Kenneth Slessor

Kenneth Slessor Kenneth Slessor has long been hailed as one of Australia s finest and most important poets But the terms of praise have often echoed Slessor s own aesthetic principles that poetry transcends social an

  • Title: Kenneth Slessor
  • Author: Adrian Caesar
  • ISBN: 9780195534214
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Paperback
  • Kenneth Slessor has long been hailed as one of Australia s finest and most important poets But the terms of praise have often echoed Slessor s own aesthetic principles that poetry transcends social and political issues that poetry is imbued with magic that poetry should deal with verities assumed to be eternal Caesar approaches Slessor s work from a different anglKenneth Slessor has long been hailed as one of Australia s finest and most important poets But the terms of praise have often echoed Slessor s own aesthetic principles that poetry transcends social and political issues that poetry is imbued with magic that poetry should deal with verities assumed to be eternal Caesar approaches Slessor s work from a different angle, by re reading and re writing aspects of his biography he places both Slessor s life and his work in political and cultural context He also demonstrates that the conflicts at work in Slessor s life and art have a relevance to an understanding of Australian society in the first half of this century.

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    1. That the poet Kenneth Slessor is a mystery Adrian Caesar states clearly in the introduction - having listed all the commendations that Slessor’s poetry has achieved, Caesar goes on to explain:“Part of what I wish to do in this book is to look again at the assumptions behind these commendations, not necessarily to diminish Slessor’s achievement or his importance, but rather to understand their nature in ways not previous assayed. After all, despite all this critical work, Slessor, and to so [...]

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