The Wilderness single work   poetry   "Penury in Sydney had grown stale"
  • Author: Les Murray http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/murray-les
Issue Details: First known date: 1969 1969
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Notes

  • Dedication : For Peter Barden.
  • After its appearance in The Weatherboard Cathedral and the 1976 Selected Poems, this poem is combined with 'Recourse to the Wilderness'.

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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.
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.
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