Towards the Source : 1894-97 sequence   poetry  
Issue Details: First known date: 1913-1960 1913-1960
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Notes:
Poems indexed individually; many poems in the sequence have been individually published.
  • 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. 61-93
  • 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. 25-67
  • 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. 3-35
  • 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. 5-30

Works about this Work

Christopher Brennan : The Disunity of 'Poems 1913' Annette Stewart , 1970 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Spring vol. 29 no. 3 1970; (p. 281-302)
Stewart challenges the view that Poems (1913) exhibits a unified structure, citing bibliographic evidence and thematic irregularities for support. Stewart argues that the theme of Eden does not "unite or clarify" the other themes of Poems (1913) and that Brennan's images do not offer a symbolism strong enough to support a unified structure.
Christopher Brennan and the Idea of Eden A. R. Chisholm , 1967 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Winter vol. 26 no. 2 1967; (p. 153-160)
Brennan, the Sea and the Seasons A. R. Chisholm , 1966 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Winter vol. 25 no. 2 1966; (p. 192-195)

— Review of Towards the Source : 1894-97 Christopher Brennan 1913-1960 sequence poetry
The Art of Brennan's 'Towards the Source' G. A. Wilkes , 1961 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 21 no. 2 1961; (p. 28-41)
New Perspectives on Brennan's Poetry : Conclusion G. A. Wilkes , 1953 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 14 no. 3 1953; (p. 160-171)
Wilkes summarizes his four previous essays on Poems, arguing that the semantic force of Brennan's symbols accumulates over the course of the whole cycle.
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.
Brennan, the Sea and the Seasons A. R. Chisholm , 1966 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Winter vol. 25 no. 2 1966; (p. 192-195)

— Review of Towards the Source : 1894-97 Christopher Brennan 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 : Conclusion G. A. Wilkes , 1953 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 14 no. 3 1953; (p. 160-171)
Wilkes summarizes his four previous essays on Poems, arguing that the semantic force of Brennan's symbols accumulates over the course of the whole cycle.
The Art of Brennan's 'Towards the Source' G. A. Wilkes , 1961 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 21 no. 2 1961; (p. 28-41)
Christopher Brennan : The Disunity of 'Poems 1913' Annette Stewart , 1970 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Spring vol. 29 no. 3 1970; (p. 281-302)
Stewart challenges the view that Poems (1913) exhibits a unified structure, citing bibliographic evidence and thematic irregularities for support. Stewart argues that the theme of Eden does not "unite or clarify" the other themes of Poems (1913) and that Brennan's images do not offer a symbolism strong enough to support a unified structure.
Christopher Brennan and the Idea of Eden A. R. Chisholm , 1967 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Winter vol. 26 no. 2 1967; (p. 153-160)
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