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Lyr Req: Triantiwontigongolope (C J Dennis)

freda underhill 30 Apr 04 - 12:09 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: triantiwontigongalope
From: freda underhill
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 12:09 PM

Hi

does anyone have the words to triantiwontigongalope by CJ Dennis?


freda


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: triantiwontigongalope
From: Allan C.
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 12:52 PM

Try here, freda.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: triantiwontigongalope
From: Leadfingers
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 12:56 PM

Might be fun to try to fit a tune to that one - Thanks both.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE TRIANTIWONTIGONGOLOPE (C J Dennis)
From: Allan C.
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 01:00 PM

Heck, I might as well paste them here:

THE TRIANTIWONTIGONGOLOPE
by C J Dennis
Written in 1921.

There's a very funny insect that you do not often spy,
And it isn't quite a spider, and it isn't quite a fly;
It is something like a beetle, and a little like a bee,
But nothing like a wooly grub that climbs upon a tree.
Its name is quite a hard one, but you'll learn it soon, I hope.
So try:
Tri-
    Tri-anti-wonti-
       Triantiwontigongolope.

It lives on weeds and wattle-gum, and has a funny face;
Its appetite is hearty, and its manners a disgrace.
When first you come upon it, it will give you quite a scare,
But when you look for it again, you find it isn't there.
And unless you call it softly it will stay away and mope.
So try:
Tri-
    Tri-anti-wonti-
       Triantiwontigongolope.

It trembles if you tickle it or tread upon its toes;
It is not an early riser, but it has a snubbish nose.
If you snear at it, or scold it, it will scuttle off in shame,
But it purrs and purrs quite proudly if you call it by its name,
And offer it some sandwiches of sealing-wax and soap.
So try:
Tri-
    Tri-anti-wonti-
       Triantiwontigongolope .

But of course you haven't seen it; and I truthfully confess
That I haven't seen it either, and I don't know its address.
For there isn't such an insect, though there really might have been
If the trees and grass were purple, and the sky was bottle green.
It's just a little joke of mine, which you'll forgive, I hope.
Oh, try!
Tri-
    Tri-anti-wonti-
       Triantiwontigongolope.



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This poem is thought to be in the public domain. If this is the case, you may print and distribute copies as you wish.
Poem Notes:
This is taken from a book published in 1921 C.J. Dennis' Book for Kids.
C.J. and his wife had no children of their own but his love of children is evident in this collection of beautiful children poems: - his foreward read:
....Too all good children over four
and under four and eighty
Be ye not over-prone to pore
On matters grave and weighty
Mayhap you'll find within this book
Some touch of youth's rare clowning
If you will condescend to look
and not descend to frowning.
The mind of one small boy may hold
odd fancies and inviting
To guide a hand unsure and old
that moves these days to writing
For hair once bright in days of yore
Grows grey (or somewhat slaty)
and now alas he's over four
though under four and eighty.

- C.J. Dennis


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: triantiwontigongalope
From: freda underhill
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 01:11 PM

thanks so much, Allan!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: triantiwontigongalope
From: Allan C.
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 08:35 PM

From ABC Classic FM Breakfast - Word of the Day: Monday 21 July 2003

Triantiwontygong

Kel Richards writes

A triantiwontygong is a type of Bunyip peculiar to the Central Highlands of Victoria. During the Second World War (in the early 1940s, in fact) city children were being evacuated from Melbourne to the bush to escape any possible enemy bombing. And the bush kids used this triantiwontygong to scare, or embarrass or confuse the city kids. As in: "Did you see that?" he said in a hushed whisper while pointing to the scrubby bush they were passing through on their way to school. "No don't look now. It's a triantywontygong."
Interestingly there was an older slang word triantelope used for hairy spiders (such as huntsmen). The earliest citation for triantelope is from 1845.
Then in 1921 C J Dennis published A Book for Kids in which he combined both words (triantiwontygong and triantelope) to create his own mythical creature which he called "The Triantiwontigongolope."
It is something like a beetle, and a little like a bee,
But nothing like a wooly grub that climbs upon a tree.
Its name is quite a hard one, but you'll learn it soon, I hope.
So try: Triantiwontigongolope.

