Australian Poet Slessor, use of imagery Essay

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Australian Poet Slessor, use of imagery

Essay Question: Discuss Slessor's use of imagery i at least three poems.

Slessor's complex poems use many types of imagery, his imagery is one of his artistic
techniques which defines him from other poets in Australia. One could say that his
powerful words paint a picture for the reader but as they say, seeing is believing.
Slessor uses many types of imagery however death, time and water are the main ones. He
uses these in his poems Night Ride, Out of Time, Five Bells and Beach Burial.


Slessor in Night Ride talks about the journey of life, he talks of death as being slow,
depressive and lonely. He says, "Soon I shall look out into nothing but blackness". This
dark portrait of death is dark, fearful yet beautiful. In Out of Time, slessor again about
death. He say's, "The gulls go down, the body dies and rots". This literal image of death
which one can not talk of it as being beautiful, quite the opposite actually. In Beach
Burial however he paints a soldiers death. Slessor says, "Enlisted on the other front".
The reader envisions this as if their soldiers were doomed before the battle, the 'other
front' which he talks of is of course the afterlife. Later in the poem he says, "The
convoys of dead soldiers come". His use of the word convoy gives the audience a military
type picture, but mental image is copious amounts of soldiers coming to their deaths.


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