How Lawson portrayed plight of human waves?

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By 2017-10-08

Henry Archibald Hertzberg Lawson (1867-1922) was another, bush poet in Australia. Along with his colleague Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best known Australian bush poets, of the colonial period.

Henry Lawson was born 17 June 1867 in a small town on the, Grenfell goldfields of New South Wales. He attended school at Eurunderee from 1876, but suffered an ear pain and by the age of fourteen he had lost his hearing completely. Later he attended a catholic school at Mudgee, New South Wales, Lawson learned about poetry in the school under Master Kevin. Lawson was keen reader of Dickens and reading became a major part of his life, because of his deafness.

Henry Lawson's first published work is "A song of the republic" It appeared in "The Bulletin" 1st October 1887. Mean time he was the assistant of his father's construction company. But he is really unhappy and try to find a job in writing world. Then he received an offer in "Boomerang News Magazine" in 1891. Unfortunately it lasted very soon, Because of financial issue. After that he worked another two literature magazines and unsuccessful. Finally he came back Sydney and Work with ''The Bulletin"
Henry Lawson widely recognized as poet of the people. Because of his writings always mentioned the poverty of the people and optimized view of the life.

His wish was the world must be better, than the present situation. His writing style and thinking pattern is completely different than Banjo Paterson. Lawson had no romantic illusions. He uses sharp sentences. He always use jaw language, with sparse adjectives and "honed to the bone" description. Most of his work focuses on the poor people who outside the main urban areas in Australia.

(Australian Bush) Between 1888 and 1892, Lawson published many of his most famous poems like "Andy's Gone with Cattle" , "The Roaring Days", "The Drover's wife" etc.
However his marriage life is not successful. He divorced from his wife and poverty came with him and he lacked of money due to Royalty deals with publishers.

His ex-wife repeatedly complained him for non-payment of maintenance. Result was he had jailed at Darlinghust Jail. His prison number is one hundred and three. His Jail experience and haunting poem collection ''One hundred and three'' who published in 1908
In his later days he met Isabel Byer, an excellent poet.

Her writing style is also similar to Lawson and she was independent. Finally he settled with Isabel Byer and rest was with her. Henry Lawson died cause of cerebral hemorrhage in 1922 He was given a state funeral and was presented by the Prime Minister Billy Hughes and Premier of New South Wales Jack Lang, as well as thousands of citizens. Lawson was the first person to be granted a New South Wales, state funeral.

In 1927, The Henry Lawson Memorial Committee raised money through public donation and build a bronze statue, It stands in ''THE DOMAIN'' Sydney It unveiled in 28th July 1931 by the governor of new south wales Sir, Philip Game.

In 1949 Lawson was the subject of an Australian Postage Stamp. In 1966 he was featured on the Australian Ten dollar note.
Lawson published more than five hundred poems. Faces in the street "After all" "A Prouder man than you" Andy's gone with Cattle" "A Bush Girl", " A Derry on a cove" are his well-known works. He narrated his poems, for poor people. His writing always, describes the plight of human waves in its. His writing describes reality of life.
Most of the people are suffering about the poverty.

Their hunger, their unemployment, their personal matters, he wrote in look of human eye.
Lawson has a wide world vision. His poems draw a fine picture of misery of capitalism.
And he expresses the hidden suffering of millions of people in rich capitalist countries.
This is Lawson's one of best poem, "Faces in the Street"



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