Colony and Confederation
Early Canadian Poets and Their BackgroundBook - 1974
The selections in this survey of the narrative and lyric poets of Confederation and the later nineteenth century have been chosen to remind readers of the distances and diversities involved as Canadians struggled toward nationhood. Along with essays on Sangster and Mair, the first poets consciously writing of the Canadian scene and the Canadian identity, there are individual studies of Crawford, Roberts, Lampman, Scott and Service.
Some of the authors analyse a single work in a poet's canon; others consider several themes or evaluate a poet's philosophical or religious position. To these essays are added three by Norman Newton, George Woodcock and Roy Daniells on the era of "high colonialism".
The book contains ten pieces published in the journal Canadian Literature over the last thirteen years and five new ones written specifically to enhance this collection.
The journey of discovery : nineteenth-century narrative poets / George Woodcock
High colonialism in Canada / Roy Daniells
Charles Sangster : the end of an era / Donald Stephens
Poet and politics : Charles Mair at Red River / Norman Shrive
Isabella Valancy Crawford : "The canoe" / John B. Ower
A choice of worlds : God, man and nature in Charles G. D. Roberts / W. J. Keith
Lampman and religion / Barrie Davies
Lampman's fleeting vision / Sandra Djwa
A gift of love : Lampman and life / Bruce Nesbitt
Piper of many tunes : Duncan Campbell Scott / Gary Geddes
The wound under the feathers : Scott's discontinuities / Glenys Stow
Carman and tradition / Donald Stephens
Transcendentalist, mystic, evolutionary idealist : Bliss Carman, 1886-1894 / John Robert Sorfleet
The Klondike muse / Stanley S. Atherton