Australian Verse: An Oxford Anthology

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John Leonard
Oxford University Press, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 429 pages
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This anthology is a thorough survey of poetry by Australians in English, beginning with a selection of contemporary work by younger poets, and going backward in time to the early colonial period. The selection is broad. In addition to poems in the literary tradition, it indudes performance poetry, convict songs and old bush ballads. An extensive selection has been provided from the work of five major twentieth-century poets: Les Murray, Gwen Harwood, Judith Wright, A.D. Hope and Kenneth Slessor. Several features are provided to assist the reader: the date of each poem is provided; footnotes explain unfamiliar words and allusions; and brief biographical notes assist in locating each poet in his or her place in time.

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JOHN LEONARD is the TV critic for New York magazine, a commentator on CBS Sunday Morning, and book critic for The Nation. He has been editor of the New York Times Book Review and literary coeditor of The Nation. John Leonard is the author of When the Kissing Had to Stop, The Last Innocent White Man, Smoke and Mirrors, and many other books.

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