. . . . .or anyone else with the answers I seek.
I’m interested to learn everything you can tell me about the basic elements of the following two samples of verse. I am a complete ignoramus when it comes to elements of poetry and want to learn about these as examples of my preferred form. Please don’t refer me to Wikipedia.
The author of both is Andrew Barton (“Banjo”) Paterson. The poems from which they are taken, Clancy Of The Overflow (1) and The Man From Snowy River (2), were first published in 1889 and 1890 respectively.
“I had written him a letter which I had, for want of better
Knowledge, sent to where I met him down the Lachlan, years ago,
He was shearing when I knew him, so I sent the letter to him,
Just on spec, addressed as follows, "Clancy, of The Overflow."
And an answer came directed in a writing unexpected,
(And I think the same was written with a thumb-nail dipped in tar)
‘Twas his shearing mate who wrote it, and verbatim I will quote it:
"Clancy's gone to Queensland droving, and we don't know where he are”.”
“There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around
That the colt from Old Regret had got away,
And had joined the wild bush horses -- he was worth a thousand pound,
So all the cracks had gathered to the fray.
All the tried and noted riders from the stations near and far
Had mustered at the homestead overnight,
For the bushmen love hard riding where the wild bush horses are,
And the stock-horse snuffs the battle with delight”.