A Conventicle Larrikin single work   poetry   satire   "You may have heard of Proclus, sir,"
Alternative title: A Hyde Park Larrikin
  • Author: 'The Mopoke' http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/kendall-henry
Issue Details: First known date: 1880 1880
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  • This work originally appeared in the Freeman's Journal in March 1880 titled 'A Conventicle Larrikin', with the author's name indicated as 'The Mopoke'. It subsequently appeared in Songs from the Mountains, titled 'A Hyde Park Larrikin'.

  • This was one of several scathing satirical poems which Kendall wrote for the Freeman's Journal on the subject of sectarianism and religious hatred - here also see 'To the "Holy" Stiggins' and 'A Psalm for the Conventicle'.

    It is unclear whether Kendall's target here is a particular individual, or whether his subject was a representative 'type', presumably inspired by the various militant anti-Catholic Protestant clergymen who were active in Sydney during the 1870s and 1880s. According to Reed (1966), the MS of the poem reveals that Kendall had considered two further alternative titles, 'The Chapel Larrikin' and 'The "Reverend" Doctor'. Unlike Kendall's other poems involving larrikins, this poem is not about larrikins per se.

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  • Appears in:
    y Songs from the Mountains Henry Kendall , Sydney London : William Maddock Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington , 1880 Z241194 1880 selected work poetry Sydney London : William Maddock Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington , 1880 pg. 205-212
    Note: With title: 'A Hyde Park Larrikin'
  • Appears in:
    y The Freeman's Journal 27 March 1880 Z1781848 1880 newspaper issue 1880 pg. 14
    Note: With title: 'A Conventicle Larrikin'
  • 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. 222-225
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