Vonda Stanley's collection of early Australian bush poems


C J Dennis, 1876-1938

Clarence Michael James Dennis was born in Auburn South Australia.  After stints as a solicitor's clerk, journalist and working in the Broken Hill mines, he produced a weekly Adelaide paper which floundered.  An artist friend took him to the mountain regions North of Melbourne where he settled at Toolangi.  It was there that his love of the bush began.  He is most famous for his work "The Sentimental Bloke."  His work was extremely popular because of his use of the Australian idiom in verse.  On his death he was dubbed "the Robert Burns" of Australian literature.

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