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Australaise by C. J. Dennis is a delightful collection of poems that captures the essence of Australian life and culture in the early 20th century. The poems are written in the unique Australian vernacular, giving readers a vivid glimpse into the language and slang of the time.

Through humorous and entertaining verses, Dennis paints a vivid picture of everyday life in Australia, from the hardships of bush life to the quirks and idiosyncrasies of its people. The poems are filled with colorful characters, vivid imagery, and a deep love for the Australian landscape.

While some of the references and language may be unfamiliar to modern readers, the poems still resonate with a timeless charm and wit. Dennis's ability to capture the spirit of Australia in such a vivid and entertaining way makes Australaise a true classic of Australian literature.

Overall, Australaise is a charming and entertaining collection of poems that offers a unique glimpse into Australian life and culture. Fans of poetry, Australian literature, or those simply looking for a delightful read will certainly enjoy this collection.

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LibriVox volunteers bring you 6 recordings of The Austra--laise by C.J.Dennis. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for January 13, 2013.THE AUSTRALAISE is a poem composed by C.J. Dennis, widely considered to the poet laureate of vernacular verse in Australia. It first appeared in his collection, Backblock Ballads and Other Verses, the first edition of which was published in 1913. A source from which Dennis drew inspiration was W.T. Goodge's poem The Great Australian Adjective, which first appeared in the Bulletin in 1898.Designed to be sung to the tune of Onward Christian Soldiers, this poem features two prominent aspects of Australian literature - profanity and patriotism. While the profanity is extremely mild today's standards, the poem is still extremely appealing because of Dennis' mocking subversion of the grandiloquence that characterizes most national anthems.

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