Australian poetry: reflections on nature, space and identity

Fenton Keane, Jayne (2010) Australian poetry: reflections on nature, space and identity. In: Explorations in Australian poetry. Sarup Book Publishers, New Delhi, India, pp. 1-40. ISBN 978-81-7625-633-9; 8176256331

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In the relatively brief history of written Australian poetry, nature has emerged as a quintessential theme. As a space and a physical expression of the natural world, nature is expressed through many styles. Even in urban poetry, nature is often held in the frame of a window, in memory, or as scarred residues in developed spaces. Contemporary poets in Australia often express a consciousness of nature, even if direct reference to the natural world is absent in an individual poem. With little to distinguish Australia's urban environment from any other city in the world, symbology of the bush and beach helps fuel the construction of Australian identity and poetry. This article explores the role of nature in Australian poetry that has helped shaped views of natural landscapes and Australian identity.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Submitted version deposited according to Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives licence.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2010 04:06
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2016 03:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: nature, Australian poetry, natural, landscape
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200502 Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9699 Other Environment > 969999 Environment not elsewhere classified

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