Mark Oconnor


It is generally recognized that there is a move at present towards the ver· nacular style in poetry; and it seems obvious that this bears some relation to the increasing literary confidence and national assertiveness of the sixties and seventies, and to the upsurge in other Australian art·forms, most notably film and drama. Undoubtedly there has been a change not only in the writers but in public taste. Readership or audience that wants the home product and the local theme is one of the phenomena that connect the new drama, the new films, and much of the new poetry and the new short stories.



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