Clarrie Dennis’ Message to Lauraites: Laura Days [poem by C. J. Dennis, 1 July 1932]

[Editor: This article includes both a poem and a letter by C. J. Dennis; it was published in The Laura Standard and Crystal Brook Courier (1 July 1932).] Clarrie Dennis’ message to Lauraites. Laura Days. Dreaming to-day in a forest green Where the great gums rake the sky, My thoughts turn back to another scene […]

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 Sentimental Bloke [review, 6 November 1915]

[Editor: A review of The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke, by C.J. Dennis, from the “Literature: Publications Received” section of The Queenslander, 1915.] The Sentimental Bloke. “The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke,” by C.J. Dennis (Angus and Robertson, Sydney).— Gathered together in a well printed, cleverly illustrated, and pleasant to handle little volume, Mr. C. […]

Preface to first edition [by Henry Lawson]

[Editor: This preface by Henry Lawson was published in The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke.] Preface to first edition My young friend Dennis has honoured me with a request to write a preface to his book. I think a man can best write a preface to his own book, provided he knows it is good. […]

C. J. Dennis

C. J. Dennis was a poet and author, widely known for his popular book The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke. He was born in Auburn, South Australia, on 7 September 1876. C. J. was well-known for including the common language of the Australian people in his poetry, using slang and abbreviated words to a great […]