What I am reading: the poetry of Gwen Harwood
The Poetry of Australian poet Gwen Harwood
In one of the units of my Master of Arts in Creative writing course, I had to read and study the poetry of Australian poet Gwen Harwood. I did a little research on the background and life of Gwen Harwood before reading much of her poetry. Although I had heard of her I had read very little of her work before this last week. I had occasionally dipped into a volume of her poetry I found on my daughterâ€™s bookshelf.
Gwendoline Nessie Foster was born on 8th June 1920 in
Death is a recurring theme in her work, though it never seemed to cause her distress, even when diagnosed with cancer ten years before her passing. Harwood drew great inspiration from her music and referred to many musical terms in her poems. She invented the character of Professor Krote, â€˜a talented European pianist who finds himself in a shallow, stuffy, conservative Australian town where he is forced to earn a living by giving music lessons to indifferent pupils.
Many of her poems written later in life explore the memories and experiences of her childhood in
She has published her poetry under at least four other names.
- Harwood, Gwen, 2001, Selected Poems. Penguin, Camberwell.