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Australian Bards And Bush Reviewers Analysis



Author: Poetry of Henry Lawson Type: Poetry Views: 230

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While you use your best endeavour to immortalise in verse
The gambling and the drink which are your country's greatest curse,
While you glorify the bully and take the spieler's part --
You're a clever southern writer, scarce inferior to Bret Harte.

If you sing of waving grasses when the plains are dry as bricks,
And discover shining rivers where there's only mud and sticks;
If you picture `mighty forests' where the mulga spoils the view --
You're superior to Kendall, and ahead of Gordon too.

If you swear there's not a country like the land that gave you birth,
And its sons are just the noblest and most glorious chaps on earth;
If in every girl a Venus your poetic eye discerns,
You are gracefully referred to as the `young Australian Burns'.

But if you should find that bushmen -- spite of all the poets say --
Are just common brother-sinners, and you're quite as good as they --
You're a drunkard, and a liar, and a cynic, and a sneak,
Your grammar's simply awful and your intellect is weak.

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. However, Australian Bards and Bush Reviewers, written by Henry Lawson has been deemed unsuitable. While the above pieces selected for inclusion have all fairly criticized Australia, this poem is too melodramatic and unnecessarily harsh in its description of the Australian people. Lawson’s words are blunt and direct, even though they rhyme, which is an interesting take on the romanticisation of poetry. At times, however, Lawson’s endeavour to rhyme causes the reader to completely lose the message and rhythm of the poem. He speaks of a metaphorical fantasy then mocks it with the reality.
“If you sing of waving grasses when the plains are dry as bricks,
And discover shining rivers where there’s only mud and sticks.
If you picture ‘mighty forests’ where only the mulga spoils the view-”
Henry Lawson mocks Australia’s landscape, and generalizes all Australian bushmen as bullies, drunks, liars, and spielers with effectively no education or brains. This is an unrealistic impression of such Australians. Many bushmen are intelligent and honest farmers battling the drought and depression to earn a living and feed their families. Lawson’s words are unfounded in his ruthless critique.

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