Slessor’s ‘Five Visions of Captain Cook’


A close reading of Slessor’s sequence, focussing on the nature of the visions and the visionaries; the use Slessor makes of his sources; and questions of unity. Argues that the sequence has a unity of purpose: to consider Cook’s stature as a a hero; a unity of concept: the relationship of Cook to Time; and a unified structure based on the recurring motif of Time.

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Published 1 May 1969 in Volume 4 No. 1. Subjects: Heroism, Literary techniques, structures & modes, Time, Writer's research & sources, Kenneth Slessor.

Cite as: Croft, Julian. ‘Slessor’s ‘Five Visions of Captain Cook’.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 4, no. 1, 1969, doi: 10.20314/als.7b18794e25.