Pages tagged with: poetry

A prolific writer, Thomas Bracken’s one permanent poetic monument is the stirring prose that became New Zealand’s national anthem, 'God Defend New Zealand.'
A prolific writer, Thomas Bracken’s one permanent poetic monument is the stirring prose that became New Zealand’s national anthem, 'God Defend New Zealand.'
Various poems from the South African War
Jacquie Baxter and Stephanie Baxter at the unveiling of the gravestone of James K. Baxter at Jerusalem, Whanganui River, photographed in October 1973.
Portrait of  James K. Baxter in March 1971.
Acknowledged as New Zealand’s most accomplished poet, Baxter is also well-known for his wild lifestyle and the religious community he established on the banks of the Whanganui River.
Allen Curnow was one of the defining voices of 20th-century New Zealand literature, with a career spanning six decades, and a strong local and international following for his work.
Allen Curnow, Denis Glover, Bob Lowry and Captain Donald McWilliam, seated in front of a movie hoarding in Christchurch in 1948.
The first Dominion Day, 1907, was a holiday for public servants as all government offices closed to mark the occasion.
Links and books relating to New Zealand literature
The forties and fifties were favourable times for poets and poetry, and lively communities of poets sprang up in the main centres, particularly Wellington and Auckland. Debate about the nature of poetry led to some heated exchanges.
Acknowledged as one of New Zealand’s most accomplished poets, Baxter had devoted the last years of his life to social work among alcoholics and drug addicts. He died in Auckland, aged 46.
Walter D'Arcy Cresswell alleged that Mayor Charles Mackay had made homosexual advances towards him. Mackay was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 15 years' hard labour.
A portrait of James K. Baxter
Hear the poem 'The alarm' about the condition of the buildings in the 1870s.
Hear the poem 'Breach of privilege' about tensions between Parliament and journalists in 1898.
Hear the poem 'The gallery boys', about the press gallery in the 1890s.
Monty Holcroft's tribute to Ruth France
Listen to the poem 'The game of politics'.
Poem and image relating to the Opposition whip