y The Orange Tree single work   poetry   "The young girl stood beside me. I"
Issue Details: First known date: 1921 1921
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  • Appears in:
    y The Bookfellow vol. 6 no. 1 15 February 1921 Z593393 1921 periodical issue 1921 pg. 11
  • Appears in:
    y An Australasian Anthology : Australian and New Zealand Poems Percival Serle (editor), R. H. Croll (editor), Frank Wilmot (editor), London : Collins , 1927 Z893479 1927 anthology poetry London : Collins , 1927 pg. 198-199
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    y Collected Poems of John Shaw Neilson John Shaw Neilson , R. H. Croll (editor), Melbourne : Lothian , 1934 Z356344 1934 selected work poetry Melbourne : Lothian , 1934 pg. 100-101
  • Appears in:
    y An Australasian Anthology : Australian and New Zealand Poems Percival Serle (editor), R. H. Croll (editor), Frank Wilmot (editor), London : Collins , 1927 Z893479 1927 anthology poetry Sydney Auckland : Collins , 1946 pg. 198-199
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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. 263-264
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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. 134-135
  • Appears in:
    y A Book of Australian Verse Judith Wright (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1956 Z565053 1956 anthology poetry Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1956 pg. 37-38
  • 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
    pg. 153-154
  • Appears in:
    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. 38-39
  • Appears in:
    y From the Ballads to Brennan T. Inglis Moore (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1964 Z407973 1964 anthology poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1964 pg. 221-222
  • Appears in:
    y A Book of Australian Verse Judith Wright (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1956 Z565053 1956 anthology poetry Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1968 pg. 35-36
  • Appears in:
    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. 121-122
  • Appears in:
    y Australian Poems in Perspective : A Collection of Poems and Critical Commentaries P. K. Elkin (editor), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1978 Z365352 1978 anthology poetry criticism biography St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1978
  • Appears in:
    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. 16-17
  • Appears in:
    y The Collins Book of Australian Poetry Rodney Hall , Sydney : Collins , 1981 Z542215 1981 anthology poetry Sydney : Collins , 1981 pg. 105-106
  • Appears in:
    y The World's Contracted Thus J. A. McKenzie (editor), J. K. McKenzie (editor), Richmond : Heinemann Education Australia , 1983 Z174491 1983 anthology poetry Richmond : Heinemann Education Australia , 1983 pg. 361-362
  • Appears in:
    y The Illustrated Treasury of Australian Verse Beatrice Davis , Melbourne : Nelson , 1984 Z315151 1984 anthology poetry biography Melbourne : Nelson , 1984 pg. 92-93
  • Appears in:
    y Cross-Country : A Book of Australian Verse John Barnes (editor), Brian McFarlane (editor), Richmond : Heinemann , 1984 Z900285 1984 anthology poetry (taught in 1 units) Richmond : Heinemann , 1984 pg. 61-62
  • Appears in:
    y My Country : Australian Poetry and Short Stories, Two Hundred Years Leonie Kramer (editor), Sydney : Lansdowne , 1985 Z219820 1985 anthology poetry short story Sydney : Lansdowne , 1985 pg. 607-608
  • Appears in:
    y Cross-Country : A Book of Australian Verse John Barnes (editor), Brian McFarlane (editor), Richmond : Heinemann , 1984 Z900285 1984 anthology poetry (taught in 1 units) Richmond : Heinemann Education Australia , 1988 pg. 61-62
  • Appears in:
    y The Macmillan Anthology of Australian Literature Ken L. Goodwin (editor), Alan Lawson (editor), South Melbourne : Macmillan , 1990 Z535337 1990 anthology criticism correspondence extract poetry drama biography short story prose humour satire travel South Melbourne : Macmillan , 1990 pg. 530
  • Appears in:
    y The Faber Book of Modern Australian Verse Vincent Buckley (editor), London : Faber , 1991 Z563845 1991 anthology poetry war literature satire humour London : Faber , 1991 pg. 1-2
  • Appears in:
    y John Shaw Neilson : Poetry, Autobiography and Correspondence John Shaw Neilson , Cliff Hanna (editor), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1991 Z226270 1991 selected work poetry autobiography correspondence extract St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1991 pg. 82-83
  • Appears in:
    y Selected Poems John Shaw Neilson , Robert Gray (editor), Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1993 Z116679 1993 selected work poetry Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1993 pg. 80-81
  • Appears in:
    y The Illustrated Treasury of Australian Verse Beatrice Davis , Melbourne : Nelson , 1984 Z315151 1984 anthology poetry biography Sydney : State Library of New South Wales Press , 1996 pg. 92-93
  • Appears in:
    y Australian Verse : An Oxford Anthology John Leonard (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1998 Z461207 1998 anthology poetry (taught in 1 units) A thorough survey of poetry by Australians in English, beginning with a selection of contemporary work by younger poets, and going backward in time to the early colonial period. In addition to poems in the literary tradition, it indudes performance poetry, convict songs and old bush ballads. An extensive selection has been provided from the work of five major twentieth-century poets: Les Murray, Gwen Harwood, Judith Wright, A.D. Hope and Kenneth Slessor. Several features are provided to assist the reader: the date of first publication of each poem is provided; footnotes explain unfamiliar words and allusions; and brief biographical notes assist in locating each poet in his or her place in time. Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1998 pg. 281-282
    Note: Editor's note: Written 1916-1919.
  • Appears in:
    y Our Country : Classic Australian Poetry : From the Colonial Ballads to Paterson & Lawson Michael Cook (editor), Seven Hills : Little Hills Press , 2004 Z1266972 2004 anthology poetry Seven Hills : Little Hills Press , 2004 pg. 103-104
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    y Australian Poetry Library APRIL; APL; The Australian Poetry Resources Internet Library John Tranter , Sydney : 2004- Z1368099 2004- website

