While watching this weekend’s AFL Grand Final between West Coast and Collingwood, listen out for ‘action’ and ‘digression’ in the commentary.
Like epic poets, AFL commentators improvise in short phrases, not sentences, because it creates vivid images of fast action.
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From human suffering to political chicanery to environmental degradation, the tide of bad news, blared in headlines every day, seems overwhelming. One poet and classics scholar asks: What can be done?
Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, attributed to Pieter Bruegel the Elder, c. 1555. Rosemary Dobson addressed the painting in her poem Painter of Antwerp.
Across her long career, Dobson was celebrated as a poet who could take the reader beyond the immediate image to another insight.
Jules Salles-Wagner’s 1898 painting ‘Romeo and Juliet.’
We talk excitedly about meeting someone with whom we 'click' or 'really hit it off.' So why do so many of us hesitate to call it love?
A makeshift memorial to Eurydice Dixon at Princes Park on June 16.
Reading the poem Eurydice to her students unleashed surprising emotions for Stephanie Trigg. But literature works in mysterious, unpredictable ways, highlighting the impossibility of trigger warnings.
William Blake, Pity, 1795, Tate.
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The Romantics - including poets William Blake and William Wordsworth - lived in the 18th century, but their passionate ideas about imagination and nature are still influential today.
Nelson Mandela’s legacy in poetry can re-familiarise us with the values he embodied.
Nelson Mandela's release in 1990 was met by an outpouring of poetic celebration both within South Africa and globally.
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Ginsberg was one of the most high-profile representatives of the American counterculture and anti-war movement.
Martin Luther King Jr.‘s dream – which alternated between shattered and hopeful – can be traced back to Hughes’ poetry.
In order to avoid being labeled a communist sympathizer, King needed to publicly distance himself from the controversial poet. Privately, King found ways to channel Hughes' prose.
Edward Hopper’s ‘Office in a Small City’ (1953).
Although loneliness may seem timeless and universal, the word seems to have originated in the 16th century,
An echidna in the Western Granites at Jam Tree Gully.
On his bush block in the WA wheatbelt, poet John Kinsella attempts habitat restoration and reflects on the responsibilities of the writer as a witness to species loss.
Fresco showing a woman called Sappho holding writing implements from Pompeii Naples National Archaeological Museum.
Sappho sang of desire, passion and love – mostly directed towards women. As new fragments of her work are found, a fuller picture of her is emerging, but she remains the most mysterious of ancient poets.
How will our children view this period in Manus in the future?
Michelle Rooney, 2017
The detention centre for asylum seekers generated some economic benefits for Manus Islanders. But how would their forefathers have reasoned with the incarceration of men in exchange for development and money?
Rebecca Watts, Rupi Kaur, Kate Tempest – the world of poetry is up in arms again. Here's why.
Dorothea MacKellar’s My Country, with its paen to a sunburnt landscape, excoriated Australians for their nostalgic love of English ‘grey-blue’ countryside and English weather.
There's a fine tradition of Australian poetry harnessing the corrective power of insult. In doing so, it prompts us to face hard questions about our history and identity.
Tommy Wiseau clutches a football in ‘The Room,’ the 2003 film he wrote, produced and starred in.
Sometimes a work of art is characterized by a string of failures, but nonetheless ends up being a gorgeous freak accident of nature.
Renowned South African poet and liberation struggle hero Keorapetse Kgositsile.
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Keorapetse Kgositsile was made South Africa’s national poet laureate in 2006, the only person to have been given the honour.
Can technology be tamed? Or have we already lost complete control?
Much like the fictitious Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley's novel, more and more scientists are running away from their real-life creations.
The first poem in space was a plea for world peace.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.
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Civilians have become so far removed from the military and war, it can be hard to understand veterans. Their poetry can help us connect.