Under the Wilgas. Poems by Mary Gilmore. Mary GILMORE.
Under the Wilgas. Poems by Mary Gilmore

Under the Wilgas. Poems by Mary Gilmore

Melbourne, Robertson & Mullens, 1932.

Square octavo, [xii], 182 pages.

Card covers with overlapping edges, with orange title-labels on the spine and front cover; covers a little chipped (most notably at the head and foot of the spine); short split to the foot of the front hinge; spine a little sunned; edges and preliminaries foxed; nevertheless a very good copy.

Gilmore was well known for her advocacy of Indigenous Australians, and many of the poems in this collection reflect this preoccupation. In the foreword she states that '... I have attempted to write here in songs some of the emotions of a people once generous, once wise, once proud and free; and I have written them in words I think they might have used, had they spoken English instead of the language so unfortunately theirs'.

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