Variations on a Theme sequence   poetry  
Issue Details: First known date: 1963 1963
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Notes

  • Seven variations on the theme of the nursery rhyme "Here we Go Round the Mulberry Bush." In the first appearance of the sequence each of the variations is named for the poet whose style it imitates - Vivian Smith, A.D. Hope, Rosemary Dobson, James McAuley, Francis Geyer (pseudonym for Harwood), Gwen Harwood, Vincent Buckley. In subsequent versions the names are omitted and the variations, in the same order, are simply numbered. The poets' names are restored and additional subtitles added in the 2001 edition of Selected Poems.

Includes

Vincent Buckley : Impromptu on a Nursery Rhyme i "I might have run with them,", Gwen Harwood , 1963 single work poetry
— Appears in: Westerly , September no. 3 1963; (p. 41) Selected Poems : A New Edition 2001; (p. 75-76)
Gwen Harwood : Fuse-Lighting i "Professor Eisenbart, asked to arrest", Gwen Harwood , 1963 single work poetry
— Appears in: Westerly , September no. 3 1963; (p. 41) Selected Poems : A New Edition 2001; (p. 78)
Francis Geyer : Bestial Morning i "I remember them, two beasts in your freezing island,", Gwen Harwood , 1963 single work poetry
— Appears in: Westerly , September no. 3 1963; (p. 40) Selected Poems : A New Edition 2001; (p. 78)
James McAuley : Prefigurations i "On love's elemental course", Gwen Harwood , 1963 single work poetry
— Appears in: Westerly , September no. 3 1963; (p. 40) Selected Poems : A New Edition 2001; (p. 77)
Rosemary Dobson : The Watcher i "In the small garden of my home", Gwen Harwood , 1963 single work poetry
— Appears in: Westerly , September no. 3 1963; (p. 39) Selected Poems : A New Edition 2001; (p. 76)
A.D. Hope : A Divination i "True tales and false alike rise to perplex us.", Gwen Harwood , 1963 single work poetry
— Appears in: Westerly , September no. 3 1963; (p. 39) Selected Poems : A New Edition 2001; (p. 77-78)
Vivian Smith : Double Entendre i "They run around the shaking bush.", Gwen Harwood , 1963 single work poetry
— Appears in: Westerly , September no. 3 1963; (p. 38) Selected Poems : A New Edition 2001; (p. 76-77)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Westerly no. 3 September 1963 Z592213 1963 periodical issue 1963 pg. 38-41
  • Appears in:
    y Poems : Volume 2 Gwen Harwood , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1968 Z421056 1968 selected work poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1968 pg. 64-67
  • Appears in:
    y Comic Australian Verse Geoffrey Lehmann (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1972 Z341553 1972 anthology poetry humour Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1972 pg. 201-204
  • Appears in:
    y Selected Poems : A New Edition Gwen Harwood , Gregory Kratzmann (editor), Victor Harbor : Halcyon Press , 2001 Z824188 2001 selected work poetry Details of the changes made in compiling this selection are outlined in the editor's introduction . Some poems not appearing in previous selections, as well as some unpublished poems, have been added; some poems previously appearing have been omitted. Textual emendations have been made to some works. Victor Harbor : Halcyon Press , 2001 pg. 75-78
Last amended 03 May 2001
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