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The Kingfisher

for voice and piano

Year:  1935

Year:  1935

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Alice Forrester Mackay: Fou...

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Eileen Duggan became one of New Zealand’s first internationally recognised poets. Her first volume of poetry was published in 1922. She was to produce four more, however by the late 1950s, she felt she was out of step with poetry trends in New Zealand and refused to let her poems be included in Allen Curnow’s 1960 Penguin Anthology of New Zealand Verse, after he wrote a critical article condemning her for writing out-dated and sentimental verse. She was a devout Roman Catholic all her life, writing for Catholic newspapers.

This song is one of two poems by Duggan that Mackay set.

Text note

Words by Eileen Duggan (1894 – 1972)