Poetry Kaleidoscope: Guide to Poetry
Despite perhaps seeming out of the typical Australian character,
played an important part in the founding of Australian literature. Two
poets who vie for the position of greatest Australian poet are
Christopher Brennan and Adam Lindsay Gordon. Gordon was not born in Australia but the
Azores, to Scottish parents. Despite this he is often called the "national
poet of Australia" and is the only Australian with a monument in
Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey in England.
Both Gordon’s but particularly Brennan’s works are made up of traditional
styles of poetry with many classical allusions, which can be thought of as high
culture, but there was also a competing, vibrant tradition of
Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson were two of the chief exponents of these popular
ballads and ‘Banjo’ himself was responsible for creating what is probably the
most famous Australian verse Waltzing Matilda.
Prominent Australian poets of the
twentieth century included A. D. Hope, Judith Wright, Kenneth Slessor, Gwen
Harwood, David Rowbotham, Les Murray, Jennifer Maiden, Will Ogilvie and Kevin
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