||Article by Ric Raftis
After many years of taking a spell from the minds of many Australians, Bush Poetry is once again making a resurgence and becoming popular again.
Australian Bush Poetry has been around since the European settlement of Australia. Poetry was written by farmers, squatters, drovers, shearers, horsemen and a myriad of other everyday people.
If we look back through history, the bush poetry that has survived, and there has been plenty of it, reflects quite accurately the times in which those people lived. The stories are wonderful and cover all aspects of life in Australia at the time. There are stories of droving treks, exploits of endurance, great feats of horsemanship, the pain of separation, in fact you could find a poem on almost any topic you would care to name.
Among the greats of Australian Bush Poetry we have names like A.B."Banjo" Paterson, who was probably Australia's best known and loved poet. When you mention bush poetry to Australians and ask them if they know of any, they will generally reply with either "The Man From Snowy River" or "Clancy of the Overflow", two of Paterson's greatest. But he is also well known for many other great poems including "A Bush Christening", "Lost", "Mulga Bill's Bicycle", "In The Droving Days" and a multitude of others. Paterson was a great writer and wrote not only poetry, but also short stories which reflected quite accurately his love of Australia and the outback.
Henry Lawson was another of the great Australian poets who had a truly expressive flair for depicting the "underdog". A socialist and staunch republican, even before the days when republicanism became a real issue for Australians, Lawson was promoting the cause. His very first published piece of work was entitled "Song of the Republic" and was written in support of the striking shearers in 1891. Whether this was put to music at the time, I don't know, but a more popularised version of it has been arranged by Hugh McDonald and called "Sons of the South". Lawson also wrote some other truly classic pieces such as "The Fire at Ross's Farm", "The Roaring Days", "Faces In The Street", "The Lights of Cobb & Co" and "The Sliprails and the Spur" to name but a few.
Apart from these truly stand out poets, there are many others as well who will long be remembered by their work. Will Ogilvie would have to be up there with the best of them. A Scot, who came to Australia only for a period of time, wrote some truly magnificent pieces whilst here, but also continued to write poetry when he went back home to Scotland. He had a magnificent way of depicting scenery and a fantastic manner of creating visions in peoples' minds when his poetry is read or recited. Among his poetry, I think that "The Riding of the Rebel" is his most brilliant.
R.M Williams, the great Australian bushman and businessman, arranged for the publication of Ogilvie's work in a book called "Saddle for a Throne". It can be ordered through most saddlery shops.
These are just some of the more well known poets. There are also others who have written well loved pieces and a bit of research on the web will turn them up. Do a search on poetry by Adam Lindsay Gordon, John O'Brien, Henry Kendall, Thomas E. Spencer and you will be rewarded with a wealth of first class Australian Bush Verse. Yes, indeed, Australian Bush Verse is alive and well. There are competitions, performances, festivals and poets' breakfasts happening now all over Australia. There are also many clubs in place where you can join in and participate in keeping this magnificent art form alive.
New Emergence (Popularity: ): Several questions emerge in mind and invade
It makes me little nervous before they fade
Sometimes it is said idle mind is devil's workshop
This all takes its shape when you prove to be super flopIt may matter less if you on last leg of your journey
Life is out lived and there is no lust for fame or money
You can afford to turn back to old memory and ...
What Swarms Eventually Scatters (Popularity: ): What swarms eventually scatters.
What says 'What?' comes from having been
touched to the ground roughly smooth by
both Birth and the worthiness of that breathing
Void whose lungs are cargo planes for famine,
flaming torches held by cave painters and the
cold metal smell of having chiseled all day long
on a shadow who would not hold still.Plunging his vision into a sliding door's
glass filled with yellow meat-bees.
the stray cat that needs worm pills.
The picnic ...
From Inside an Open Grave - My Lily Did Escape (Popularity: ): Lily opened her eyes from sleeping
lest death take her ore
and rob her of her own breath.
opened up toward hope.
wound or victory
Lily spoke:"Let me be a snowflake
drift in the wind
connect with the atmosphere.
floating till I reach another wound
past this one.
This one is too hard.Healing.
Let me know that space
no one around
freedom to dance over oceans
feet never even touching
its liquid whispers
I want to fly that high.
I don't care what ...
Oh Kauai, Hawaii Forever Be - Keep it Green For Future Generations (Popularity: ): This is my 'keep it green' proclamation, of sorts, for the Hawaiian Islands. The island of Kauai is being overbuilt, for such a tiny island. This poem notes what progress brings, and part of the destruction that can happen, because of our thoughtless march toward what we consider to be progress. Embrace these fragile resources, that have been left in our care. Let us remember to tread lightly, on the ...
I Want to Download Free Hawaiian Music - Hawaiian Music Lyrics & Aloha in My Mind (Popularity: ): I want to download
free Hawaiian music
in my mind.
I want to embrace
those magical love songs
Elvis is King
da kine.Bruddah IZ,
"Facing the Future"
singing "Over the Rainbow"
and "Ua mau
ke ea o ka »ina
i ka pono"Bruddah IZ,
he came and he blessed us
and for Hawaii
took a dedicated stand.Hawaiian music lyrics
fill my heart with your joy
forever loving these islands
the taro and the poi."The Life of the Land
Children of the aina
taking a ...
Glendenning, Margaret - The Everton Upper Poet (Popularity: ): A collection of poetry, including humorous verse and Australian Bush Poetry.
Pindare Herb Farm (Popularity: ): Suppliers of medicinal herbs, homoeopathics, Bach and Australian Bush flower remedies. Large online at-a-glance reference sheet for Bach and Australian Bush flower remedies.
Impeach Bush (Popularity: ): Information, editorials and strategies for the impeachment of George W. Bush. Also includes general critiques of Bush policy.
George Bush Bush (Popularity: ): Limited edition collectible packets of Red Osier Dogwood seeds commemmorating the Presidency of George W. Bush, with partial proceeds donated to Republican organizations.
AusAngels (Popularity: ): Canadian distributor of Australian Bush Flower Essences and books.
George W. Bush Online Store (Popularity: ): Campaign-sanctioned website for all Bush-Cheney and George W. Bush for President campaign materials, gift items and wearables.
Mannix, Max (Popularity: ): Lively, colorful characters and scenes of life in the Australian bush.
Oh! Naturale (Popularity: ): Natural creams with Australian Bush Flower Essences for women and men.
Bush Architecture LLC (Popularity: ): Bush Architecture is a full service Architectural firm that has been providing professional design services in the Central Florida area since October, 2001. Bush Architecture has since expanded its reach and now provides architectural services in five states including Florida, Louisiana, South Carolina, North Carolina and Alabama.
Bush Architecture is led by Thomas A. Bush, an Architect in Florida and a native of New Orleans. Tom began his Architectural career in ...
Recording Studio Birmingham | Alive HQ (Popularity: ): Alive HQ is an SSL recording and mixing studio. Situated near Stoke On Trent in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Alive HQ is only 40mins to an hour away from major cities: Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham. The studio is host to an abundance of pro, top end audio recording equipment, from Neumann microphones to the SSL mixing console and loads of amazing outboard in the racks! Alive HQ is a Pro Tools studio.