A good poem is one that the world can't forget or is delighted to rediscover. This landmark anthology of Australian poetry, edited by two of Australia's foremost poets, Geoffrey Lehmann and Robert Gray, contains such poems. It is the first of its kind for Australia and promises to become a classic. Included here are Australia's major poets, and lesser-known but equally affecting ones, and all manifestations of Australian poetry since 1788, from concrete poems to prose poems, from the cerebral to the naïve, from the humorous to the confessional, and from formal to free verse. Translations of some striking Aboriginal song poems are one of the high points. Containing over 1000 poems from 170 Australian poets, as well as short critical biographies, this careful reevaluation of Australian poetry makes this a superb book that can be read and enjoyed over a lifetime.
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Comments about Australian Poetry Since 1788:
As a senior with difficulties associated with age, I found the book far too heavy to handle. It is not one that can be picked up and browsed while relaxing in a lounge chair, which is the way I like to read. Due to its weight, it needs to be on a flat surface. It would be far more appropriate as two, or perhaps three volumes.
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 1108
Published: 1st October 2011
Publisher: UNSW Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.2 x 7.4
Weight (kg): 2.19