Recap Concept: Journey• Composers have show the concept of journeys in various ways throughout their texts, highlighting the reasons for, the challenges within and the impacts after a physical journey has been taken.
Today’s lesson• We will be looking at the journey of dead soldiers home from the Vietnam War in the Poem “Homecoming”• Context: The Vietnam War: The civil war of Communist North Vietnam against the United States and Australia backed South Vietnam.• South Vietnam lost the war.• Many people protested against this war• Over 5000 Australians died in this war
Student Representation of this Poem• Write down three strong images in this video123
Homecoming by Bruce DaweAll day, day after day, they’re bringing them home,they’re picking them up, those they can find, and bringing them home,they’re bringing them in, piled on the hulls of Grants, in trucks, in convoys,they’re zipping them up in green plastic bags,they’re tagging them now in Saigon, in the mortuary coolnessthey’re giving them names, they’re rolling them out ofthe deep-freeze lockers — on the tarmac at Tan Son Nhutthe noble jets are whining like hounds,they are bringing them home– curly heads, kinky-hairs, crew-cuts, balding non-coms– they’re high, now, high and higher, over the land, the steaming chow mein,
their shadows are tracing the blue curve of the Pacificwith sorrowful quick fingers, heading south, heading east,home, home, home — and the coasts swing upward, the old ridiculouscurvaturesof earth, the knuckled hills, the mangrove-swamps, the desert emptiness…in their sterile housing they tilt towards these like skiers– taxiing in, on the long runways, the howl of their homecoming rises
surrounding them like their last moments (the mash, thesplendour)then fading at length as they moveon to small towns where dogs in the frozen sunsetraise muzzles in mute salute,and on to cities in whose wide web of suburbstelegrams tremble like leaves from a wintering treeand the spider grief swings in his bitter geometrythey’re bringing them home, now, too late, too early.
their shadows are tracing the blue curve of the Pacific
Summary on the JourneyThis poem is the story of dead troops headinghome from war. This is a journey where the deadtroops are zipped into “green plastic bags”. Thepoem shows how the dead troops are beingbrought home with a lack of respect as they aretagged and stored in “deep-freeze boxes”.They pass the “sterile” houses of suburban Australiawhich contrasts to the “knuckled hills” of Vietnam.The bodies return to “small towns” to the fanfare ofthe bands, but with the “grief” of those left behind.
How does this poem relate to “Gulf War”• Both deal with loss of young people in war.• Both show the journey can be a sad event.• Both use a metaphor of a “web” to show how their death effects people at home. Find the line that shows this.
Imagery• Looking back at your table match 3 of the images with a line in the poem
How does it relate to Red Dog?• Explain in one full sentence.
SpellingWrite down the spelling • winteringwords and put six words • splendourinto a good sentence. • ridiculous• mortuary • curvatures• tarmac• surrounding• tremble• whining