Interesting Facts About C. J. Dennis
- C.J. Dennis's full name was Clarence Michael James Dennis: he known mostly as Den or Clarrie. He was born 7 September, 1876 in Auburn, SA. He had 2 younger brothers.
- C. J.’s parents were born in Ireland. His father, James, came to Australia in the early 1860’s and became the licensee of the District Hotel in Gladstone, then later the Beetaloo Hotel in Laura. His mum, Kate, died in 1890 and two of her unwed sisters moved to Laura to look after the children.
- C. J. had a good deal of schooling, for the time, and left at 17 to start working. He attended Gladstone Primary, St Aloysius College and the Christian Brothers College.
- His writing career began early: whilst in primary school he edited several issues of The Weary Weekly. At 19 he published his first poem, The Singular Experiences of Six Sturdy Sportsmen, in his local paper, The Laura Standard.
- C. J. worked on the staff of Adelaide weekly The Critic becoming its editor. He started a weekly paper with AE Martin called The Gadfly in 1905. After approximately 18 months, he left the paper, moved from Adelaide to Melbourne and worked as a freelance journalist.
- C. J. met the artist Hal Waugh who took him to an artists’ retreat he’d created about 40km east of Melbourne in Toolangi in the Dandenong Ranges. C. J. would remain in this area for most of the rest of his life. There is a C. J. Dennis Festival there each year even now.
- His first book was Backblock Ballads and Other Verses published in 1913. The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke, published in 1915, became an instant success selling over 66,000 copies and 15 editions by 1917. By 1976 fifty-seven editions had been published in Australia, England, the United States and Canada, covering 285,000 copies. It may be the highest selling verse novel in Australia ever.
- The Moods of Ginger Mick published in 1916 was a follow-up to The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke. The Glugs of Gosh followed in 1917. Other publications include Doreen, Digger Smith and Rose of Spadgers. From 1922 until his death, Dennis produced at least 3,000 pieces of poetry and prose some of which can be found in The Singing Garden, his last book, filled with observations of his garden in Toolangi.
- C. J. married Olive Harriet Herron in June 1917; he applied for and gained the lease of the land in Toolangi, where they lived. They had no children. Olive also wrote under the pseudonym Margaret Herron. In 1952, she compiled a collection of C. J.’s works that was released as Random Verses. She died in 1968.
- The film of The Sentimental Bloke, produced and directed by Raymond Longford, released in 1919, broke all box office records of the time and had people queuing for blocks waiting to see it. You can see this film today at the National Film & Sound Archive in Canberra. They also sell the DVD. Their phone number is 02-6248-2006.
- Thanks to Alexandra Moreno of Blackbutt in Queensland, we now though the an operetta of The Sentimental Bloke was presented by J.C. Williamson's Theatres back in 1962. Albert Arlen composed the music. It opened at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne and afterwards toured Australia and New Zealand. Edwin Ride, played The Bloke.
- C. J. Dennis died of a heart condition related to his asthma on 22 June 1938 and is buried in Box Hill Cemetery in Victoria. After his death, J.A. Lyons, Prime Minister of Australia at the time, said: "I am sure that I speak for all Australians in expressing deep regret at the death of C. J. Dennis. He was the Robert Burns of Australia. He created characters which have become immortal and he captured the true Australian spirit. Already his work is world-famous, and future generations will treasure it."
- With Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson, C. J. Dennis is one of the triumvirate of classic Australian poets.
- Here's what Henry Lawson wrote in the Foreword to 'The Sentimental Bloke':
- My young friend Dennis has honoured me with a request to write a preface to his book. I think a man can best write a preface to his own book, provided he knows it is good. Also if he knows it is bad.
"The Sentimental Bloke", while running through the Bulletin, brightened up many dark days for me. He is more perfect than any alleged "larrikin" or Bottle-O character I have ever attempted to sketch, not even excepting my own beloved Benno. Take the first poem for instance, where the Sentimental Bloke gets the hump. How many men, in how many different parts of the world--and of how many different languages--have had the same feeling--the longing for something better--to be something better?
The exquisite humour of The Sentimental Bloke speaks for itself; but there's a danger that its brilliance may obscure the rest, especially for minds, of all stations, that, apart from sport and racing, are totally devoted to boiling "The cabbitch storks or somethink" in this social "pickle found-ery" of ours.
Doreen stands for all good women, whether down in the smothering alleys or up in the frozen heights. And so, having introduced the little woman (they all seem "little" women), I "dips me lid"-- and stand aside.
You can read more about CJ Dennis here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sentimental_Bloke,_The_Poems_of_C.J._Dennis
The Sentimental Bloke, The Poems of C.J. Dennis
Learn more about C.J. Dennis from the C.J. Dennis Society
This page covers topics for the Poetry component of English. It provide access to information about Poets, poetry and poetry writing.
Included are poetry collections, specific poets and their work and writing techniques for forms of poetry from nonsense verse to Haiku, ballads to cinquains, limericks to free verse.
