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 […]

Glossary [for Backblock Ballads and Other Verses, by C.J. Dennis]

[Editor: This glossary by C.J. Dennis was published in Backblock Ballads and Other Verses (1913).] Glossary. For the use of the thoroughly genteel. Ar, an exclamation expressive of surprise, sorrow, joy, contempt, pity, etc., according to the manner of utterance. Back Chat, impudent repartee. Barmy, mentally deficient. Barrack, to banter noisily; to shout vociferous insults […]

Overweight [poem by C.J. Dennis]

[Editor: This poem by C.J. Dennis was published in Backblock Ballads and Other Verses (1913). Most of the poetry of C.J. Dennis is written in the style of the Australian vernacular. See the Glossary for explanations of words and phrases.] Overweight. Me heart strings are riven! I’ve struggled and striven To pen a neat melody, […]

Brown’s Tram [poem by C.J. Dennis]

[Editor: This poem by C.J. Dennis was published in Backblock Ballads and Other Verses (1913). Most of the poetry of C.J. Dennis is written in the style of the Australian vernacular. See the Glossary for explanations of words and phrases.] Brown’s Tram. A city clerk was Henry Brown, Whose suburb knew nor tram nor train; […]

Suburbia — A Yearn [poem by C.J. Dennis]

[Editor: This poem by C.J. Dennis was published in Backblock Ballads and Other Verses (1913). Most of the poetry of C.J. Dennis is written in the style of the Australian vernacular. See the Glossary for explanations of words and phrases.] Suburbia — A Yearn. O man with a Position, prithee tell, How is’t you mould […]