    'The Australian Poetry Library (APL) aims to promote a greater appreciation and understanding of Australian poetry by providing access to a wide range of poetic texts as well as to critical and contextual material relating to them, including interviews, photographs and audio/visual recordings.

    This website currently contains over 42,000 poems, representing the work of more than 170 Australian poets. All the poems are fully searchable, and may be accessed and read freely on the World Wide Web. Readers wishing to download and print poems may do so for a small fee, part of which is returned to the poets via CAL, the Copyright Agency Limited. Teachers, students and readers of Australian poetry can also create personalised anthologies, which can be purchased and downloaded. Print on demand versions will be availabe from Sydney University Press in the near future.

    It is hoped that the APL will encourage teachers to use more Australian material in their English classes, as well as making Australian poetry much more available to readers in remote and regional areas and overseas. It will also help Australian poets, not only by developing new audiences for their work but by allowing them to receive payment for material still in copyright, thus solving the major problem associated with making this material accessible on the Internet.

    The Australian Poetry Library is a joint initiative of the University of Sydney and the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL). Begun in 2004 with a prototype site developed by leading Australian poet John Tranter, the project has been funded by a major Linkage Grant from the Australian Research Council (ARC), CAL and the University of Sydney Library. A team of researchers from the University of Sydney, led by Professor Elizabeth Webby and John Tranter, in association with CAL, have developed the Australian Poetry Library as a permanent and wide-ranging Internet archive of Australian poetry resources.' Source: www.poetrylibrary.edu.au (Sighted 30/05/2011).

    Sydney : 2004-
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    y Hell and After : Four Early English-Language Poets of Australia Les Murray (editor), Manchester Petersham : Carcanet ETT Imprint , 2005 Z1219692 2005 anthology poetry prose Manchester Petersham : Carcanet ETT Imprint , 2005 pg. 78-79
  • Appears in:
    y 80 Great Poems from Chaucer to Now Geoff Page (editor), Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2006 Z1313999 2006 anthology poetry criticism A collection of Page's criticisms previously published separately in the Canberra Times under the title 'ReVerse'. Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2006 pg. 148-149
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    y An Anthology of Australian Poetry to 1920 John Kinsella (editor), Nedlands : University of Western Australia Library , 2007 Z1908582 2007 anthology poetry column prose Nedlands : University of Western Australia Library , 2007 pg. 398-399
  • Appears in:
    y 100 Australian Poems You Need to Know Jamie Grant (editor), Prahran : Hardie Grant Books , 2008 Z1545298 2008 anthology poetry Prahran : Hardie Grant Books , 2008 pg. 84-85
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    y The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry John Kinsella (editor), Camberwell : Penguin , 2009 Z1553543 2009 anthology poetry (taught in 16 units)

    'This is a comprehensive survey of Australian poetic achievement, ranging from early colonial and indigenous verse to contemporary work, from the major poets to those who deserve to be better recognised.' (Provided by the publisher).

