Sonnet Sequences in Australia (1832-1990): A Preliminary Checklist
Since it was imported from the Italian into English, the sonnet has been a favourite among poets of all ages. Time and again it was employed as an artistic vehicle to express the poetics, not only of its own aesthetic possibilities, but also of those of whole literary epochs. It is no surprise that the sonnet formed part of the literary luggage which the British emigrants took with them when they set out to settle the new worlds and to describe their experiences in the new environments. But whereas the history of the sonnet in America has been the subject of many detailed analyses, its development in Australia still awaits bibliographical surveying and critical examination.
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