Gwen Harwood

(8 June 1920 – 4 December 1995 / Taringa, Queensland)

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Gwen Harwood AO, née Gwendoline Nessie Foster, was an Australian poet and librettist. Gwen Harwood is regarded as one of Australia's finest poets, publishing over 420 works, including 386 poems and 13 librettos. She won numerous poetry awards and prizes. Her work is commonly studied in schools and university courses.

Gwen Harwood is the mother of the author John Harwood.


She was born in Taringa, Queensland and brought up in Brisbane. She attended Brisbane Girls Grammar School and was an organist at All Saints Church when she was young. She completed a music teacher's diploma, and also worked as a typist at the War Damage Commission from 1942. Early in ... more »

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  • Chickadee (11/24/2018 4:06:00 AM)

    Didn't she write a poem called 'Father and Child'. I'm doing an essay on it and cannot find it anywhere. Do you mind uploading it? Thank you. But, all of Gwen's poems are amazing. She is extremely talented.

  • Nrop Hunter (11/9/2018 12:54:00 AM)

    This so cool! Can we hit minorities?

  • Kentucky has Names (9/3/2018 8:28:00 PM)

    I think she's absolutely spictucelar and woonderful

  • Names (9/3/2018 8:27:00 PM)

    I think she's absolutely spictucelar

  • SJkkk (9/2/2018 4:46:00 AM)

    Likely something went wrong when Gwen Harwood was born. She ranks at the top among humans with remarkably low intelligence. Her writing is revolting as her poety is nothing but the ramblings of a crazy senile individual.

  • Nick Compton (3/19/2018 6:28:00 PM)

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    Englande wil always bee mi citi

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  • Muhadjadine (2/27/2018 4:18:00 PM)

    I dont like it, please explain

  • mia is my name (2/22/2018 8:22:00 PM)

    QUEEN of tearing down the patriarchy

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Best Poem of Gwen Harwood

In The Park

She sits in the park. Her clothes are out of date.
Two children whine and bicker, tug her skirt.
A third draws aimless patterns in the dirt
Someone she loved once passed by – too late

to feign indifference to that casual nod.
“How nice” et cetera. “Time holds great surprises.”
From his neat head unquestionably rises
a small balloon…”but for the grace of God…”

They stand a while in flickering light, rehearsing
the children’s names and birthdays. “It’s so sweet
to hear their chatter, watch them grow and thrive, ”
she says to his departing smile. Then, ...

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