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 […]

The Austra——laise [poem by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This poem by C. J. Dennis was published in Backblock Ballads and Other Verses (1913) and Backblock Ballads and Later Verses (1918). In Backblock Ballads and Other Verses it was published under the title of “A Real Australian Austra—laise”. The missing word in this poem, one not spoken in polite society at that time, […]

The Minglers [poem by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This poem by C. J. Dennis was published in Backblock Ballads and Later Verses (1918).] The Minglers I hold by stern morality, Despite the worldlings’ scoffing; But when I sit beside the sea And gaze into the offing The bathers, mingling on the beach, Stir thoughts I cannot put in speech. Indeed, my sad […]

Vulgar Fractions [poem by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This poem by C. J. Dennis was published in Backblock Ballads and Later Verses (1918).] Vulgar Fractions Now, when Bill, the pick and shovel man, or Archibald, the clerk, Undertakes to sell the labour of a day, Then, for certain hours he works between the dawning and the dark, And delivers one day’s work […]

K’shoo [poem by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This poem by C. J. Dennis was published in Backblock Ballads and Later Verses (1918).] K’shoo (A Rhybe wridded for The Gadfly) Whed your dose is code as barble, Ad you sduffle all the day, Ad your head id is behavig Id a bost unbleased way; When your ev’ry joid is achig With a […]