Public Affairs.... and Politics
One way in which poetry has changed in Queensland since 1859, is that then, poetry was much more an instrument of public communication than it is now. If there was an issue of current concern, one way it would be voiced was by the publication of a poem on the subject.
Click on the poem titles below to read some of the poems of time and of politics that were published by Queensland poets up to 1959.
|Poem title||First line||Author||Published|
|A Flight across the Sea||The voices of the spring are calling||E.M.O'Doherty||ca 1848|
|Crabs||Poisonous, bloated, crab-like shapes||AA Bayldon||1896|
|"Damitall!"||The dawn was breaking clear and calm||Thomas G Rabbets||1917|
Have you heard of Katie Jackson,
Our Queensland girl so brave
|Mary Hannay Foott||1893|
|Man Digging in Queen St||I often wonder what they see||Francis Kenna||1930|
|The Brisbane Centenary||A hundred years ago the tireless tide||Colin Bingham||1925|
|The Nation Builders||A handful of workers seeking the star of a strong intent||George Essex Evans||1906|
|Our True Men||
Our true men! our true men!
We proudly sing them all
|Prickly Pear||The smashed and tumbling trunks litter the plains||James Picot||1941|
|Sonnet||Why do you listen, watcher? Do you hear,||Edgar Holt||1932|
|The Famine in Ireland, 1879-80||They shall not perish! Not if help can save||Brunton Stephens||1880|
|The Gentle Anarchist||I am a gentle Anarchist /I ouldn'tI c||Brunton Stephens||1888|
|The Pleasant Future of Jones||
"Quick, guard, there goes a man/ Without a number. Arrest him!"
|Tinsel||Bright eyes has Folly, lips that laugh and lure -||June Saunders||1938|