Essay on Robert Gray

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Robert Gray is an Australian poet whose work is closely linked with nature. He grew up in the post ww11 era, and lives on the north coast. The poems ‘The Meatworks’, and ‘Flames and Dangling Wire’, express how he feels about life, his experiences and his beliefs. His poetry has such an enduring nature because it can be understood in so many different contexts, and includes universal themes which remain relevant to societies past, present and future. In ‘The meatworks’ Gray presents a vivid and disturbing description of a North Coast slaughter house. It demonstrates Roberts’s concern of the cruelty and indifference of humankind’s relationship with nature. Sensory imagery is one of the strongest techniques used by the poet.…show more content…
The line ‘driven like stakes into the earth’ is a simile and can be interpreted in two different ways. It can be seen as the fact that man is trying to build a city of impermanence, and the other is the literal meaning of mans crucification of the earth with buildings. Robert Gray also uses contrasting juxtaposition of imagery extensively in the poem. ‘On a highway over the like skulls, that is rolling in its sand dunes.’ This not only emphasises humankind’s assault on nature and the urbanisation that is contaminating natural spaces, but also compares the two landscapes as existing together. It once again forces the responder to visualise the situation, one of which they may be able to relate too and question life’s morals. The poem shows the destructive nature of mans actions, which is an issue in society that is prevalent. In conclusion I would like to say that while I do enjoy reading the poetry of Robert grey it is because i enjoy his imagery. I think the reason his poems are so appealing is because of their ability to alter one’s perception in various situations. However, his poetry has no great affect upon me. After reading "The Meatworks" I did feel some revulsion about the ways in which animals were slaughtered. BUT, I will not be changing my eating habits. I will not become a
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