HENRY LAWSON – AUSTRALIAN POET ON AUSTRALIA AND ITS BUSH FIRES.

The current Australian Bush Fire Season has apparently started earlier than usual.

The severity of the wide ranging bush fires across the nation this season has drawn international attention  because of their ferocity and the extensive destruction of bush land and pastures, thousands of homes, thousands of farm buildings, motor vehicles and equipment together with the shocking loss of human life and the death of millions of native animals and birds.

Bush fires, drought, flood and temperature fluctuations( both up and down the centigrade scale) are common place in this wonderful country, ‘Down Under’.

Without entering into the ‘Globing Warning’, debate, our weather patterns have been written about and been the subject of verbal debate for centuries.

One only has to read Dorothea Mackellar’s epic poem, ‘My Country’,  written in 1904 to learn about ‘A Sunburnt Country’ with it’s droughts and flooding rains.

However, the poem that most sticks in my mind is Henry Lawson’s 1911 poem, ‘ A Bush Fire.’

Henry Archibald Hertzberg Lawson, 17/6/1867 – 2/9/22 was one of Australia’s best loved and admired writers and poets. His work centres on the Colonial Period and his novels and poems depict Australian life duringthat time.

Here is Lawson’s poem to which I refer:

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I found this poem to be quite moving and its few lines so well describe the way  our bush fires spread so rapidly and with such destructive force.

I encourage you to read more of Henry Lawson’s works and I’m sure you will also enjoy those of Dorothea Mackellar.

Hoo roo for now,

Perc

4 thoughts on “HENRY LAWSON – AUSTRALIAN POET ON AUSTRALIA AND ITS BUSH FIRES.

  1. Thanks for sharing this; I hadn’t read it before. I particularly like the very last couple of lines at the very bottom “though the struggle be grim, ’tis Australia that knows, that her children shall fight while the Waratah grows” powerful!

  2. I hadn’t heard of Lawson before , but it’s an interesting piece of writing…especially with recent events in mind!
    Trust you and SWMBO are well.
    Regards,
    Dookes

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