CJ Dennis The Songs Of A Sentimental Bloke

I spent a lovely day yesterday reading poetry and doing craft with my Mum. She introduced me to CJ Dennis! I’d heard of him and The Sentimental Bloke before but hadn’t read any of his poetry.

A Spring Song
The world ‘as got me snouted jist a treat;
Crool Forchin’s dirty left ‘as smote me soul;
An’ all them joys o’ life I ‘eld so sweet
Is up the pole.
Fer, as the poit sez, me ‘eart ‘as got
The pip wiv yearnin’ fer – I dunno wot.

I’m crook; me name is Mud; I’ve done me dash;
Me flamin’ spirit’s got the flamin’ ‘ump!
I’m longin’ to let loose on somethin’ rash…
Aw, I’m a chump!
I know it; but this blimed ole Springtime craze
Fair outs me, on these dilly, silly days.

I love it!! This is just the first two verses, I love the language, the way words are used, the rhyme and rhythm, the old Aussie slang. I apologise to those who can’t understand this poem, some of it I don’t understand either but I can get the gist of it if I keep reading so hopefully you can too.

This is a great video someone’s made, a recitation of The Play from The Songs Of A Sentimental Bloke. This will give you an idea of how it sounds and how Australians spoke in the early 1900s.

2 Comments

  1. Ruby

    Gotta love CJ!
    I posted one of his poems for Anzac Day and some of us were commenting on the use of the exaggerated Aussie slang. It is quiet hard to read at length but humourous for those of us wot unnerstans it!

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