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‘An individual may feel a strong connection to the environment which reflects their views on people, places and the world.’ ‘William Street’ and ‘The First Born’ are both based on the connection to the surroundings. ‘William Street’ focuses on Kenneth Slessors connection to the urban environment and its energetic atmosphere. ‘The First Born’ focuses on the Aboriginals and their connection to the land. In William Street Kenneth Slessor explains his love for one street. He uses repetition throughout the poem to explain his love. ‘You find this ugly, I find it lovely’. This technique explains that even though millions of people find this street ugly but he finds live in the smell, feel and the atmosphere. He also uses visual imagery and biblical allusion to explain his love for this street. ‘Ghost trousers, like the dangle of hung men’. He uses visual imagery to create what looks likes ghosts “dangling” in the trousers to explain the men in financial dept. ‘Grease that blesses onions with a hiss.’ He uses biblical allusion to refer to the fast food – the smell that encompasses the area that entices you. The ‘hiss’ of the onions refers to a snake as a tempter – as in Adam and Eve. In The First Born Jack Davis explains the connection to the land by the Aboriginal people. He uses personification to personify the land. ‘They came out of my womb long, long ago.’ The word womb personifies how the people are connected to the land; they feel like the land is their mother. He also uses a rhetorical question. ‘Where are the laws and the legends I gave?’ The ‘land’ is asking where has everything disappeared to after the European people came and changed and the rules and laws.
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