Michael Farrell: Craft: An Unsettled Concept

My paper looks at four different kinds of ‘craft’, in the context of white settlement and Australian poetry, with examples of issues and poems for each. The writing issues I attend to are: noun use and abuse; narration; the end of a poem; positive and negative space. Tentative list of poets at this stage: Oodgeroo, John Shaw Neilson, Kenneth Slessor, Judith Wright, Ern Malley, Gwen Harwood, Dorothea Mackellar, Adam Lindsay Gordon, John Tranter, Nigel Roberts, Banjo and Eddie Paterson (some referred to, some examined more closely). I might also deal with what I think of as ‘conceptual criticism’.

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