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In Defence of the Bush

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In Defence of the Bush

In Defence of the Bush is a popular poem by Australian writer and poet Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson. It was first published in The Bulletin magazine on 23 July 1892 in reply to fellow poet Henry Lawson's poem, Up The Country. Paterson's rebuttal sparked the Bulletin Debate, a series of poems by both Lawson and Paterson about the true nature of life in the Australian bush.

In Up The Country, Lawson had criticised "The City Bushman" such as Banjo Paterson who tended to romanticise bush life. Paterson, in turn, accused Lawson of representing bush life as nothing but doom and gloom,[1] famously ending with the line "For the bush will never suit you, and you'll never suit the bush." [2]

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  1. ^ Henry Lawson: Australian Writer Australian Government Culture and Recreation Portal
  2. ^ by Banjo PatersonIn Defence of the BushWikisource article -
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