By Ashok Bery

ISBN-10: 1403933103

ISBN-13: 9781403933102

Ashok Bery strikes the dialogue of postcolonial poetry ahead through using transnational views. This well timed examine seems at a variety of poets from varied components, together with Heaney, Walcott, and Ramanujan. whereas making cross-cultural comparisons, the ebook situates works of their particular nationwide, poetic, cultural, and political contexts. not like so much postcolonial feedback, specific cognizance is paid to the language and kind of the poems.

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Although the Aboriginal peoples play a role in this book, they exist largely on the fringes of the consciousness of Wright’s forebears. The Generations of Men is based on diaries and reminiscences by her grandparents, but Wright later described it as a ‘semi-novel’ (CD, p. 3). It is not clear to what degree the accounts of what they thought and felt are actually and explicitly in those sources and to what extent they are extrapolations from them. In the circumstances, it may be justifiable to consider the book as being an amalgam of Wright’s own feelings and those of her grandparents, perhaps a projection of herself on to them.

Yet, as I have already argued, there is a counterpointing and separating note in the poem, since ‘no one is listening’ to Dan’s stories. In ‘For New England’ (CP, pp. 22–3), a similar fusion occurs between human subject and natural objects, so that Wright’s ancestral landscape in northern New South Wales permeates her, as she permeates it; but again something arises to separate her. In this poem, the fusion occurs not through metaphor but through a reflexivity which positions the speaker as both agent (‘traveller’, ‘swimmer’, ‘gazer’) and that which is acted on (‘the ways I travel’, ‘mountain river’, ‘the land I stare on’): Many roads meet here in me, the traveller and the ways I travel.

8). In later years, her doubts about the adequacy of language and poetry reduced her to poetic silence, as is clear from an interview she gave in 1993: The fact of the matter is that the world is in such a bloody awful state that I cannot find words for it. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-05 Songlines: Judith Wright and Belonging 31 32 Cultural Translation and Postcolonial Poetry At this point, I think it is possible to draw together the various aspects I have been discussing: language, landscape, Aboriginals and the white population.

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