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Sonnets Dedicated to Australian Senators sequence   poetry   satire  
  • Author:agent Charles Harpur http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/harpur-charles
Issue Details: First known date: 1845... 1845 Sonnets Dedicated to Australian Senators
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Notes

  • Seventeen sonnets.
  • Epigraph: Men, proud men, / Drest in a little brief authority, / Most ignorant of what they are most assured, / Play such fantastic tricks before high heaven / As make the angels weep. - Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, Act II, Scene 2.
  • Author's note: In preserving these pieces for future republication, I am very influenced by the ambition of figuring as a clever satirist. My chief - almost my sole object, in doing so, is to be able at any future time to repudiate 'imputed trash and nonsense not my own' by openly avowing everything of a satirical nature which I have been really guilty of. And if in the process of recopying, several of them have been retouched this finish has been bestowed, more with view to rendering these completer as compositions for which my literary name is answerable, than of adding in any degree to their severity as satires. (The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur (1984): 599)

Includes

Is Wentworth a Patriot? i "A Patriot is one who hath no aims", An Australian , 1845 single work poetry satire
— Appears in: The Weekly Register of Politics, Facts and General Literature , 8 February vol. 4 no. 81 1845; (p. 63) Bards in the Wilderness : Australian Colonial Poetry to 1920 1970; (p. 39-40) The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur 1984; (p. 599-600)
A Windy Subject i "The Devil, astride on a Brickfielder, drew", The Clerk of the Weather , 1845 single work poetry satire
— Appears in: The Weekly Register of Politics, Facts and General Literature , 15 February vol. 4 no. 82 1845; (p. 75) The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur 1984; (p. 600)
'On Windeyer.' (Webby)
Who's the Man? i "A Doctor! One whose mouth is filled with slang,", The Recorder , 1845 single work poetry satire
— Appears in: The Weekly Register of Politics, Facts and General Literature , 22 February vol. 4 no. 83 1845; (p. 88) The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur 1984; (p. 601)
'On J. D. Lang.' (Webby)
'Is Saul also Among the Prophets?' i "With ample fortune, and no common mind,", Truth in Season , 1845 single work poetry satire
— Appears in: The Weekly Register of Politics, Facts and General Literature , 22 February vol. 4 no. 83 1845; (p. 88) The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur 1984; (p. 601-602)
'Possibly on Benjamin Boyd.' (Webby)
Like Cases, with a Dose of Physic i "John Wroe mistook a drumming emptiness", Anti-State-Phlebotomy , 1845 single work poetry satire
— Appears in: The Weekly Register of Politics, Facts and General Literature , 1 March vol. 4 no. 84 1845; (p. 99) The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur 1984; (p. 602-603)
'On Charles Nicholson.' (Webby)
Who'd Have Thought It! - Why He Votes with the Opposition! i "Vote as thou wilt, D---! on thy brow", A Spirit of the Past , 1845 single work poetry satire
— Appears in: The Weekly Register of Politics, Facts and General Literature , 8 March vol. 4 no. 85 1845; (p. 111) The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur 1984; (p. 603)
'On Dumaresq.' (Webby)
A Thorough Woolgatherer i "Sure Cumberland, at length, must feel ashamed", No Wool-Gatherer , 1845 single work poetry satire
— Appears in: The Weekly Register of Politics, Facts and General Literature , 15 March vol. 4 no. 86 1845; (p. 123) The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur 1984; (p. 604)
'On Charles Cowper.' (Webby)
Expostulatory i "Most painful 'tis to see a man of merit", Not Tom Campbell , 1845 single work poetry satire
— Appears in: The Weekly Register of Politics, Facts and General Literature , 15 March vol. 4 no. 86 1845; (p. 123) The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur 1984; (p. 604-605)
'On Benjamin Boyd.' (Webby)
'It's No Go!' i "How stripped of all that giveth life to glow", Charles Harpur , 1845 single work poetry satire
— Appears in: The Weekly Register of Politics, Facts and General Literature , 29 March vol. 4 no. 88 1845; (p. 146) The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur 1984; (p. 605)
'On William Foster.' (Webby)
Wentworth Again i "Once he would have the Franchise low - For why?", An Australian , 1845 single work poetry satire
