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Rosemary Dobson and David Campbell : an introduction

Andrewartha, SM 1981 , 'Rosemary Dobson and David Campbell : an introduction', Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The early 1940s saw an impetus in poetry writing
in Australia and two poets to emerge at that time, Rosemary
Dobson and David Campbell, were seen as representative of
the two min factions in Australian literature, the Nationalists
and the Internationalists. Campbell, as a farmer, was considered
by many to be in the vanguard of a new wave of parochial bush
balladists. Dobson was a little more difficult to classify.
She was quickly condemned as "bookish," but due to her allusions
to the European past was uneasily grouped with the Internationalist
school. It took considerable time before it was realized that
neither of these poets (nor many others who were being grouped
under these labels) fitted into these categories.
At this stage it would appear that Australian poets
were well ahead of Australian critics, for in both Campbell's
and Dobson's work it can be seen that their interests lay well
beyond geographical boundaries. Their poetry, from the start,
moved towards a recognition and understanding of wide-ranging
human values. Yet the ethos of each poet is in some sense
peculiarly Australian. Despite their long standing as Australian poets,
Dobson's and Campbell's poetry has not received the critical
attention or recognition that it deserves. 'Thus it is the
intention of this thesis to provide an introductory critical
evaluation to the work of these two Australian poets.

Item Type: Thesis - Unspecified
Authors/Creators:Andrewartha, SM
Keywords: Dobson, Rosemary, 1920-, Campbell, David Watt Ian, 1915-1979, Australian poetry
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Thesis (M.A.)--University of Tasmania, 1984. Bibliography: leaf 174-188

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