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The Difference in Perspective Between Henry Lawson and Banjo Patterson

October 25th, 2010 · No Comments · link

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Many people hold the belief that Lawson was a bush poet, but the lecturer disclosed that Lawson only made one trip to the outback, and that he had no real love for the country. That one trip was Lawson’s sole claim to be the interpretor of the men of the “out-back.” His observations on that one occasion furnished him with local colour, but most of his bushstories were collected from bushmen who came to Sydney on a periodical “spree.” Comparing Lawson with “Banjo” Paterson, the lecturer pointed out that Paterson wrote from the point of view of the drover and of the squatter-men of some education and means — to whom “the bush” was the gateway to a probable affluence; whereas Lawson pictured the svvagman, and a town swagman at that, a man with little education, no means, and no possibility of a future competence, however modest. 

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