A. D. Hope

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Alec Derwent Hope (July 21 1907July 13 2000) was an Australian poet and essayist known for his satirical slant. He was also a critic, teacher and academic.


  • Adam had learned the jolly deed of kind:
    He took her in his arms and there and then
    Like the clean beasts, embracing from behind,
    Began in joy to found the breed of men.
    • Imperial Adam (l. 25-28).
  • Quaking muscles in the act of birth,
    Between her legs a pigmy face appear,
    And the first murderer lay upon the earth.
    • Imperial Adam (l. 42-44).
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