Burke and Wills and the Colonial Hero: Three Poems
Sellick discusses three poems that respond to the ill-fated Burke & Wills expedition of 1860: Henry Kendall's The Fate of the Explorers, Burke and Wills, 'Australian Explorers' by R.H. Horne, and Adam Lindsay Gordon's 'Gone'. Sellick argues that colonial poets harnessed explorers's journeys as a replacement source for ideas of heroism, sacrifice and loyalty so important to Victorian poetry. In addressing the poems, Sellick traces a progression 'both in the treatment of the historical narrative and in the presentation of Burke as a hero'.
Please sign in to access this article and the rest of our archive.