"Clancy of the Overflow", a poem by Banjo Patterson, is one of the most famous Australian poems known. However, do the subtle messages encased within have any relevance today?

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When reading the poem, there are messages that can jump off the page at you, but there are also messages that need to be revealed. I find that the poem can be split into four segments; each segment being one of the ‘jump off the page’ messages. The first segment being ‘the character’, who’s point of view the poem is from, writing a letter to the countryman he/she (probably male but can’t be certain) met down the Lachlan because he/she wants to see how his life is going in comparison. The second segment: imagining Clancy, what he’s doing and where in the country. The third segment being the character comparing his/her lifestyle with that of Clancy’s, and the fourth segment being a sort of conclusion; the character thinking about the effects of swapping places with Clancy.

The subtle messages are exactly that; subtle, they have to be found and thought of.

These messages are a lot less generalised and a lot more personal to ‘the character’ than the previous paragraph’s messages. There are messages of thoughts of countrymen, thoughts of townsfolk, thoughts of location and lifestyle and thoughts of the choices of life and their consequences. When comparing the verses;“And the bush has friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet himIn the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended,And at night they wondrous glory of the everlasting stars”and“And the hurrying people daunt me, and their pallid faces haunt meAs they shoulder one another in their rush and nervous haste,With their eager eyes and greedy, and their stunted forms and weedy,For townsfolk have no time to grow, they have no time to waste.”the character implies that countrymen are generally a lot more nice, free, simple,