Issue Details: First known date: 1913-1960 1913-1960
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The Forest of Night : 1898-1902 : Lilith : 68 (xii) i "Thus in her hour of wrath, o'er Adam's head", Christopher Brennan , 1913-1960 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Verse of Christopher Brennan 1960; (p. 141-142) Poems [1913] 1972; (p. 147-148) Selected Poems 1973; (p. 83-84) Christopher Brennan 1984; (p. 71-72) An Anthology of Australian Poetry to 1920 2007; (p. 296-297)
The Forest of Night : 1898-1902 : Lilith : 68 (xi) i "Terrible, if he will not have me else,", Christopher Brennan , 1913-1960 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Verse of Christopher Brennan 1960; (p. 136-140) Poems [1913] 1972; (p. 142-146) Selected Poems 1973; (p. 78-82) Christopher Brennan 1984; (p. 67-71)
The Forest of Night : 1898-1902 : Lilith : 68 (x) i "Thick sleep, with error of the tangled wood,", Christopher Brennan , 1913-1960 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Verse of Christopher Brennan 1960; (p. 135) Poems [1913] 1972; (p. 141-146) Selected Poems 1973; (p. 77) Christopher Brennan 1984; (p. 66)
The Forest of Night : 1898-1902 : Lilith : 68 (ix) i "O thou that achest, pulse o' the unwed vast,", Christopher Brennan , 1913-1960 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Verse of Christopher Brennan 1960; (p. 131-134) From the Ballads to Brennan 1964; (p. 205-206) Poems [1913] 1972; (p. 136-40) Selected Poems 1973; (p. 73-76) Christopher Brennan 1984; (p. 62-66)
The Forest of Night : 1898-1902 : Lilith : 68 (viii) i "The anguish'd doubt broods over Eden; night", Christopher Brennan , 1913-1960 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Verse of Christopher Brennan 1960; (p. 130) From the Ballads to Brennan 1964; (p. 205) Poems [1913] 1972; (p. 135) Selected Poems 1973; (p. 72) Christopher Brennan 1984; (p. 62)
The Forest of Night : 1898-1902 : Lilith : 68 (vii) i "They said, because their parcel-thought", Christopher Brennan , 1913-1960 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Verse of Christopher Brennan 1960; (p. 130) Poems [1913] 1972; (p. 134) Selected Poems 1973; (p. 72) Christopher Brennan 1984; (p. 61)
The Forest of Night : 1898-1902 : Lilith : 68 (vi) i "But on the zenith, mass'd, a glittering throng,", Christopher Brennan , 1913-1960 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Verse of Christopher Brennan 1960; (p. 129) Poems [1913] 1972; (p. 133) Selected Poems 1973; (p. 71) Christopher Brennan 1984; (p. 61)
The Forest of Night : 1898-1902 : Lilith : 68 (v) i "O mother, only,", Christopher Brennan , 1913-1960 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Verse of Christopher Brennan 1960; (p. 129) Poems [1913] 1972; (p. 133) Selected Poems 1973; (p. 71) Christopher Brennan 1984; (p. 60-61)
The Forest of Night : 1898-1902 : Lilith : 68 (iv) i "The trees that thro' the tuneful morn had made", Christopher Brennan , 1913-1960 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Verse of Christopher Brennan 1960; (p. 128) Poems [1913] 1972; (p. 132) Selected Poems 1973; (p. 70) Christopher Brennan 1984; (p. 60)
The Forest of Night : 1898-1902 : Lilith : 68 (iii) i "The plumes of night, unfurl'd", Christopher Brennan , 1913-1960 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Verse of Christopher Brennan 1960; (p. 127) Poems [1913] 1972; (p. 131) Selected Poems 1973; (p. 69) Christopher Brennan 1984; (p. 59-60)
The Forest of Night : 1898-1902 : Lilith : The Watch at Midnight : 68 (ii) i "Dead stars, beneath the midnight's granite cope", Christopher Brennan , 1913-1960 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Verse of Christopher Brennan 1960; (p. 126) Poems [1913] 1972; (p. 130) Selected Poems 1973; (p. 68) Christopher Brennan 1984; (p. 59)
The Forest of Night : 1898-1902 : Lilith : Argument : 68 (i) i "This is a Lilith, by her Hebrew name", Christopher Brennan , 1913-1960 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Verse of Christopher Brennan 1960; (p. 125) Poems [1913] 1972; (p. 129) Selected Poems 1973; (p. 67) Christopher Brennan 1984; (p. 58)
The Forest of Night : 1898-1902 : Lilith : 68 (xiii) i "She is the night: all horror is of her", Christopher Brennan , 1913-1960 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Verse of Christopher Brennan 1960; (p. 143-144) Poems [1913] 1972; (p. 149-50) Selected Poems 1973; (p. 85-86) Australian Verse from 1805 : A Continuum 1976; (p. 102) Christopher Brennan 1984; (p. 72-73) The Macmillan Anthology of Australian Literature 1990; (p. 523-524)

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Minor title variations appear in texts.
  • Appears in:
    y The Verse of Christopher Brennan Christopher Brennan , A. R. Chisholm (editor), John Joseph Quinn (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1960 Z443320 1960 collected work poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1960 pg. 125-145
  • Appears in:
    y Poems [1913] C. J. Brennan , Sydney : G. B. Philip , 1913 Z1014667 1913 selected work poetry (taught in 1 units)

    This work comprises three major sections: 'Towards the Source', 1894-1897; 'The Forest of the Night', 1898-1902; 'The Wanderer', 1902, and two concluding segments, 'Pauca Mea' and 'Epilogues' (Oxford Companion to Australian Literature ).

