Dancing ‘on Bits of Paper’ : Les Murray’s Soundscapes


Considers language and metre in Murray’s poetry, examining it in relation to Murray’s concept of “Wholespeak” which requires poetry to “engage us physically, in addition to integrating our different levels of consciousness” (p.66). The influences of Hopkins’s sprung rhythm, Gaelic sound patterns and Aboriginal poetry on Murray’s work are also explored.

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Published 1 October 2001 in Volume 20 No. 2. Subjects: Poetic techniques, Les Murray.

Cite as: Eskestad, Nils. ‘Dancing ‘on Bits of Paper’ : Les Murray’s Soundscapes.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 20, no. 2, 2001, doi: 10.20314/als.cf193c67b1.