By Toby Davidson
Australian poetry is popularly conceived as a practice based via the wry, secular and stoic traces of its late-nineteenth-century bush balladeers Adam Lindsay Gordon, Henry Lawson and 'Banjo' Paterson, consolidated right into a land-based 'vigour' in guides resembling the Bulletin. but this renowned belief depends on now not truly consulting the poetry itself, which for good over 100 and fifty years has been cerebral, introspective, female and hugely - even experimentally - non secular. Western Christian mystics and Western Christian mystical poets of the classical international, heart a while and sleek period were resources of idea, impact and correspondence for Australian poets because the writings of Charles Harpur (1813-1868), yet there have additionally been ongoing debates as to how mysticism should be outlined, whom its precise exemplars could be, and no matter if poets can be thought of mystical specialists. This e-book dedicates entire chapters to 5 Australian Christian mystical poets: Ada Cambridge (1864-1926), John Shaw Neilson (1872-1943), Francis Webb (1925-1973), Judith Wright (1915-2000) and Kevin Hart (1954 - ), with extra contextual chapters on their contemporaries and new techniques by way of Aboriginal poets because the early Nineties. students and scholars are more and more brushing off the preferred 'bush' facade and examining Australian poetry when it comes to the sacred, the philosophical, the contemplative and the transcendent. At a countrywide point this is often traced again to the post-war and Nineteen Seventies generations of poets and readers who rejected the secure previous bush myths for a extra relentless interrogation of Australian origins, environments and metaphysics. but across the world, as one of the common Australian public, the very notion of an Australian Christian mystical poetry turns out incongruous with a metaphysically susceptible bush culture which asks little or no of them. This ebook casts Australian poetry in a brand new gentle by way of displaying how Australian Christian mystical poetics are available in each period of Australian letters, how literary hostilities in the direction of girls poets, eroticism and contemplation served to stifle a serious appreciation of mystical poetics till contemporary many years, and the way within the 20th century one Australian Christian mystical poet started to impression one other and proportion their appreciations of Dante, Donne, Traherne, Blake, Wordsworth, Brontë, Rossetti, Hopkins, Yeats, Eliot and Lowell. regardless of parallel foreign works on British, American and eu Christian mystical poets, there hasn't ever been a book-length exploration of Australian Christian mystical poets or poetics. This research attracts upon 8 years of analysis not to basically think of debates round Christian mysticism through the lives of its chosen poets, yet to additionally body its argument by way of the twenty-first-century Christian mysticism scholarship of Kevin Hart, Amy Hollywood, Ursula King and Bernard McGinn's seminal multi-volume background of Western Christian mysticism, The Presence of God. concurrently, Australian literary feedback of the proper eras in addition to within the current are explicitly engaged all through. This ebook is a rigorous paintings of unique scholarship with a purpose to considerably influence destiny discussions at the probabilities of Australian literature.
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