The New Nation; A Sketch Of The Social, Political, And Economic Conditions And Prospects Of The…

Paperback | February 4, 2012

byPercy Fritz Rowland

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE It is a fresh October evening in the heart of the Australian spring. I have just returned from a visit to the grave of the first Australian poet, Henry Kendall,--the first and the greatest. He sleeps, as he wished, within sound and sight of the sea. For Sydney, like little Dunedin, wears its graveyard frankly on its brows, the small white city of the silent dead guarding the entrance to the great and vari-coloured city of the noisy living. The tall white column that friends have set over him in Waverley cemetery looks eastward from its eminence across the blue Pacific. A poet could hardly ask a fairer sleeping-place. No flowers, indeed, are about it. No trees give shade. But around it the still forest of marble tombs rises clear against the sea, half redeemed, when I saw them, from their ashen pallor by the radiance of an Australian sunset glow,--a glow October 19th, 1901. that mellowed the hues of the grand sweep of ocean and "stedfast crags of Coogee "on which the tomb looks down;--the calm sea-blue fading towards the horizon into purple haze, the purple into orange, the orange into the faintest of saffrons, and that, through green, into the cloudless sapphire of Australian skies. But an Australian sunset all too soon forgets its loveliness. A few minutes of almost unearthly beauty, and the glow that turned a graveyard into a paradise had utterly passed,--passed as utterly as the touch of inspiration that kindles for a moment a poet's life into beauty, and then leaves him a heap of common ashes in a common sepulchre. Henry Kendall, Poet,--for so the proud inscription on the tomb proclaims him to the Pacific,--was born in 1841, at Ulladulla, near Shoalhaven, New South Wales. His grandfather, a Lincolnshire schoolmaster, ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE It is a fresh October evening in the heart of the Australian spring. I have just returned fro...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:86 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217359353

ISBN - 13:9780217359351

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