Leon Gellert

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Leon Maxwell Gellert was born in 1892 and educated in Adelaide, Australia.His Grandparents were Hungarian immigrants. Leon was regularly beaten by his Father James, so at the age of 17 he began a course of self-defence lessons, which were to prove useful when, one day his father attacked him with a heavy piece of timber, James Gellert was thrown on ...

Leon Gellert Poems

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Anzac Cove

There’s a lonely stretch of hillocks:
There’s a beach asleep and drear:
There’s a battered broken fort beside the sea.
There are sunken trampled graves:
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2.
A Book Of Wordsworth

Thy talks on God, and glories of His fields
Are woven into my unworthy past.
The fragments of thy thoughts my memory yields
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3.
The Last To Leave

The guns were silent, and the silent hills
had bowed their grasses to a gentle breeze
I gazed upon the vales and on the rills,
And whispered, "What of these?' and "What of these?
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4.
Armageddon

The world rolls wet with blood,
and the skinny hand of Death
gropes at the beating heart.
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5.
Rendezvous

Long before the dawn breaks

With a bird's cry,
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Leon Gellert Comments

silvia 20 June 2018

I like it, however I do enjoy turnips more

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Robert Winston 12 February 2019

I remember Leon as an essayist. He had a regular column in the Sydney Morning Herald during the 1950's. I was a regular reader of his thoughtful essays as a school boy. I was astonished to read here of his role on Galipoli. I never came across his poetry and am surprised he was well known for it. Leon deserved to be better known.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 12 October 2021

Born in Adelaide and died there too after so many years of life with poetry, despite his father's abuse and beaten, he became 85 years old. Sad history of this great poet from Aussie

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Sylvia Frances Chan 12 October 2021

3) on Melbourne Bitter whilst sailing on the Indian Ocean.The sad youth and young years of this great Australian poet

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Sylvia Frances Chan 12 October 2021

2) James Gellert was thrown on his back. Leon, after leaving school worked for a time as a pupil-teacher until he enlisted as a private in 10th AIF. On October 22 1914, Gellert and the 10th Battalion set off for Egypt. Corporal Gellert became drunk for the first time in his life,

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Sylvia Frances Chan 12 October 2021

Leon was regularly beaten by his Father James, so at the age of 17 he began a course of self-defence lessons, which were to prove useful when, one day his father attacked him with a heavy piece of timber,

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Barry Hishion 15 November 2019

One wonders why this poem is not given prminence by the media on Anzac Day. I learnt it at school 1948.

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