A comparison of the Backblock Ballads books by C.J. Dennis

C.J. Dennis published Backblock Ballads and Other Verses in 1913, but it did not sell very well; however, twenty-one of its poems were included in his later book, Backblock Ballads and Later Verses (along with an additional sixteen poems), published in 1918, which achieved great success. Four of the poems from Backblock Ballads and Other Verses were included in his book The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke, published in 1915.

Here is a listing of the poems from each of the two Backblock Ballads books, with the 21 shared poems highlighted with a bold red font:

Backblock Ballads and Other Verses

Contents:

’Urry!
Roamin’ Free
Langwidge
Doch-an-doris
An Old Master
Wanderers Lost
The Looting of Jim
Hopeful Hawkins
Mutton
The Homeward Track
Cow
Barley Grass
Snakes
Mornin’ Magpies
Up ’Long the Billabong
When the Sun’s Behind the Hill
Wheat
The Cruise of the “Nightmare”
The Ballad of Juno Sue
Me an’ Bates
Cleanin’
The Bleating
Comin’ ’Ome frum Shearin’
The Silent Member
On the Land
Toolangi
OTHER VERSES.
The Sentimental Bloke —
          I. A Spring Song
          II. The Intro
          III. The Stoush o’ Day
          IV. Doreen
Brothers o’ Mine
The Joy Ride
The Tory
A Real Australian Austra—laise
My Poor Relation
The Martyred Democrat
The Idolators
The Lovers
The Nearing Drums
The Royal Hat
Under the Party Plan
Yarra Flats
The First Elective Ministry
It was Never Contemplated
Weighed In
The March
A Ballad of Elderly Kids
Moonshine
The Eternal Circle
The Chase of Ages
The Bridge Across the Crick
Son of a Fool
Suburbia — A Yearn
The High Priest
“Paw”
Weary
Brown’s Tram
The Bore
Overweight
Glossary

Backblock Ballads and Later Verses

Contents:

An Old Master
“Paw”
The Builders
Wheat
The Lovers
“Got-a-Fag”
The Chase of Ages
A Guide for Poits
Grimbles and the Gnad
Langwidge
The Joy Ride
The Homeward Track
Sore Throat
When the Sun’s Behind the Hill
’Urry
Hopeful Hawkins
Timberland
Weary
Hymn of Futility
A Song of Rain
The Bore
The Cultured Constable
My Poor Relation
The Boon of Discontent
Son of a Fool
The Silent Member
Cow
The High Priest
The Philistine
Work or Reflection
The March
The Little Homes
The Bridge Across the Crick
K’shoo
Vulgar Fractions
The Minglers
The Austra-laise


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