A.D. Hope reads from his own work
Poets on record
The Text We are grateful to Angus & Robertson (Publishers) Pty. Ltd. for permission to use poems from Collected Poems 1930–1965 (1966) and from New Poems 1965–1969 (1969).
Our thanks are due to Marianne Ehrhardt and the Fryer Memorial Library of Australian Literature at the University of Queensland for preparation of the bibliography.
The Recording Our thanks are due to Professor A.D. Hope, and to the Canberra branch of the Australian Broadcasting Commission, for generous assistance given in the production of the recording.
Ideally a poem should do its own work and not need notes or comments. This was largely the case in the past when poets and their readers shared a small and homogeneous background of culture, experience and reference. This is no longer the case today when English is the language of hundreds of millions of people in many countries and cultures all over the world. The following brief notes may help to give the reader some necessary clues. [These notes have been footnoted to the poems.]
A. D. Hope
Canberra, August 1971