An unfinished life: the life and work of Vincent Buckley. 10 Loving outsider: the matter of Ireland

McLaren, John (2006) An unfinished life: the life and work of Vincent Buckley. 10 Loving outsider: the matter of Ireland. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

Abstract

Contains an essay on Vincent Buckley, an Australian born poet and critic, and his literary work. Although Buckley brought a sceptical eye to bear on the land of saints and scholars, of soaks and singers, he still hankered for the older Ireland his forebears had left. This was part family piety or curiosity, part an attempt to heal the imaginative rupture with the past that he believed had been made by emigration. It was also an attempt to find the language, places and names, history, legends, folklore and rhythms that would provide poetry with an imaginative source he did not believe Australia could offer. In Australia, he contended, nature offered no support for the numinous, and therefore lacked in any potential for religious or poetic feeling.

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p. 10 missing

Item type Other
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/17855
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 2005 Literary Studies
Current > Collections > McLaren Papers
Keywords literature, poetry, Irish Australians, ancestry, nationalism, MCLAREN-BOXVB1-DOC8
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