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y separately published work icon Odes for a Curse-Speaking Choir 1: Ottawar! an Ode in Humbug single work   poetry   satire   "cata-strophe Westward the flag of Empire takes a Run; The dromedary, from whose circling Jaw Dangles a Remnant of his Breakfast straw, Lifts his Hump nearer to the Rising Sun Which gilds the Foreheads of the Chimpanzee Gullett and Bruce and those of You and Me. Also the Mace and the Refreshment Bar At Ottawar, on the Ottawar O Ottawar!"
Issue Details: First known date: 1933... 1933 Odes for a Curse-Speaking Choir 1: Ottawar! an Ode in Humbug
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  • Epigraph: 'Oh God! O Montreal!' Samuel Butler.
  • Author's note: The intensive annotation of this ode is due to the opinion expressed by an editor that the work was above the heads of his public.With the assistance of our notes we trust the public will now be able to place their feet comfortably upon it. Any further elucidations required will be provided if correspondents will supply full name and address (not necessarily for publication) and a stamp.
  • Hugh Anderson in Frank Wilmot (Furnley Maurice) A Bibliography and a Criticism (1955) asserts: 'First appeared anonymously in M.U.M. (Melbourne University Magazine), September 1933 under the title 'Ottawar! An Ode in Bewilderment', but was revised for subsequent publication.'

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Lothian , 1933 .
      Extent: [17]pp.
      Reprinted: 1936
      • Beneath the imprint is the comment: 'In order to annoy people the price of this work has been fixed at one shilling and sixpence.'
      • M&M note that the 1936 reprint included annotations.
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