Poetry has always played a dominant role in Australian writing. Many of Australia’s early poets wrote about their experiences in the new country, of the unique Australian landscape, about migration, love, family and mateship. Much of Australia’s most distinctive poetry and ballads originated in the outback reflecting on life in the bush and on the barren, dusty plains. While scores of Australian soldiers also wrote poetry responding to the horrors of the Great War and other conflicts. This section records the insightful, poignant and at times witty poetry, of our Australian bards.