Poems & Poets
- 21 Best-loved Poems, Ballads and Songs
‘The activities in this book may address many outcomes in the syllabus’.
- An Australian Poem A Day
‘A celebration of poetry for the National Year of Reading 2012’. Modern and classical poets.
- A Pod of Poets
‘A series of eleven, 40-minute podcasts of Australian poetry, read by the authors. The poets come from all over Australia; some are emerging talents and some are established; several of them are on the school syllabus’. Audio, transcripts, more. Australian ABC.
- Australian Children’s Poetry
‘Showcasing poetry by Australian Children’s Poets’.
- Updated !Australian Poetry Library
‘Tens of thousands of poems from hundreds of Australian poets, all free for you to view’.
- Australian Poetry Slam
A new and totally different way of creating poetry.
- Henry Lawson
‘Australian writer and poet’. Full text plus audio of each.
- Modern Australian Poetry
australia.gov.au. ‘The richness, strength and vitality of Australian poetry is marked by its prodigious diversity. Yet themes persist through this diversity. An abiding interest is the Australian landscape and how to relate to it’.
- Updated !Poems for Kids
‘Written by many famous Australian poets, including ‘Banjo’ Paterson and C J Dennis’. Part of a much larger site that covers many poems grouped under specific topics.
- List of Australian Poets
‘The poets listed below were either citizens or residents of Australia or published the bulk of their poetry whilst living there’. Links to further information. Wikipedia.
- The Poet Les Murray
Bibliography, poems, teaching resources, links, more.
For Australian children’s poetry and poems, see the section above.
- Best Love Poems
Briefly annotated links to multiple sites.
- eLove Poems
Love poems, Love Quotes. Select from a really extensive collection of poets or find poems via topics.
- Love Poems And Quotes
‘The most romantic love poems on the web’. Also poems, quotes for friendship and inspiration.
- Love Poetry
‘A free, online love poetry resource providing the famous love poems by the World’s most popular Poets’.
- 12 Best Poetry Websites for Kids
Interactives and Collections. Compiled in May 2016. ‘These writing tools and examples help. Many of them have forms, tips and scaffolding. Added bonus - many of the sites also have lesson plans for teachers’.
- Christmas Poems
For a selection of links to Christmas poems, visit this page on our web site.
- Every Poet
Classic poems, haiku generator, other links.
- Famous Poets and Poems
‘Dedicated to poetry and to the people who make poetry possible : poets and their readers. Free poetry site. Find a large collection of poems and quotes from over 628 poets’.
- Updated !Haiku
ThoughtCo. Overview, examples, links to other sources.
Poems, Poets, Quotations, Poetry E-books, Manage your Poems, Poem of the Day, Top 500 Poems, Top 500 Poets, Forum, more. Huge collection.
- Poem of The Week
‘The Mission of the Poem of the Week is to increase the appreciation of the variety of poetry in the English language and to provide a resource for educators at large’. Not added to for a while.
- Poetry 101 : Resources for Beginners
Academy of American Poets. ‘How to read a poem; recommendations; glossary; reading guides; Poetry forms and techniques’; more.
- Poetry 180
American. Providing modern poems for secondary students.
- Poetry Articles
Really a collection of collections. Links to collections and in some cases individual poems.
- Updated !Poetry.com
‘Poetry.com welcomes all amateur poets and invites you to participate in the world’s largest and most vibrant poetry community. It will be exciting for you to receive comments and feedback from the millions of people who will read your poetry on this site’.
- Poetry Daily
Written by practising poets.
- Poetry Foundation
‘The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience’.
- Poetry In Translation
‘Presents modern high-quality translations of classic texts by famous poets as well as original poetry and critical works. All texts are downloadable in PDF, EPUB, Mobi, WORD, and HTML formats’.
- Updated !Poetry Lover’s Guide to the Web
Selected poems plus links to other collections.
- Poets Corner
There are approximately 7 000 items.
‘Currently features biographies of more than 500 poets’. Modern and classical poets. Try their Poem-A-Day
- Updated !Representative Poetry Online
‘Includes 3 162 English poems by 500 poets from Caedmon, in the Old English period, to the work of living poets today’.
- Robert Frost
- Shadow Poetry
‘A place for writers to walk out of the shadows’.
- Sheer Poetry
‘Sheer Poetry has sections for primary teachers and students, secondary teachers and students, and for university level and the general poetry reader. Here you will find poems, articles, workshops, interviews and essays, question sessions, more’. UK.
- Updated !Shmoop - Poetry
A mix of classical, modern and very modern poetry, including some by songwriters. More than 120 poems are included.
- The Hypertexts
‘An on-line poetry journal with a simple goal : to showcase the best poetry, literary prose and art available to us. We simply publish the best poetry we can find’.
- The Poem Tree
‘This site is an online poetry anthology, with an emphasis on metered poetry, both traditional and modern. Some excellent free verse is also included’.
