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Australian poetry has become an incricate part of Australian culture. Bush poetry was one of the first ways Australians began to express themselves as a new country.
Famous Australian poets include:
*Banjo Paterson (1864-1941) - 'Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?' (Waltzing Matilda)
*Henry Lawson (1867-1922) - 'Oh, my ways are strange ways and new ways and old ways/ And deep ways and steep ways and high ways and low/ I'm at home and at ease on a track that I know not/ And restless and lost on a road that I know.' (The Wander-Light)
*Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968) - 'I love a sunburnt country/A land of sweeping plain' (My Country)
*Judith Wright (1915-2000) - 'I saw the eel wither where he curled/In the last blood-drop of a spent world.' (Drought Year)
There are many marvelous bush poets still writing in Australia, inspired by the treacherous and beautiful landscape of their country.