In Dan Davis' poem regarding the Stolen Generation of Australia's Aboriginal citizens "What Becomes of Us Now," what are the poetic devices/techniques used and what effect does the author hope to have...

In Dan Davis' poem regarding the Stolen Generation of Australia's Aboriginal citizens "What Becomes of Us Now," what are the poetic devices/techniques used and what effect does the author hope to have on the reader by using them?

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In Dan Davis' "What Becomes Of Us Now," the first literary device used is allusion. Line one refers to "Rudd":

So what becomes of us now, since Mr. Rudd has said sorry...

An allusion is a reference to a well-known person or event with which the author believes his audience will be familiar. To an Australian reader or one well-versed in world affairs, this reference immediately would bring to mind the day Kevin Rudd, the Prime Minister of Australia, moved former P.M. Howard's "Motion of Reconciliation" to a full apology to the Aboriginal population. 

For many years, the Aboriginal community has been marginalized by descendants of white European settlers who took over the land of Australia's people. A major offense was the separation of Aboriginal families:

Aboriginal children [were] separated, often forcibly, from their families in the interest of turning them into white Australians.

Another literary device used is diction, which refers to the appropriate use of words relevant to the written piece. It creates the mood for the reader, among other things—

The word choice a writer makes determines the reader's reaction to the object of description, and contributes to the author's...tone.

With the topic at hand, positive and/or funny words would confuse the reader as the author tries to convey the seriousness of his subject. Words that Davis uses to support the poem's somber tone include: suffering, struggle, fighting, bleed, intimidated, etc.

Tone is another important literary element (in both prose and poetry) because it reflects how the author feels about his subject. Careful inspection by the reader can reveal the author's...

...underlying attitudes that control and color the story or poem as a whole.

Whereas mood is how the author wants the reader to feel, tone reflects how the author feels. (Generally, the only time mood and tone would not be the same would before example—with satire: a parody might be comical to the reader, but the author may be striving to share a more serious message. See Gulliver's Travels as an allegory.)

Davis also uses structure to organize the specific parts of his poem. For example, the first six lines of the poem list the questions the author has, now that the apology has been offered. Will it change anything?

Will our...

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