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Famous Kangaroo Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...mas fare 
Of a dried-up chop from a tough old ewe. 
Says he, "It's better than native bear 
And nearly as tender as kangaroo. 
An emu's egg I can masticate, 
But pork," says he, "is the thing I hate."...Read more of this...

by Carroll, Lewis
...d it was
A Hippopotamus.
"If this should stay to dine," he said,
"There won't be much for us!"

He thought he saw a Kangaroo
That worked a Coffee-mill:
He looked again, and found it was
A Vegetable-Pill.
"Were I to swallow this," he said,
"I should be very ill!"

He thought he saw a Coach-and-Four
That stood beside his bed:
He looked again, and found it was
A Bear without a Head.
"Poor thing," he said, "poor silly thing!
It's waiting to be fed!"...Read more of this...

by Paterson, Andrew Barton> 
There came a stranger -- a "Cockatoo" -- 
The word means farmer, as all men know, 
Who dwell in the land where the kangaroo 
Barks loud at dawn, and the white-eyed crow 
Uplifts his song on the stock-yard fence 
As he watches the lambkins passing hence. 

The sunburnt stranger was gaunt and brown, 
But it soon appeared that he meant to flout 
The iron law of the country town, 
Which is -- that the stranger has got to shout: 
"If he will not shout we must take him dow...Read more of this...

by Paterson, Andrew Barton rib or two, 
He made for home with a chastened mind, 
An old dog told him, "I thought you knew 
An emu kicks like a kangaroo, 
And you can't get hurt -- if you keep behind."...Read more of this...

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...h his mighty limbs and his length of rein. 
Born and bred on the mountain side, 
He could race through scrub like a kangaroo; 
The girl herself on his back might ride, 
And The Swagman would carry her safely through. 

He would travel gaily from daylight's flush 
Till after the stars hung out their lamps; 
There was never his like in the open bush, 
And never his match on the cattle-camps. 
For faster horses might well be found 
On racing tracks, or a plain's exte...Read more of this...

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...ame into view, 
For the finish down the long green stretch of course, 
And in front of all the flyers -- jumpin' like a kangaroo, 
Came the rank outsider -- Father Riley's horse! 

Oh, the shouting and the cheering as he rattled past the post! 
For he left the others standing, in the straight; 
And the rider -- well they reckoned it was Andy Regan's ghost, 
And it beat 'em how a ghost would draw the weight! 
But he weighed in, nine stone seven, then he laughed and disappeared...Read more of this...

by Graves, Robert
...hes and grass, 
Making monstrous mouths, 
Braying like an ass

Twisting buttercups 
In his orange hair, 
Hopping like a kangaroo, 
Growling like a bear. 

Right up to tea-time
They frolic there. 
“My legs are wingle,” 
Says Ben to Claire....Read more of this...

by Lindsay, Vachel

The Grasshopper, the grasshopper,
I will explain to you:— 
He is the Brownies' racehorse, 
The fairies' Kangaroo.


In fairyland the little boys
Would rather fight than eat their meals.
They like to chase a gauze-winged fly
And catch and beat him till he squeals.
Sometimes they come to sleeping men
Armed with the deadly red-rose thorn,
And those that feel its fearful wound
Repent the day that they were bor...Read more of this...

by Ammons, A R ****, chipmunk ****, other-worldly wallaby

****, gopher **** (or broke), platypus ****, aardvark
****, spider ****, kangaroo and peccary ****, guanaco
****, dolphin ****, aphid ****, baboon **** (that leopards

induce), albatross ****, red-headed woodpecker (nine
inches long) ****, tern ****, hedgehog ****, panda ****,
seahorse ****, and the **** of the wasteful gallinule....Read more of this...

by Service, Robert William
...en, for Major Percy Brown,
According to his story was a hunter of renown,
Who in the Murrumbidgee wilds had stalked the kangaroo
And killed the cassowary on the plains of Timbuctoo.
And now the Arctic fox he meant to follow to its lair,
And it was also his intent to beard the Artic hare...
Which facts concerning Major Brown I merely tell because
I fain would have you know him for the Nimrod that he was.

Now Skipper Grey and Deacon White were sitting in th...Read more of this...

by Kipling, Rudyard
...- there were nothin' else to do --
 ('Orse Gunners, listen to my song!)
An' the Battery came a-boundin' like a boundin' kangaroo,
 But they didn't watch us comin' very long.
 As the Captain, etc.

We was goin' most extended -- we was drivin' very fine,
 An' the Arabites were loosin' 'igh an' wide,
Till the Captain took the glassy with a rattlin' right incline,
 An' we dropped upon their 'eads the other side.
Then we give 'em quarter -- such as 'adn't up and cut,
 ...Read more of this...

by Carroll, Lewis
...d it was
A Hippopotamus.
'If this should stay to dine,' he said,
'There won't be much for us!'

He thought he saw a Kangaroo
That worked a coffee-mill:
He looked again, and found it was
A Vegetable-Pill.
'Were I to swallow this,' he said,
'I should be very ill!'

He thought he saw a Coach-and-Four
That stood beside his bed:
He looked again, and found it was
A Bear without a Head.
'Poor thing,' he said, 'poor silly thing!
It's waiting to be fed!'

He thought he saw...Read more of this...

by Paterson, Andrew Barton

This is the tale that has oft gone through 
On western plains where the skies are blue, 
Till the native bear and the kangaroo 
Have heard of the magistrate who knew 
Not only the trooper dressed in blue, 
But also the game by no means new, 
And likewise the wealthy uncles -- two, 
And ditto the Push from Waterloo 
That spotted the sunburnt bushman who 
Came down from Goondiwindi, Q. 

The Evening News, 17 Dec 1904 

(This verse was published, copiously illustrated by L...Read more of this...

by Lawson, Henry; 
Jimmy Bullock, with the rest, scratched his head and gave it best; 
But his faith was sadly shaken by a bobtailed kangaroo. 

But the old bark school is gone, and the spot it stood upon 
Is a cattle-camp in winter where the curlew's cry is heard; 
There's a brick school on the flat, but a schoolmate teaches that, 
For, about the time they built it, our old master was "transferred". 

But the bark school comes again with exchanges 'cross the plain – 
With the Out...Read more of this...

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
That's the way that he states his case, 
Reverend Mullineux. 

Kick! He can kick like an army mule -- 
Run like a kangaroo! 
Hard to get by as a lawyer-plant, 
Tackles his man like a bull-dog ant -- 
Fetches hom over too! 
Didn't the public cheer and shout 
Watchin' him chuckin' big blokes about, 
Reverend Mullineux! 

Scrimmage was packed on his prostrate form, 
Somehow the ball got through -- 
Who was it tackled our big half-back, 
Flinging him down like an empty sack...Read more of this...

by Noonuccal, Oodgeroo
...Gone now and scattered. 
The scrubs are gone, the hunting and the laughter. 
The eagle is gone, the emu and the kangaroo are gone from this place. 
The bora ring is gone. 
The corroboree is gone. 
And we are going.'...Read more of this...

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