The Buladelah-Taree Holiday Song Cycle single work   poetry   "The people are eating dinner in that country north of Legge's Lake;"
  • Author: Les Murray http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/murray-les
Issue Details: First known date: 1976 1976
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Notes

  • A long poem in thirteen sections ... based thematically and structurally on R. M. Berndt's translation of "The Moon-Bone Song" from north-eastern Arnhem Land. (Oxford Companion to Australian Literature)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y The Herald 7 September 1976 Z1172264 1976 newspaper issue 1976 pg. 17
  • Appears in:
    y Ethnic Radio : Poems Les Murray , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1977 Z302683 1977 selected work poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1977 pg. 28-38
  • Appears in:
    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. 189-199
  • Appears in:
    y The Vernacular Republic : Poems 1961-1981 Les Murray , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1982 Z300706 1982 selected work poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1982 pg. 159-170
  • Appears in:
    y Cross-Country : A Book of Australian Verse John Barnes (editor), Brian McFarlane (editor), Richmond : Heinemann , 1984 Z900285 1984 anthology poetry (taught in 1 units) Richmond : Heinemann , 1984 pg. 208-217
  • Appears in:
    y Aspects de la Poesie Australienne Christine Michel (editor), Christine Michel (translator), Marseilles : Sud , 1985 Z408033 1985 anthology poetry Selection of Australian poems translated into French. Introduction and biographical notes in French, texts of poems in English and French. Marseilles : Sud , 1985 pg. 53-80
  • Appears in:
    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. 638-645
  • Appears in:
    y Selected Poems Les Murray , Manchester : Carcanet , 1986 Z796575 1986 selected work poetry Manchester : Carcanet , 1986 pg. 52-63
  • Appears in:
    y Cross-Country : A Book of Australian Verse John Barnes (editor), Brian McFarlane (editor), Richmond : Heinemann , 1984 Z900285 1984 anthology poetry (taught in 1 units) Richmond : Heinemann Education Australia , 1988 pg. 208-217
  • Appears in:
    y Contemporary Australian Poetry : An Anthology John Leonard (editor), Knoxfield : Houghton Mifflin , 1990 Z361533 1990 anthology poetry humour war literature Knoxfield : Houghton Mifflin , 1990 pg. 106-113
  • Appears in:
    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. 288-297
  • Appears in:
    y Collected Poems Les Murray , Port Melbourne : Heinemann Australia , 1994 Z422024 1994 selected work poetry Port Melbourne : Heinemann Australia , 1994 pg. 137-147
  • Appears in:
    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. 106-113
  • Appears in:
    y New Selected Poems Les Murray , Potts Point : Duffy and Snellgrove , 1998 Z918005 1998 selected work poetry Potts Point : Duffy and Snellgrove , 1998 pg. 23-32
  • Appears in:
    y New Selected Poems Les Murray , Potts Point : Duffy and Snellgrove , 1998 Z918005 1998 selected work poetry New York (City) : Farrar Straus and Giroux , 2000 pg. 25-34
  • Appears in:
    y Learning Human : New Selected Poems Les Murray , Manchester : Carcanet , 2001 Z1153302 2001 selected work poetry Manchester : Carcanet , 2001 pg. 17-26
  • Appears in:
    y Learning Human : Selected Poems of Les Murray Les Murray , Potts Point : Duffy and Snellgrove , 2003 Z1147830 2003 selected work poetry Potts Point : Duffy and Snellgrove , 2003 pg. 17-26
  • Appears in:
    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. 626-634
  • Appears in:
    y The Best 100 Poems of Les Murray Les Murray , Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2012 Z1897512 2012 selected work poetry 'From his life’s work so far, spanning more than four decades, Les Murray has selected these 100 poems, his personal best. Including classics such as 'The Broad Bean Sermon', 'An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow' and 'The Dream of Wearing Shorts Forever', this elegant hardback is guaranteed to delight Murray fans and introduce new readers to his work. This is a wonderful gift, and a treasure trove of the best poems ever written in Australia.' (From the publisher's website.) Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2012 pg. 9-18
Alternative title: Der Buladelah-Taree Ferien-Liederzyklus
First line of verse: "Die Leute essen zu Mittag in der Gegend nördlich von Legge's Lake;"
Language: German

Works about this Work

The Other Shore Is Here : Contemporary Poetry of the Sacred Bill Ashcroft , Frances Devlin-Glass , Lyn McCredden , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Intimate Horizons : The Post-Colonial Sacred in Australian Literature 2009; (p. 243-286)
Travel Poetry : Journeys Real and Imagined: Coleridge and Murray Merle Goldsmith , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Five Bells , Autumn vol. 15 no. 2 2008; (p. 12-15)
Merle Goldsmith discusses S. T. Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Les Murray's The Buladelah-Taree Holiday Song Cycle.
