First published in 1912, Selected Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon
contains the first stirrings of a national school of Australian poetry. Gordon's poems are predominantly poems of action and human passion; his sometimes naive, sometimes ironic comments on life may be largely the result of early experience - a moody sensitiveness that developed into melancholia, and finally caused him to end his life.
Gordon was the first Australian poet to be read by the ordinary man. His riding rhymes were an important factor in the creation of the Australian ballad by Paterson and others. Perhaps H.M. Green speaks for the reader when he writes, "... we read Gordon not for the fine phrases, but for the directness of some cry, and above all for the breadth and effectiveness of any utterance ... taken as a whole. And we read him because even if we ourselves are not hunters, sportsmen, soldiers, adventurers, he uncovers some underlying stratum of such men in us, opening up to us the road of adventure and blowing over it the wind of romance."
Original title: Selected Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon
Genre: Poetry→ Verse
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