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Les Murray, poet and 'gentle titan of Australian letters', dies aged 80

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Australia’s most renowned contemporary poet published close to 30 volumes of work

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Les Murray, a distinguished figure of Australian letters, has died at the age of 80 on Monday after a long illness.

One of Australia’s most successful and renowned contemporary poets, Murray’s career spanned more than 40 years. He published close to 30 books, including most recently a volume of collected works through Black Inc.

Related: A life in writing: Les Murray

"Back when God made me, I had no script. It was better.
For all the death, we also die unrehearsed."

Les Murray, 1938-2019

Terribly sad to hear of Murray's passing. A towering genius in every sense. Vale. #auslit#poetryhttps://t.co/fUJmwR54lB

Les Murray: one of the last of the great 20th century poets, perhaps the last, who both became a symbol of their nation and , through the force of their words, were able to transcend mere nationhood

Les Murray, magnificent poet, RIP. Would have been great had he got the Nobel wasted on Dillon. Spiky bloke, but genius!

We have lost a giant of literature. A beautiful, humble, funny, courageous, generous and gentle titan of Australian letters. #lesmurray’s words were a gift to us all. If only he’d won the Nobel - the last accolade due to him. Vale my dear, dear friend

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