Australian Poetry Since 1788

The 1st of its variety, this landmark poetry anthology includes the paintings of Australia’s significant poets in addition to lesser-known yet both affecting writers of Australian poetry given that 1788. starting from concrete to prose poems, from the cerebral to the naïve, from the funny to the confessional, and from formal to loose verse, this paintings additionally positive aspects translations of a few extraordinary Aboriginal track poems. With items from a hundred and seventy Australian poets, in addition to brief serious biographies, this cautious reevaluation of Australian poetry makes this a great publication that may be learn and loved over an entire life.

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His interest in literature had been rekindled and by 1866 Gordon had begun publishing poetry. His long philosophical poem, “Ye Wearie Wayfarer” contained a verse (“Life is mostly froth and bubble …”) which was to become for a time one of the most famous in English literature. However his first book of poems, Sea Spray and Smoke Drift, published in 1867, received generally dismissive reviews and he did not recover his publication costs. Gordon bought some livery stables in Ballarat, then famous for its gold mining.

Two years later, there was an unexpected windfall. Gordon had disappeared from his family’s ken, but was tracked down by a persevering executor, and inherited £7000 from the estate of his mother, already five years dead. He speculated in land and livestock and became a member of parliament. Distracted by adventures in horse racing, his investments went bad and he resigned from his parliamentary seat. His interest in literature had been rekindled and by 1866 Gordon had begun publishing poetry. His long philosophical poem, “Ye Wearie Wayfarer” contained a verse (“Life is mostly froth and bubble …”) which was to become for a time one of the most famous in English literature.

Tis useless cursing vermin in the old bark hut. Faith, such flocks of fleas you never saw, they are so plump and fat, And if you make a grab at one, he’ll spit just like a cat. Last night they got my pack of cards, and were fighting for the cut – I thought the devil had me in the old bark hut. Chorus In an old bark hut. In an old bark hut. I thought the devil had me in the old bark hut. So now, my friends, I’ve sung my song, and that as well as I could, And I hope the ladies present won’t think my language rude, And all ye younger people, in the days when you grow up, Remember Bob the Swagman, and the old bark hut.

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