Item 03: John Duncan McRae diary, 10 February-6 May 1917 - Page 57

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poetic rhythm and the melody of expression.

April 10

In "isolation". Exercise etc. I read Oscar Wilde's "De Profundis". The deep sense of humility which breathes from these pages cannot but impress one favourably. Whatever predilections I may have had regarding the writer, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Perhaps Wilde is somewhat over-individualistic here, but the circumstances of the case partly, at any rate, excuse this. I intend adding a copy to my library when I return to Australia & will also go more deeply into the study of his other works. If all else were worthless, his powerful poetic imagery would tell in the hearts of his readers.

April 11

In "isolation". Write & yarn around the camp stove.

April 12

Small fall of snow this morning. "Isolation" lifted at mid-day. "Bull-Ring" again. After tea Alan went to the pictures & I went for a walk through Lark Hill &

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