A Geology of Contemporary Australian Poetry

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August 2001, no. 233

A Geology of Contemporary Australian Poetry

by
August 2001, no. 233

I Scheme: The Good, the Bad, and the Bland

Rhetoric has a bad name. And for good reason. Not only does it suggest insincerity and verbal manipulation, it also has a strong odour of scholasticism about it. It is with some trepidation, therefore, that I turn to ancient rhetoric to urge upon you two terms I find useful in thinking about contemporary Australian poetry. I will make it as palatable as I can and hope it doesn’t choke going down. Whether it is nourishing or not, I leave you to decide.

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