Complete Poems by A.B. Paterson
Banjo Paterson is one of Australia’s best-loved poets and his verse is among Australia’s enduring traditions. This complete collection of verse shows the bush balladeer at his very best with favorites such as A Bush Christening, The Man from Ironbark, Clancy of the Overflow, and the immortal The Man from Snowy River.
A.B. Banjo Paterson was born in Australia in 1864 and wrote poetry and fiction from 1900 until his death in 1941.
Banjo Paterson: why is the Australian bush poet so revered?
He wrote many ballads and poems about Australian life, focusing particularly on the rural and outback areas, including the district around Binalong , New South Wales , where he spent much of his childhood. Paterson's more notable poems include " Clancy of the Overflow " , " The Man from Snowy River " and " Waltzing Matilda " , regarded widely as Australia's unofficial national anthem. Bullock teams , Cobb and Co coaches and drovers were familiar sights to him. He also saw horsemen from the Murrumbidgee River area and Snowy Mountains country take part in picnic races and polo matches, which led to his fondness of horses and inspired his writings. Paterson's early education came from a governess , but when he was able to ride a pony, he was taught at the bush school at Binalong. In Paterson was sent to Sydney Grammar School , performing well both as a student and a sportsman. During this time, he lived in a cottage called Rockend, in the suburb of Gladesville.
And more than years after the words were penned we find they still ring out across the nation. Some have even made it into outer space. To many, this is the unofficial Aussie anthem, but the intended meaning of this ballad that describes the suicide of an itinerant sheep-stealing swagman to avoid capture, is debated to this day. Whichever the case, according to the National Film and Sound Archive it has been recorded over times in just about every possible musical style. Parts have been sung at six Olympic Games ceremonies dating back to The Seekers recorded it three times, and Slim played it at the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympics.
The Mountains A land of sombre, silent hills, where mountain cattle go By twisted tracks, on sidelings deep, where giant gum trees grow And the wind replies, in the river oaks, to the song of the stream below. A land where the hills keep watch and ward, silent and wide awake As those who sit by a dead campfire, and wait for the dawn to break, Or those who watched by the Holy Cross for the dead Redeemer's sake. A land where silence lies so deep that sound itself is dead And a gaunt grey bird, like a homeless soul, drifts, noiseless, overhead And the world's great story is left untold, and the message is left unsaid. The Plains A land as far as the eye can see, where the waving grasses grow Or the plains are blackened and burnt and bare, where the false mirages go Like shifting symbols of hope deferred -- land where you never know. Land of plenty or land of want, where the grey Companions dance, Feast or famine, or hope or fear, and in all things land of chance, Where Nature pampers or Nature slays, in her ruthless, red, romance. And we catch a sound of a fairy's song, as the wind goes whipping by, Or a scent like incense drifts along from the herbage ripe and dry -- Or the dust storms dance on their ballroom floor, where the bones of the cattle lie.
Paterson, A. B., 'Banjo' Poems (). Search this poet's poems. 1; 2 · 3 · Prelude · The Man from Snowy River · Old Pardon, the Son of Reprieve.
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The bush ballad , bush song or bush poem is a style of poetry and folk music that depicts the life, character and scenery of the Australian bush. The typical bush ballad employs a straightforward rhyme structure to narrate a story, often one of action and adventure, and uses language that is colourful, colloquial and idiomatically Australian. Bush ballads range in tone from humorous to melancholic, and many explore themes of Australian folklore , including bushranging , droving , droughts , floods , life on the frontier, and relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The tradition dates back to the beginnings of European settlement when colonists, mostly British and Irish, brought with them the folk music of their homelands. Many early bush poems originated in Australia's convict system , and were transmitted orally rather than in print.
Biologist Jeremy Griffith explains that the reason that Banjo his real name was Andrew Barton Paterson is so revered is because of the prophetic nature of his work. More particularly, Banjo alluded to the role that that innocence has to play in the battle to find understanding of human nature , which in fact is the understanding the human race needs to liberate itself from the bondage of the human condition. In fact, why are we so ruthlessly competitive, selfish and brutal that human life has become all but unbearable and we have nearly destroyed our own planet?! As in the biblical allegory of David and Goliath , The Man from Snowy River tells a story of a boy doing what men cannot. It tells the story of a thoroughbred colt that has escaped and joined the wild brumbies horses living in the Snowy Mountains of Australia. A hunt is organised with all the best riders of the country to try and recapture him.