The Silkworms single work   poetry   "All their lives in a box! What generations,"
  • Author: Douglas Stewart http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/stewart-douglas
First known date: 1957 Issue Details: First known date: 1957 1957
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    y Australian Poetry 1957 Hal Porter (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1957 Z27989 1957 anthology poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1957 pg. 82-83
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    y Quadrant vol. 1 no. 2 Autumn 1957 Z592857 1957 periodical issue 1957 pg. 4
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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. 183-184
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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. 104-105
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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. 181
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    y A Book of Australian Verse Judith Wright (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1956 Z565053 1956 anthology poetry Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1968 pg. 161-162
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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. 257-258
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    y Selected Poems Douglas Stewart , Cremorne : Angus and Robertson , 1973 Z266357 1973 selected work poetry drama extract humour satire Cremorne : Angus and Robertson , 1973 pg. 146-147
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    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 pg. 118-119
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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. 75-76
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    y The Collins Book of Australian Poetry Rodney Hall , Sydney : Collins , 1981 Z542215 1981 anthology poetry Sydney : Collins , 1981 pg. 146-147
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    y Quadrant Twenty-Five Years Lee Shrubb (editor), Vivian Smith (editor), Peter Coleman (editor), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1982 Z103837 1982 anthology poetry short story criticism biography St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1982 pg. 491-492
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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. 285
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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. 50-51
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    y Australian Poetry in the Twentieth Century Robert Gray (editor), Geoffrey Lehmann (editor), Port Melbourne : Heinemann , 1991 Z27032 1991 anthology poetry Port Melbourne : Heinemann , 1991 pg. 140-141
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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 Windchimes : Asia in Australian Poetry Noel Rowe (editor), Vivian Smith (editor), Canberra : Pandanus Books , 2006 Z1275433 2006 anthology poetry An anthology comprising works by eighty-six Australian poets, from James Brunton Stephens to contemporary writes such as Bronwyn Lea and Michael Brennan, that offer Australian perspectives on Asia. Canberra : Pandanus Books , 2006 pg. 91-92
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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. 174-175
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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. 368-369
Alternative title: Ulat Sutera
First line of verse: "All their lives in a box! What generations,=Selama hidup mereka dalam kotak! Berapa keturunan,"
Language: English , Indonesian

Works about this Work

Poetry Vivian Smith , 1981 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Oxford History of Australian Literature 1981; (p. 271-426)
Douglas Stewart : The Silkworms Yasmine Gooneratne , 1978 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Poems in Perspective : A Collection of Poems and Critical Commentaries 1978; (p. 117-140) Diverse Inheritance: A Personal Perspective on Commonwealth Literature 1980; (p. 79-96)
Gooneratne observes the parallel between the life of the silkworm and that of humans. In the language of the poem she hears colloquial, scriptural and literary echoes and analyses their effects. Includes discussion of 'Fire and Ice' by Robert Frost, 'The Cat and the Moon' by W. B. Yeats, and Pope's 'The Rape of the Lock'.
The Poet's Dilemma Margaret Irvin , 1966 single work criticism
— Appears in: Twentieth Century , (1966-1967) vol. 21 no. 1966; (p. 197-201)
Poetry Vivian Smith , 1981 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Oxford History of Australian Literature 1981; (p. 271-426)
The Poet's Dilemma Margaret Irvin , 1966 single work criticism
— Appears in: Twentieth Century , (1966-1967) vol. 21 no. 1966; (p. 197-201)
Douglas Stewart : The Silkworms Yasmine Gooneratne , 1978 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Poems in Perspective : A Collection of Poems and Critical Commentaries 1978; (p. 117-140) Diverse Inheritance: A Personal Perspective on Commonwealth Literature 1980; (p. 79-96)
Gooneratne observes the parallel between the life of the silkworm and that of humans. In the language of the poem she hears colloquial, scriptural and literary echoes and analyses their effects. Includes discussion of 'Fire and Ice' by Robert Frost, 'The Cat and the Moon' by W. B. Yeats, and Pope's 'The Rape of the Lock'.
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