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Set in Rural Australia The Silo by John Kinsella portrays many of the authors thoughts and concerns about the rural Australian landscape and those people who inhabit it He reveals these feelings through literary techniques including metaphors personification enjambment and most importantly imagery Some of the themes included within the poem include the isolation of the Australian bush and the code of silence that exists in rural communities The ideas within the poem are reinforced through the use of enjambment in the poetic structure One of the main themes within The Silo is the code of silence that exists within rural Australian communities and farming families The rural world portrayed within The Silo is above all human It has its good points and its bad points The silo that is at the heart of this poem holds a secret that only the family knows about Visitors as if they knew never remarked On the old silo with its rammed earth walls And high thatched roof There is an air about the silo and the way that the family acts around it that warns visitors to the farm it makes them cautious about mentioning the silo People dont talk about what happened to the silo nor do they talk about bringing the silo back into use It is analogous to any closed communities where people have a vested interest in keeping their business shut off from the outside world the family does not burden other people with their problems they keep silent and allow their emotions to build up Another of the main images within the poem is that of the silo itself It is old and neglected and avoided at all costs The imagery used to describe the silo is very strong and individual The sun had bleached the walls bone-white while the path to the heavily bolted door was of red earth a long thin stream of unhealthy blood
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