Henry Lawson

Grenfell, New South Wales
Henry Lawson
Grenfell, New South Wales
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Dan, The Wreck

Rating: 2.9

Tall, and stout, and solid-looking,
Yet a wreck;
None would think Death's finger's hooking
Him from deck.
Cause of half the fun that's started --
`Hard-case' Dan --
Isn't like a broken-hearted,
Ruined man.
Walking-coat from tail to throat is
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Ian Fraser 29 April 2009
Portraits of single individuals are relatively rare in poetry and this is one of the best. What I particularly like about this poem is the way that Lawson, who despite his unschooled style was a master of poetic form, uses the difference between the 'long 'and the 'short' lines to create tonal differences. Read the poem aloud and you'll see what I mean.
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