The verse of C.J. Dennis celebrates the simple pleasures of life. His poems paint a picture of ordinary Australian life. His most successful poems capture the patriotic mood of the Great War - 'The Austra-laise' became the unofficial anthem of the Australian troops. His poems are presented to us through the eyes of the larrikin 'Sentimental Bloke'. "This selection includes many favourite poems featuring well-known characters - the Kid, Doreen, Ginger Mick and Digger Smith.
Clarence Michael James Stanislaus Dennis, better known as C. J. Dennis, (7 September 1876 - 22 June 1938) was an Australian poet known for his humorous poems, especially "The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke", published in the early 20th century. It sold 65,000 copies in its first year, and by 1917 he was the most prosperous poet in Australian history. With Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson, both of whom he collaborated with, he is often considered among Australia's three most famous poets.