So wrote C J Dennis – giving us three creatures with impossibly similar names.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: triantiwontigongalope
From: open mike
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 09:05 PM

http://www.pibburns.com/cryptost/bunyip.htm
hoping to find a picture...here are bunyips


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: triantiwontigongalope
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 01 May 04 - 01:06 AM

G'day Allan C and freda underhill,

Hmmm ... Kelvin still getting up to mischeif (we were in the same English class at high school). (I just bought his new book, based on his radio program ... with interuptions by Clive Robertson.)

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: triantiwontigongalope
From: JennieG
Date: 01 May 04 - 08:00 PM

The triantiwontigongalope is related to the Flying Ganzotan. That is any insect with wings that you can't identify!

Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: triantiwontigongalope
From: freda underhill
Date: 01 May 04 - 08:10 PM

for further information on how to care for and nurture the flying ganzotan, see jOhn from Hull's Silliness from Hull site with a link to his site on care of stick insects.

Bob - you must have links to everyone and anyone in Oz, i think!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: triantiwontigongalope
From: Mr Happy
Date: 19 Jun 07 - 08:31 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunyip


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Subject: Triantiwontigongolope (C J Dennis)
From: GUEST,merla
Date: 05 Jul 07 - 09:07 PM

Yes. here it is: http://www.middlemiss.org/lit/authors/denniscj/bookforkids/triantiwontigongolope.html


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Triantiwontigongolope (C J Dennis)
From: Muttley
Date: 05 Jul 07 - 11:59 PM

All I can add here (and Triantiwontigongolope is one of my all-time favourite poems - used to be able to recite it word-for-word once upon a time) is that All the kids in our district (a semi-rural one just outside Melbourne) used to refer to Hunstman Spiders ans either Triantelopes or Triantiwontigongolopes.

Spending most of my holidays at farms either in Western or North-eastern Victoria - depending on which half of the family I was 'farmed out' to (sorry about the pun) I was pretty impressed that all the kids there used the same two words for the same creature.

Muttley


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Triantiwontigongolope (C J Dennis)
From: Rowan
Date: 06 Jul 07 - 09:51 PM

Thanks for the words Allan C. However (pedant alert!), CJ Dennis (whose house I used to drive past when much younger) was from the southern hemisphere, where he would not have written
"But nothing like a wooly grub that climbs upon a tree."
or
"If you snear at it, or scold it, it will scuttle off in shame,"
but
"But nothing like a woolly grub that climbs upon a tree."
and
"If you sneer at it, or scold it, it will scuttle off in shame,"
I suspect.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Triantiwontigongolope (C J Dennis)
From: bellbird
Date: 08 Nov 07 - 02:16 PM

I discovered Mudcat, happily, by accident after searching for the lyrics of Triantiwontigongolope (C J Dennis).
As a young Aussie girl I used to recite this delightful poem in our Primary School "Verse Speakers Choir" and thoroughly enjoyed myself! It ranked as my favourite along with "Bellbird"......"and down the dim gorges I hear the creek falling" .....I think that's how it goes.
I wanted to share the poem with two friends and all I could remember was the last line "Oh, try!
Tri-
    Tri-anti-wonti-
       Triantiwontigongolope.
Now I have found it, I shall enjoy saying it (to myself!)and transporting myself back to one of the happiest memories of my young student life.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Triantiwontigongolope (C J Dennis)
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Apr 11 - 06:11 AM

Having just found this site, while researching C.J.Dennis, can anyone help me with the words of a poem, oft recited at my secondary school many years ago about someone going to a theatre and sitting behind someone who had a thread on his jacket that kept distracting the person behind - until 'he' grabbed at it and pulled and it kept coming until he had a pile of thread on the floor, and the person found, to his utter amazement on returning home, that his singlet had disappeared. Glenys Evans used to recite it, wonderfullly and I can't find her either!!!

Gwenda


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