A Vivid Steady State: Les Murray and Australian Poetry

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The writing of this book has been made possible by the assistance of many people and institutions. I wish to thank the Department of English at the University of Queensland for their support which enabled the original research to be undertaken. The Department of English at Massey University made me welcome and gave the assistance without which this book would not have been possible. The Department of English, University College, the University of New South Wales, gave me space, resources and friendship for which I am most grateful. I received kind help from Ms Margaret O'Hagan and staff of the Fryer Library in the University of Queensland libraries, from the staffs of the Australian National Library, and Massey University Library; Frances Love at the Australia Council; Mrs M. Senior of the Manning Valley Historical Society; the Department of Lands, Taree; the staffs of the Manning Valley Tourist Association and Great Lakes Tourist Association.

A number of people answered queries, gave assistance, encouragement and made useful comments on the work--including Geoffrey Lehmann, John Needham, Vincent O'Sullivan and Philippe Tanguy. I also wish to thank Les Murray, who while showing interest in this work has never sought to control what I wrote, and has always acted with unfailing goodwill to my many questions, even when these were intrusive. Finally, I am particularly indebted to Ken Goodwin and above all Carol Franklin.

Parts of this book--Chapters Four, Six and Seven--appeared in a different version in Meridian 6, No. 1 ( 1987), Australian Literary Studies 13, No. 3 ( 1989) and Westerly 33, No. 1 ( 1988).

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  • Chapter 1 - The Forty Acres 1
  • Chapter 3 - Evading The Modernities? 36
  • Chapter 4 - The Animal Powers 54
  • Chapter 5 - "Our Sick Beloved Engine" Poetry To Absorb The Machine 74
  • Chapter 6 - "Almost A Father": Men And Women In The Vernacular Republic 100
  • Chapter 7 - "This Country Is My Mind": Landscape In The Vernacular Republic 119
  • Chapter 8 - "Rejoicing In Tongues" 139
  • Epilogue 157
  • Notes 159
  • Bibliography 164
  • Index 170
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