y The Poetical Works of Henry Kendall selected work   poetry  
Issue Details: First known date: 1966 1966
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This critical edition includes 90 previously uncollected poems and collates manuscripts of the poems and their appearances in periodicals and newspapers during the poet's life-time. There are copious biographical and critical notes, indexes and a bibliography.

Notes

  • Note that Reed attributes the poem 'Farewell' (p. 321) to Kendall. A cutting of the poem evidently appears in Kendall MS material, held at the Mitchell Library. However, it is unlikely that the poem was in fact written by Kendall. An almost identical version of this poem titled 'The Farewell' appeared in the Maitland Mercury of 5 September, 1846, where it appears to have been attributed to Charles Harpur (q.v).

Contents

* Contents derived from the Adelaide, South Australia,: Libraries Board of South Australia , 1966 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Muse of Australiai"Where the pines with the eagles are nestled in rifts,", Henry Kendall , 1862 single work poetry (p. 3)
The Mountainsi"Rifted mountains, clad with forests, girded round by gleaming pines,", Henry Kendall , 1861 single work poetry (p. 3-5)
Kiamai"Towards the hills of Jamberoo, some few fantastic shadows haste,", Henry Kendall , 1861 single work poetry (p. 5-7)
Ethelinei"The heart that once was rich with light,", Henry Kendall , 1861 single work poetry (p. 7-8)
Aileen : A Fragmenti"A splendid Sun betwixt the trees", Henry Kendall , 1862 single work poetry (p. 9-10)
Kerrassu: An Aboriginal Songi"The gums in the gully stand gloomy and stark;", Henry Kendall , 1861 single work poetry Kooroora (p. 10-11)
Fainting by the Wayi"Swarthy wastelands, wide and woodless, glittering, miles and miles away,", Henry Kendall , 1861 single work poetry (p. 12-13)
The Cattle Huntersi"While the morning light beams on the fern-matted streams,", Henry Kendall , 1861 single work poetry (p. 14)
Footfallsi"The embers were blinking and clinking away,", Henry Kendall , 1861 single work poetry (p. 14-15)
God Help Our Men at Seai"The wild night comes like an owl to its lair;", Henry Kendall , 1862 single work poetry (p. 16-17)
Sitting by the Fire : An Old Man's Reveriei"Gleesome children were we not?", Henry Kendall , 1861 single work poetry Sitting by the Fire (p. 17-19)
Bellambi's Maidi"Slow rolls the mist round Keera's cone -", Henry Kendall , 1861 single work poetry (p. 19-20)
The Curlew Songi"The viewless blast flies moaning past,", Henry Kendall , 1860 single work poetry (p. 20-21)
A Ballad of Tannai"She knelt by the dead, in her passionate grief,", Henry Kendall , 1861 single work poetry (p. 21-22)
The Rain Comes Sobbing to the Doori"The night grows dark, and weird, and cold; and thick drops patter on the pane;", Henry Kendall , 1861 single work poetry (p. 23-24)
Aboriginal Death-Songi"Euroka, go over the tops of the hills,", Henry Kendall , 1862 single work poetry (p. 24-25)
An Evening Hymni"The crag-pent breezes sob and moan where hidden waters glide,", Henry Kendall , 1861 single work poetry (p. 25-26)
Stanzasi"The sunsets fall, and the sunsets fade,", Henry Kendall , 1862 single work poetry (p. 26)
The Wail in the Native Oaki"Where the lone creek, chafing nightly in the cold and sad moonshine,", Henry Kendall , 1861 single work poetry (p. 27-28)
The Harp We Love : Fragmenti"The harp we love hath a royal burst!", Henry Kendall , 1861 single work poetry (p. 28-29)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

The Tree and Its Voices : What the Casuarina Says Barbara Holloway , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology , Summer vol. 1 no. 2011;
'The tree known popularly and scientifically as the casuarina has been consistently noticed for the sounds made as wind passes through its unusual foliage of needles and leaf scales. The acoustic experience of the casuarina — with subspecies found throughout Australia — has been represented as 'haunted', 'grieving' and voicing the secret language of initiates. This essay traces intriguing conceptual and aesthetic representations of the 'voice' and its listeners found across both Aboriginal and white Australian cultures in traditional English verse, Aboriginal prose narrative, accounts of cultural practices, and hybrid blends of all three. The essay adopts the notion of 'listening to listening' to set out the many forms of story the tree's sounds generate their contribution to identifying places, and to suggest a specific Aboriginal song-line appears to underlie the divergent replications of tree-'voice' across southern Australia.' (Author's abstract)
The Metamorphoses of Henry Kendall Harry Payne Heseltine , 1981 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 41 no. 4 1981; (p. 367-389) The Uncertain Self : Essays in Australian Literature and Criticism 1986; (p. 22-41)
Heseltine discusses Kendall's attempts to create a "literary" personality. In his search for a literary self Kendall explored aboriginal, biblical and classical themes. Kendall's quest to mythologize an uncertain self into a sustaining identity, Heseltine argues, enabled similar searches by Australia's later poets.
The Radiant Dream : Notes on Henry Kendall Adrian Mitchell , 1969 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 4 no. 2 1969; (p. 99-114) Henry Kendall : The Muse of Australia 1992; (p. 37-53)
Mitchell looks to Kendall's poetry for a "system of images that amount to a loose poetic philosophy, an attitude of mind that is formulated emotionally rather than logically, but in any case consistently". Mitchell detects an observer who occupies a middle (dream-like) state beside a stream between differents poles such as real/ideal and city/forest. Although the observer seeks but can't find the source of this stream, he gains the ability to believe in poetic vision--the radiant dream. Mitchell argues that all of Kendall's poetry shows a progression towards the acceptance of this ability.
Untitled James McAuley , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 3 no. 4 1968; (p. 314-315)

