William Street Summary & Analysis
by Kenneth Slessor

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Kenneth Slessor's "William Street," included in the poet's 1939 collection Five Bells: XX Poems, finds the beauty in urban grunge and chaos. The speaker vividly describes the sights, smells, and sounds of William Street, a major road in Sydney, Australia, that was once a notorious site of poverty, nightclubs, and prostitution. While admitting that "you" (the reader/listener) "find" such an environment "ugly," the speaker themselves finds its energy and authenticity "lovely."

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