James McAuley’s Verse Collection Music Late At Night: Poems 1970-1973 and Georg Trakl’s Poetry
Keywords:James McAuley, Georg Trakl, Australian poetry
The article discusses James McAuley’s translations of the poems by the Austrian poet Georg Trakl (1887-1914), as well as the latter’s influence on McAuley’s own late verse in Music Late at Night: Poems 1970-1973. This is especially true of Trakl’s collection of verse Music in the Mirabell Garden translated by McAuley. Some of James McAuley’s early and later work also bears an indelible stamp of Trakl’s poetry.
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