Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 Tracing the Spectre of Death in Francis Webb's Last Poems
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'In much of Francis Webb's poetry "the tale brings death" ("A Drum for Ben Boyd") but death remains largely off-stage. The poetry eschews the space of death and seems unwilling to explore the possibility of nothingness. There is a significant change, however, that is particularly noticeable in Webb's last three published poems. This paper focuses on the naming of death in "Sturt and the Vultures" but it traces first a progression in Webb's poetry - from "A Death at Winson Green" through "Socrates" and "Rondo Burleske: Mahler's Ninth" - in which the poet seems increasingly ready to contemplate the possibilities of the void.'

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    y JASAL Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature no. 9 2009 Z1605882 2009 periodical issue 2009
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