Up The Country Henth Slessor Analysis

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Henry Lawson ‘Up the Country’ and Kenneth Slessor ‘William St’ The view of the city being beautiful and the country being awful, is shared by both Henry Lawson and Kenneth Slessor. ‘Up the Country’ (Henry Lawson) show this view in his poem, by saying the country is a horrible, monotonous place to stay. ‘William St’ (Kenneth Slessor) portrays this view by beautifying the slums of the city. In ‘Up the Country’ Henry Lawson gives a very negative image of the bush. He has written this poem in first person, so as to give his personal opinion of the bush. This can clearly be seen by the title, Up the Country. He has used this title as a pun, not to say I’m going into the outback, but to make a mockery of the other poets idolising the outback.…show more content…
He has written all stanzas, except the last (written in A B C D), in the form of A B A C. The theme of this poem, which is repeated on the last line of each stanza, is ‘You find this ugly, I find it lovely’. This is repeated to help point out the beauty in each stanza. The first stanza is giving a visual image of the street. ‘the red globes of light, the liquor green.’ sets the scene of beer bottles and the drinking culture. ‘The pulsing arrows, the running fire Spilt on the stones, go deeper than the stream’ The rain falling onto the cobbles. The words ‘pulsing’ and ‘running’ give us a sense of watery movement. The words ‘go deeper than the stream’ are a historical reference to the Tank Stream. Stanza 2 starts off with a simile that creates a strong visual image of trousers hanging in a pawn shop window. They are said to be ‘Ghosts’ trousers,like the dangle of hung men’. This means that the previous owners are probably dead. Line 7 ‘but none inside to suffer or condem’ is implying that the dead men’s souls are free of the social prejudice that they have received because of the part of the city they live in. This stanza gives a negative image of street, because of the poor people who have to work very hard to
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