Alec Derwent Hope (1907 - 2000)
A D Hope was born in Cooma, New South Wales in 1907 and was educated at Sydney and Oxford Universities. He lectured at the University of Melbourne from 1945 to 1950,eventually moveing to Canberra, where he was foundation professor of English at Canberra University College, later to become the Australian National University, until 1969. He was instrumental in launching the first full university course in Australian literature.
At the age of 8 he wrote his first poem for his mother's birthday. His first collection of poems, The Wandering Islands, was published in 1955. He went on to produce more than a dozen volumes each of poetry and criticism, winning many literature prizes and ... more »
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''Adam had learned the jolly deed of kind:Alec Derwent Hope (b. 1907), Australian poet. Imperial Adam (l. 25-28). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds....
He took her in his arms and there and then
Like the clean beasts, embracing from behind,
Began in joy to found the breed of men.''
''quaking muscles in the act of birth,Alec Derwent Hope (b. 1907), Australian poet. Imperial Adam (l. 42-44). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds....
Between her legs a pigmy face appear,
And the first murderer lay upon the earth.''