Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Faces In The Street Comments

Rating: 3.6

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

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COMMENTS
Garry Sharp 15 June 2021
Jean, a few of Henry's poems have varying versions. Some say that when he was desperate for a drink he would sell a poem. Sometimes he would alter an existing poem and give it a new name, others he would add a line.
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Jean Law 20 February 2021
‘They lie the men who tell us, for reasons of their own.' (Freedom on the Wallaby' Pinchgut Press, p 58) the difference with the reported lyrics in loud decisive tone?
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Jean Law 20 February 2021
In the book Freedom of the Wallaby, Pinchgut Press, p 58, the opening verse reads
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Lee Boueri 05 June 2020
I can imagine Lawson sitting in his study in a sunken cottage on Crown st in Sydney's Darlinghurst (where the nearest suburb and the city proper meet) gazing out his window (level with the faces in the street) , Newspaper open on his desk as he pens this gem of a poem.
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Lee Boueri 05 June 2020
I imagine Lawson sitting in a study in one of those sunken cottages along Crown Street Sydney (where the nearest suburb and the city proper meet) looking out his window (level with the faces in the street) as the city comes to life, a newspaper beside him with political news of the day as he pens this.
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Albert Mendoza 08 May 2018
Perhaps I need to go further in my analysis of Lawson's works to state an opinion. I rather read more about the author and then will be say my view about Lawson...
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Anabahati Mlay 22 November 2017
A beautiful piece...
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Stephen Loomes 17 November 2014
What a masterful wordsmith, this Bard from the Bush, and what compassion and anger. It is interesting that he sees the only solution to the arrogance of the rich treading down the economic slaves is for a socialist revolution.
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Patricia Grantham 03 October 2014
An excellent poem narrated just like a story. Many different faces plagues our lives daily. The author is very much observant of all that goes on around him. Yet he must disassociate himself from all this chaos and live his life. Very good read.
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Here the poet describes the plight of human woes in its correctness and observational aptitude though he is unaware of their details. A social relevant poem commitment to the haven'ts and it makes the feeling that is actually intended in the poem. Hardships of people is really makes sadness and sorrowful.
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Peter Stavropoulos 03 October 2013
“Oh, my ways are strange ways and new ways and old ways, And deep ways and steep ways and high ways and low, I’m at home and at ease on a track that I know not, And restless and lost on a road that I know” – Henry Lawson
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Liliana ~el 03 October 2013
Quite interesting. Liked the repetition giving the poem unity. Describing the reality of the people starving, unemployed, and without shelter. Really enjoyed the turn this account took with the spirit of revolution! with rhythm, energy ablaze, and continuing beat; great contrast for this piece.
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Charlotte Gunther 03 October 2013
i wondered why the poet spent the whole day in his room assigning gloom and doom to all those faces. He didn't know anything about anyone. didn't he have a job, too? guess not. but he had an agenda. nice poem though. i like the rhythm.
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Stephen Loomes 03 October 2013
Still, Australia's bard, thiis masterful mystic. of street and track
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Deci Hernandez 03 October 2012
Delilah pleads for custom at the corner of the street Ah mammon's slaves (The first couplet in the last stanza) True stories repeated and repeated and repeated in our history
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Kevin Straw 03 October 2012
Lawson's Red Revolution brought a state of misery far more than that of 19th century England, and it added a terror that was absent from that era. He might also have looked up the French revolution as an awful example of what happens when a state collapses. Luckily England had WWII and WWI to deflect the discontent (and killing many of the discontented) , but it was also a society much more ready to solve the problems of the Industrial Revolution. But had either of those wars been lost there might well have been a revolution in England.
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Herman Chiu 03 October 2009
Great poem, with an important message about what we are turning ourselves into. But Mr. Harmon, I don't fully agree with you. I do not believe money is the root of all evil, as money is an object on its own, which we cannot blame for any of our problems (except when we need more of it) . If the problem lies in us, then we should fix it; not say that currency, which we invented, is at source of our problems. After all, what is money but a number - a representation for what we think something is worth so that humans can easily understand it?
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Guybrush Threepwood 03 October 2009
Michael Harmon, I agree 100%; the future does look extremely bleak. But it's our job to work to change that perceived future, no? Anyway, I know this is kind of a stretch, but would you say that the length of it lends to its message; the idea of the unending grind and the slogging nature of it? I know that's a bit strange to suggest, that an artist would make something intentionally boring, but it's a thought. I like it, personally.
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Milica Franchi De Luri 03 October 2009
unnecessary long and boring to read..........
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Michael Harmon 03 October 2009
On topic: though it is a bit long-winded (ie. too long) , the poem has a good heart. Off topic: I believed thirty-seven years ago (when I was twenty) that the proverb, 'money (or the desire for it) is the root of all evil', was true. I still believe it; nothing in all these years has shown me otherwise. Until we grow up as a species, the so-called 'free market system' is all we can look forward to; from that perspective, the future looks rather bleak.
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