    Brennan's own descriptionof the work was ' a sublimation of a whole imaginitive life and experience into a subtly ordered series of poems, where each piece has, of course, its individual value, and yet cannot be interpreted save in its relation to the whole' (The Prose of Chritopher Brennan, ed. A. R. Chisolm.)

    Sydney : Sydney University Press , 1972
    pg. 128-150
  • Appears in:
    y Selected Poems Christopher Brennan , G. A. Wilkes (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1973 Z438497 1973 selected work poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1973 pg. 67-87
  • Appears in:
    y Christopher Brennan Christopher Brennan , Terry Sturm (editor), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1984 Z406454 1984 selected work poetry criticism biography correspondence prose St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1984 pg. 58-74

Works about this Work

'Lilith' : Christopher Brennan (1870-1932) Jane Gleeson-White , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Classics : Fifty Great Writers and Their Celebrated Works 2007; (p. 67-71)
Brennan's Lilith A. D. Hope , 1979 single work criticism
— Appears in: Between Two Worlds : 'Loss of Faith' and Late Nineteenth Century Australian Literature 1979; (p. 101-110)
Christopher Brennan, Poet and Scholar : A Centenary Assessment A. R. Chisholm , 1970 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Spring vol. 29 no. 3 1970; (p. 276-280)
The Darkness of Brennan's 'Lilith' Elizabeth Anne Bavinton , 1964 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , March vol. 23 no. 1 1964; (p. 63-69)

— Review of The Forest of Night : 1898-1902 : Lilith : 68 1913-1960 sequence poetry
New Perspectives on Brennan's Poetry : The Unfolding of the Cycle G. A. Wilkes , 1952 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 13 no. 2 1952; (p. 86-96)
Wilkes argues that Poems has not only a single theme (a quest for Eden), but, also, a 'singleness' of form. Poems must be read as a whole: a symphonic form. Wilkes examines manuscript evidence to show how Brennan revised and rearranged the order of Poems for almost ten years before this symphonic form was produced.
New Perspectives on Brennan's Poetry : 'The Forest of Night'-- Analysis G. A. Wilkes , 1952 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 13 no. 3 1952; (p. 138-149)
Wilkes argues that Lilith, the major symbol of "The Forest of the Night", represents the lost paradise which man yearns to recover. Man seeks in his human mate the elements of love/beauty that are contained in Lilith, but, mysteriously, these elements remain hidden in the darkness, forever signalling their existence.
New Perspective on Brennan's Poetry : 'The Forest Night':-- Synthesis G. A. Wilkes , 1952 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 13 no. 4 1952; (p. 203-214)
Wilkes continues the argument of earlier sections, stressing that man requires complete dominion over consciousness to anticipate ideal unity. But the value of this dominion is in the "striving" not the "achievement". Eden is found by merging oneself in the time-process, seeking, by unremitting effort, to make explicit the transcendant self within.
The Darkness of Brennan's 'Lilith' Elizabeth Anne Bavinton , 1964 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , March vol. 23 no. 1 1964; (p. 63-69)

— Review of The Forest of Night : 1898-1902 : Lilith : 68 1913-1960 sequence poetry
'Lilith' : Christopher Brennan (1870-1932) Jane Gleeson-White , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Classics : Fifty Great Writers and Their Celebrated Works 2007; (p. 67-71)
New Perspectives on Brennan's Poetry : The Unfolding of the Cycle G. A. Wilkes , 1952 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 13 no. 2 1952; (p. 86-96)
Wilkes argues that Poems has not only a single theme (a quest for Eden), but, also, a 'singleness' of form. Poems must be read as a whole: a symphonic form. Wilkes examines manuscript evidence to show how Brennan revised and rearranged the order of Poems for almost ten years before this symphonic form was produced.
New Perspectives on Brennan's Poetry : 'The Forest of Night'-- Analysis G. A. Wilkes , 1952 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 13 no. 3 1952; (p. 138-149)
Wilkes argues that Lilith, the major symbol of "The Forest of the Night", represents the lost paradise which man yearns to recover. Man seeks in his human mate the elements of love/beauty that are contained in Lilith, but, mysteriously, these elements remain hidden in the darkness, forever signalling their existence.
New Perspective on Brennan's Poetry : 'The Forest Night':-- Synthesis G. A. Wilkes , 1952 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 13 no. 4 1952; (p. 203-214)
Wilkes continues the argument of earlier sections, stressing that man requires complete dominion over consciousness to anticipate ideal unity. But the value of this dominion is in the "striving" not the "achievement". Eden is found by merging oneself in the time-process, seeking, by unremitting effort, to make explicit the transcendant self within.
Brennan's Lilith A. D. Hope , 1979 single work criticism
— Appears in: Between Two Worlds : 'Loss of Faith' and Late Nineteenth Century Australian Literature 1979; (p. 101-110)
Christopher Brennan, Poet and Scholar : A Centenary Assessment A. R. Chisholm , 1970 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Spring vol. 29 no. 3 1970; (p. 276-280)
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