Noonday Axeman single work   poetry   "Axe-fall, echo and silence. Noonday silence."
  • Author: Les Murray http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/murray-les
Issue Details: First known date: 1965 1965
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Alternative title: Holzfaller am Mittag
First line of verse: "Axtschlag, Echo und Schweigen. Mittagsschweigen."
Language: German

Works about this Work

“Creation’s Holiday” : On Silence and Monsters in Australian Poetry Jaya Savige , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Poetry , May 2016; (p. 169-184)
Australia - the Space that Is Not One : A Literary Approximation Gerhard Stilz , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australia : Making Space Meaningful 2007; (p. 27-43)
'Some dozen years ago, I rented a caravan in Adelaide for our family. It has a solid, glittering roo-bar in front and a prison-like wire-grating on the windscreen, fragmenting our view of the wide landscape into little safe squares. When we picked up that impressive vehicle, the rental manager routinely cautioned us that we should by all means stay on sealed roads, and he asked, just to make sure, "Are you going anywhere north of Port Augusta?" - "Yes," we said, "we would like to travel up to Alice and the Red Centre." - "Stuart Highway," he said, "but watch out, there's everything different there, you can get lost in no time, and you never know..." - "Know what?" we were about to ask, but that seemed too much of a sophistry in exchange for the goodly advise given by this good man, who did not look like a philosopher . Though a philosopher of sorts he may have been, following the thought-lines laid out through centuries of coping with dark and ill-defined spaces.' (Author's abstract)
A Poetry Serving Gaia Henry Sheerwater , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Five Bells , Autumn vol. 13 no. 2 2006; (p. 15-23)
The author describes seven characteristics of green poetry and discusses the works of several Australian and overseas poets.
Folie, Topography and Family in Murray's Middle-Distance Poems Christopher Pollnitz , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 20 no. 2 2001; (p. 43-63)
The article demonstrates that Murray's poems "of more than one or two pages but less than fifty or a hundred" have "modes and preoccupations in common: they are topographical poems in which the protagonist moves through a landscape observing and reflecting; or they are family memoirs and chronicles; or ... they are a combination of both" (p.43). The author also examines Murray's sympathy for the "Foucaultian crew of social outsiders ... marginalised by folie" (p. 49), which he sees as an energising force in the most successful of these poems.
Lost Horizon : Australian Reflections on the Global Village John Barnes , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Changing Geographies : Essays on Australia 2001; (p. 43-57)
Discusses the notion of an Australian national identity in relation to the climate of globalisation and with particular reference to the works and ideas of Les Murray,
Family and the Father in the Poetry of Les A. Murray Lawrence Bourke , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 13 no. 3 1988; (p. 282-295)
Les Murray's Vernacular Republic Bruce A. Clunies Ross , 1986 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Diversity Itself : Essays in Australian Arts and Culture 1986; (p. 21-37)
The Poetry of Les Murray John Barnie , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 12 no. 1 1985; (p. 22-34)
The Bardic Pose: A Survey of Les A. Murray's Poetry : [Part] 1 Christopher Pollnitz , 1980 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 40 no. 4 1980; (p. 367-387)
Lyricism in Contemporary Australian Poetry John M. Wright , 1974 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , December no. 4 1974; (p. 35-43)
A Poetry Serving Gaia Henry Sheerwater , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Five Bells , Autumn vol. 13 no. 2 2006; (p. 15-23)
The author describes seven characteristics of green poetry and discusses the works of several Australian and overseas poets.
Australia - the Space that Is Not One : A Literary Approximation Gerhard Stilz , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australia : Making Space Meaningful 2007; (p. 27-43)
'Some dozen years ago, I rented a caravan in Adelaide for our family. It has a solid, glittering roo-bar in front and a prison-like wire-grating on the windscreen, fragmenting our view of the wide landscape into little safe squares. When we picked up that impressive vehicle, the rental manager routinely cautioned us that we should by all means stay on sealed roads, and he asked, just to make sure, "Are you going anywhere north of Port Augusta?" - "Yes," we said, "we would like to travel up to Alice and the Red Centre." - "Stuart Highway," he said, "but watch out, there's everything different there, you can get lost in no time, and you never know..." - "Know what?" we were about to ask, but that seemed too much of a sophistry in exchange for the goodly advise given by this good man, who did not look like a philosopher . Though a philosopher of sorts he may have been, following the thought-lines laid out through centuries of coping with dark and ill-defined spaces.' (Author's abstract)
Les Murray's Vernacular Republic Bruce A. Clunies Ross , 1986 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Diversity Itself : Essays in Australian Arts and Culture 1986; (p. 21-37)
Family and the Father in the Poetry of Les A. Murray Lawrence Bourke , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 13 no. 3 1988; (p. 282-295)
The Bardic Pose: A Survey of Les A. Murray's Poetry : [Part] 1 Christopher Pollnitz , 1980 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 40 no. 4 1980; (p. 367-387)
Lyricism in Contemporary Australian Poetry John M. Wright , 1974 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , December no. 4 1974; (p. 35-43)
The Poetry of Les Murray John Barnie , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 12 no. 1 1985; (p. 22-34)
Folie, Topography and Family in Murray's Middle-Distance Poems Christopher Pollnitz , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 20 no. 2 2001; (p. 43-63)
The article demonstrates that Murray's poems "of more than one or two pages but less than fifty or a hundred" have "modes and preoccupations in common: they are topographical poems in which the protagonist moves through a landscape observing and reflecting; or they are family memoirs and chronicles; or ... they are a combination of both" (p.43). The author also examines Murray's sympathy for the "Foucaultian crew of social outsiders ... marginalised by folie" (p. 49), which he sees as an energising force in the most successful of these poems.
Lost Horizon : Australian Reflections on the Global Village John Barnes , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Changing Geographies : Essays on Australia 2001; (p. 43-57)
Discusses the notion of an Australian national identity in relation to the climate of globalisation and with particular reference to the works and ideas of Les Murray,
“Creation’s Holiday” : On Silence and Monsters in Australian Poetry Jaya Savige , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Poetry , May 2016; (p. 169-184)
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