A. D. Hope


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Australian poet, born in New South Wales, and educated at the universities of Sydney and Oxford. His first collection, The Wandering Islands (1955), was followed by Poems (1960) and Collected Poems 1930–1965 (1966, rev. 1972). His work is technically accomplished, witty, and allusive, abounding in references to the Bible and classical mythology: he pays homage to Byron, Coleridge, Yeats, and other poets. He displayed a formidable command of traditional verse forms, and his salute to ottava rima in ‘A Letter from Rome’ (1958) hits a characteristic informal ironic note, but he also exploreed more sombre themes, often with a detached gravity: see for example ‘The Death of the Bird’ (1948) on a last migration, or ‘Meditation on a Bone’ (1956), on scholarship and passion.

Subjects: Literature.

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