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The Wild Colonial Boy Analysis

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Nick Phillips

on 13 November 2015

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The Wild Colonial Boy Analysis

The Wild Colonial Boy
It's of a wild colonial boy Jack Doolan was his name
Of poor but honest parents he was born in Castlemaine
He was his father's only hope his mother's pride and joy
And so dearly did the parents love their wild colonial boy

Then come along my hearties and we'll roam the mountains high
Together we will plunder together we will die
We'll wander o'er the valleys and we'll gallop over plains
And we'll scorn to live in slavery bound down in iron chains

Twas in eighteen hundred and sixty five he started his wild career
With a heart that had no danger no foeman did he fear
He stuck up the Royal Mail beach coach and robbed Judge MacEvoy
With a tremble hand gave up the gold to the wild colonial boy

As John rode out one morning and riding slowly on
When listening to the little birds they sweetly sang their song
He spied three mounted troopers Kelly Davis and Fitzroy
All riding up to capture the wild colonial boy

Surrender now Jack Doolan You see there's three to one
Surrender in the Queen's name It's of a victory won
He fired at trooper Kelly and he brought him to the ground
And returning right to Davis he received a mortal wound
Language Features
Imagery and the
Five scenes
Form & structure
By Banjo Patterson
By Nick Phillips
Why
In the 1800's it was corrupt, there was lots of bushrangers and lots of families were very poor so many young men relied on bush ranging for money. So Banjo Patterson wrote this poem to warn teenagers the doing things like stealing and killing pays a price, mortal wounds or often death
Rhyme- Castlemaine & name
Imagery- He was his fathers only hope
Metaphor- He was riding the mountain side
Refrain- The Wild Colonial Boy
Ballard
Personifacation- A-listening to the three little birds, their pleasant laughing song
Repetition- The Wild Colonial Boy (repeated 7 times)
This Poem makes me think about the times before cars, before pollution. And then I think about the thick, hot Australian bush. I can see a young man riding on horse back with stolen goods, nearly to scared to function. I can smell the strong smell of Gum leaves mixed with the smell of teens who haven't bathed in months
Rhyme and Rythme
The rhythm and the rhyme is magnificent in this Ballard, it has an aa, bb rhythm this meant that poem was very catchy and not to mention the genius rhyme for example it rhymes 16 times (twice in each stanza). I found that this helped the effect very much as it gets stuck in your head. Patterson uses a wide variety of rhyming, for example “name and Castlemaine” this rhymes to the ear and “roam and home”
I adore how Patterson has structured The Wild Colonial Boy. It is not only a story but a very good Ballard; there is no better way to persuade people than a catchy tune, he does this very well. With eight stances and 36 lines, it is an amazing short story. I Noticed he would always end a line with a word that rhymes with the previous line, I found this help the effected of getting it in my head. This leads in perfectly to my next subject.
Conclusion
In the end Banjo Patterson was just trying to communicate to the reader that bushranging is dangerous and usually you would have to pay the ultimate price, death. I believe that all these language features such as symbolism, metaphors and a very catchy tune all helped convinced the audience and me.
All through the poem Banjo Patterson uses specific language patterns to get the desired effect. For example, The Wild Colonial Boy is symbolism, meaning that he was a bushranger in the early years of Australia. And in another stanza it says that he left home at 16 this makes the reader realize how young some bushrangers were and all they needed was a mom.
Language Patterns
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