Ways of Seeing : Henry Lawson’s ‘Going Blind’


Kiernan argues that “Going Blind” dramatizes the relationship between imagination and reality. Homesickness and nostalgia cloud the main character’s memory of the bush, but Kiernan concludes that while it is important to acknowledge the “real”, one needs the ideal to sustain one in adversity and to enable a sympathetic rapport with others.

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Published 1 May 1980 in Volume 9 No. 3. Subjects: Creative imagination, Reality, Henry Lawson.

Cite as: Kiernan, Brian. ‘Ways of Seeing : Henry Lawson’s ‘Going Blind’.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 9, no. 3, 1980, doi: 10.20314/als.5929b67e66.