William's poetry is very different from much modern verse. To understand it fully you need to have an appreciation of his influences and concerns, outlined in the last two pages. The interrelationship between the two is also vital, such as that of his committment to the mining communities and his Christian-socialistic concept of 'The Kingdom', or as he later coined it 'Marradharma'. As he put it:
"What Kingdom without common feasting?"
Most importantly, in respect of the practical appreciation of his work is to understand William as a painter and illustrator (see subsequent pages). Much of his poetry consists of an arrangement of images across a broader theme. It is important to appreciate the work this way, primarily. Specific references can be caught up on afterwards and will enrich subsequent readings, but should not interrupt the imagery.