The 1st of its style, this landmark poetry anthology includes the paintings of Australia’s significant poets in addition to lesser-known yet both affecting writers of Australian poetry because 1788. starting from concrete to prose poems, from the cerebral to the naïve, from the funny to the confessional, and from formal to unfastened verse, this paintings additionally good points translations of a few outstanding Aboriginal track poems. With items from a hundred and seventy Australian poets, in addition to brief severe biographies, this cautious reevaluation of Australian poetry makes this an excellent ebook that may be learn and loved over an entire life.
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Oh! we’ll live like fighting-cocks, for good living I’m your man. We’ll have leather-jacks, johnny-cakes, and fritters in the pan; Or if you want some fish, why, I’ll catch you some soon; For we’ll bob for barramundies round the banks of a lagoon. Oh! yes, of beef and damper I make sure we have enough, And we’ll boil in the bucket such a whopper of a duff; 23 And our friends will dance to the honour of the day, To the music of the bells, around the old Bullock-dray. Oh! we’ll have plenty girls, we must mind that.
16 Worn out at last, he settles down, – and Sleep There finds him, coiled beside that bleaching heap Of leaves and sprays, whose sere accessions fast Patter about him, dropping from the blast, While laden with its over-rushing might, Wide sway the huge dark trees above the unconscious wight. But now, when negress Night her denser shades Had westward drawn, and grey had grown the glades, Stung into partial consciousness ’twould seem By the increasing cold, he dreams a dream. A banished man, ’neath Polar skies he fares, On all hands menaced by dread herds of bears!
35 Courage! comrades, this is certain, All is for the best – There are lights behind the curtain – Gentles, let us rest. As the smoke-rack veers to seaward, From “the ancient clay”, With its moral drifting leeward, Ends the wanderer’s lay. The Sick Stock Rider Hold hard, Ned! Lift me down once more, and lay me in the shade. Old man, you’ve had your work cut out to guide Both horses, and to hold me in the saddle when I sway’d, All through the hot, slow, sleepy, silent ride. The dawn at “Moorabinda” was a mist rack dull and dense, The sunrise was a sullen, sluggish lamp; I was dozing in the gateway at Arbuthnot’s bound’ry fence, I was dreaming on the Limestone cattle camp.
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