Henry Lawson

Grenfell, New South Wales
Henry Lawson
Grenfell, New South Wales
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Out Back

Rating: 3.2

The old year went, and the new returned, in the withering weeks of drought,
The cheque was spent that the shearer earned,
and the sheds were all cut out;
The publican's words were short and few,
and the publican's looks were black --
And the time had come, as the shearer knew, to carry his swag Out Back.

For time means tucker, and tramp you must,
where the scrubs and plains are wide,
With seldom a track that a man can trust, or a mountain peak to guide;
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COMMENTS
Paul Amrod 29 October 2019
Mm I am the only poet on this round of this marvelous Welsh poet. This is a somewhat ironic poem with an existentially a expressionistic approach. I find therefore highly historical and very unusual.
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Andrew Blakemore 29 October 2019
A very enjoyable read
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Kingsley Egbukole 29 October 2019
A beautiful poem. Well narrated.
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Ratnakar Mandlik 29 October 2018
An awesome poem with marvelous narration of the impact of scorching summer on the life of the poor. A great write indeed.
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Adrian Flett 29 October 2018
A remarkable descriptive poem, that has an inevitable rhythm, of the harsh life in the Outback.
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Fog Runner 30 October 2017
The tempo seems jolly for such a grievous story of misery in the sun, dust, and flying insects. I enjoyed reading it but would surely resent such a lifestyle ~
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Rose Marie Juan-austin 29 October 2017
The poem superbly reflects the bitter life experiences in the outback. The pains in life were captured by the poet in an excellent way.
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Nudershada Cabanes 29 October 2017
The hard life in the Out Back is well depicted. Excellent poem
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Edward Kofi Louis 29 October 2017
Weeks of drought! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Bernard F. Asuncion 29 October 2017
Such an interesting poem by Henry Lawson......
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