Animula single work   poetry   "Dear soul-mate, little guest"
  • Author: David Malouf http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/malouf-david
Issue Details: First known date: 2003 2003
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  • Epigraph:
    Animula vagula blandula
    hospes comesque corporis,
    quae hunc abibis in loca,
    pallida, rigida, dudula,
    nec, ut soles, dabis iocos?
  • This poem is in seven numbered parts.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Alternative title: Last Words of the Emperor Hadrian
Alternative title: Seven Last Words of the Emperor Hadrian
Notes:
Epigraph: Animula vagula blandula / hospes comesque corporis, / quae hunc abibis in loca, / pallida, rigida, nunula, / nec, ut soles, dabis iocos.
(Note: this inscription appears on the Emperor Hadrian's tomb in the Mausoleo Castel Sant Angelo in Rome.)
  • Appears in:
    y The Best Australian Poems 2003 Peter Craven (editor), Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2003 Z1084575 2003 anthology poetry Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2003 pg. 3-5
    Note: With title: Last Words of the Emperor Hadrian
  • Appears in:
    y 2004 National Concert Season : Last Words Pymble : Playbill , 2004 Z1106021 2004 anthology column lyric/song

    This publication is the programme produced to accompany the Australian Chamber Orchestra's 'Last Words' tour. The tour comprised performances of works by Brahms, Beethoven and J. S. Bach as well as the world premiere performance of 'Seven Last Words'.

    The works were performed in Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and again in Sydney between 5 March-21 March 2004.

    Pymble : Playbill , 2004
    Note: With title: Seven Last Words of the Emperor Hadrian
  • Appears in:
    y Typewriter Music David Malouf , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2007 Z1367652 2007 selected work poetry

    'David Malouf's brilliant collection of poems begins with a memory of new love - with 'grace unasked for, urgencies that boom under the pocket of a shirt' - and ends in the intimate territory of the long-familiar where there is no need for words. This volume is marked by an astonishing breadth of intelligence and erudition, yet steps lightly among the objects of our lives and the wonder of everyday replenishments. Everywhere the poems affirm the mystical delights of music, angels and fields where 'first to gather are the starlings in unquiet flocks. Then quietly, the stars'.'

    Source: Publisher's blurb.

    St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2007
    pg. 25-28
    Note: With title: Seven Last Words of the Emperor Hadrian.
  • Appears in:
    y Revolving Days : Selected Poems David Malouf , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2008 Z1472223 2008 selected work poetry 'This is a collection spanning David Malouf's career. It includes previously published poems, as well as new poems organised by their geographical setting, according to the places in which David has lived over the last 30 years.' (Provided by publisher). St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2008 pg. 191-193
    Note: With title: Seven Last Words of the Emperor Hadrian
  • Appears in:
    y Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Nicholas Jose (editor), Kerryn Goldsworthy (editor), Anita Heiss (editor), David McCooey (editor), Peter Minter (editor), Nicole Moore (editor), Elizabeth Webby (editor), Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1590615 2009 anthology correspondence diary drama essay extract poetry prose short story (taught in 23 units)

    'Some of the best, most significant writing produced in Australia over more than two centuries is gathered in this landmark anthology. Covering all genres - from fiction, poetry and drama to diaries, letters, essays and speeches - the anthology maps the development of one of the great literatures in English in all its energy and variety.

    'The writing reflects the diverse experiences of Australians in their encounter with their extraordinary environment and with themselves. This is literature of struggle, conflict and creative survival. It is literature of lives lived at the extremes, of frontiers between cultures, of new dimensions of experience, where imagination expands.

    'This rich, informative and entertaining collection charts the formation of an Australian voice that draws inventively on Indigenous words, migrant speech and slang, with a cheeky, subversive humour always to the fore. For the first time, Aboriginal writings are interleaved with other English-language writings throughout - from Bennelong's 1796 letter to the contemporary flowering of Indigenous fiction and poetry - setting up an exchange that reveals Australian history in stark new ways.

    'From vivid settler accounts to haunting gothic tales, from raw protest to feisty urban satire and playful literary experiment, from passionate love poetry to moving memoir, the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature reflects the creative eloquence of a society.

    'Chosen by a team of expert editors, who have provided illuminating essays about their selections, and with more than 500 works from over 300 authors, it is an authoritative survey and a rich world of reading to be enjoyed.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Allen and Unwin have a YouTube channel with a number of useful videos on the Anthology.

    Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009
    pg. 842-844
    Note: With title: 7 Last Words of the Emperor Hadrian
  • Appears in:
    y Out of the Box : Contemporary Australian Gay and Lesbian Poets Michael Farrell (editor), Jill Jones (editor), Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2009 Z1659548 2009 anthology poetry (taught in 2 units) Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2009 pg. 151-153
    Note: With title: Seven Last Words of the Emperor Hadrian
  • Appears in:
    y Australian Poetry Since 1788 Geoffrey Lehmann (editor), Robert Gray (editor), Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2011 Z1803846 2011 anthology poetry (taught in 1 units) 'A good poem is one that the world can’t forget or is delighted to rediscover. This landmark anthology of Australian poetry, edited by two of Australia’s foremost poets, Geoffrey Lehmann and Robert Gray, contains such poems. It is the first of its kind for Australia and promises to become a classic. Included here are Australia’s major poets, and lesser-known but equally affecting ones, and all manifestations of Australian poetry since 1788, from concrete poems to prose poems, from the cerebral to the naïve, from the humorous to the confessional, and from formal to free verse. Translations of some striking Aboriginal song poems are one of the high points. Containing over 1000 poems from 170 Australian poets, as well as short critical biographies, this careful reevaluation of Australian poetry makes this a superb book that can be read and enjoyed over a lifetime.' (From the publisher's website.) Sydney : University of New South Wales Press , 2011 pg. 601-603
  • Appears in:
    y Southerly vol. 63 no. 1 Vivian Smith (editor), 2003 Z1092001 2003 periodical issue Translations 2003 pg. 7-8
  • Appears in:
    y The Turnrow Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry John Kinsella (editor), Monroe : LA Desperation Press Turnrow Books , 2014 8049508 2014 anthology poetry

    'This anthology...is a negotiation of many spaces. That of poets and their work, the idea of "Australia", the idea of being "represented" in a different demographic (America), personal or textual issues with anthologiser, who else is being included (though none outside myself and the publishers have knowledge of this until publication). Vitally, whoat matters is the conversations that arise from the anthology going public, and how the poets and readers deal with this community that has been organically and artificially induced.' John Kinsella (Source: backcover)

    Monroe : LA Desperation Press Turnrow Books , 2014
    pg. 338-340
    Note: With title: Seven Last Words of the Emperor Hadrian

Works about this Work

Out of Breath David Malouf , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Financial Review Magazine , June 2007; (p. 54-56)
Malouf discusses the background to his poem which is reprinted here.
Out of Breath David Malouf , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Financial Review Magazine , June 2007; (p. 54-56)
Malouf discusses the background to his poem which is reprinted here.
Last amended 24 Jun 2013 12:20:24
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