South of My Days single work   poetry   "South of my days' circle, part of my blood's country,"
Issue Details: First known date: 1943-1945 1943-1945
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    y The Bulletin vol. 66 no. 3417 8 August 1945 Z593237 1945 periodical issue 1945 pg. 2 Section: The Red Page
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    y Poets of Australia : An Anthology of Australian Verse George Mackaness (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1946 Z198664 1946 anthology poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1946
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    y The Moving Image : Poems Judith Wright , Melbourne : Meanjin Press , 1946 Z561140 1946 selected work poetry

    The Moving Image is a collection of poems by Judith Wright.

    Melbourne : Meanjin Press , 1946
    pg. 28-29
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    y Australian Poetry 1945 Kenneth Slessor (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1946 Z135657 1946 anthology poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1946 pg. 86-88
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    y New Song in an Old Land Rex Ingamells (editor), London : Longmans, Green , 1943 Z132802 1943 anthology poetry London : Longmans, Green , 1948 pg. 35
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    y An Anthology of Australian Verse George Mackaness (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1952 6472657 1952 anthology poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1952 pg. 389-390
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    y The Boomerang Book of Australian Poetry Enid Moodie Heddle (editor), Melbourne : Longmans, Green , 1956 Z380628 1956 anthology poetry children's Melbourne : Longmans, Green , 1956 pg. 120-121
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    y New Land, New Language : An Anthology of Australian Verse Judith Wright , Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1957 Z560909 1957 anthology poetry

    'Poetry in themes - Pioneering - Convicts and bushrangers - Birds and animals - Towns and people - War - Youth - Time and eternity - Thought and personality.' (Source: WorldCat website)

    Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1957
    pg. 32-34
  • Appears in:
    y New Land, New Language : An Anthology of Australian Verse Judith Wright , Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1957 Z560909 1957 anthology poetry

    'Poetry in themes - Pioneering - Convicts and bushrangers - Birds and animals - Towns and people - War - Youth - Time and eternity - Thought and personality.' (Source: WorldCat website)

    Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1957
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    y The Penguin Book of Australian Verse John Thompson (editor), Kenneth Slessor (editor), R. G. Howarth (editor), Harmondsworth : Penguin , 1958 Z1013022 1958 anthology poetry Harmondsworth : Penguin , 1958 pg. 208-209
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    y Five Senses : Selected Poems Judith Wright , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1963 Z563031 1963 selected work poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1963 pg. 14-15
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    y Judith Wright : Selected Poems Judith Wright , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1963 Z565587 1963 selected work poetry (taught in 1 units) Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1963 pg. 6-7
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    y Six Voices : Contemporary Australian Poets Chris Wallace-Crabbe (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1963 Z66424 1963 anthology poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1963
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    y Modern Australian Verse Douglas Stewart (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1964 Z390812 1964 anthology poetry Editor's Introduction: The anthology covers 'from 1930 onwards'... And, lastly, of course, an anthology of this kind should attempt to give as wide a picture as possible, consistent with quality, of Australian poetry in the period. That I have certainly tried to do; but without losing sight of the principle that it should be enjoyable. ... Douglas Stewart (q.v.) (xxi-xxxv). Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1964 pg. 124-126
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    y Poetry : Reading and Understanding : An Anthology with Commentaries and Questions K. G. W. Cross (editor), Derick R.C. Marsh (editor), Melbourne : Cheshire , 1966 Z61749 1966 anthology poetry criticism biography Melbourne : Cheshire , 1966 pg. 228-229
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    y Poetry from Australia : Judith Wright, William Hart-Smith, Randolph Stow Howard Sergeant (editor), Oxford : Pergamon Press , 1969 Z187906 1969 anthology poetry Oxford : Pergamon Press , 1969 pg. 7-8
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    y Judith Wright : Collected Poems, 1942-1970 Judith Wright , Cremorne : Angus and Robertson , 1971 Z563360 1971 selected work poetry Cremorne : Angus and Robertson , 1971 pg. 20-21
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    y The Penguin Book of Australian Verse Harry Payne Heseltine (editor), Ringwood Harmondsworth : Penguin , 1972 Z334403 1972 anthology poetry Selection of works by Australian poets from Charles Harpur (1813-1868) to Charles Buckmaster (b. 1951). Ringwood Harmondsworth : Penguin , 1972 pg. 280-281
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    y Australia Fair : Poems and Paintings Douglas Stewart (editor), Sydney : Ure Smith , 1974 Z392157 1974 anthology poetry Sydney : Ure Smith , 1974 pg. 58
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    y Australian Verse from 1805 : A Continuum Geoffrey Dutton (editor), Adelaide : Rigby , 1976 Z399014 1976 anthology Adelaide : Rigby , 1976 pg. 165
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    y The Golden Apples of the Sun : Twentieth Century Australian Poetry Chris Wallace-Crabbe (editor), Carlton : Melbourne University Press , 1980 Z62463 1980 anthology poetry Carlton : Melbourne University Press , 1980 pg. 92-93
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    y My Country : Australian Poetry and Short Stories, Two Hundred Years Leonie Kramer (editor), Sydney : Lansdowne , 1985 Z1067493 1985 anthology poetry short story Sydney : Lansdowne , 1985 pg. 128-129
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    y Two Centuries of Australian Poetry Mark O'Connor (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1988 Z322247 1988 anthology poetry criticism Contains poems grouped into 18 thematic sections (19 in 2nd. ed.) ; each section has an introduction, notes and suggestions for study activities and further study. Biographical notes on authors and indexes also included. Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1988 pg. 67-68
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    y A Human Pattern : Selected Poems Judith Wright , North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1990 Z9022 1990 selected work poetry (taught in 3 units)

