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by Andrew Barton Paterson

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Oh! there once was a swagman camped in a Billabong,Under the shade of a Coolabah tree;And he sang as he looked at his old billy boiling,"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?" I can also sing the song-version too :D So I've always had a soft spot for classic (good) poetry, and what better way to ring in the new year than to spend a few days with one of the greatest poets (and Aussies) ever! I mean, his name is an INSTRUMENT!!! Actually, it's "Andrew," but his NICKNAME is an INSTRUMENT! that's pretty swell.Wordsworth, Yeats, Hopkins, Coleridge and Browning are lofty and sophisticated; Whitman, Frost, Emerson and Longfellow are rather insightful and relatively interesting, but Banjo Paterson is *fun*! He and Burns are probably my all-time favorites: I actually found myself imagining story-telling time between Tam O'Shanter and the Man from Snowy River... *crickets chirping*In fact I finished it up tonight while watching one of the *best* movies of all time, The Man from Snowy River! So if you are a poetry enthusiast - or love all things Australia - or if you have a fond regard for Westerns - check out Banjo Paterson. He's certainly not a snoozer like, ahem, some of those other well-known poets. And if nothing else, you'll learn that "Waltzing Matilda" has nothing whatsoever to do with dancing with a girl named Matilda. :D ( )
  Ameliaiif | Apr 8, 2010 |
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With an Introduction and Bibliography Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson may fairly be regarded as Australia's national poet. Waltzing Matilda, Clancy of the Overflow and The Man from the Snowy River still strike a chord in the hearts of Australians wherever they may be, evoking, as they do, the rough life and values of the outback. The apparent simplicity of the ballad form which 'Banjo' embraced so wholeheartedly is balanced by many syllabic irregularities and considerable ingenuity of stress and internal rhyme. This harks back to the old ballads of the English and Scottish borders, as well as the heroic songs of Ireland. Banjo Paterson s poetry is the authentic voice of a frontier society in which song and campfire recitation were the only entertainment open to tired stockmen and drovers

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Works of the "national poet" of Australia, such as "The Man from Snowy River," "Waltzing Matilda" and "Saltbush Bill's second fight."

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