Analysis Of The Poem ' William Street ' Essay

1034 Words Mar 20th, 2016 5 Pages
In his poem “William Street”, Slessor use language that appeals to the senses. He does this in order to allow us to go on the journey with him and experience it through his eyes. Slessor appeals to our sight when he says, ‘The pulsing arrows and the running fire spilt on stones.’ From this we imagine arrows pulsing on and off and the lights of pubs and bars streaming across the street, making it seem alive and bustling with people. In the third stanza Slessor appeals to our sense of taste and smell though the use of alliteration to enable us to view the scene as though we were there. He says, ‘Smells rich and rasping, smoke and fat and fish.’ Here we visualise inhaling the rich, pungent smells and tasting the unpleasantness of it. Slessor then appeals to our hearing as he says, ‘Grease that blesses the onions with a hiss.’ The use of onomatopoeia allows us to see the onions being fried and hear the sound of it frying. All the techniques used give the poem an internal rhythm which helps us to picture what slessor is describing in his poem and understand the main theme he is portraying.

Slessor acknowledges that others may not appreciate the sights and sounds of William Street, because they are not appealing to them, but still declares that he loves them. This is evident in the refrain at the end of each stanza, ‘You find this ugly, I find it lovely’. In the first two stanzas Slessor uses the word ‘this’ as a generalised term to say that people overlook the sights and sounds…

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