Unit Suitable For
AC: Year 11 (Literature Unit 2)
Many of the themes and issues that concerned Judith Wright and which are reflected in her poetry still resonate in contemporary Australian culture. Students will come to appreciate that Wright’s poetry explored some of these themes and issues before they became fashionable, relevant or even actively considered by many Australians. Of course, Wright also explored universal themes common to all poets in all times
This definitive collection represents the impressive poetic achievement of one of Australia′s most highly respected and valued poets. Judith Wright′s Collected Poems is comprised of her work from 1942 to 1985, and includes her latest three books of poetry, Alive, Fourth Quarter and Phantom Dwelling. It is a fitting tribute to an outstanding poet. Whether she is read for her rich evocation of the Australian land, for the truth, sensitivity and profundity of her meditations on the great themes of love, death and eternity, or for the beauty of her lyric style, Judith Wright is always supremely rewarding.
Source: Publication Synopsis Reading Australia
Sue King-Smith says: 'There are three main spectres in Wright's poetry that this article addresses. The first relates to the loss and separation Wright experienced when she became aware of the history of the land she had felt a profound sense of identification with since early childhood ... The second spectre relates to the traces of Aboriginal massacres and dispossessions. And the third is the spectre of the indigenous landscape that existed prior to British occupation, with a substantial number of indigenous species of flora and fauna now extinct.
'This article will argue that these spectres are intimately linked in Wright's writing and that her poetic and private relationships with the Australian landscape are constantly mediated by the need to acknowledge these ghosts.' (pp.117-118)