The twenty-eights hurry us through lines of back-roads,
Linking sullen and bright
Trees, liquid in changing
Pace and direction,
Constructed in five 'Acts' plus Envoy.
* Contents derived from the Fremantle,Fremantle area,South West Perth,Perth,Western Australia,:Fremantle Press,2005 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Is There an Australian Pastoral Poetry?Andrew Taylor,
2015single work criticism — Appears in:
142015;(p. 38-51)Pastoral was common as a European literary genre from the Renaissance until the eighteenth century. It existed in other artistic forms as well, especially in the visual arts, and after its demise as a distinct genre elements of it persisted into the twentieth century, for example in music. With the colonial spread of European culture the pastoral influence also extended into other countries, with a mixed fate. Recently, the term Pastoral has come back into prominence in literature in English, not only in Great Britain but also, notably in the USA and Australia, with the growth of writing motivated by ecological involvement with the natural world, especially landscape. This has led to re-definitions of the term Pastoral in the last few decades. A number of Australian poets are looked at to see whether, and how, their writing about landscape might relate to, or incorporate elements of the Pastoral. The Australian poet John Kinsella, in particular, has been a widely published spokesperson for a new definition of Pastoral. His published works trace his move from a politically activist anti-colonialist redefinition of Pastoral towards a quieter, more harmonious, and essentially ethical engagement with the natural world.
‘The Name Blossomed’: Landscapes, Habitats and the Botanical Poetry of South-West AustraliaJohn Charles Ryan,
2013single work criticism — Appears in:
Australasian Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology,vol.
2013;(p. 26-42)'Habitat poetry represents the lives of plants, animals and the features of the natural world within their ecological networks. Commonly detailing physical contact with nature, habitat poetry narrates moments in which the senses engage with ecological processes. Additionally, habitat awareness in poetry tends to convey a sense of grappling with scientific discourses. These characterisations of habitat poetry will be articulated in the context of the biodiverse South-West of Western Australia. The works of South-West poets Alec Choate (1915-2010) (Gifts; A Marking; Mind); Andrew Lansdown (1954-); and John Kinsella (1963) (Poems; TheNew Arcadia) use sensory language to express something about nature and convey the dynamics between science and poetry. The concept of habitat provides an interpretative framework for reading Choate, Lansdown and Kinsella. The three could be described not only as landscape poets but more precisely as habitat poets, a distinction pursued in this discussion.' (Author's abstract)
Radical Pastoralism : John Kinsella's Great ‘Pastoral Trilogy'Liu Pingping,
2009single work criticism — Appears in:
12009;(p. 1-13)'The purpose in this paper is to trace the poetic progress of John Kinsella, as an example of an Australian poetic attack on the traditions of the 'pastoral Eden' − the idea that humans are inclined to be more moral and more appealingly human if they are closer to 'Nature', i.e., away from the inherent evil and corrupting influences of cities, or similar urban and industrial situations.' (p. 1)