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The article examines poet Gwen Harwood's compulsion for control over her poems after publication, particularly her preference for publishing poems under a collection of pseudonyms. Biographical analyses of Harwood's poetry have often focused on the division of self. Critics of Harwood's poetry argue that her construction of a public self was a ploy to mask her private life.
The article presents correspondences of Australian Gwen Harwood, "Blessed City: Letters to Thomas Riddell 1943," edited by Alison Hoddinott and "A Steady Storm of Correspondence: Selected Letters of Gwen Harwood 1943-1945," edited by Gregory Kratzmann.
Studying a book or film can be a short-cut to consigning it to boredom. But our Texts in the City series – a gift to students, their teachers and lifelong learners – brings the VCE English and Literature lists to life. In this video, Tony Birch and Kevin Brophy appraise Gwen Harwood’s Selected Poems.
Drawing on two events discussing the poetry of Gwen Harwood, Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Tony Birch, Kevin Brophy and Jenny Niven explore Harwood's playfulness, the biographical events that influenced her poetry, the influences of religion and music – and her brushes with the 'unsayable'.