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Analysis of "Slough" by John Betjemen

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked In Slough, Betjemen presents many ideas about his views on technological advancement. Most of these views are negative, and he comes off as being very cynical of the system, and also portrays a sort of violent hatred towards the industrialisation and rise of capitalism in Slough. However, he also seems to have some hope for the future. Initially, Betjemen uses lots of repetition of words such as ?tinned? to emphasise his views. The phrase ?tinned mind, tinned breath? could possible be used to suggest even the very things that make people human - such as the mind and the breath - have too become commercialised and artificial due to the growth of industry and capitalism in Slough. ...read more.


John Betjemen is also portrayed as being quite angry at these occurrences in the poem. The fact that he calls for ?friendly bombs to fall on Slough? is quite drastic, and the oxymoron of ?friendly? and ?bombs? is quite peculiar, but also portrays how he wants Slough to be destroyed. Furthermore, he writes ?Swarm over, Death?, which again, is quite drastic, but Betjemen possibly uses this phrase to portray the extent to which he hates Slough now. He also asks these ?bombs? to ?blow? Slough ?to smithereens?, which could possibly be used to suggest that he wants the town to be destroyed to the point of no return, and that he doesn?t want this way of living to come back. ...read more.


Furthermore, Betjemen writes that the ?cabbages are coming now?, which could possibly suggest that this is all going to end, and that eventually everything will revert back to normal, being ?ready for the plough?. The fact that the ?earth exhales? could possibly be a ?sigh of relief? that this is all over. However, alternatively, it could suggest that it is the Earth?s ?final breath? before death due to the acts of mankind, and the full stop at the end of the poem could suggests that there is possibly no future. Overall, Betjemen seems to very critical of the developments of mankind, and describes its many downfalls. However, it is evident that he keeps an open mind, and hopes for a better future. ...read more.

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