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Famous Stockmen Poems by Famous Poets

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

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by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...e in Dandaloo. 

So we drank, and all departed -- 
How the "mobbing" yarn was started 
No one ever knew -- 
And the stockmen tell the story 
Of that conflict fierce and gory, 
How he fought for love and glory 
Up in Dandaloo. 

It's a proverb now, or near it -- 
At the races you can hear it, 
At the dog-fights, too! 
Every shrieking, dancing drover 
As the canines topple over 
Yells applause to Grip or Rover, 
"Give him 'Dandaloo'!" 

And the teamster slowly toiling 
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by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...rom Kiley's Run. 

Old Kiley stood and saw them go 
From Kiley's Run. 
The well-bred cattle marching slow; 
His stockmen, mates for many a day, 
They wrung his hand and went away. 
Too old to make another start, 
Old Kiley died -- of broken heart, 
On Kiley's Run. 

. . . . . 

The owner lives in England now 
Of Kiley's Run. 
He knows a racehorse from a cow; 
But that is all he knows of stock: 
His chiefest care is how to dock 
Expenses...Read More

by Lawson, Henry
And even as he spoke 
The squatter with a dozen men 
Came racing through the smoke. 

Down on the ground the stockmen jumped 
And bared each brawny arm, 
They tore green branches from the trees 
And fought for Ross's farm; 
And when before the gallant band 
The beaten flames gave way, 
Two grimy hands in friendship joined -- 
And it was Christmas Day....Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton> . 

By the old Campaspe River, where the breezes shake the grass, 
There's a row of little gravestones that the stockmen never pass, 
For they bear a crude inscription saying, `Stranger, drop a tear, 
For the Cuff and Collar players and the Geebung boys lie here.' 
And on misty moonlit evenings, while the dingoes howl around, 
You can see their shadows flitting down that phantom polo ground; 
You can hear the loud collisions as the flying players meet, 
And the ra...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
To the breezes, and the rolling plains are wide,
There the man from Snowy River is a household word today,
And the stockmen tell the story of his ride....Read More

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