Western Elegies : The Tongues single work   poetry   "Suppiluliumas! What a marvellous name for a monarch,"
Is part of Western Elegies A. D. Hope 1991 sequence poetry
  • Author: A. D. Hope http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/hope-a-d
Issue Details: First known date: 1980 1980
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Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Quadrant vol. 24 no. 12 December 1980 Z595985 1980 periodical issue 1980 pg. 34-35
  • Appears in:
    y Orpheus A. D. Hope , North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1991 Z152100 1991 selected work poetry humour satire North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1991 pg. 11-14
  • Appears in:
    y Selected Poems A. D. Hope , David Brooks (editor), Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1992 Z552438 1992 selected work poetry Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1992 pg. 238-242

Works about this Work

A.D. Hope's Essays on Russian Literature David N. Wells , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Aumla , November no. 114 2010; (p. 39-55, 41)
'In the fifth of his "Western Elegies," written towards the end of his career, the pre-eminent Australian poet A. D. Hope notes the importance for him as a person and as a writer of his exposure to languages and cultures other than English. He was an avid learner of languages throughout his life, from Latin to Arabic and Japanese. His poetry and criticism, accordingly, engage closely with an enormous wealth of material from the European tradition and beyond, focusing particularly on ancient Greece and Rome, on the modern "tongues of Italy, France and Iberia," and the "tongues of the Goths and the Germans, the Norse and the Anglo-Saxons," in which he specialized when at Oxford. Here, Wells draws on the papers, correspondence and notebooks in Hope's archive at the National Library of Australia, as well as on his published writing on Russian themes, to explore the full range of his engagement with Russian literature and to demonstrate its centrality to his thinking in his last three decades as a poet' (author's abstract).
A.D. Hope's Essays on Russian Literature David N. Wells , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Aumla , November no. 114 2010; (p. 39-55, 41)
'In the fifth of his "Western Elegies," written towards the end of his career, the pre-eminent Australian poet A. D. Hope notes the importance for him as a person and as a writer of his exposure to languages and cultures other than English. He was an avid learner of languages throughout his life, from Latin to Arabic and Japanese. His poetry and criticism, accordingly, engage closely with an enormous wealth of material from the European tradition and beyond, focusing particularly on ancient Greece and Rome, on the modern "tongues of Italy, France and Iberia," and the "tongues of the Goths and the Germans, the Norse and the Anglo-Saxons," in which he specialized when at Oxford. Here, Wells draws on the papers, correspondence and notebooks in Hope's archive at the National Library of Australia, as well as on his published writing on Russian themes, to explore the full range of his engagement with Russian literature and to demonstrate its centrality to his thinking in his last three decades as a poet' (author's abstract).
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