckled hills, the mangrove swamps, the desert emptiness... 16.in their sterile housing they tilt towards these like skiers 17.--taxiing in, on the long runways, the howl of their homecoming rises 18.surrounding them like their last moments (the mash, the splendour) 19.then fading at length as they move 20.on to small towns where dogs in the frozen sunset 21.raise muzzles in mute salute, 22.and on to cities in whose wide web of suburbs 1. All day, day after day, theyre bringing them home, 2. theyre picking them up, those they can find, and bringing them home, 3. theyre bringing them in, piled on the hulls of Grants, in trucks in convoys, 4. theyre zipping them up in green plastic bags, 5. theyre tagging them now in Saigon in the mortuary coolness

6. theyre giving them names, theyre rolling them out of 7. the deep freeze lockers on the tarmac at Tan Son Nhut 8. the noble jets are whining like hounds, 9. they are bringing them home 10.-- curly- heads, kinky-hairs, crew-cuts, balding non-coms 11.-- theyre high , now, high and higher, over the land the steaming chow mein 12.their shadows are tracing the blue curve of the Pacific 13.with sorrowful quick fingers, heading south , heading east, 14. home, home, home and the coasts swing upward, the old ridiculous curvatures 15.of earth, the knuckled hills, the mangrove swamps, the desert emptiness... 16.in their sterile housing they tilt towards these like skiers 17.--taxiing in, on the long runways, the howl of their homecoming rises 18.surrounding the, like their last moments (the mash, the splendour) 19.then fading at length as they move 20.on to small towns where dogs in the

frozen sunset 21.raise muzzles in mute salute, 22.and on to cities in whose wide web of suburbs 23.telegrams tremble like leaves from a wintering tree 24. and the spider grief swings in his bitter geometry 25.--theyre bringing them home, now, too late too early. Drifters by Bruce Dawe Subject Purpose Emotion Craftsmansh ip: Structure Language Imagery Movement Sound Describing dead men returning home from the Vietnam War war is not beneficial. War is futile. Destructive nature of war. War is not worth the numerous impersonal deaths. Exposes the destructive and

dehumanising aspects of war. War effects people all over the world. mechanical, accusatory, sombre, Drifters Subject Purpose Emotion Craftsmansh ip: Structure Language Imagery Movement Sound Free Verse (most common form of the 20th Cent.) Much of Dawes work is done in this style. Features: - irregular line lengths/ no rhyme or regular rhythm -relies on the cadences (natural rhythms) of speech for its sense of rhythm Repeated use of the pronoun theyre, hints at the impersonal relationship between the bodies and their handlers. Dawe establishes the inhuman, machine-like processing of human bodies, a ghastly reality common to all conflicts that use innocent soldiers as cannon fodder. Powerful language creates a description of the mechanical savagary of war. Similes, alliteration, personification, metaphors Punctuation: dashes -, brackets (), and ellipses..., force the reader to

pause and think about the horrifying truth of what theyre reading Repetition of the suffix -ing in bringing, zipping, picking, tagging, and giving, describing the actions of the body processors, establishes irony. These verbs imply life and vitality, in stark contrast to the limp, lifeless, cold body that they handle each day. Repetition is used effectively to highlight the shocking brutality that has manifested in all wars throughout history Homecoming Questions to aid analysis 1. 1. In In what whatsense senseisisthe thetitle titleironic? ironic? 2. 2. Who Whoare arethey? they?Why Whyare arethey theynot notnamed? named?Choose Choosethree three images imagesevoked

evokedby byDawe. Dawe.What Whatisistheir theirsignificance significanceand and impact? impact? 3. 3. Find Findthree threeexamples examplesof ofrepetition repetitionand andcomment commenton ontheir theiruse use and andeffectiveness. effectiveness. 4. 4. What Whatisisthe thepurpose purposeof ofDawes Daweslists,

lists,such suchas ascurly-heads, curly-heads, kinky-hairs, kinky-hairs,crew-cuts, crew-cuts,balding baldingnon-coms? non-coms? 5. 5. What Whatdoes doesthe theuse useof ofing ingwords wordsthroughout throughoutthe thepoem poem achieve? achieve? 6. 6. Find Findexamples examplesof ofDawes Dawesuse useof ofsimile/

simile/personification, personification,e.g. e.g. telegrams telegramstremble tremblelike likeleaves leavesfrom fromaawintering winteringtree. tree.What What does doesthis thisadd addto tothe thepoem? poem? 7. 7. What Whatdo dothe thefinal finalwords wordstoo toolate, late,too tooearly earlymean? mean?

8. 8. Does Doesthis thiswork workas asan aneffective effectiveanti-war anti-warpoem? poem? Plenary Using POPS MARS what is one example of one technique from POPS MARS in the poem? How is it effective in conveying the authors message?

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