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'Peter Carey's novel True History of the Kelly Gang negotiates the multiple and contradictory meanings that Ned Kelly's historical record brings about. The figure of Ned Kelly brings to the fore the ethical dimensions of revisiting and questioning one of the best-known myths of the nation' (71).
'Patrick White acknowledged that he was "soaked in Rimbaud". Five poems in his novels are linked to Rimbaud. Their main themes are ones important also in Rimbaud's poems: the need to escape a constrictive mother by fleeing into the freedom of the imagination, followed by a fear of that very freedom. ... Ultimately both writers yielded in defeat to the stronger figure of their mother. After a final tribute to his mother, White turned to other subjects; Rimbaud abandoned poetry altogether' (99).