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Issue Details: First known date: 1956... 1956 Orpheus and Other Poems
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Notes

  • Dedication: I would like to dedicate 'Orpheus' to those few friends whose generosity and appreciation alone made its creation possible. It is only a partial repayment for so large a debt of gratitude, but my only means of expressing my thanks, especially to Dr and Mrs Alfred Conlon, Mr Russell Sinclair, and my mother, Mrs L. Langley, for the necessities of life; to Professor A. D. Hope and Mr J. P. McAuley for their encouragement and critical suggestions; and to Mr George Coulson, Professor Julius Stone, and Mr John Thompson for their efforts to have it published.

    The more recent poems have been written partly under the patronage of a group of ladies of Wangaratta, Victoria; notably Mrs Jean Marks, who conceived the idea, and Mrs Helen Just, who carried it out; and to them I again express my gratitude, hoping that the results will prove some recompense.

  • Epigraph: Greek quotation from Themistius.
  • Michael Ackland comments: 'The collection opens with a twenty-seven-poem sequence reinterpreting the story of Orpheus and Eurydice to show, according to Stewart, the error of descending into the underworld beloved of psychoanalysis and the need for a superrational principle. Next come five poems grouped under the subheading 'The Myths', followed by five scenes from 'Landscape Roll'. 'Prelude: The Myths' offers a synoptic statement of contemporary attitudes toward myths, likened to 'cities that have lain/Buried beneath the conscious plain' awaiting resurrection by 'archaeologists of mind', or Apollo's guild: Myths are a never-empty urn Of meaning: the poets thence in turn Pour out the symbols that presage The rise or ruin of their age. The subjects of the remaining poems -- drawn from Hinduism, Taoism, and Buddhism -- are a testimony to Stewart's restless questing and to Traditionalist eclecticism, although much later he saw the poems as reflections of his engagement with the overarching tradition of Mahayana Buddhism.'

Contents

* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,:Angus and Robertson , 1956 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Orpheusi"His fluency can move with ease", Harold Stewart , sequence poetry (p. 3-54)
Orpheus and the Treesi"Lips only sing that cannot kiss:", Harold Stewart , single work poetry

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Some Aspects of the Poetry of Harold Stewart Ronald T. Dunlop , 1963 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 23 no. 4 1963; (p. 222-234)
Three Australian Poets D. S. , 1956 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 18 April vol. 77 no. 3975 1956; (p. 2)

— Review of Orpheus and Other Poems Harold Stewart , 1956 selected work poetry ; The Two Fires Judith Wright , 1955 selected work poetry ; Three Men and Sydney Nancy Keesing , 1955 selected work poetry
[Review] Orpheus and Other Poems Martin Haley , 1956 single work review
— Appears in: Advocate: A Weekly Catholic Journal , 13 September 1956; (p. 11)

— Review of Orpheus and Other Poems Harold Stewart , 1956 selected work poetry
[Review] Orpheus and Other Poems Charles Higham , 1956 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21 April 1956; (p. 11)

— Review of Orpheus and Other Poems Harold Stewart , 1956 selected work poetry
Australian Literature : Notes : "Orpheus" 1956 single work column
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 17 no. 3 1956; (p. 179)
The Hellenists Edgar Holt , 1956 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 17 no. 3 1956; (p. 170-172)

— Review of Icarius C. R. Jury , 1941 single work drama poetry ; Orpheus and Other Poems Harold Stewart , 1956 selected work poetry
Form and Matter in Poetry Robert D. FitzGerald , 1956 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 15 no. 2 1956; (p. 196-204)

— Review of Human, My Race Amy Cumpston , 1955 selected work poetry ; The Two Fires Judith Wright , 1955 selected work poetry ; Song and Dance Ray Mathew , 1956 selected work poetry ; The Coorong and Other Poems Max Harris , 1955 selected work poetry ; Three Men and Sydney Nancy Keesing , 1955 selected work poetry ; Orpheus and Other Poems Harold Stewart , 1956 selected work poetry
[Review] Orpheus and Other Poems Charles Higham , 1956 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21 April 1956; (p. 11)

— Review of Orpheus and Other Poems Harold Stewart , 1956 selected work poetry
[Review] Orpheus and Other Poems Martin Haley , 1956 single work review
— Appears in: Advocate: A Weekly Catholic Journal , 13 September 1956; (p. 11)

— Review of Orpheus and Other Poems Harold Stewart , 1956 selected work poetry
Three Australian Poets D. S. , 1956 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 18 April vol. 77 no. 3975 1956; (p. 2)

— Review of Orpheus and Other Poems Harold Stewart , 1956 selected work poetry ; The Two Fires Judith Wright , 1955 selected work poetry ; Three Men and Sydney Nancy Keesing , 1955 selected work poetry
Some Aspects of the Poetry of Harold Stewart Ronald T. Dunlop , 1963 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 23 no. 4 1963; (p. 222-234)
Australian Literature : Notes : "Orpheus" 1956 single work column
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 17 no. 3 1956; (p. 179)
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