'The Buladelah-Taree Holiday Song Cycle' : Les Murray (1938- ) Jane Gleeson-White , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Classics : Fifty Great Writers and Their Celebrated Works 2007; (p. 274-278)
Fusion and Translation : Les Murray's Australia Ashok Bery , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cultural Translation and Postcolonial Poetry 2007; (p. 51-73)
Les Murray's Journey Poems Margaret Bradstock , 2006-2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Five Bells , Summer vol. 14 no. 1 2006-2007; (p. 16-18)
From Grace to Glory Via Initiation : The Murrayesque Mode of Creativity Anurag Sharma , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Lemuria , Winter vol. 1 no. 1 2006; (p. 132-136)
Sharma discusses the celebratory in Les Murray's poetry.
Grandfather Grandmother Sing Sweet Tune Peter Read , 2004 extract criticism (Voices in the River : The Poetry of Belonging)
— Appears in: Ngara : Living in This Place Now 2004; (p. 133-150)
'This Country is My Mind' : Les Murray's Poetics of Place Martin Leer , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 20 no. 2 2001; (p. 15-42) The AustLit Anthology of Criticism 2010; (p. 44)
Examines the "notion of place in Murray's work, the complex nature of Bunyah as a 'centre of the world', and how a poetics of place is established and develops from the earliest collections" (p.16).
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.
Dancing "on Bits of Paper" : Les Murray's Soundscapes Nils Eskestad , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 20 no. 2 2001; (p. 64-75)
Considers language and metre in Murray's poetry, examining it in relation to Murray's concept of "Wholespeak" which requires poetry to "engage us physically, in addition to integrating our different levels of consciousness" (p.66). The influences of Hopkins's sprung rhythm, Gaelic sound patterns and Aboriginal poetry on Murray's work are also explored.
The Vernacular Republic : Les Murray's Poetic Transcription of Popular Culture Anurag Sharma , 1995-1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Commonwealth Review , vol. 7 no. 1 1995-1996; (p. 28-41)
The article analyses four poems by Murray, suggesting that 'for Murray the poet, the notion of convergence of three cultures - Aboriginal, rural and urban - is one of the basic planks of what he terms as Vernacular Republic' (40).
A Place in History: "The Ash Range", Landscape and Identity Lawrence Bourke , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , Autumn vol. 38 no. 1 1993; (p. 17-24)
Some Outstanding Australian Poets Today Peter Porter , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Breaking Circles 1991; (p. 108-117)
Les Murray : Relegation and Convergence Paul Kane , 1991 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: International Literature in English : Essays on the Major Writers 1991; (p. 437-446)
'Interest' in Les A. Murray Kevin Hart , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 14 no. 2 1989; (p. 147-159)
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)
And What About Forms? Chris Wallace-Crabbe , 1983 single work criticism
— Appears in: Three Absences in Australian Writing 1983; (p. 28-41)
The Bardic Pose: A Survey of Les A. Murray's Poetry : [Part] 3 Christopher Pollnitz , 1981 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Southerly , June vol. 41 no. 2 1981; (p. 188-210)
The Human-Hair Thread Les Murray , 1977 single work criticism autobiography
— Appears in: Meanjin , Aboriginal Issue [Summer] vol. 36 no. 4 1977; (p. 550-571) Persistence in Folly 1984; (p. 4-30) The Paperbark Tree : selected prose 1992; (p. 71-99)
Some Outstanding Australian Poets Today Peter Porter , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Breaking Circles 1991; (p. 108-117)
Les Murray's Journey Poems Margaret Bradstock , 2006-2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Five Bells , Summer vol. 14 no. 1 2006-2007; (p. 16-18)
From Grace to Glory Via Initiation : The Murrayesque Mode of Creativity Anurag Sharma , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Lemuria , Winter vol. 1 no. 1 2006; (p. 132-136)
Sharma discusses the celebratory in Les Murray's poetry.
