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  • Author: Ada Cambridge http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/cambridge-ada
Issue Details: First known date: 1887-1907 1887-1907
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    y An Anthology of Australian Verse Bertram Stevens (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1907 Z407025 1907 anthology poetry A selection of published and previously unpublished verse 'representative of the best short poems written by Australians or inspired by Australian scenery and conditions of life, - "Australian" in this connection being used to include New Zealand.' (Introduction, p. vii) Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1907 pg. 70
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    y The Golden Treasury of Australian Verse Bertram Stevens (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1909 Z59189 1909 anthology poetry humour Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1909 pg. 70
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    y A Treasury of Colonial Poetry Milsons Point : Currawong , 1982 Z363730 1982 anthology poetry Milsons Point : Currawong , 1982 pg. 45
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    y Unspoken Thoughts Ada Cambridge , London : Kegan Paul, Trench , 1887 Z821511 1887 selected work poetry Campbell : Australian Defence Force Academy. Dept. of English , 1988 pg. 45
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    y Australian Poetry Since 1788 Geoffrey Lehmann (editor), Robert Gray (editor), Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2011 Z1803846 2011 anthology poetry (taught in 1 units) 'A good poem is one that the world can’t forget or is delighted to rediscover. This landmark anthology of Australian poetry, edited by two of Australia’s foremost poets, Geoffrey Lehmann and Robert Gray, contains such poems. It is the first of its kind for Australia and promises to become a classic. Included here are Australia’s major poets, and lesser-known but equally affecting ones, and all manifestations of Australian poetry since 1788, from concrete poems to prose poems, from the cerebral to the naïve, from the humorous to the confessional, and from formal to free verse. Translations of some striking Aboriginal song poems are one of the high points. Containing over 1000 poems from 170 Australian poets, as well as short critical biographies, this careful reevaluation of Australian poetry makes this a superb book that can be read and enjoyed over a lifetime.' (From the publisher's website.) Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2011 pg. 53

Works about this Work

Unspoken Thoughts : A Reassessment of Ada Cambridge Margaret Bradstock , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 14 no. 1 1989; (p. 51-65)
Bradstock responds to previous critics who argued that Cambridge yielded to convention and limited her thought. Bradstock argues that Cambridge entertained quite unconventional attitudes in regards to sexual morality and theology and expressed them in her prose and poetry. Although revision of poems from Unspoken Thoughts made The Hand in the Dark less radical, Cambridge revisited many of her early themes in later fiction.
Unspoken Thoughts : A Reassessment of Ada Cambridge Margaret Bradstock , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 14 no. 1 1989; (p. 51-65)
Bradstock responds to previous critics who argued that Cambridge yielded to convention and limited her thought. Bradstock argues that Cambridge entertained quite unconventional attitudes in regards to sexual morality and theology and expressed them in her prose and poetry. Although revision of poems from Unspoken Thoughts made The Hand in the Dark less radical, Cambridge revisited many of her early themes in later fiction.
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