Selected Poems-Slessor – Insight Text Guide

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  • Guidelines on successful essay writing
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In Insight’s Text Guide Kenneth Slessor’s Selected Poems the following poems are analysed in some detail:

  • ‘The Night-Ride’
  • ‘Winter Dawn’
  • ‘Last Trams’
  • ‘Music IV’, ‘Music V’, ‘Music IX’
  • ‘Country Towns’
  • ‘North Country’
  • ‘South Country’
  • ‘Stars’
  • ‘To Myself’
  • ‘Heine in Paris’
  • ‘Fixed Ideas’
  • ‘Crow Country’
  • ‘Glubbdubdrib’
  • ‘Gulliver’
  • ‘Waters’
  • ‘Burying Friends’
  • ‘Elegy in a Botanic Gardens’
  • ‘Beach Burial’
  • ‘Nuremberg’
  • ‘Five Visions of Captain Cook’
  • ‘Out of Time’
  • ‘Five Bells’