Issue Details: First known date: 1907 1907
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Stevens' critical introduction describes the growth of Australian poetry. He traces it from the early days of European settlement - characterised by particular challenges to artistic culture -to a point where, by the turn of the twentieth century, Australia had become a 'vigorous, restless, democracy', with strong and distinctive new writings. He highlights three main periods : the early colonial period of works by W.C. Wentworth, Charles Harpur and Henry Parkes; the turbulent 'gold rush' years, of poets such as Kendall and Gordon; and the years after Kendall's death, in which Lawson and Paterson, among others, became widely loved for their realistic, enduring, and 'distinctively Australian' verse.

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    y An Anthology of Australian Verse Bertram Stevens (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1907 Z407025 1907 anthology poetry A selection of published and previously unpublished verse 'representative of the best short poems written by Australians or inspired by Australian scenery and conditions of life, - "Australian" in this connection being used to include New Zealand.' (Introduction, p. vii) Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1907 pg. xix-xxix
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