The Wagtail single work   poetry   "So elegant he is and neat"
Issue Details: First known date: 1962-1971 1962-1971
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  • Appears in:
    y Judith Wright : Collected Poems, 1942-1970 Judith Wright , Cremorne : Angus and Robertson , 1971 Z563360 1971 selected work poetry Cremorne : Angus and Robertson , 1971 pg. 173
  • Appears in:
    y Collected Poems 1942-1985 Judith Wright , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1994 Z501989 1994 selected work poetry war literature satire (taught in 8 units) Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1994 pg. 170-171
  • Appears in:
    y Little Book of Birds Julie Stokes (editor), Canberra : National Library of Australia , 1999 Z69397 1999 anthology poetry Canberra : National Library of Australia , 1999 pg. 26
  • Appears in:
    y Birds : Poems Judith Wright , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1962 Z565163 1962 selected work poetry (taught in 3 units)

    'The poems in Judith Wright's Birds volume have long been recognised as among the best-loved poems written in Australia. Many people have grown up with the beguiling rhythms of 'Black Cockatoos', or the jauntiness of 'The Wagtail'. Now, in this new edition, commemorating 25 years since the poems were last published as a single collection, these works appear with six additional poems and a personal introduction by the poet's daughter Meredith McKinney, for whom many of the poems were written. The poems are complemented by full-colour illustrations drawn from the National Library's Pictures Collection, featuring the work of artists such as John Lewin, Lionel Lindsay, Lilian Medland, William T. Cooper and Betty Temple Watts. 'Birds' is both a celebration of Judith Wright (1915-2000) as writer and passionate environmentalist, and of the centrality of birds in the poet's imagination. ' (Publication summary)

    Canberra : National Library of Australia , 2003
    pg. 39
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