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In Letters to the Winner Les Murray conveys a variety of change in many ways It conveys the idea that some changes that are perceived to be positive to some may actually be negative to others In the poem the personas neighbour a divorced man who leads a lonely and tedious life has just won the special lottery and has now been bombarded with letters from others trying to leech some of his winnings This change is overwhelming to him and become a burden to him Winning the lottery is seen as a catalyst for change In the second stanza the imagery allows the reader to see the kind of lifestyle the neighbour leads and the environment he lives in- he let these bags accumulate around the plank walls of the kitchen over the chairs till on a rainy day he fed the tail-switching calves let the bullocks out of the yard This allows the reader to see how the neighbours life changes after winning the lottery Although the change here seems positive to many in the next few stanzas they are not so positive to the personas neighbour The letters that he receives are described metaphorically as snakes- shaken out in a vast mound on the kitchen table they slid down slithered to his fingers By personifying the letters and referring to them as snakes it shows the true meaning of the letters trying to lure the personas neighbour into doing something he does not want to do similar to how the snake lured Eve into eating the forbidden apple The letters have now become a huge burden to him What originally seems like a great change has now become a burden to the lottery winner as he now feels like he is surrounded and trapped by the snake-like letters Throughout the whole poem there is a repetition of the word black- in the black marinade of sweat up the corrugated black chimney shaft
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