— Review of The Landscape of Australian Poetry Brian Elliott 1967 single work criticism ; The Poetical Works of Henry Kendall Henry Kendall 1966 selected work poetry
Kendall in Full A. W. Thomson , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature , July no. 5 1968; (p. 131-132)

— Review of The Poetical Works of Henry Kendall Henry Kendall 1966 selected work poetry
Henry Kendall's Poetry T. Inglis Moore , 1967 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Autumn vol. 26 no. 1 1967; (p. 101-103)

— Review of The Poetical Works of Henry Kendall Henry Kendall 1966 selected work poetry
Untitled Dennis Douglas , 1966 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 10 September 1966; (p. 23)

— Review of The Ilex Tree Geoffrey Lehmann Les Murray 1965 selected work poetry ; The Poetical Works of Henry Kendall Henry Kendall 1966 selected work poetry
Short Views 1966 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 26 no. 3 1966; (p. 213-214)

— Review of The Poetical Works of Henry Kendall Henry Kendall 1966 selected work poetry
Untitled G.J. , 1966 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 9 April 1966; (p. 9)

— Review of The Poetical Works of Henry Kendall Henry Kendall 1966 selected work poetry
Untitled T. Inglis Moore , 1966 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 28 May 1966; (p. 10)

— Review of The Poetical Works of Henry Kendall Henry Kendall 1966 selected work poetry
Untitled James McAuley , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 3 no. 4 1968; (p. 314-315)

— Review of The Landscape of Australian Poetry Brian Elliott 1967 single work criticism ; The Poetical Works of Henry Kendall Henry Kendall 1966 selected work poetry
Untitled Dennis Douglas , 1966 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 10 September 1966; (p. 23)

— Review of The Ilex Tree Geoffrey Lehmann Les Murray 1965 selected work poetry ; The Poetical Works of Henry Kendall Henry Kendall 1966 selected work poetry
Short Views 1966 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 26 no. 3 1966; (p. 213-214)

— Review of The Poetical Works of Henry Kendall Henry Kendall 1966 selected work poetry
Untitled G.J. , 1966 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 9 April 1966; (p. 9)

— Review of The Poetical Works of Henry Kendall Henry Kendall 1966 selected work poetry
Untitled T. Inglis Moore , 1966 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 28 May 1966; (p. 10)

— Review of The Poetical Works of Henry Kendall Henry Kendall 1966 selected work poetry
Henry Kendall's Poetry T. Inglis Moore , 1967 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Autumn vol. 26 no. 1 1967; (p. 101-103)

— Review of The Poetical Works of Henry Kendall Henry Kendall 1966 selected work poetry
Kendall in Full A. W. Thomson , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature , July no. 5 1968; (p. 131-132)

— Review of The Poetical Works of Henry Kendall Henry Kendall 1966 selected work poetry
The Tree and Its Voices : What the Casuarina Says Barbara Holloway , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology , Summer vol. 1 no. 2011;
'The tree known popularly and scientifically as the casuarina has been consistently noticed for the sounds made as wind passes through its unusual foliage of needles and leaf scales. The acoustic experience of the casuarina — with subspecies found throughout Australia — has been represented as 'haunted', 'grieving' and voicing the secret language of initiates. This essay traces intriguing conceptual and aesthetic representations of the 'voice' and its listeners found across both Aboriginal and white Australian cultures in traditional English verse, Aboriginal prose narrative, accounts of cultural practices, and hybrid blends of all three. The essay adopts the notion of 'listening to listening' to set out the many forms of story the tree's sounds generate their contribution to identifying places, and to suggest a specific Aboriginal song-line appears to underlie the divergent replications of tree-'voice' across southern Australia.' (Author's abstract)
The Metamorphoses of Henry Kendall Harry Payne Heseltine , 1981 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 41 no. 4 1981; (p. 367-389) The Uncertain Self : Essays in Australian Literature and Criticism 1986; (p. 22-41)
Heseltine discusses Kendall's attempts to create a "literary" personality. In his search for a literary self Kendall explored aboriginal, biblical and classical themes. Kendall's quest to mythologize an uncertain self into a sustaining identity, Heseltine argues, enabled similar searches by Australia's later poets.
The Radiant Dream : Notes on Henry Kendall Adrian Mitchell , 1969 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 4 no. 2 1969; (p. 99-114) Henry Kendall : The Muse of Australia 1992; (p. 37-53)
Mitchell looks to Kendall's poetry for a "system of images that amount to a loose poetic philosophy, an attitude of mind that is formulated emotionally rather than logically, but in any case consistently". Mitchell detects an observer who occupies a middle (dream-like) state beside a stream between differents poles such as real/ideal and city/forest. Although the observer seeks but can't find the source of this stream, he gains the ability to believe in poetic vision--the radiant dream. Mitchell argues that all of Kendall's poetry shows a progression towards the acceptance of this ability.
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