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The Secret Key, And Other Verses

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The Secret Key, And Other Verses by George Essex Evans is a collection of beautifully written poems that capture the essence of Australian life and landscape. Evans' words are evocative and vivid, painting a picture of the beauty and harshness of the Australian bush.

The poems in this collection are filled with emotion and sentiment, exploring themes of love, loss, and the passage of time. Evans' mastery of language is evident in every verse, as he weaves together words to create images that linger long after the poetry has been read.

While some of the poems may be a bit dated in their language and imagery, there is a timeless quality to Evans' work that makes it relevant even today. The Secret Key, And Other Verses is a moving and thoughtful collection that will surely resonate with readers who appreciate poetry that speaks to the heart.

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Born in London of Welsh parents, George Essex Evans was raised and educated by his mother Mary Ann in Pembrokeshire after she was widowed when George was only a few months old. Emigrating to Queensland with his siblings to Australia at age 17 with the intention of farming, Evans was badly injured in a horse-riding accident, when he was thrown against a tree and was unable to do any physical work. Evans was described as a reserved man, and at times rather moody and impulsive. However, he was also described as a kind person and a loyal friend. He had a strong sense of honour and self-respect, traits that made him a model husband and father. Evans was described as having a tremendous memory, particularly for poetic verse, of which he was able to recite a prodigious amount. Few of his contemporaries were able to match his breadth of knowledge of English, American, and Australian poetry. Summary by Wikipedia

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