The Forest of Night : 1898-1902 : The Quest of Silence : 54 single work   poetry   "Fire in the heavens, and fire along the hills,"
Issue Details: First known date: 1913-1939 1913-1939
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Alternative title: Fire in the Heavens
Alternative title: Fire in the heavens, and fire along the hills
Notes:
Minor title variations appear in texts
  • Appears in:
    y Modern Poetry E. W. Parker (editor), London : Longmans, Green , 1939 Z817660 1939 anthology poetry London : Longmans, Green , 1939 pg. 245
  • Appears in:
    y New Song in an Old Land Rex Ingamells (editor), London : Longmans, Green , 1943 Z132802 1943 anthology poetry London : Longmans, Green , 1943 pg. 92
    Note: With title: Fire in the Heavens
  • Appears in:
    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. 27
  • 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. 115
  • Appears in:
    y Australian Poets Speak Colin Thiele (editor), Ian Mudie (editor), Adelaide : Rigby , 1961 Z223492 1961 anthology poetry criticism Adelaide : Rigby , 1961 pg. 13-14
  • Appears in:
    y From the Ballads to Brennan T. Inglis Moore (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1964 Z407973 1964 anthology poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1964 pg. 205
  • Appears in:
    y Poetry : Reading and Understanding : An Anthology with Commentaries and Questions K. G. W. Cross (editor), Derick R.C. Marsh (editor), Melbourne : Cheshire , 1966 Z61749 1966 anthology poetry criticism biography Melbourne : Cheshire , 1966 pg. 163
  • Appears in:
    y Silence into Song : An Anthology of Australian Verse Clifford O'Brien , Adelaide : Rigby , 1968 Z413694 1968 anthology poetry extract Adelaide : Rigby , 1968 pg. 123-124
    Note: With title: Fire in the Heavens
  • 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. 108
  • 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. 57
  • Appears in:
    y The Collins Book of Australian Poetry Rodney Hall , Sydney : Collins , 1981 Z542215 1981 anthology poetry Sydney : Collins , 1981 pg. 92
  • 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. 49
  • Appears in:
    y My Country : Australian Poetry and Short Stories, Two Hundred Years Leonie Kramer (editor), Sydney : Lansdowne , 1985 Z219820 1985 anthology poetry short story Sydney : Lansdowne , 1985 pg. 399
    Note: With title: Fire in the Heavens
  • Appears in:
    y The New Oxford Book of Australian Verse Les Murray (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1986 Z427532 1986 anthology poetry Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1986 pg. 91-92
    Note: With title: Fire in the Heavens
  • Appears in:
    y Two Centuries of Australian Poetry Mark O'Connor (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1988 Z322247 1988 anthology poetry criticism Contains poems grouped into 18 thematic sections (19 in 2nd. ed.) ; each section has an introduction, notes and suggestions for study activities and further study. Biographical notes on authors and indexes also included. Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1988 pg. 66
  • Appears in:
    y The New Oxford Book of Australian Verse Les Murray (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1986 Z427532 1986 anthology poetry South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1996 pg. 91-92
    Note: With title: Fire in the Heavens
  • 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. 299
    Note: With title: From 'The Forest of the Night'.
  • Appears in:
    y Sunlines : An Anthology of Poetry to Celebrate Australia's Harmony in Diversity Anne Fairbairn (editor), Canberra : Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs , 2002 Z948024 2002 anthology poetry Canberra : Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs , 2002 pg. 24
  • Appears in:
    y Our Country : Classic Australian Poetry : From the Colonial Ballads to Paterson & Lawson Michael Cook (editor), Seven Hills : Little Hills Press , 2004 Z1266972 2004 anthology poetry Seven Hills : Little Hills Press , 2004 pg. 99
  • Appears in:
    y 100 Australian Poems You Need to Know Jamie Grant (editor), Prahran : Hardie Grant Books , 2008 Z1545298 2008 anthology poetry Prahran : Hardie Grant Books , 2008 pg. 83
    Note: With title: Fire in the heavens, and fire along the hills
  • Appears in:
    y Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Nicholas Jose (editor), Kerryn Goldsworthy (editor), Anita Heiss (editor), David McCooey (editor), Peter Minter (editor), Nicole Moore (editor), Elizabeth Webby (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1590615 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story (taught in 23 units)

    'Some of the best, most significant writing produced in Australia over more than two centuries is gathered in this landmark anthology. Covering all genres - from fiction, poetry and drama to diaries, letters, essays and speeches - the anthology maps the development of one of the great literatures in English in all its energy and variety.

    'The writing reflects the diverse experiences of Australians in their encounter with their extraordinary environment and with themselves. This is literature of struggle, conflict and creative survival. It is literature of lives lived at the extremes, of frontiers between cultures, of new dimensions of experience, where imagination expands.

    'This rich, informative and entertaining collection charts the formation of an Australian voice that draws inventively on Indigenous words, migrant speech and slang, with a cheeky, subversive humour always to the fore. For the first time, Aboriginal writings are interleaved with other English-language writings throughout - from Bennelong's 1796 letter to the contemporary flowering of Indigenous fiction and poetry - setting up an exchange that reveals Australian history in stark new ways.

    'From vivid settler accounts to haunting gothic tales, from raw protest to feisty urban satire and playful literary experiment, from passionate love poetry to moving memoir, the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature reflects the creative eloquence of a society.

    'Chosen by a team of expert editors, who have provided illuminating essays about their selections, and with more than 500 works from over 300 authors, it is an authoritative survey and a rich world of reading to be enjoyed.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Allen and Unwin have a YouTube channel with a number of useful videos on the Anthology.

    Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009
    pg. 288-289
  • Appears in:
    y The Puncher & Wattmann Anthology of Australian Poetry John Leonard (editor), Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2009 Z1674214 2009 anthology poetry (taught in 16 units) Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2009 pg. 354
Alternative title: 'من 'التماس الصمت
Transliterated title: Min ' iltimas assamt '
First line of verse: "ار في السماوات، نار على الهضاب = Fire in the heavens, and fire along the hills,"
Language: English , Arabic

Works about this Work

Christopher Brennan : Fire in the Heavens Vivian Smith , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: Five Bells , Winter vol. 13 no. 3 2006; (p. 10-11)
Christopher Brennan : Fire in the Heavens Vivian Smith , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: Five Bells , Winter vol. 13 no. 3 2006; (p. 10-11)
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