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I recently had the pleasure of reading a collection of poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon. His work is a beautiful blend of passion, emotion, and imagery that truly resonated with me.

Gordon's poems have a lyrical quality that pulls the reader in and keeps them engaged until the very end. His use of descriptive language creates vivid scenes that transport the reader to different times and places. I found myself completely captivated by his words and the emotions they evoked.

One of the aspects I appreciated most about Gordon's poetry is his ability to address deep and meaningful themes such as love, loss, and the passage of time. Each poem felt like a journey through the complexities of human experience, leaving me with a sense of introspection and contemplation.

Overall, I would highly recommend this collection of poems to anyone who appreciates beautiful language, emotional depth, and thought-provoking themes. Adam Lindsay Gordon's work is a true gem in the world of poetry, and I look forward to exploring more of his writings in the future.

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This is a volume of poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon, 'British-born Australian Steeple-Chase Rider and Poet'.

"The poems of Gordon have an interest beyond the mere personal one which his friends attach to his name. Written, as they were, at odd times and leisure moments of a stirring and adventurous life, it is not to be wondered at if they are unequal or unfinished. The astonishment of those who knew the man, and can gauge the capacity of this city [Melbourne] to foster poetic instinct, is that such work was ever produced here at all. Intensely nervous, and feeling much of that shame at the exercise of the higher intelligence which besets those who are known to be renowned in field sports, Gordon produced his poems shyly, scribbled them on scraps of paper, and sent them anonymously to magazines. It was not until he discovered one morning that everybody knew a couplet or two of "How we Beat the Favourite" that he consented to forego his anonymity and appear in the unsuspected character of a versemaker. The success of his republished "collected" poems gave him courage, and the unreserved praise which greeted "Bush Ballads" should have urged him to forget or to conquer those evil promptings which, unhappily, brought about his untimely death.' - Summary from the Preface.
Note: The dramas have been left out of this volume.


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