The Lion’s Bride by Gwen Harwood

Reviewed by
June 1982, no. 41
Elizabeth Lawson Marsh reviews 'The Lion's Bride' by Gwen Harwood

The Lion’s Bride

by Gwen Harwood

Angus & Robertson, 76 pp, $6.95 pb

The Lion’s Bride by Gwen Harwood

Reviewed by
June 1982, no. 41

How good to receive Gwen Harwood’s latest book of poems, The Lion’s Bride! Though Harwood seems to be continually active making words for music for Australian composers, a five to seven year interval lies between the appearance of each volume of poems –·here I include the 1975 Selected Poems because it gave us twenty-seven New Poems, including many that caught the imagination of readers and are already well-known: ‘The Blue Pagoda’, ‘At Mornington’, ‘Father and Child’. Selected Poems also included the tragic sonnet ‘Oyster Cove’, which, though we could not know, anticipated courageous series in The Lion’s Bride which mourns and confronts the guilt bequeathed by the black Tasmanian dead.

Elizabeth Lawson Marsh reviews 'The Lion's Bride' by Gwen Harwood

The Lion’s Bride

by Gwen Harwood

Angus & Robertson, 76 pp, $6.95 pb

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