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Henry Lawson's Poems

Student activities

Task no. 1

Henry Lawson's Poems

  • Choose a poem from a selection provided by your teacher.
  • Idependently write a summary of what the poem is about.
  • Highlight unknown words (look these up in a dictionary), distinctly Australian words and rhyming words. Add these words to the word wall.
  • Practice reading the poem out loud.
  • In groups of three students share what your poem is about and recite it.

Task no. 2

Writing a poem

Henry Lawson got inspiration for his writing from the Australian landscape and people. You will be writing a poem using a painting from the State Library as a collection as inspiration.

  • Your poem should be 3 stanzas long with 4 lines in each stanza and should use features of Henry Lawson's poems, such as rhyming patterns and distinctly Australian words.
  • You can use the word wall for inspiration.
  • View the below paintings from the State Library collection.
  • Choose one painting to use for inspiration for your poem.
  • Your teacher can show you how to look these paintings up using the State Library catalogue.
  • Publish your poems and recite them to the class.
[Stoneleigh, Beaufort near Ararat, Victoria], 1866 / Eugene von Guerard
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[Mining camp, Victoria or New South Wales] ca. 1855-60, ca. 1855-1860
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A mountain inn, 1862
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Patterdale landscape, Tasmania, 1833–34
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