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Requiem for a Country Town.
Jill Slack is Australia and live son a cattle property in Queensland. She writes
extansively about the history of Gayndah, the town I which she lives.
"On the dusty streets". The poem is describing the empty dead town. The poem is
described like a ghost town, this gives the time poem a sense of mystery and eariness.
Personification- " Afternoons lie heavy" Treating the afternoon like a person. Show's
she has respect for these places. Also show's the place is at it's quietest almost like it
is asleep "lie heavy".
Simile & Alliteration- "Collects like Cobwebs" By using alliteration in emphasis the `C'
sounds and makes the reader think more about those two words. Also using a simile to
describe the "exhaustion" collecting like cobwebs connotes that the town is so quite
and dead, everything has come to a stand still. Also Cobwebs linger, so it could also
represent the past is lingering in the town, it can't move on.
"Dwindling population" The poet's there in the town.
" In the tumble of sweet grasses"- Gives connotations of emptiness, images of rural
"Newspapers blow"- Connotes empty streets, people leaving in a hurry? Mysterious
(makes you want to know more)
"Peeling Walls" Represents age, time is taking over this town.
"They said"- Anonymous people, unknown like the town.
Run on lines throughout last stanza- Connotes something (town) being let loose (run
down) nothings there to help stop it fading away.
" frost-silvered grass"- Imagery: nature has claimed this town and taken over. Cold
Full stop at the end of the poem- connotes the end of the town.
Poem is talking about the abandoned town, which was once buzzing with a large
Cobwebs- DEATH, OLD, UNCARED FOR, MYSTERIOUS.
No need for a name (town) could be anyway.
All small towns are dying due to migration.