'The Buladelah-Taree Holiday Song Cycle' : Les Murray (1938- ) Jane Gleeson-White , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Classics : Fifty Great Writers and Their Celebrated Works 2007; (p. 274-278)
Travel Poetry : Journeys Real and Imagined: Coleridge and Murray Merle Goldsmith , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Five Bells , Autumn vol. 15 no. 2 2008; (p. 12-15)
Merle Goldsmith discusses S. T. Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Les Murray's The Buladelah-Taree Holiday Song Cycle.
Fusion and Translation : Les Murray's Australia Ashok Bery , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cultural Translation and Postcolonial Poetry 2007; (p. 51-73)
The Other Shore Is Here : Contemporary Poetry of the Sacred Bill Ashcroft , Frances Devlin-Glass , Lyn McCredden , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Intimate Horizons : The Post-Colonial Sacred in Australian Literature 2009; (p. 243-286)
Grandfather Grandmother Sing Sweet Tune Peter Read , 2004 extract criticism (Voices in the River : The Poetry of Belonging)
— Appears in: Ngara : Living in This Place Now 2004; (p. 133-150)
'Interest' in Les A. Murray Kevin Hart , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 14 no. 2 1989; (p. 147-159)
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 Human-Hair Thread Les Murray , 1977 single work criticism autobiography
— Appears in: Meanjin , Aboriginal Issue [Summer] vol. 36 no. 4 1977; (p. 550-571) Persistence in Folly 1984; (p. 4-30) The Paperbark Tree : selected prose 1992; (p. 71-99)
The Bardic Pose: A Survey of Les A. Murray's Poetry : [Part] 3 Christopher Pollnitz , 1981 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Southerly , June vol. 41 no. 2 1981; (p. 188-210)
And What About Forms? Chris Wallace-Crabbe , 1983 single work criticism
— Appears in: Three Absences in Australian Writing 1983; (p. 28-41)
Les Murray : Relegation and Convergence Paul Kane , 1991 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: International Literature in English : Essays on the Major Writers 1991; (p. 437-446)
A Place in History: "The Ash Range", Landscape and Identity Lawrence Bourke , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , Autumn vol. 38 no. 1 1993; (p. 17-24)
The Vernacular Republic : Les Murray's Poetic Transcription of Popular Culture Anurag Sharma , 1995-1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Commonwealth Review , vol. 7 no. 1 1995-1996; (p. 28-41)
The article analyses four poems by Murray, suggesting that 'for Murray the poet, the notion of convergence of three cultures - Aboriginal, rural and urban - is one of the basic planks of what he terms as Vernacular Republic' (40).
'This Country is My Mind' : Les Murray's Poetics of Place Martin Leer , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 20 no. 2 2001; (p. 15-42) The AustLit Anthology of Criticism 2010; (p. 44)
Examines the "notion of place in Murray's work, the complex nature of Bunyah as a 'centre of the world', and how a poetics of place is established and develops from the earliest collections" (p.16).
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.
Dancing "on Bits of Paper" : Les Murray's Soundscapes Nils Eskestad , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 20 no. 2 2001; (p. 64-75)
Considers language and metre in Murray's poetry, examining it in relation to Murray's concept of "Wholespeak" which requires poetry to "engage us physically, in addition to integrating our different levels of consciousness" (p.66). The influences of Hopkins's sprung rhythm, Gaelic sound patterns and Aboriginal poetry on Murray's work are also explored.
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