"The verse of C.J. Dennis celebrates the simple pleasures of life. His uniquely Australian
poems paint a vivid picture of ordinary Australians and their way of life. His most successful
poems capture the patriotic mood of the Great War - 'The Austra-laise' became the unofficial
anthem of the Australian troops. Some of his most enjoyable poems are presented to us through
the eyes of the larrikin 'Sentimental Bloke', a character well loved by generations of
Australians. Others are presented from the viewpoint of a farmer or a small country townsman.
All have a special charm - they evoke a time of innocence, when a job was worth doing, a marriage
was for life, and a mate could be relied upon through thick and thin.
"This selection includes many favourite poems featuring well-known characters - the Kid, Doreen,
Ginger Mick and Digger Smith are well represented here - as well as several other poems written
in more conventional verse which convey Dennis's appreciation of the Australian way of life as it
was during the 1910s and through the Great War to the late 1920s.
"Brendan Akhurst's entertaining drawings capture the life and atmosphere of the poems superbly -
they are a perfect complement to the text."
Introduction by Margaret Olds
A Guide for Poits
A Spring Song
The Mooch o' Life
The Silent Member
An Old Master
The Call of Stoush
A Letter to the Front
A Digger's Tale
Half a Man
From the Child & Associates hardback edition, 1989.