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  • Author:agent James McAuley http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/mcauley-james
Issue Details: First known date: 1956... 1956 A Vision of Ceremony : Poems
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  • Work has dedication: In honour of Marie-Therese Noblet, Ancilla Domini, 1889-1930.

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.
Invocationi"Radiant Muse, my childhood's nurse", James McAuley , 1952 single work poetry (p. 3)
Black Swans : 1946 - 1955, James McAuley , 1956 sequence poetry
A group of lyrics with "a clear unity of tone and a striking and consistent interplay of ...images" which is "best read as a sequence". Vivian Smith, James McAuley, p.18.
(p. 3-30)
At Dawni"I woke as by a summons. Dawn", James McAuley , 1938 single work poetry (p. 4)
Jesusi"Touching Ezekiel his workman's hand", James McAuley , 1956 single work poetry (p. 5)
To a Dead Bird of Paradisei"Ah, fabulous fancy,", James McAuley , 1952 single work poetry (p. 6)
Mating Swansi"A pair of black swans on the lake", James McAuley , 1952 single work poetry (p. 7)
Tune for Swansi"Black swan leaving", James McAuley , 1953 single work poetry (p. 8)
Memorial (to Some Residents of New Guinea)i"When the sleeping isles were shaken", James McAuley , 1947 single work poetry (p. 9)
Sequencei"Lady, whose grace it was to do", James McAuley , 1956 single work poetry (p. 10)
Canticlei"Stillness and splendour of the night,", James McAuley , 1953 single work poetry (p. 11)
To the Holy Spiriti"Leaving your fragrant rest on the summit of morning calm,", James McAuley , 1954 single work poetry (p. 12)
Nativityi"The thin distraction of a spider's web", James McAuley , 1954 single work poetry (p. 13)
An Art of Poetryi"Since all our keys are lost or broken,", James McAuley , 1954 single work poetry (p. 14-15)
Palmi"Earth, air, water, light,", James McAuley , 1954 single work poetry (p. 16-17)
Prefigurationi"In winter, towards the end of night", James McAuley , 1954 single work poetry (p. 18)
New Guineai"Bird-shaped island, with secretive bird-voices,", James McAuley , 1954 single work poetry (p. 19)
Meditation (from Hugo von Hofmannsthal)i"Many, it is true, go down to perish", James McAuley , 1954 single work poetry (p. 20)
The Royal Fireworksi"With lovely face and fiery tail", James McAuley , 1954 single work poetry (p. 21)
Prologuei"Here drama used to dwell; and now once more", James McAuley , 1956 single work poetry (p. 22)
The Middle of Life (from Friedrich Holderlin)i"With ripening yellow pears", Friedrich Holderlin , James McAuley (translator), 1956 single work poetry (p. 23)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Literature of the Pacific, Mainly Australian Peter Pierce , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Etropic : Electronic Journal of Studies in the Tropics , vol. 12 no. 2 2013; (p. 210-219)

This lecture is in some ways the ‘lost’ chapter of The Cambridge History of Australian Literature (2009), one eventually not written because the projected author could find not enough literary material even in that vast Pacific Ocean, or perhaps found – as mariners have – only far separated specks in that ocean. Yet Australian literature about the nation’s Pacific littoral and the islands within the ocean and the ocean itself is varied, considerable, and often eccentric. Our greatest drinking song is Barry Humphries’s ‘The Old Pacific Sea’. The Japs and the jungle are the hallmarks of fiction, poetry and reportage of the Pacific War of 1942-5. New Guinea has attracted such writers as James McAuley, Peter Ryan, Trevor Shearston, Randolph Stow and Drusilla Modjeska. The short stories of Louis Becke are the most extensive and iconoclastic writing about the Pacific by any Australian. Yet the literature of the Pacific littoral seems thinner than that of the Indian Ocean. The map on the title page of Rolf Boldrewood’s A Modern Buccaneer (1894) shows those afore-mentioned specks in a vast expanse of water. What aesthetic challenges have Pacific writing posed and how have they been met? Have the waters of the Pacific satisfied Australians as a near offshore playground but defeated wider efforts of the imagination? ' (Publication summary)

y separately published work icon James McAuley Lyn McCredden , South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1992 Z90326 1992 single work criticism
Between Position and Desire : The Love Poetry of James McAuley Lyn McCredden , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , March vol. 51 no. 1 1991; (p. 35-54)
From Heroism to Pietas : The Anti-Modernist's Progress in the Poetry of James McAuley Jennifer Strauss , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 48 no. 3 1989; (p. 597-610)
Poets Against Novelists - Cold War Courts and Crusades John McLaren , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , May no. 22 1988; (p. 83-93)
James McAuley's Poems 1956 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 31 October vol. 77 no. 4003 1956; (p. 2)

— Review of A Vision of Ceremony : Poems James McAuley , 1956 selected work poetry
[Review] A Vision of Ceremony Patrick Coady , 1956 single work review
— Appears in: Twentieth Century , (1956-1957) vol. 11 no. 1956; (p. 269-270)

— Review of A Vision of Ceremony : Poems James McAuley , 1956 selected work poetry
[Review] A Vision of Ceremony Martin Haley , 1956 single work review
— Appears in: Advocate : A Weekly Catholic Journal , 25 October 1956; (p. 11)

— Review of A Vision of Ceremony : Poems James McAuley , 1956 selected work poetry
[Review] A Vision of Ceremony Charles Higham , 1956 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13 October 1956; (p. 13)

— Review of A Vision of Ceremony : Poems James McAuley , 1956 selected work poetry
[Review] A Vision of Ceremony [and] The Other Meaning A. A. Phillips , 1956 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 15 no. 4 1956; (p. 427-429)

— Review of A Vision of Ceremony : Poems James McAuley , 1956 selected work poetry ; The Other Meaning Vivian Smith , 1956 selected work poetry
James McAuley (1917-1976) Margaret Giordano , Don Norman , 1984 single work biography
— Appears in: Tasmanian Literary Landmarks 1984; (p. 191-197)
y separately published work icon James McAuley Lyn McCredden , South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1992 Z90326 1992 single work criticism
James McAuley : The Landscape of the Heart David Bradley , 1964 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Literature of Australia 1964; (p. 389-406)
'Explores the preoccupations that determine McAuley's poetry : a unified world view; discipline and dedication; significant results in society - that is, a return to Western civilization's tradition. Traces McAuley's poetic development and pursuit of these ideals, through a discussion of some of the major poems, Captain Quiros in particular.' (Robert Ross, Australian Literary Criticism, 1945-1988, p. 253.)
Between Position and Desire : The Love Poetry of James McAuley Lyn McCredden , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , March vol. 51 no. 1 1991; (p. 35-54)
Poets Against Novelists - Cold War Courts and Crusades John McLaren , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , May no. 22 1988; (p. 83-93)
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