Les Murray

Les Murray

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Les Murray is amongst the most gifted poets writing today. His multifaceted talents have received high praise both in Australia and beyond. But he has also proved a controversial figure, whose poetry strays across the boundaries of political and cultural debate. His version of republicanism has caused heated argument about the future direction of Australia as we move out of the shadow of our colonial past. In this, the only full critical study of Murray s work available, Steven Matthews provides a complete picture of his career to date, from its early parables of national emergence to the working man s epic encounter with the major events of the twentieth century, Fredy Neptune. Matthews provides detailed readings of key poems, as well as literary and cultural contexts for the rapid shifts in style and subject matter Murray has made from collection to collection. He also gives an overview of Murray s place within Australian literature and national thought. Written in a way that engages academics working in the field and students or general readers new to Murray s poetry, this study offers a striking take on one of the most significant figures in world literaturshow more

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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • 0522850057
  • 9780522850055