Henry Lawson

Grenfell, New South Wales
Henry Lawson
Grenfell, New South Wales
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Borderland

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I am back from up the country -- very sorry that I went --
Seeking for the Southern poets' land whereon to pitch my tent;
I have lost a lot of idols, which were broken on the track --
Burnt a lot of fancy verses, and I'm glad that I am back.
Further out may be the pleasant scenes of which our poets boast,
But I think the country's rather more inviting round the coast --
Anyway, I'll stay at present at a boarding-house in town
Drinking beer and lemon-squashes, taking baths and cooling down.

Sunny plains! Great Scot! -- those burning wastes of barren soil and sand
With their everlasting fences stretching out across the land!
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Eve Turner 25 May 2018
There are four poems in this debate, Francis Kenna, Banjo and Edward Dyson wrote the others. Whilst I think that Banjos poem is good, Lawson had far more experience actually living the hard bush life, having been born in a tent. Interestingly the other two poets tend to agree. I think now we like to romanticise old bush life, but Lawson knew the cold reality.
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Meriki Parkinson\fraser 05 November 2007
I have to agree with A.B 'Banjo' Patterson. Read 'In defence of the bush', a poem 'Banjo' wrote in response to this poem by Henry Lawson. Two great Aussie poets; one sees the beauty & humor, the other sees the hardship & pain.
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