non-exhaustive list, and not to imply that they are my favourites of those authors, or that tears are the only worthwhile effect a poem can have – just in my case the most disfiguring:
- ‘The Last Parade’ – Banjo Patterson
- ‘Somewhere friendly’ – Bruce Dawe
- ‘Old Gustav sings…’ – Judith Wright (that is the first line, not the name of the poem)
- ‘Into my heart an air that kills’ – A.E.Housman
- ‘Two chronometers…’ from ‘Five Visions of Captain Cook’ – Kenneth Slessor
‘The Last Parade’ is the worst. I can’t read it out loud to the end without breaking down. It’s embarrassing.