Henry Lawson

(17 June 1867 – 2 September 1922 / Grenfell, New South Wales)

Out Back - Poem by Henry Lawson


The old year went, and the new returned, in the withering weeks of drought,
The cheque was spent that the shearer earned,
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Comments about Out Back by Henry Lawson

  • Fog Runner (10/30/2017 3:08:00 AM)


    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 ~ (Report) Reply

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  • (10/29/2017 7:16:00 PM)


    The poem superbly reflects the bitter life experiences in the outback. The pains in life were captured by the poet in an excellent way. (Report) Reply

  • Nudershada Cabanes (10/29/2017 9:27:00 AM)


    The hard life in the Out Back is well depicted. Excellent poem (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/29/2017 2:48:00 AM)


    Weeks of drought! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (10/29/2017 2:20:00 AM)


    Such an interesting poem by Henry Lawson...... (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (10/29/2017 2:16:00 AM)


    Wonderful imaginary and imagery. Great write. Thanks and congratulations to his soul for being selected this poem as the poem of the day. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (10/29/2017 12:47:00 AM)


    Famous Australian poet was popular at the time. (Report) Reply

  • (10/29/2016 11:34:00 PM)


    With stinted stomach and blistered feet
    Awesome write. Thanks for sharing it here.
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (10/29/2016 6:30:00 AM)


    Nice work from a great poet the world has ever produced..... (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/29/2016 2:23:00 AM)

    Better away!
    All day long! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Miss Praghyanjali Pal (8/27/2014 11:17:00 PM)


    This is the reality of a shearer life in the out back.
    It chanced one day, when the north wind blew
    in his face like a furnace-breath,
    He left the track for a tank he knew - 'twas a short-cut to his death;
    For the bed of the tank was hard and dry, and crossed with many a crack,
    And, oh! it's a terrible thing to die of thirst in the scrub Out Back
    This stanza nice..........
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  • (8/27/2014 2:44:00 PM)


    a very realistic picture of the life of a shearer in the Out Back.in a way it's a hard life but a free one, too. (Report) Reply

  • (8/27/2014 8:31:00 AM)


    Nice poem because of the story line. Down to earth and understandable. Lacking much dramatic emotion though; it makes it pretty realistic and formallishly old fashioned. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (8/27/2011 8:34:00 AM)


    Hardships of farmer and the drought of land when storm comes are wiped out mercilessly indeed though like a dog he works all day in the farm! This aspect makes this poem most absorbing and touching by the experienced pen of Henry Lawson! (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (8/27/2009 6:34:00 AM)


    This is a well-made poem, but this guy chose his life. He can have no complaints. (Report) Reply

  • Peter Stavropoulos (8/27/2007 5:00:00 PM)


    Great Australian poet. The lure of the Outback is still alive today. (Report) Reply










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