    Camberwell : Penguin , 2009
    pg. 109-110
  • Appears in:
    y Sixty Classic Australian Poems Geoff Page , Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2009 Z1570296 2009 single work criticism (taught in 3 units) 'This is a superb introduction to poetry from the nineteenth century to the present. With insight and insider knowledge, poet Geoff Page emphasises the contribution made by the notable generation of Australian poets who emerged during and just after World War II. It includes several contemporary poems which are likely to become classics in the near future. Each poem is followed by a short, lively essay discussing its merits and suggesting why it might be considered a classic.' (Publisher's blurb) Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2009 pg. 43-44
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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. 313-314
  • Appears in:
    y The Puncher & Wattmann Anthology of Australian Poetry John Leonard (editor), Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2009 Z1674214 2009 anthology poetry (taught in 16 units) Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2009 pg. 331-332
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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. 176-177
  • Appears in:
    y Collected Verse of John Shaw Neilson John Shaw Neilson , Margaret Roberts (editor), Crawley : UWA Publishing , 2012 Z1896645 2012 collected work poetry Crawley : UWA Publishing , 2012 pg. 354-355
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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. 106-107
Alternative title: شجرة البرتقال
Transliterated title: Shajarat al-burtukal
First line of verse: "،صبية وقفت بجانبي = The young girl stood beside me. I"
Language: English , Arabic
Notes:

Editor's note:

سبق للدكتور ابراهيم الشهابي ترجمة هذه القصيدة التي نشرت في عدد مجلة الآداب الأجنبية رقم ٤٩، السنة ١٣، الخاص بالشعر الأسترالي عام ١٩٨٦ في دمشق

Dr Ibrahim Ashahabi has previously translated this poem published in 'Al-adab al-ajnabiah'[The Foreign Literature] magazine issue No 49, year 13 special for the Australian poetry in 1986 in Damascus.

