Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson

Grenfell, New South Wales
Henry Lawson
Grenfell, New South Wales
Henry Lawson was an Australian writer and poet. Along with his contemporary Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period and is often called Australia's "greatest writer". He was the son of the poet, publisher and feminist Louisa Lawson< ...
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After All

The brooding ghosts of Australian night have gone from the bush and town;
My spirit revives in the morning breeze,
though it died when the sun went down;
Andy's Gone With Cattle

Our Andy's gone to battle now
'Gainst Drought, the red marauder;
Our Andy's gone with cattle now
Faces In The Street

They lie, the men who tell us in a loud decisive tone
That want is here a stranger, and that misery's unknown;
For where the nearest suburb and the city proper meet
Knocked Up

I'm lyin' on the barren ground that's baked and cracked with drought,
And dunno if my legs or back or heart is most wore out;
I've got no spirits left to rise and smooth me achin' brow --
A Prouder Man Than You

If you fancy that your people came of better stock than mine,
If you hint of higher breeding by a word or by a sign,
If you're proud because of fortune or the clever things you do --


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Paul Herring 02 July 2019
Outstanding poem, " The Roaring Days" . Has to be one of Henry's best. So stirring and it paints a picture of what life would have been on the goldfields of middle-to-late 1800s Australia.
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Paul Herring 02 July 2019
With his fierce rival (AB [Banjo] Paterson) Henry was Australia's greatest poet. He wrote about the Australia of his day and as we say now 'he's been there and done that'. Consider " The Roaring Days" and " Tambaroora Jim" as examples of his work.
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