Hello Jim I have just discovered the poems of Judith Wright - a friend gave me her "Collected Poems" yesterday and already I've learned the first verse of "South of my Days" mainly because it was the favourite of my friend. As I learn the words and say them out loud, the poem changes for me; I become enchanted by the sound of the words (as you said) and the way Judith has woven them like a rose brier hedge, an enduring essence of a distant, simpler life of survival through hardship. There is romance in that, and in her love of country. I have a Wright journey ahead of me. Cheers DeborahThe photo shows Judith Wright in 1946.
I promised to bring up a consolidated post that might assist Deborah in her journey. This is that post. Because of the scale of the task, I am going to have to let the post evolve.
Judith Wright was born on 31 May 1915. From then until her death on 25 June 2000, her life and career went through a number of stages.As she went through those stages, her attitudes and interests changed. “You ask me to read those poems I wrote in my thirties?” she wrote in Skins when she was sixty-six.. “They dropped off several incarnations back.”
I knew her father as a much older man. PA, we all spoke of him as PA, was my grandfather’s friend; my grandfather was godfather to his son who bore the same first name; my copy of Generations of Men carries my grandfather’s signature, bought in the year the book first came out. To me, PA was a somewhat remote figure. I saw him at events and at the New England New State Movement Executive meetings that he sometimes chaired. I and my fellow students at the
- my posts on Judith and the Wrights.
- the published material, including the locally published material that you might not find unless you know where to look.
- a short guide to on-line sources that I am aware off.
The various posts I have written to this point are set out below. They vary considerably in topic and length. I suggest that you scan quickly, that will give you a feel, and then come back to those that interest you. I welcome comments.
- 1 August 2006 New England Wine Regions - Hunter Valley
- 12 August 2006 New England Australia - Writers
- 14 August 2006 In praise of Patrice Newell
- 22 August 2006 Death of David Wright
- 3 December 2006 On Travel Time and Our Sense of Space
- 30 January 2007 The Poetry of Judith Wright - Bora Ring
- 30 January 2007 Poetry's Decline and the Sound of Words
- 30 January 2007 Poetry's Decline Revisited
- 2 July 2007 Australia's Regions - are they really different?
- 13 July 2007 Manners and Society in Modern Australia
- 14 August 2007 Judith Wright's The Hawthorn Hedge - Regional Australia writers
- 19 August 2007 Australian Poetry - a few meanderings
- 1 September 2007 The Poetry of Judith Wright - South of My Days
- 7 September 2007 Judith Wright's "For a Pastoral Family" - and "Skins"
- 8 March 2008 Saturday Morning Musings - Australian indigenous poetry
- 26 September 2009 The colours of New England
- 18 November 2009 Train Reading - S H Roberts the Squatting Age in Australia, 1835-1847
- 15 January 2010 New England Granite
- 15 February 2010 Page and Pooaraar's The Great Forgetting
- 27 May 2010 Regional traditions in Australian culture
- 4 December 2010 Social Change in New England 1950-2000 7: Judith Wright
- 17 December 2010 Ogilvies, Wrights, social change
- 26 May 2011 Writing multi-layered history
- 27 May 2011 Two Australian poetry resources
- 28 May 2011 People, biography & the New England tradition
- 23 November 2012 The deracination of New England poetry
- 14 May 2014 History revisited – Hunter Valley historical tour 2: Dalwood
- 29 May 2014 New England Travels – journeys through space and time
- 31 May 2014 Saturday Morning Musings – sidetracking through history
- 18 June 2014 History revisited – the shears stop in Newcastle
- 25 June 2014 History revisited – NENCO, Newcastle & wool sales part 2
- 17 December 2014 New England writers – Introducing Binks Turnbull Dowling’s For crying out loud
- 20 December 2014 Saturday morning musings - planning for the holiday break
- 10 February 2015 Growing up in New England – four stories
- 18 February 2015 History revisited - vegetable gardens a fading necessity
To be continued