This study of nine major poets offers a comprehensive and original reading of Australian poetry from colonial times to the present. It argues that the absence of romanticism functions as a crucial presence in the poetry of all the major Australian poets, from a thematic as well as structural perspective.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)|
Table of ContentsIntroduction: framing the question: 'What is Australian poetry'?; Part I. Origins and Absences: 1. The absence of romanticism; 2. Poetic origins and negativity; Part II. Reinventing Romanticism: 3. Charles Harpur and the myth of origins; 4. Henry Kendall's negations; 5. Christopher Brennan and the allegory of poetic power; Part III. Visionary Negativity: 6. Nihilism in Kenneth Slessor; 7. A. D. Hope and romantic displacement; 8. Ern Malley: the mystic and the demystified; Part IV. Evasions and Convergences: A Negative Romanticism: 9. Judith Wright and silence; 10. Gwen Harwood and capable negativity; 11. Les Murray and poetry's otherworld; Conclusion: the negative strain in Australian Romanticism; Notes; Bibliography; Index.