A New Light on ‘The Orange Tree’?


Stewart argues that the “vagueness” critics have found in Neilson’s poetry should be seen as a “mysterious quality”, not a “lack of mastery over syntax and design”. Because Neilson treats life as an illusion reality becomes a mystery, the unknowable. A fuller understanding of this aspect enables a new approach to the language of Neilson’s poetry and reveals a “private symbolic code pointing to an awareness of mystical unity”.

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Published 1 May 1971 in Volume 5 No. 1. Subjects: Poetic techniques, Symbolism, John Shaw Neilson.

Cite as: Stewart, Annette. ‘A New Light on ‘The Orange Tree’?.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 5, no. 1, 1971, doi: 10.20314/als.393c90c7a1.