Alistair Paterson (essay date March 1976)
SOURCE: Paterson, Alistair. “Poetry in Transition: Notes on Trends and Influences in New Zealand Verse.” Landfall: A New Zealand Quarterly 30, no. 1 (March 1976): 76-85.
[In the following essay, Paterson provides a brief overview of early twentieth-century New Zealand poetry, suggesting that it was deeply influenced by the cultural and historical forces that shaped the country at that time.]
How does one write down anything about poetry; it is something almost impossible to define and not much easier to evaluate; but we keep attempting (in spite of the difficulties) to trace out the patterns of its development, to determine the influences which have shaped it and...
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