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Famous Ballarat Poems by Famous Poets

These are examples of famous Ballarat poems written by some of the greatest and most-well-known modern and classical poets. PoetrySoup is a great educational poetry resource of famous ballarat poems. These examples illustrate what a famous ballarat poem looks like and its form, scheme, or style (where appropriate).

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by Twain, Mark
...d blue as the day expires; 

And Murriwillumba complaineth in song 
For the garlanded bowers of Woolloomooloo, 
And the Ballarat Fly and the lone Wollongong 
They dream of the gardens of Jamberoo; 

The wallabi sighs for the Murrubidgee, 
For the velvety sod of the Munno Parah, 
Where the waters of healing from Muloowurtie 
Flow dim in the gloaming by Yaranyackah; 

The Koppio sorrows for lost Wolloway, 
And sigheth in secret for Murrurundi, 
The Whangeroo wombat lamenteth th...Read More

by Lawson, Henry
...Lalor's life:
All gleaming white amid the shafts o'er gully, hill and flat
Again I see the tents that form the camp at Ballarat.
I hear the shovels and the picks, and all the air is rife
With the rattle of the cradles and the sounds of digger-life;
The clatter of the windlass-boles, as spinning round they go,
And then the signal to his mate, the digger's cry, "Below!"
From many a busy pointing-forge the sound of labour swells,
The tinkling of the anvils is as clear as si...Read More

by Lawson, Henry
...ught like men 
in the days when the world was wide. 

The good ship bound for the Southern seas when the beacon was Ballarat, 
With a `Ship ahoy!' on the freshening breeze, 
`Where bound?' and `What ship's that?' -- 
The emigrant train to New Mexico -- the rush to the Lachlan Side -- 
Ah! faint is the echo of Westward Ho! 
from the days when the world was wide. 

South, East, and West in advance of Time -- and, ay! in advance of Thought 
Those brave men rose to a heig...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...d pace was hot and fences stiff and tall, 
"You follow Tommy Corrigan" was passed to one and all. 
And every man on Ballarat raised all he could command 
To put on Tommy Corrigan when riding old Lone Hand. 

But now we'll keep his memory green while horsemen come and go; 
We may not see his like again where silks and satins glow. 
We'll drink to him in silence, boys -- he's followed down the track 
Where many a good man went before, but never one came back. 
A...Read More

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