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Collected Verse of John Shaw Neilson
Author: Margaret Roberts

ISBN: 9781742584454
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1 August 2012
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5 x 3.81
Neilson at his best stands unsurpassed in modern English-speaking poetry, and he can take his rightful place in company with the finest lyricists of all English literature. - Tom Inglis Moore *** John Shaw Neilson received only a basic education, yet he became one of Australia's best poets. He was born at Penola, South Australia, on February 22, 1872. Raised by a family of poor laborers, Neilson worked as a farm hand. In 1893, he won a national poetry prize, and, as a young man, he contributed to various publications, gathering both critical and commercial praise across Australia. In 1919, following World War I, Neilson published his first full collection, Heart of Spring, to widespread acclaim, and followed it in 1923 with another collection, Ballad and Lyrical Poems. In 1927, he published New Poems, and in 1934 the first Collected Poems appeared. His last collection, Beauty Imposes, published in 1938, was lauded by literary critics and led Robert FitzGerald to remark that "no other Australian poet has Neilson's skill with words and rhythms." Vivian Smith called him "the foremost poet of his generation." Often regarded as the first po...

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