    'Judith Wright's own definitive selection of her poetry, covering the best and most memorable of her remarkable oeuvre.

    'From the elegant and moving precision of the first collection, The Moving Image (1946), to the political passion of Phantom Dwelling (1985), Wright's poetry speaks with intelligence and courage - and gracefully sensuous imagery.

    'Forty years of poetic production from Australia's best-loved poet.' (Publication summary)

    North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1990
    pg. 11-12
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    y A Treasury of Bush Verse G. A. Wilkes (editor), North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1991 Z61919 1991 anthology poetry humour North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1991 pg. 82-83
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    y Collected Poems 1942-1985 Judith Wright , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1994 Z501989 1994 selected work poetry war literature satire (taught in 8 units) Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1994 pg. 20-21
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    y Half a Lifetime Judith Wright , Patricia Clarke (editor), Melbourne : Text Publishing , 1999 Z436604 1999 single work autobiography

    'In this luminous memoir, Judith Wright takes the reader on an intimate journey into the first half of her life. She tells how her stern forebears became prominent pastoralists in northern New South Wales, and describes with stunning clarity the landscapes she grew up in.'

    'She remembers her first encounters with words and the emergence of her consciousness of self. She movingly describes her mother’s death. And she recounts her resolution to escape from this world she loved in order to be free.'

    'In Brisbane during the war Wright met Jack McKinney, a philosopher who became her lover, and her intellectual companion in her commitment to the environment, the rights of Aboriginal people, and the possibility of leading a just life.'

    'Half a Lifetime includes a number of Wright’s best-loved poems, and many never before published photographs. Sensuous, honest and intelligent, this is an unforgettable autobiography by a great Australian writer.'