— Appears in: The Weekly Register of Politics, Facts and General Literature , 8 March vol. 4 no. 85 1845; (p. 111) The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur 1984; (p. 606)
'On his [Wentworth's] change of principles, etc.' (Webby)
The Windy Subject Again i "I've said, how Belial with the Patriot's name", The Clerk of the Weather , 1845 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Weekly Register of Politics, Facts and General Literature , 31 May vol. 4 no. 97 1845; (p. 254) The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur 1984; (p. 607)
The Man Who Dreamt a Mighty Dream i "What brought yon broad-brimm'd Statesman o'er the sea?", Bill Orr , 1845 single work poetry satire
— Appears in: The Weekly Register of Politics, Facts and General Literature , 19 April vol. 4 no. 91 1845; (p. 183) The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur 1984; (p. 607-608)
'On J. P. Robinson.' (Webby)
A 'Minion of the Moon' i "The spirit of the moon, as to and fro", No 'Minion of the Moon' , 1845 single work poetry satire
— Appears in: The Weekly Register of Politics, Facts and General Literature , 26 April vol. 4 no. 92 1845; (p. 194) The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur 1984; (p. 608)
'On Robert Lowe.' (Webby)
What Next? i "Surely some spirit of Folly that much hates man,", A Hawkesbury Boy , 1845 single work poetry satire
— Appears in: The Weekly Register of Politics, Facts and General Literature , 5 April vol. 4 no. 89 1845; (p. 159) The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur 1984; (p. 609)
  • 'On Bill ---.' (Webby)
  • Possibly William Bowman, pastoralist and member of the Legislative Council.
Wentworth's Council-Dream i "After a brimstone speech in Council made,", Martin Galvin , 1845 single work poetry satire
— Appears in: The Weekly Register of Politics, Facts and General Literature , 3 May vol. 4 no. 93 1845; (p. 208) The Port Phillip Patriot and Morning Advertiser , 16 May 1845; (p. 4) The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur 1984; (p. 609-610)
A Batch i "Hannibal! - (Ah! whereto must descend my theme?)", An Australian , 1845 single work poetry satire
— Appears in: The Weekly Register of Politics, Facts and General Literature , 19 April vol. 4 no. 91 1845; (p. 183) The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur 1984; (p. 610-611)
'On Hannibal Macarthur, Lawson, Lord and other parliamentarians.' (Webby)
Finis i "Fat Fudge the Publican (and sinner), o'er", Australicus , 1845 single work poetry satire
— Appears in: The Weekly Register of Politics, Facts and General Literature , 31 May vol. 4 no. 97 1845; (p. 254) The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur 1984; (p. 611)
'Critics have claimed that he hates Wentworth - actually, he hates 'all Rogues, political or otherwise!' (Webby)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1845
Notes:
Originally published, either anonymously or pseudonymously, in the Weekly Register of Politics, Facts and General Literature over the period 8 February to 31 May 1845.
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur Charles Harpur , Elizabeth Perkins (editor), Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1984 Z459555 1984 selected work poetry satire 'This collection represents one version of almost every poem written by Charles Harpur, with the omission of some translations and paraphrases. The verse drama, "Stalwart the Bushranger", and the fragments of the dramatic poem "King Saul" are not included. ... The collection is edited from Harpur's manuscript poems held in the Mitchell Library, Sydney, and from printed copies in colonial newspapers when no manuscript version existed.' (Preface) Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1984 pg. 599-611

Works about this Work

Finis i "Fat Fudge the Publican (and sinner), o'er", Australicus , 1845 single work poetry satire
— Appears in: The Weekly Register of Politics, Facts and General Literature , 31 May vol. 4 no. 97 1845; (p. 254) The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur 1984; (p. 611)
'Critics have claimed that he hates Wentworth - actually, he hates 'all Rogues, political or otherwise!' (Webby)
Finis i "Fat Fudge the Publican (and sinner), o'er", Australicus , 1845 single work poetry satire
— Appears in: The Weekly Register of Politics, Facts and General Literature , 31 May vol. 4 no. 97 1845; (p. 254) The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur 1984; (p. 611)
'Critics have claimed that he hates Wentworth - actually, he hates 'all Rogues, political or otherwise!' (Webby)
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