Works about this Work

John Shaw Neilson (1872-1942) : 'The Orange Tree' Geoff Page , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sixty Classic Australian Poems 2009; (p. 44-46)
Shaw Neilson and the Ladies' College, Melbourne Helen Hewson , 2007 single work biography
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 67 no. 1-2 2007; (p. 272-283)
John Shaw Neilson: The Orange Tree Neville A. Andersen , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: Five Bells , Winter vol. 13 no. 3 2006; (p. 39)
ReVerse Geoff Page , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 2 July 2005; (p. 16) 80 Great Poems from Chaucer to Now 2006; (p. 149-152)
Musical Settings of Shaw Neilson Alan Seymour , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Notes & Furphies , October no. 37 1996; (p. 2-3)
Hail Holy Light! : John Shaw Neilson's "The Orange Tree" Antonella Riem Natale , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literary Criterion , vol. 30 no. 1-2 1995; (p. 128-132)
"The Green Singer": Neilson's Pastoral Poetry Carmel Gaffney , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , June vol. 54 no. 2 1994; (p. 82-96)
Gaffney examines John Shaw Neilson's poetry in terms of the poet's loss of faith in a harmonious universe. Shaw Neilson constantly turned to Spring as an inspirational source and this was inevitably connected to God. However, Shaw Neilson was troubled by the dualism of God and nature, making the search for harmony confused and the vision fragmented. Nevertheless, the poet's continued search influenced rare moments of mystical insight, fostering his belief in its importance.
Lilith and the Orange Tree i "Of course I was pulling his leg,", John Kinsella , 1991 single work poetry satire
— Appears in: Eschatologies 1991; (p. 98) Poems, 1980-1994 1997; (p. 199) Australian Poetry Library 2004-;
Valediction to Morning 1910-1920 Cliff Hanna , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Folly of Spring : A Study of John Shaw Neilson's Poetry 1990; (p. 73-108)
Writing the Self Ken L. Goodwin , Alan Lawson , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Macmillan Anthology of Australian Literature 1990; (p. 526-529)
John Shaw Neilson and Padraic Colum Peter Kuch , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meridian , October vol. 9 no. 2 1990; (p. 122-132)
John Shaw Neilson and the Floral Metaphor Noel Macainsh , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: LiNQ , vol. 13 no. 2 1985; (p. 56-78)
Poetry Vivian Smith , 1981 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Oxford History of Australian Literature 1981; (p. 271-426)
Shaw Neilson : The Orange Tree Annette Stewart , 1978 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Poems in Perspective : A Collection of Poems and Critical Commentaries 1978; (p. 37-50)
'The Orange Tree' and the Limitations of Poetry Cliff Hanna , 1978 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 8 no. 3 1978; (p. 280-295)
Hanna stresses the importance of the "child-vision" in Neilson's poetry and its connection to Neilson's idea of Love. Hanna argues that the two children in "The Orange Tree" represent the limitless unknowable area of Neilson's imagination which is ultimately linked to the divine entity the poet spent his life trying to find and understand. Neilson's poet-figure is able to understand but, despite this "totality of experience", he finds this understanding impossible to express.
A New Light on 'The Orange Tree'? Annette Stewart , 1971 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 5 no. 1 1971; (p. 24-30)
Stewart argues that the "vagueness" critics have found in Neilson's poetry should be seen as a "mysterious quality", not a "lack of mastery over syntax and design". Because Neilson treats life as an illusion reality becomes a mystery, the unknowable. A fuller understanding of this aspect enables a new approach to the language of Neilson's poetry and reveals a "private symbolic code pointing to an awareness of mystical unity".
Shaw Neilson, 1872-1942 R. G. Howarth , 1956 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 17 no. 1 1956; (p. 2-8)
John Shaw Neilson and the Floral Metaphor Noel Macainsh , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: LiNQ , vol. 13 no. 2 1985; (p. 56-78)
Hail Holy Light! : John Shaw Neilson's "The Orange Tree" Antonella Riem Natale , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literary Criterion , vol. 30 no. 1-2 1995; (p. 128-132)
ReVerse Geoff Page , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 2 July 2005; (p. 16) 80 Great Poems from Chaucer to Now 2006; (p. 149-152)
John Shaw Neilson: The Orange Tree Neville A. Andersen , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: Five Bells , Winter vol. 13 no. 3 2006; (p. 39)
Shaw Neilson and the Ladies' College, Melbourne Helen Hewson , 2007 single work biography
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 67 no. 1-2 2007; (p. 272-283)
John Shaw Neilson (1872-1942) : 'The Orange Tree' Geoff Page , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sixty Classic Australian Poems 2009; (p. 44-46)
Poetry Vivian Smith , 1981 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Oxford History of Australian Literature 1981; (p. 271-426)
Lilith and the Orange Tree i "Of course I was pulling his leg,", John Kinsella , 1991 single work poetry satire
— Appears in: Eschatologies 1991; (p. 98) Poems, 1980-1994 1997; (p. 199) Australian Poetry Library 2004-;
Valediction to Morning 1910-1920 Cliff Hanna , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Folly of Spring : A Study of John Shaw Neilson's Poetry 1990; (p. 73-108)
Shaw Neilson : The Orange Tree Annette Stewart , 1978 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Poems in Perspective : A Collection of Poems and Critical Commentaries 1978; (p. 37-50)
A New Light on 'The Orange Tree'? Annette Stewart , 1971 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 5 no. 1 1971; (p. 24-30)
Stewart argues that the "vagueness" critics have found in Neilson's poetry should be seen as a "mysterious quality", not a "lack of mastery over syntax and design". Because Neilson treats life as an illusion reality becomes a mystery, the unknowable. A fuller understanding of this aspect enables a new approach to the language of Neilson's poetry and reveals a "private symbolic code pointing to an awareness of mystical unity".
Shaw Neilson, 1872-1942 R. G. Howarth , 1956 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 17 no. 1 1956; (p. 2-8)
'The Orange Tree' and the Limitations of Poetry Cliff Hanna , 1978 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 8 no. 3 1978; (p. 280-295)
Hanna stresses the importance of the "child-vision" in Neilson's poetry and its connection to Neilson's idea of Love. Hanna argues that the two children in "The Orange Tree" represent the limitless unknowable area of Neilson's imagination which is ultimately linked to the divine entity the poet spent his life trying to find and understand. Neilson's poet-figure is able to understand but, despite this "totality of experience", he finds this understanding impossible to express.
Writing the Self Ken L. Goodwin , Alan Lawson , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Macmillan Anthology of Australian Literature 1990; (p. 526-529)
Musical Settings of Shaw Neilson Alan Seymour , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Notes & Furphies , October no. 37 1996; (p. 2-3)
John Shaw Neilson and Padraic Colum Peter Kuch , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meridian , October vol. 9 no. 2 1990; (p. 122-132)
"The Green Singer": Neilson's Pastoral Poetry Carmel Gaffney , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , June vol. 54 no. 2 1994; (p. 82-96)
Gaffney examines John Shaw Neilson's poetry in terms of the poet's loss of faith in a harmonious universe. Shaw Neilson constantly turned to Spring as an inspirational source and this was inevitably connected to God. However, Shaw Neilson was troubled by the dualism of God and nature, making the search for harmony confused and the vision fragmented. Nevertheless, the poet's continued search influenced rare moments of mystical insight, fostering his belief in its importance.
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