Les Murray

(17 October 1938)

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an Australian poet, anthologist and critic. His career spans over forty years, and he has published nearly 30 volumes of poetry, as well as two verse novels and collections of his prose writings. His poetry has won many awards and he is regarded as "one of the leading poets of his generation." He has also been involved in several controversies over his career and has been rated by the National Trust of Australia as one of the 100 Australian Living Treasures.


Murray was born in Nabiac on the North Coast of New South Wales, and grew up in the neighbouring district of Bunyah, where he currently resides. He attended primary and early high school in Nabiac, ... more »

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  • ''Some people are born to fatness. Others have to get there.''
    Les Murray (b. 1938), Australian poet. Independent on Sunday (London, April 15, 1990).
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  • Michael Walker (7/31/2019 7:33:00 PM)

    Les Murray has a high reputation among Australian poets, but from what I have read, he is overrated. Essentially, he is a man of the countryside and farms, which could be a strength, but is not in his poetry. If I read more poems by Murray, I could possibly change my opinion.

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Best Poem of Les Murray

The Meaning Of Existence

Everything except language
knows the meaning of existence.
Trees, planets, rivers, time
know nothing else. They express it
moment by moment as the universe.

Even this fool of a body
lives it in part, and would
have full dignity within it
but for the ignorant freedom
of my talking mind.

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