Orara : A Tale single work   poetry   "Orara! child of ever-thundering hills,"
  • Author: Henry Kendall http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/kendall-henry
Issue Details: First known date: 1865 1865
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  • Kendall had a longstanding creative connection with the Orara River, in northern New South Wales, where he spent a formative period in his youth. He wrote three different poems which had the name 'Orara' in the title: 1) 'Orara: A Tale', first published in 1865 and subsequently in a revised version as 'Orara: A Fragment'; 2) 'Orara', first published in 1879, and subsequently in Songs from the Mountains; 3) 'Orara' (a retitled and much revised version of 'The Glen of Arrawatta'), which won a Victorian Art Union prize in 1881. These are all different works, not versions of the same work. Of these three poems, the second has become the more widely known (perhaps because it appeared in Songs from the Mountains), and for most readers this would be the poem they think of as Kendall's 'Orara'.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y The Sydney Mail vol. 6 no. 250 15 April 1865 Z1256080 1865 newspaper issue 1865 pg. 9
  • Appears in:
    y The Poetical Works of Henry Kendall Henry Kendall , Thomas Thornton Reed (editor), Adelaide : Libraries Board of South Australia , 1966 Z571473 1966 selected work poetry 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. Adelaide : Libraries Board of South Australia , 1966 pg. 309-317
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