The Little Panopticon sequence   poetry  
  • Author: David Malouf http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/malouf-david
Issue Details: First known date: 1981 1981
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Notes

  • This sequence has so far not been published separately or in a completed version. Parts of it were published in sections headed : 'From The Little Panopticon' in volumes of selected poems by Malouf.

    The title of each of the individual poems of this sequence refers to a well-known and influential work of world literature. The poems analyse these texts of 'great' literature, art and culture in what Tulip calls 'a virtuoso and encyclopedic reading of great texts [by Malouf] to release himself from them ... ending his academic career in these exercises, liberating himself from "learning" through an ultimate display of learning' (Introduction to David Malouf, ed. James Tulip, 1990, p.xv).

  • Author note: Panopticon: a. The name given by Bentham to a proposed form of prison of circular shape having cells built around and fully exposed towards a central 'well', whence the warder could at all times observe the prisoners. b. fig. and trans. A place where everything is visible; a show-room for novelties.

Includes

La Divina Commedia i "To take the big gamble - leave the church", David Malouf , 1981 single work poetry
— Appears in: Selected Poems 1981; (p. 111)
Il Pastor Fido i "Up here in valleys still within shouting distance", David Malouf , 1981 single work poetry
— Appears in: Selected Poems 1981; (p. 106-107)
L'education sentimentale i "Set off at any hour, from behind", David Malouf , 1981 single work poetry
— Appears in: Selected Poems 1981; (p. 97-98)
Harmonice Mundi i "Here, take a tuning fork, throw it", David Malouf , 1981 single work poetry
— Appears in: Selected Poems 1981; (p. 94) Guide to the Perplexed and Other Poems 2007; (p. 9) Revolving Days : Selected Poems 2008; (p. 120)
Le theatre et son double i "Having escaped the wreck", David Malouf , 1981 single work poetry
— Appears in: Selected Poems 1981; (p. 105-106) Revolving Days : Selected Poems 2008; (p. 127-128)
The Interpretation of Dreams i "Au paradis: four nights to forge The Ring, and history's made", David Malouf , 1977 single work poetry
— Appears in: Nation Review , 18-24 August 1977; (p. 16) Selected Poems 1981; (p. 102-103) Revolving Days : Selected Poems 2008; (p. 125-126)
The City of God i "Brightest of all cities that behind wet lights and planets", David Malouf , 1981 single work poetry
— Appears in: Selected Poems 1981; (p. 110-111) Poems 1959-1989 1992; (p. 142)
A Critique of Pure Reason i "A new style of preaching", David Malouf , 1981 single work poetry
— Appears in: Selected Poems 1981; (p. 101-102) Poems 1959-1989 1992; (p. 136) Revolving Days : Selected Poems 2008; (p. 124)
Elective Affinities i "Under pressure only wood keeps its grain, spike and screw", David Malouf , 1981 single work poetry
— Appears in: Selected Poems 1981; (p. 104-105) Poems 1959-1989 1992; (p. 135) Revolving Days : Selected Poems 2008; (p. 127)
Theologia Germanica i "Burning with zeal: whole villages", David Malouf , 1981 single work poetry
— Appears in: Selected Poems 1981; (p. 100-101) Poems 1959-1989 1992; (p. 132) Revolving Days : Selected Poems 2008; (p. 122)
Religio Medici i "Not much to be said", David Malouf , 1981 single work poetry
— Appears in: Selected Poems 1981; (p. 96) Poems 1959-1989 1992; (p. 131) Revolving Days : Selected Poems 2008; (p. 123-124)
Guide to the Perplexed i "As unpredictable as picnic weather, blue", David Malouf , 1981 single work poetry
— Appears in: Selected Poems 1981; (p. 99) The New Oxford Book of Australian Verse 1986; (p. 275) David Malouf : Johnno, Short Stories, Poems, Essays and Interview 1990; (p. 242) Selected Poems 1991; (p. 74) Poems 1959-1989 1992; (p. 133) Selected Poems 1959-1989 1994; (p. 84) Whispers from the Faraway South : Translations of Selected Australian Poetry 1999; (p. 138-140)
Gray's Anatomy i "When did he join us,", David Malouf , 1981 single work poetry
— Appears in: Selected Poems 1981; (p. 108-109) Selected Poems 1991; (p. 75-76) Poems 1959-1989 1992; (p. 139-141) Selected Poems 1959-1989 1994; (p. 87-88) Revolving Days : Selected Poems 2008; (p. 129-130)
Metamorphoses i "The forbidden name: spelled out on a screen as wheatgrain", David Malouf , 1981 single work poetry
— Appears in: Selected Poems 1981; (p. 107) Selected Poems 1991; (p. 72) Poems 1959-1989 1992; (p. 137) Selected Poems 1959-1989 1994; (p. 86) Revolving Days : Selected Poems 2008; (p. 129)
A Commentary on Galatians i "Ants", David Malouf , 1981 single work poetry
— Appears in: Selected Poems 1981; (p. 95) Selected Poems 1991; (p. 70) Poems 1959-1989 1992; (p. 129) Selected Poems 1959-1989 1994; (p. 82)
The Fables i "To interpret the wood you first must fall", David Malouf , 1981 single work poetry
— Appears in: Selected Poems 1981; (p. 103-104) David Malouf : Johnno, Short Stories, Poems, Essays and Interview 1990; (p. 243-244) Selected Poems 1991; (p. 71) Poems 1959-1989 1992; (p. 134) Selected Poems 1959-1989 1994; (p. 85) Revolving Days : Selected Poems 2008; (p. 126-127)
A Thousand and One Nights i "A boy stops open-mouthed: between", David Malouf , 1981 single work poetry
— Appears in: Selected Poems 1981; (p. 100) David Malouf : Johnno, Short Stories, Poems, Essays and Interview 1990; (p. 242-243) Poems 1959-1989 1992; (p. 138)
The Elements of Geometry i "In this bankers' town of course art would depend", David Malouf , 1981 single work poetry
— Appears in: Selected Poems 1981; (p. 98) David Malouf : Johnno, Short Stories, Poems, Essays and Interview 1990; (p. 241-242) Selected Poems 1991; (p. 73) Poems 1959-1989 1992; (p. 130) Selected Poems 1959-1989 1994; (p. 83) Revolving Days : Selected Poems 2008; (p. 121)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Selected Poems David Malouf , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1981 Z23577 1981 selected work poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1981 pg. 93-111
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