Country Towns single work   poetry   "Country towns, with your willows and squares,"
Issue Details: First known date: 1927-1944... 1927-1944 Country Towns
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    y One Hundred Poems : 1919-1939 Kenneth Slessor , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1944 Z531634 1944 selected work poetry

    The definitive collection of work from one of Australia’s preeminent twentieth century poets, Kenneth Slessor, drawing from his acclaimed books, Earth Visitors (1926), Cuckooz Contrey (1932) and Five Bells (1939). This selection was first published as One Hundred Poems in 1944 (with the addition of three further poems in 1957), and includes an introduction by Dennis Haskell and an Author’s Note. From his historical series, ‘Five Visions of Captain Cook’, to his memorial to the loss of a friend, the iconic ‘Five Bells’, and from the tragic landscape of El Alamein, influenced by his stint as a war correspondent and made famous in ‘Beach Burial’, to the meditation ‘Out of Time’, Slessor’s poetry continues to dazzle contemporary audiences. A master of modern verse, Slessor explores the themes of art, death and time, displaying an impressive range: from sorrow to satire, melodrama to poignant intensity. His work still influences and inspires younger generations, and the prestigious Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize is named in his honour.

    Source: Harper Collins

    (http://www.harpercollins.com.au/9781460703120/#sm.0001ateq1q7i8db3zj927an1pz5xe)

    Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1944
    pg. 81
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    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. 290
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    y This Land of Ours : Australia George Farwell (editor), Frank H. Johnston (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1949 Z103565 1949 anthology short story poetry prose essay criticism Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1949 pg. 174
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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. 327-328
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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. 95
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    y Australian Poets Speak Colin Thiele (editor), Ian Mudie (editor), Adelaide : Rigby , 1961 Z223492 1961 anthology poetry criticism Adelaide : Rigby , 1961 pg. 71-72
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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. 1
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    y An Introduction to Australian Literature Literary Criterion 6.3 (1964) C. D. Narasimhaiah (editor), Brisbane : Jacaranda Press , 1965 Z283778 1964 anthology Brisbane : Jacaranda Press , 1965 pg. 170
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    y Songs for All Seasons : 100 Poems for Young People Rosemary Dobson , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1967 Z473676 1967 anthology poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1967 pg. 21
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    y Silence into Song : An Anthology of Australian Verse Clifford O'Brien , Adelaide : Rigby , 1968 Z413694 1968 anthology poetry extract Adelaide : Rigby , 1968 pg. 31
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    y The Land's Meaning L. M. Hannan (editor), B. A. Breen (editor), South Melbourne : Macmillan Australia , 1973 Z873720 1973 anthology poetry South Melbourne : Macmillan Australia , 1973 pg. 39
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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. 34
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    y Poems Kenneth Slessor , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1957 Z531943 1957 selected work poetry (taught in 5 units) Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1975 pg. 84
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    y Australian Verse from 1805 : A Continuum Geoffrey Dutton (editor), Adelaide : Rigby , 1976 Z399014 1976 anthology Adelaide : Rigby , 1976 pg. 141-142
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    y The Collins Book of Australian Poetry Rodney Hall , Sydney : Collins , 1981 Z542215 1981 anthology poetry Sydney : Collins , 1981 pg. 122
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    y Poetry Speaks Leone Peguero (editor), Richmond : Heinemann Education Australia , 1982 Z1384727 1982 anthology poetry Richmond : Heinemann Education Australia , 1982 pg. 51
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    y The Illustrated Treasury of Australian Verse Beatrice Davis , Melbourne : Nelson , 1984 Z315151 1984 anthology poetry biography Melbourne : Nelson , 1984 pg. 125
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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. 12
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    y An Anthology of Commonwealth Poetry C. D. Narasimhaiah (editor), Chennai : Macmillan , 1990 Z1176727 1990 anthology poetry Chennai : Macmillan , 1990 pg. 72-73
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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. 78-79
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    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. 9
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    y Kenneth Slessor : Poetry, Essays, War Despatches, War Diaries, Journalism, Autobiographical Material and Letters Kenneth Slessor , Dennis Haskell (editor), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1991 Z153703 1991 selected work poetry prose extract correspondence criticism St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1991 pg. 32-33
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    y Kenneth Slessor : Collected Poems Kenneth Slessor , Dennis Haskell (editor), Geoffrey Dutton (editor), Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1994 Z396988 1994 collected work poetry drama Comprehensive collection of Slessor's work from earlier selections as well as previously uncollected work, with preface, chronology and extensive textual and explanatory notes. Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1994 pg. 105-106
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    y Fivefathers : Five Australian Poets of the Pre-Academic Era Les Murray (editor), Manchester : Carcanet , 1994 Z276076 1994 anthology poetry Manchester : Carcanet , 1994 pg. 35
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    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. 125
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    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. 261
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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. 184-185
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    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. 309
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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. 276-277
Alternative title: Kamparaj Urboj
Language: Esperanto
  • Appears in:
    y Australia Antologio Alan Towsey (editor), Pisa : Edistudio , 1988 Z1200264 1988 anthology poetry novel prose short story Anthology of poems and extracts from literary works by Australian authors, translated by various people into Esperanto. Works have been indexed if the extract could be positively identified. Other translations include the works of Charles Harpur, Rolf Boldrewood, Henry Kendall, Joseph Furphy, Marcus Clarke, Henry Lawson, Steele Rudd, Christopher Brennan, Walter Murdoch, C. E. W. Bean, Frank Dalby Davison, R. D. Fitzgerald, Douglas Stewart, David Campbell, Donald Horne, Dick Roughsey, Peter Carey, Robert Drewe, Andrew Lansdown and Peter Dodds McCormick. Pisa : Edistudio , 1988 pg. 191-192

Works about this Work

Romantic Idyll of Timeless Country Life Comes a Cropper Geoff Strong , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 14 June 2010; (p. 15)
Australian Poem Responses : Kenneth Slessor : Country Towns Thomas Thorpe , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Five Bells , Winter vol. 14 no. 3 2007; (p. 31-32)
On the Personal Element in Kenneth Slessor's Poetry Adrian Mitchell , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 5 no. 2 1991; (p. 84-90)
The Story Behind a Poem Kenneth Slessor , 1967 single work criticism
— Appears in: Daily Telegraph , 31 July 1967; (p. 14-15) Opinion , vol. 12 no. 3 1968; (p. 48-51) Bread and Wine : Selected Prose 1970; (p. 196-201)
The Poetry of Kenneth Slessor Vincent Buckley , 1952 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 11 no. 1 1952; (p. 23-30) Critical Essays on Kenneth Slessor 1968; (p. 70-76)
Australian Poem Responses : Kenneth Slessor : Country Towns Thomas Thorpe , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Five Bells , Winter vol. 14 no. 3 2007; (p. 31-32)
Romantic Idyll of Timeless Country Life Comes a Cropper Geoff Strong , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 14 June 2010; (p. 15)
On the Personal Element in Kenneth Slessor's Poetry Adrian Mitchell , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 5 no. 2 1991; (p. 84-90)
The Poetry of Kenneth Slessor Vincent Buckley , 1952 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 11 no. 1 1952; (p. 23-30) Critical Essays on Kenneth Slessor 1968; (p. 70-76)
The Story Behind a Poem Kenneth Slessor , 1967 single work criticism
— Appears in: Daily Telegraph , 31 July 1967; (p. 14-15) Opinion , vol. 12 no. 3 1968; (p. 48-51) Bread and Wine : Selected Prose 1970; (p. 196-201)
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