Orara single work   poetry   "The strong sob of the chafing stream"
  • Author: Henry Kendall http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/kendall-henry
Issue Details: First known date: 1879 1879
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Notes

  • Kendall had a longstanding creative connection with the Orara River, in northern New South Wales, where he spent a formative period in his youth. He wrote three different poems which had the name 'Orara' in the title: 1) 'Orara: A Tale', first published in 1865 and subsequently in a revised version as 'Orara: A Fragment'; 2) 'Orara', (this work) first published in 1879, and subsequently in Songs from the Mountains; 3) 'Orara' (a retitled and much revised version of 'The Glen of Arrawatta'), which won a Victorian Art Union prize in 1881. These are all different works, not versions of the same work. Of these three poems, the second has become the more widely known (perhaps because it appeared in Songs from the Mountains), and for most readers this would be the poem they think of as Kendall's 'Orara'.

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Works about this Work

Henry Kendall and His Fictions Doug Jesberg , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antithesis , vol. 13 no. 2002; (p. 117-130)
'This essay maps the Freudian track into Kendall's poetical "fictions," focusing on Orara dated 26 November 1879, and first printed in The Sydney Mail on 6 December 1879, and Euterpe: An Ode to Music printed in the programme accompanying the ceremony for the opening of the Town Hall on 9 August 1870' (117-118).
y Henry Kendall : The Man and the Myths Michael Ackland , Carlton : Miegunyah Press , 1995 Z396499 1995 single work biography
Problems of Reading the Australian Colonial: Representations of Land, Woman and Aboriginal in Australian Poetry Barbara Holloway , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antithesis , vol. 3 no. 2 1990; (p. 125-156)
Sense and Nonsense J. J. Healy , 1978 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literature and the Aborigine in Australia 1770- 1975 1989; (p. 91-112)
Henry Kendall: A Study in Imagery Donovan Clarke , 1957 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Quarterly , vol. 29 no. 4 1957; (p. 71-79) Australian Quarterly , vol. 30 no. 1 1958; (p. 89-98) Henry Kendall : The Muse of Australia 1992; (p. 1-24)
Clarke investigates Kendall's 'private myth' in Poems and Songs in which the poet seeks a maiden who has crossed a sea and entered a strange land. In later volumes, Kendall's expansion of this myth anticipates the symbolists because of his exploration of the "conception that human existence is an absence from the Divine, and Time a deprivation of Eternity". Clarke concludes that Kendall needs to be considered in terms other than "Australian" to appreciate the full impact of his poetry, his borrowings and anticipations.
Henry Kendall and His Fictions Doug Jesberg , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antithesis , vol. 13 no. 2002; (p. 117-130)
'This essay maps the Freudian track into Kendall's poetical "fictions," focusing on Orara dated 26 November 1879, and first printed in The Sydney Mail on 6 December 1879, and Euterpe: An Ode to Music printed in the programme accompanying the ceremony for the opening of the Town Hall on 9 August 1870' (117-118).
Henry Kendall: A Study in Imagery Donovan Clarke , 1957 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Quarterly , vol. 29 no. 4 1957; (p. 71-79) Australian Quarterly , vol. 30 no. 1 1958; (p. 89-98) Henry Kendall : The Muse of Australia 1992; (p. 1-24)
Clarke investigates Kendall's 'private myth' in Poems and Songs in which the poet seeks a maiden who has crossed a sea and entered a strange land. In later volumes, Kendall's expansion of this myth anticipates the symbolists because of his exploration of the "conception that human existence is an absence from the Divine, and Time a deprivation of Eternity". Clarke concludes that Kendall needs to be considered in terms other than "Australian" to appreciate the full impact of his poetry, his borrowings and anticipations.
Sense and Nonsense J. J. Healy , 1978 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literature and the Aborigine in Australia 1770- 1975 1989; (p. 91-112)
Problems of Reading the Australian Colonial: Representations of Land, Woman and Aboriginal in Australian Poetry Barbara Holloway , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antithesis , vol. 3 no. 2 1990; (p. 125-156)
y Henry Kendall : The Man and the Myths Michael Ackland , Carlton : Miegunyah Press , 1995 Z396499 1995 single work biography
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