Kenneth Slessor (Oxford Australian Writers)

Kenneth Slessor (Oxford Australian Writers)❰Read❯ ➲ Kenneth Slessor (Oxford Australian Writers) Author Adrian Caesar – 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 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 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. 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 some extent his poetry still presents us with enigmas”Caesar goes on to do just that making the reader aware of the author’s upbringing and influences Chapter 1 is aptly entitled Beginnings and Caesar considers the influences of his father and mother and also Slessor’s early work the young man “anxiously expressing his Australian and Imperial allegiances in rather conventional if well wrought poems” Caesar examines several and writes“The relationship between art and nature is central to Slessor’s oeuvre and in “To a Forgotten Portrait” we find an early expression of themes and ideas that were later to form the basis of his greatest poem “Five Bells”Chapter 2 entitled Thieving the Moon looks at not only Slessor’s first collection of poetry Thief of the Moon but the break from his family and his marriage to Noela who was only 16 when they married and five years his junior The author also explains the distinction between Romanticism and Bohemia and Slessor’s relationship to both and touches on Slessor’s friendship with Norman Lindsay which began around this timeChapter 3 In Cuckooz Country begins in 1927 when Slessor joined the staff of Smith’s Weekly “As Geoffrey Dutton has pointed out Smith’s Weekly provided Slessor with a stimulating and for the most part congenial ambience in which to work” Caesar argues that although there were tensions in the marriage to Noela the author believes that they were happier than several other Slessor biographers have depicted As in the previous chapters Caesar goes in depth often in a complex way to understand his subject with a look at Lindsay’s Creative Effort as well as Slessor’s voyager poems Tellingly Caesar states writing of Slessor’s poem “Gulliver”“We feel the full force of Slessor’s repressions in this poem The body and its needs confine the artist who is trapped by existence and cannot escape into the spiritual realms of Life Slessor is prevented from celebration and led to the expression of a death wish”Chapter 4 “All Those ‘Girls’ The light verse examines the poems that for the most part make up the collections “Darlinghurst Nights” and “Backless Betty”In Chapter 5 Five Bells XX Poems Moving Towards Silence Caesar opens with“After the publication of “Cuckooz Contrey” in 1932 and “Darlinghurst Nights” in 1933 Slessor’s poetic productivity declined very markedly” Caesar examines the factors behind this decline and the writing the success of and failure within “Five Bells”In the last chapter of this fascinating and scholarly biography Chapter 6 “Inflections of Silence” Caesar opens with a marvellous sentence “Sometimes silence intrigues than speech” The author looks at this silence from every angle and discusses Slessor’s time as Official War Correspondent He also briefly touches on Slessor’s affair with Kath McShine and his marriage to Pauline Bowe; wrapping up with where the importance of Slessor’s work lies internationally and at home Highly recommended for fans of Kenneth Slessor and Australian poetry

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  • Paperback
  • 144 pages
  • Kenneth Slessor (Oxford Australian Writers)
  • Adrian Caesar
  • English
  • 05 January 2014
  • 9780195534214