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The Wisdom of Innocence : John Shaw Neilson single work   criticism   biography  
Issue Details: First known date: 1975... 1975 The Wisdom of Innocence : John Shaw Neilson
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Wright describes John Shaw Neilson's poetry as "simple yet profound" and the poet as "feeling not thinking" in this assessment. Because of his poor eyesight and work responsibilities, Shaw Neilson favoured short stanzas with regular repetition, but he employed "highly adapted methods to embody an idiosyncratic vision". A. G. Stephens' editorial intervention in these poems was expected, but it sometimes compromised the poet's artistic integrity.


  • Revised and abbreviated version of 2 lectures, one presented at the Australian National University, Department of English in 1970, and the other, a centenary memorial lecture, presented at the Adelaide Festival, 1972.

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    y separately published work icon Because I was Invited Judith Wright , Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1975 Z565275 1975 selected work prose criticism biography Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1975 pg. 89-106
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