    Melbourne : Text Publishing , 1999
    pg. 55-56
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    y Two Centuries of Australian Poetry Kathrine Bell (editor), Smithfield : Gary Allen , 2007 Z1472336 2007 anthology poetry Smithfield : Gary Allen , 2007 pg. 208
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    y Grace and Other Poems Judith Wright , Warners Bay : Picaro Press , 2009 Z1585016 2009 selected work poetry Warners Bay : Picaro Press , 2009 pg. 2
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    y Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Nicholas Jose (editor), Kerryn Goldsworthy (editor), Anita Heiss (editor), David McCooey (editor), Peter Minter (editor), Nicole Moore (editor), Elizabeth Webby (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1590615 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story (taught in 23 units)

    'Some of the best, most significant writing produced in Australia over more than two centuries is gathered in this landmark anthology. Covering all genres - from fiction, poetry and drama to diaries, letters, essays and speeches - the anthology maps the development of one of the great literatures in English in all its energy and variety.

    'The writing reflects the diverse experiences of Australians in their encounter with their extraordinary environment and with themselves. This is literature of struggle, conflict and creative survival. It is literature of lives lived at the extremes, of frontiers between cultures, of new dimensions of experience, where imagination expands.

    'This rich, informative and entertaining collection charts the formation of an Australian voice that draws inventively on Indigenous words, migrant speech and slang, with a cheeky, subversive humour always to the fore. For the first time, Aboriginal writings are interleaved with other English-language writings throughout - from Bennelong's 1796 letter to the contemporary flowering of Indigenous fiction and poetry - setting up an exchange that reveals Australian history in stark new ways.

    'From vivid settler accounts to haunting gothic tales, from raw protest to feisty urban satire and playful literary experiment, from passionate love poetry to moving memoir, the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature reflects the creative eloquence of a society.

    'Chosen by a team of expert editors, who have provided illuminating essays about their selections, and with more than 500 works from over 300 authors, it is an authoritative survey and a rich world of reading to be enjoyed.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Allen and Unwin have a YouTube channel with a number of useful videos on the Anthology.

    Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009
    pg. 592-593
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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. 395-396
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    y Sense, Shape, Symbol : An Investigation of Australian Poetry Brian Keyte (editor), Putney : Phoenix Education , 2013 6310209 2013 anthology criticism poetry

    'Sense, Shape, Symbol is an investigation of Australian poetry. It explores the ways in which poets succeed, or fail, in their attempts to bring their experience to life.

    Their primary raw materials are the five senses - sight, sound, smell, taste and touch - the means by which we all experience our world.

    Poets also like to experiment with the shape of their writing, starting with the qualities of vowels and consonants, of syllables, and of rhyme, metre and rhythm.

    Working poets make particular use of the metaphor, of the connections that they suggest between normally unlike things, to express their response to their subject.

    The collection explores the work of five poets who have played an important, influential part in the development of Australian poetry: Judith Wright, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, David Malouf, Les Murray and Mark O’Connor.

    The final chapter looks at some of the common concerns that can create conflict in our lives, such as gender, race, age, and socio-economic status, and other issues that create fear and that encourage hope.

    The collection is intended to allow readers to become familiar with the techniques that poets use, and to develop their own poetic writing in an informed way.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Putney : Phoenix Education , 2013
    pg. 126-127

