Denis Glover

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Lieutenant Commander Denis Glover DSC (1912-1980) was a New Zealand poet and publisher. Well-known for radical leftist opinions, he was often in trouble with authorities. In 1936 he founded the Caxton Press, which he used to encourage a less sentimental style of poetry in New Zealand than was being published prior to this time. His work at the Press was interrupted by service in the Navy in World War II, in which he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander and received a Distinguished Service Cross for bravery.

His best-known works are the Sings Harry sequence, "Arawata Bill" and "The Magpies". The refrain of the latter ("Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle", imitating the sound of the Australian magpie) is one of the most famous lines in New Zealand poetry.

Playwright Roger Hall wrote a play called Mr Punch about Glover's life.

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