O could one write as one makes love when all is given and nothing kept, then language might put by at last its coy elisions and inept withdrawals, yield, and yielding cast aside like useless clothes the crust of worn and shabby use, and trust its candour to the urgent mind its beauty to the searching tongue. Gwen Harwood's work is defined by a moving sensuality, a twinkling irreverence and a sly wit. This anthology brings together the best 100 of her poems, as selected and compiled by her son, the writer John Harwood.
Gwen Harwood has long been recognised as one of Australia's finest poets and librettists. She had a quicksilver intellect and a rare ability to go directly to the heart of whatever occupied her. Generosity of spirit, biting wit, and a superb command of a language characterise both her poetry and her letters to friends.The letters in this edition - written between 1943 and her death in 1995 - present a strong claim that Gwen Harwood be considered this country's greatest letter-writer. The selection includes less than one-tenth of the letters transcribed by her biographer Gregory Kratzmann. Half of the letters here were written to her good friend Tony Riddell, to whom she dedicated all but the last of her volumes of poetry. Her correspondents include major figures from the fields of literature, art and music in Australia, and her love of letter-writing shows the value she accorded to friendship.
Author : Stephanie Trigg
ISBN : 0195532805
Genre : Fiction
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Stephanie Trigg has written a highly spirited and provocative critique of the much-loved Australian poet Gwen Harwood, whose passionate verse is belatedly reaching an international audience. Feminist scholars and fans of Australian poetry will especially appreciate this volume.
Letters written in 1943 by highly acclaimed poet Gwen Harwood to Thomas Riddell, a soldier stationed in Darwin. The letters capture the life of one young woman and her family in Australia during wartime.