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Issue Details: First known date: 2004 2004
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'Traces the genealogy of Australian poetry, from inception to present times. In the course of the study of Australian verse it focuses on the diametrically opposed thematic concerns of two poets.

The first of them, Kenneth Slessor, whose nihilism is all pervading, is treated as one of Australia's first modern poets. His work is a composite of antithetical elements that co-exist to reveal complex interfaces between the inner emergence of an artistic moment and the external experience of a verbal poetic artifact that disturbs and fascinates.

Les Murray contrastingly, writing in the comic vein, examines and interrogates issues associated with Australian society, the land and its inhabitants. He presents the reader with definite parameters of what falls within the umbrella of Australian-ness.

The study of Slessor and Murray's poetry has been perceived from an Indian's perspective, eliciting from a personal repertoire of cultural and philosophical heritage. Thereby, the book is peppered with spontaneous observations of the author which are inserted whenever Slessor and Murray evoke reflections of Indian thought.' (vii-viii)


  • Dedication:
    My debt to Parvinder is of a long standing nature
    and goes well beyond the encouragement of
    this book. Cookie and Jivitesh have been
    great anchors and are always there
    when I need them.

    Thanks are dur to Sharda whose skill made
    the task of editing less of a care and more
    of a pleasure. Hiteshwar and Gauhar
    who are my source of strength
    and my weakness.

    My utmost gratitude to my parents
    for their unconditional
    love and support.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • New Delhi,
      South Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
      Rupa , 2004 .
      Extent: vii-xi, 196 p.p.
      • Includes bibliographical references.
      ISBN: 8129104105 (pbk.)
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