Works about this Work

Friday Essay : Judith Wright in a New Light Kevin Brophy , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 28 October 2016;
'Everyone loves Judith Wright. Her poetry was consistently brilliant and stunningly lyrical. She opened Australian eyes in the 1940s to the possibilities of modernism in poetry, she opened our eyes to the engagement poetry can have with philosophical ideas, with history, and with the guilt, racism, pride and violence in that history, she opened our eyes to our landscapes, our flora and fauna. ...'
Australian Stories Reflect the Familiar in a Strange Light David Malouf , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 10 July 2015; (p. 19)
'Mrs Boss! We Gotta Get Those Fat Cheeky Bullocks into That Big Bloody Metal Ship!' : Live Export as Romantic Backdrop in Baz Luhrmann's 'Australia' Melissa Boyde , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Captured : The Animal within Culture 2013; (p. 60-74)
Narrative, the Nurse and the Nomad Ruth Melville , 2012 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 71 no. 2 2012; (p. 164-169)
We are So Far south of 'South of My Days' i "We are so far south", A. Frances Johnson , 2012 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Wind-Up Birdman of Moorabool Street 2012; (p. 72-73)
In the Garden : Judith Wright & Nugget Coombs Fiona Capp , 2009 single work biography
— Appears in: The Monthly , June no. 46 2009; (p. 42--49)
The Moving Image of Place : Judith Wright Bill Ashcroft , Frances Devlin-Glass , Lyn McCredden , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Intimate Horizons : The Post-Colonial Sacred in Australian Literature 2009; (p. 141-163)
Longing to Belong : Judith Wright's Poetics of Place Jenny Kohn , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Colloquy : Text Theory Critique , November no. 12 2006;
Portrait of a Playwright Georgina Safe , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian , 9 August 2002; (p. 13, 16)
Landscape and Identity in Judith Wright's Poetry : An Introduction Jennifer Bridge , 1990 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Australian Studies , December no. 4 1990; (p. 1-19)
Australian Poetry : The Age of Affirmation, 1946-71 Bernard Hickey , 1977 single work criticism
— Appears in: Da Slessor a Dransfield : antologia della poesia Australiana moderna : mito societa' individuo 1977; Statements 1984; (p. 1-28)
Some Poems of Judith Wright James McAuley , 1968 single work criticism
— Appears in: Critical Essays on Judith Wright 1968; (p. 119-130) Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 3 no. 3 1968; (p. 201-213) The Grammar of the Real : selected prose, 1959-1974 1975; (p. 28-39)
Longing to Belong : Judith Wright's Poetics of Place Jenny Kohn , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Colloquy : Text Theory Critique , November no. 12 2006;
Australian Poetry : The Age of Affirmation, 1946-71 Bernard Hickey , 1977 single work criticism
— Appears in: Da Slessor a Dransfield : antologia della poesia Australiana moderna : mito societa' individuo 1977; Statements 1984; (p. 1-28)
In the Garden : Judith Wright & Nugget Coombs Fiona Capp , 2009 single work biography
— Appears in: The Monthly , June no. 46 2009; (p. 42--49)
The Moving Image of Place : Judith Wright Bill Ashcroft , Frances Devlin-Glass , Lyn McCredden , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Intimate Horizons : The Post-Colonial Sacred in Australian Literature 2009; (p. 141-163)
Narrative, the Nurse and the Nomad Ruth Melville , 2012 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 71 no. 2 2012; (p. 164-169)
We are So Far south of 'South of My Days' i "We are so far south", A. Frances Johnson , 2012 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Wind-Up Birdman of Moorabool Street 2012; (p. 72-73)
Landscape and Identity in Judith Wright's Poetry : An Introduction Jennifer Bridge , 1990 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Australian Studies , December no. 4 1990; (p. 1-19)
Some Poems of Judith Wright James McAuley , 1968 single work criticism
— Appears in: Critical Essays on Judith Wright 1968; (p. 119-130) Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 3 no. 3 1968; (p. 201-213) The Grammar of the Real : selected prose, 1959-1974 1975; (p. 28-39)
Portrait of a Playwright Georgina Safe , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian , 9 August 2002; (p. 13, 16)
'Mrs Boss! We Gotta Get Those Fat Cheeky Bullocks into That Big Bloody Metal Ship!' : Live Export as Romantic Backdrop in Baz Luhrmann's 'Australia' Melissa Boyde , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Captured : The Animal within Culture 2013; (p. 60-74)
Australian Stories Reflect the Familiar in a Strange Light David Malouf , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 10 July 2015; (p. 19)
Friday Essay : Judith Wright in a New Light Kevin Brophy , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 28 October 2016;
'Everyone loves Judith Wright. Her poetry was consistently brilliant and stunningly lyrical. She opened Australian eyes in the 1940s to the possibilities of modernism in poetry, she opened our eyes to the engagement poetry can have with philosophical ideas, with history, and with the guilt, racism, pride and violence in that history, she opened our eyes to our landscapes, our flora and fauna. ...'
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