The Blue Horses single work   poetry   "What loud wave-motioned hooves awaken"
Is part of Blue Horses James McAuley 1946 sequence poetry
  • Author: James McAuley http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/mcauley-james
Issue Details: First known date: 1944 1944
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Notes

  • Date of writing given in Under Aldebaran as 1940.
  • Author's note reads in part : I had in mind Franz Marc's painting Tower of Blue Horses which seemed to me a symbol of that animal imaginative passion which creates the forms of culture but will not rest in them ....
  • Text from this poem has been set to music by Richard Mills in a work entitled Visionary Fanfare, commissioned by Australia Australia Inc. for Australia's bicentennial. Performed at the Australia Australia concerts held at the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne on September 24th and 25th, 1988.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Australian Poetry 1943 H. M. Green (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1944 Z41289 1944 anthology poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1944 pg. 11-14
    Note: This version contains a section of additional text.
  • Appears in:
    y Australian Poetry Library APRIL; APL; The Australian Poetry Resources Internet Library John Tranter , Sydney : 2004- Z1368099 2004- website

    'The Australian Poetry Library (APL) aims to promote a greater appreciation and understanding of Australian poetry by providing access to a wide range of poetic texts as well as to critical and contextual material relating to them, including interviews, photographs and audio/visual recordings.

    This website currently contains over 42,000 poems, representing the work of more than 170 Australian poets. All the poems are fully searchable, and may be accessed and read freely on the World Wide Web. Readers wishing to download and print poems may do so for a small fee, part of which is returned to the poets via CAL, the Copyright Agency Limited. Teachers, students and readers of Australian poetry can also create personalised anthologies, which can be purchased and downloaded. Print on demand versions will be availabe from Sydney University Press in the near future.

    It is hoped that the APL will encourage teachers to use more Australian material in their English classes, as well as making Australian poetry much more available to readers in remote and regional areas and overseas. It will also help Australian poets, not only by developing new audiences for their work but by allowing them to receive payment for material still in copyright, thus solving the major problem associated with making this material accessible on the Internet.

    The Australian Poetry Library is a joint initiative of the University of Sydney and the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL). Begun in 2004 with a prototype site developed by leading Australian poet John Tranter, the project has been funded by a major Linkage Grant from the Australian Research Council (ARC), CAL and the University of Sydney Library. A team of researchers from the University of Sydney, led by Professor Elizabeth Webby and John Tranter, in association with CAL, have developed the Australian Poetry Library as a permanent and wide-ranging Internet archive of Australian poetry resources.' Source: www.poetrylibrary.edu.au (Sighted 30/05/2011).

    Sydney : 2004-
  • Appears in:
    y Under Aldebaran James McAuley , Melbourne : Melbourne University Press , 1946 Z137901 1946 selected work poetry Melbourne : Melbourne University Press , 1946 pg. 9-11
  • Appears in:
    y A Book of Australian Verse Judith Wright (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1956 Z565053 1956 anthology poetry Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1956 pg. 178-181
  • Appears in:
    y A Book of Australian Verse Judith Wright (editor), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1956 Z565053 1956 anthology poetry Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1968 pg. 178-181
  • Appears in:
    y Collected Poems 1936-1970 James McAuley , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1971 Z136303 1971 selected work poetry Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1971 pg. 7-9
  • Appears in:
    y James McAuley : Poetry, Essays and Personal Commentary James McAuley , Leonie Kramer (editor), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1988 Z372595 1988 selected work poetry prose criticism biography bibliography (taught in 1 units)

    This first comprehensive selection of McAuley's prose and verse is arranged by the editor, McAuley's friend and colleague Leonie Kramer, into eight sections, 'each representing aspects of James McAuley's interests and experience ... Within each section the poetry is chronologically arranged; the prose is introduced in such a way as to suggest the relationship between McAuley's poetic preoccupations and his critical and intellectual position.' (Note pp.xxix-xxx). Each section is accompanied by a brief editorial note and extensive end-notes, including McAuley's own notes.

    St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1988
    pg. 37-39
  • Appears in:
    y The Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry John Tranter (editor), Philip Mead (editor), Ringwood : Penguin , 1991 Z151302 1991 anthology poetry Ringwood : Penguin , 1991 pg. 72-75
  • Appears in:
    y Collected Poems James McAuley , Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1994 Z37758 1994 collected work poetry Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1994 pg. 9-12

Works about this Work

Australian Poems on European Paintings Werner Senn , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 15 no. 2 1991; (p. 83-94)
From Heroism to Pietas : The Anti-Modernist's Progress in the Poetry of James McAuley Jennifer Strauss , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 48 no. 3 1989; (p. 597-610)
James McAuley : The Landscape of the Heart David Bradley , 1964 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Literature of Australia 1964; (p. 389-406)
'Explores the preoccupations that determine McAuley's poetry : a unified world view; discipline and dedication; significant results in society - that is, a return to Western civilization's tradition. Traces McAuley's poetic development and pursuit of these ideals, through a discussion of some of the major poems, Captain Quiros in particular.' (Robert Ross, Australian Literary Criticism, 1945-1988, p. 253.)
James McAuley : The Landscape of the Heart David Bradley , 1964 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Literature of Australia 1964; (p. 389-406)
'Explores the preoccupations that determine McAuley's poetry : a unified world view; discipline and dedication; significant results in society - that is, a return to Western civilization's tradition. Traces McAuley's poetic development and pursuit of these ideals, through a discussion of some of the major poems, Captain Quiros in particular.' (Robert Ross, Australian Literary Criticism, 1945-1988, p. 253.)
Australian Poems on European Paintings Werner Senn , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 15 no. 2 1991; (p. 83-94)
From Heroism to Pietas : The Anti-Modernist's Progress in the Poetry of James McAuley Jennifer Strauss , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 48 no. 3 1989; (p. 597-610)
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