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Interview with Peter Porter, poet

Author: Peter Porter; Peter Coleman
Publisher: 1992.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on Cassette : Cassette recording : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Porter speaks of the contrast of his early life with those undergoing childhood today, his recollection of school during the war years, his praise of English as the language of choice for poets and writers, his distaste with noted contemporary Australian poets in preference to British writers, his immigration to England in 1951, chief influences on his poetry include The Ancient Mariner, Robert Browning, and W.H.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Named Person: Peter Porter
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Porter; Peter Coleman
OCLC Number: 221136878
Notes: Preservation and user cassette copies made.
Corrected transcript available (typescript, 120 leaves).
Event notes: Recorded on Oct. 14-16, 1992 in Paddington, London.
Description: 3 digital audio tapes (ca. 174 min.) + ; transcript (120 leaves)
Responsibility: interviewer: Peter Coleman.

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Porter speaks of the contrast of his early life with those undergoing childhood today, his recollection of school during the war years, his praise of English as the language of choice for poets and writers, his distaste with noted contemporary Australian poets in preference to British writers, his immigration to England in 1951, chief influences on his poetry include The Ancient Mariner, Robert Browning, and W.H. Auden, how he interviewed Auden for the BBC in 1965, his friendship with Roger Covell, how British poetry is pluralistic while Australian poetry prefers traditional style over avant-garde, recalls his life until 22 in Brisbane as essentially a lonely one, how he was commissioned to write his own biography but decided against it because of his love of mythologising rather than explaining stark reality, how as he grows older he identifies increasingly with his Australian roots, his admiration for Les Murray's poetry, the difficulties in writing good autobiographies, that the Australian experience has little to do with the bush, how poet circles were encouraged in England in the 1950's and 1960's, how he regards his critics, his objection to translated poems - the language of the original poem must remain pure, his view on the importance of anthologies.

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