Australian Poetry: Romanticism and Negativity

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CUP Archive, May 20, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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This book offers a comprehensive and original reading of Australian poetry, from the colonial period to the present, through the dual lenses of Romanticism and negativity. Paul Kane argues that the absence of Romanticism functions as a crucial presence in the poetry of all the major Australian poets. This absence or negativity is both thematic and structural, and Kane's scrupulous analyses uncover important relations between Romanticism and negativity. Chapters on nine individual poets explore and substantiate the theoretical claims informed by the work of contemporary critics of Romanticism and by various philosophers of negativity. These chapters can serve as a series of self-contained readings of Australian poets for the use of students, scholars, and informed general readers. Australian Poetry is unique in its sustained argument and theoretical sophistication.
 

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This book, although missing a few pages here and there, proved to be an extremely usedful referance for my year 11 english assignment.

Contents

The Absence of Romanticism
8
Poetic Origins and Negativity
24
Charles Harpur and the Myth of Origins
48
Henry Kendalls Negations
65
Christopher Brennan and the Allegory of Poetic Power
78
Nihilism in Kenneth Slessor
96
A D Hope and Romantic Displacement
119
The Mystic and the Demystified
141
Judith Wright and Silence
156
Gwen Harwood and Capable Negativity
170
Les Murray and Poetrys Otherworld
185
Conclusion The Negative Strain in Australian Romanticism
203
Notes
209
Bibliography
241
Index
252
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