- Updated !The Poetry Archive
‘The Poetry Archive makes and acquires recordings of poets from around the English-speaking world and makes substantial excerpts from them freely available online. You can also enjoy new recordings of classic poems from the past read by contemporary poets. The website currently features over 2 000 poems you can listen to without charge’.
- Top 10 Resources on Poetry
Reading Rockets. ‘Explore how to introduce poetry to young readers, the value of nursery rhymes in learning about language, writing poetry in the classroom, great poetry books for sharing, and interviews with beloved children’s poets. Visit our National Poetry Month section for more resources ’.
- Twentieth-century Poetry in English
‘I’ve collected Internet information relating to 116 poets, for 11 of whom I’ve created my own pages, and for the rest of whom a large index page, “Poet Links”’. Not updated for some time.
- New !10 Ways to Use Poetry in Your Classroom
‘From activating prior knowledge to exploring language to capturing character, discover ten ways to integrate poetry into your language, reading, and writing lessons’.
- Updated !All Types Of Poems
‘Poetry Forms, Definitions and Examples’. Also has links to a range of poems under topic headings.
- Different types and forms of Poetry
‘We have created a list of different poetry terms with definitions. Just click on the poetry term you would like to see the definition of’.
- Different Types of Poetry
‘All of the different types of poetry and literary terms can be found on this site together with many examples of the different styles and kinds of poetry’.
- Don J’s Bestbook Poetry Guide Articles
21 chapters, broken into multiple sections each. Suited to older students.
- General Poetry Resources @Web English Teacher
‘Features lesson plans and activities for teaching specific types of poetry or poetry in general. Sites and Activities for Specific Poets and Collections of Poetry are also available’.
- Haiku and Senryu
Definitions with examples, the basics, links, resources, more.
- Updated !How to Write a Poem
‘Here is a list of things to think about that, hopefully, will make the process easier for you’.
- Updated !How to Write Poetry
Creative Writing Lessons. ‘Would you like step-by-step advice on how to get poetry ideas and turn them into poems ? You’re in the right place’. Check the Table of Contents for full details of all the help available, both general and specific.
- Introduction to Poetry Types
Introduces an extensive listing of both Traditional and Invented poetry formats.
- Materials for Teachers
Includes lesson plans, information on teaching poetry, Around the Web.
- New !Online Resources : The Poetry Foundation
Resources for teachers from General Poetry sites, Teacher-specific resources, Single-poet archives and Audiovisual archives. Links to other Poetry areas.
- New !Poetry
National Library of New Zealand. ‘Find out about poetry and how to use it to engage children with reading. With wordplay, humour and fresh insights into the ordinary and extraordinary, children’s poetry captures emotions and confronts serious issues’.
- Poetry Class
Poetry Teachers. ‘Here are some great lesson plans and tips on how to teach funny poetry in your classroom’.
- Updated !Poetryclass - Resource Material
‘We have a wealth of resources to offer teachers, much of which may also appeal to parents or indeed anyone wishing to learn more about how to engage young people in reading and writing poetry’.
- Poetry Lesson Plans
From the National Council of Teachers of English in the US.
- Poetry Lessons for Kids
How to write funny poetry; rhythm; poetic forms; other poetic styles; reciting poetry; lesson plans, video less; dictionaries and rhyming word lists.
- New !Poetry Lesson PLans
Multiple annotated links to material grouped under grades. USA.
- Poetry Styles & Techniques
Lists multiple styles. Links to related areas.
- Updated !Poetry Techniques
‘Helps you know more about the poetry techniques used to enhance the feel of the words’.
- Poetry Writing
Scholastic. Project based on three poets. Levels of usage indicated. Activities from pre-writing to finishing the product and presentation.
- Updated !Rhyme Zone
Find help with rhyme, other aspects of poetry.
- Tanka Online
‘Learn about the lyric poem of Japan known as tanka [waka], now becoming one of the most popular and versatile short forms of poetry in English’. Information about the poetry form and how to write it. Haiku and Tanka Poems is another page. ‘Click on one of the links to find out more information about Haiku and Tanka poetry’.
- The Ultimate Guide to Writing Poetry for Beginners
The Guide ‘starts with getting to know the types of poetry and identifying which forms pull you. That’s where this ultimate guide to writing poetry for beginners comes in. Use this article as a beginner’s guidebook’.
- Updated !Types of Poems
How to Write Poetry. ‘Here you’ll find explanations of different types of poems, with poetry ideas and creative writing prompts to try them yourself ! At the bottom of the page, you’ll find links to read about more poem types and techniques’.
- Updated !Types of Poems for Kids
‘Explain the different types of poems for kids. Make your kids understand in a simple manner so that they remember what they have studied’.
- Types of Poetry
‘These are just a few examples of different types of poetry. Most of the definitions have at least one example of each particular type of poetry for better understanding’. The Handbook gives definitions of terms used in poetry as well as poem types.