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Issue Details: First known date: 1953... 1953 The Canticle
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Notes

  • Sequence is written in four numbered parts. Titles of some poems are repeated in some parts.

Includes

Assisi i "1210 A.D. - too much of that. Anno Domini,", Francis Webb , 1953 single work poetry
— Appears in: Birthday 1953; (p. 1-2) Collected Poems 1969; (p. 69-70) Cap and Bells : The Poetry of Francis Webb 1991; (p. 97-98)
The Father i "I am the merchant Bernadone,", Francis Webb , 1953 single work poetry
— Appears in: Birthday 1953; (p. 4-5) Collected Poems 1969; (p. 71-72) Cap and Bells : The Poetry of Francis Webb 1991; (p. 99-101)
The Wolf of Gubbio i "I dictate to nobody, I need declare nothing.", Francis Webb , 1953 single work poetry
— Appears in: Birthday 1953; (p. 6) Collected Poems 1969; (p. 73) Cap and Bells : The Poetry of Francis Webb 1991; (p. 101)
The Jongleur i "O city, be radiant, flutter all your wings!", Francis Webb , 1953 single work poetry
— Appears in: Birthday 1953; (p. 7-8) Collected Poems 1969; (p. 73-75) Cap and Bells : The Poetry of Francis Webb 1991; (p. 102-103)
The Serf i "Words move within the grain. I feel the move", Francis Webb , 1953 single work poetry
— Appears in: Birthday 1953; (p. 9) Collected Poems 1969; (p. 75-76) Cap and Bells : The Poetry of Francis Webb 1991; (p. 103-104)
The Knight i "Dreams - a young man's dreams? On my solemn oath", Francis Webb , 1953 single work poetry
— Appears in: Birthday 1953; (p. 10) Collected Poems 1969; (p. 76) Cap and Bells : The Poetry of Francis Webb 1991; (p. 104-105)
Brother Ass i "The right side of the street? here we are - the kennel;", Francis Webb , 1953 single work poetry
— Appears in: Birthday 1953; (p. 11) Collected Poems 1969; (p. 77) Cap and Bells : The Poetry of Francis Webb 1991; (p. 105)
Brother Ass and the Saint i "Come, Brother, turn your full pitiful sweep of nose", Francis Webb , 1953 single work poetry
— Appears in: Birthday 1953; (p. 12) Collected Poems 1969; (p. 77-78) Cap and Bells : The Poetry of Francis Webb 1991; (p. 106)
The Leper i "Forgiven, forgiven.", Francis Webb , 1953 single work poetry
— Appears in: Australian Poetry 1953 1953; (p. 79-80) Birthday 1953; (p. 13) Australian Signpost : An Anthology Edited for the Canberra Fellowship of Australian Writers 1956; (p. 238-239) Collected Poems 1969; (p. 78) Twelve Poets, 1950-1970 1971; (p. 23-24) Cap and Bells : The Poetry of Francis Webb 1991; (p. 106-107)
The Father i "Continents I claimed and charted against the Last Day", Francis Webb , 1953 single work poetry
— Appears in: Birthday 1953; (p. 14) Collected Poems 1969; (p. 79) Cap and Bells : The Poetry of Francis Webb 1991; (p. 107-108)
The Wolf of Gubbio i "No match for a singing convoy: Silence, fall back.", Francis Webb , 1953 single work poetry
— Appears in: Birthday 1953; (p. 15) Collected Poems 1969; (p. 79-80) Cap and Bells : The Poetry of Francis Webb 1991; (p. 108-109)
The Jongleur i "Now, word and wit are ashine, and are as one;", Francis Webb , 1953 single work poetry
— Appears in: Birthday 1953; (p. 16) Collected Poems 1969; (p. 80-81) Cap and Bells : The Poetry of Francis Webb 1991; (p. 109-110)
The Serf i "Quiet, not words, plotting within the grain.", Francis Webb , 1953 single work poetry
— Appears in: Birthday 1953; (p. 17) Collected Poems 1969; (p. 81) Cap and Bells : The Poetry of Francis Webb 1991; (p. 110)
The Knight i "Slashing the canvas of dreams, I have entered the dream", Francis Webb , 1953 single work poetry
— Appears in: Birthday 1953; (p. 18) Collected Poems 1969; (p. 81-82) Cap and Bells : The Poetry of Francis Webb 1991; (p. 110-111)
The Mother i "I watch him again tonight,", Francis Webb , 1953 single work poetry
— Appears in: Birthday 1953; (p. 19) Collected Poems 1969; (p. 83) Cap and Bells : The Poetry of Francis Webb 1991; (p. 112)
The Companion i "Subasio could invite", Francis Webb , 1953 single work poetry
— Appears in: Birthday 1953; (p. 19) Collected Poems 1969; (p. 83) Cap and Bells : The Poetry of Francis Webb 1991; (p. 112)
St Clare i "The Door of the Dead: so tight", Francis Webb , 1953 single work poetry
— Appears in: Birthday 1953; (p. 19) Collected Poems 1969; (p. 83) Cap and Bells : The Poetry of Francis Webb 1991; (p. 112)
The Sun i "Small hours fattening, darkness losing", Francis Webb , 1953 single work poetry
— Appears in: Birthday 1953; (p. 20) Collected Poems 1969; (p. 84) Cap and Bells : The Poetry of Francis Webb 1991; (p. 113)
A Leper i "The town has a high wall. Yes, it is a man speaking,", Francis Webb , 1952 single work poetry
— Appears in: Melbourne University Magazine 1952; (p. 19) Birthday 1953; (p. 3) Australian Signpost : An Anthology Edited for the Canberra Fellowship of Australian Writers 1956; (p. 237-238) Collected Poems 1969; (p. 70-71) Twelve Poets, 1950-1970 1971; (p. 22-23) Cross-Country : A Book of Australian Verse 1984; (p. 159-160)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Birthday Francis Webb , Adelaide : Adelaide Print Office , 1953 Z551019 1953 selected work poetry drama Adelaide : Adelaide Print Office , 1953 pg. 1-20
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Collected Poems Francis Webb , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1969 Z551447 1969 selected work poetry radio play drama Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1969 pg. 69-84
    Note: Author note: 'In his Canticle of the Sun, St Francis of Assisi, one of the best-loved of the Saints, has left us a great hymn of devotion, a rewarding personal document, and fine poetry' (p.249).
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Cap and Bells : The Poetry of Francis Webb Francis Webb , Michael Joseph Griffith (editor), James A. McGlade (editor), North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1991 Z352562 1991 selected work poetry drama extract war literature satire North Ryde : Angus and Robertson , 1991 pg. 97-113

Works about this Work

Just Poetry Noel Rowe , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Just Words? : Australian Authors Writing for Justice 2008; (p. 47-61) Ethical Investigations : Essays on Australian Literature and Poetics 2008; (p. 177-193)
Recognizing the 'Face of Love' in Francis Webb's 'The Canticle' Bernadette Brennan , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 19 no. 1 2005; (p. 31-38)
Remaking the Middle Ages in Australia: Francis Webb's 'The Canticle' (1953) Andrew Lynch , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 19 no. 1 1999; (p. 44-56)
David Malouf, Francis Webb and Australian Religious Consciousness Jim Tulip , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reconnoitres : Essays in Australian Literature in Honour of G. A. Wilkes 1992; (p. 226-237)
Hitler and St Francis: A World of Conflict Michael Joseph Griffith , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: God's Fool : The Life and Poetry of Francis Webb 1991; (p. 126-168)
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