Collection UT350 - Peter Porter : James McAuley Lecture

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Peter Porter : James McAuley Lecture


  • 1980 (Creation)

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1 folder loose annotated typescript

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Peter Neville Frederick Porter, (born Feb. 16, 1929, Brisbane, Queen., Austl.—died April 23, 2010, London, Eng.), Australian-born British poet whose works are characterized by a formal style and rueful, epigrammatic wit.
Porter was educated in Australia and worked as a journalist before settling in 1951 in London, where he worked as a clerk, a bookshop assistant, an advertising copywriter, and a critic.
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James Phillip McAuley (1917-1976), poet, was born on 12 October 1917 at Lakemba, Sydney, third child of native-born parents Patrick Phillip McAuley, grazier, and his wife Mary Maud, née Judge. Chair of English at UTAS from 1961 until his death in 1976.
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Draft, corrected and annotated James McAuley Lecture delivered by Peter Porter at the University of Tasmania in 1980 titled "The shape of music and the shape of poetry"

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

When reusing this material, please cite the reference number and provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”

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"The shape of music and the shape of poetry (Revised text of the James McAuley Memorial Lecture, 2nd, University of Tasmania, April 1980)." Quadrant (Sydney), 34 (i.e. 24)(June 1980), pp. 4–12

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