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The New Arcadia: Poems
     

The New Arcadia: Poems

by John Kinsella
 

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One of Australia's best poets conjures the Australian countryside in this brilliant epic, inspired by Philip Sidney's classic pastoral "Arcadia."
“Astonishingly fecund and inventive. The New Arcadia revitalizes pastoral traditions, but more in the mode of lamentation than celebration. Like Frost’s New Hampshire and Vermont, Kinsella’s Western

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One of Australia's best poets conjures the Australian countryside in this brilliant epic, inspired by Philip Sidney's classic pastoral "Arcadia."
“Astonishingly fecund and inventive. The New Arcadia revitalizes pastoral traditions, but more in the mode of lamentation than celebration. Like Frost’s New Hampshire and Vermont, Kinsella’s Western Australia is eroded, a last act salted with the ruins of our age, and yet yielding permanent poems.”—Harold Bloom

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Library Journal
In this inspired and carefully constructed epic poem, well-regarded Australian poet Kinsella (Peripheral Light) pays homage to the country's western wheat-belt landscape. Reminiscent of Philip Sidney's classic pastoral, "Arcadia," the poem teems with images of the region's unspoiled natural beauty juxtaposed against countless intrusions by humans, such as pesticides, soil erosion, and the disappearance of native peoples. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393329070
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/17/2007
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

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Meet the Author

John Kinsella is a poet, novelist, critic, and editor. The author of more than forty books, he is the international editor of the Kenyon Review and a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University. He lives in Western Australia.

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