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Poems
Listed Alphabetically by Name of Author
 
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BAILEY, Augusta Barbara:
"Autumn"
IN: Creighton, 15.
Comment: Very traditional sonnet.
 
BALDWYN, Augusta (b. 1821?-1884):
"Summer-Evening"
IN: Dewart, 259-260.
Comment: Landscape and religion. Landscape reminds persona of God. This notion seems to be wide-spread in 19th-century landscape poems.
 
BAUER, Walter (b. 1904-1976):
"Canada"
IN: Litteljohn & Pearce, 221.
Comment: A kind of keynote poem: "This earth says:/ I was here long before you and the likes of you came;/ Unmolested I conversed with wind and rivers"
 
BEISSEL, Henry (b. 1929):
"Quintala"
IN: Colombo (1978), 190.
Comment: An immigrant's positive awareness of the beauty of the Canadian landscape. IMPORTANT!
 
BENDELL, Christobell D.:
"Autumn Interlude"
IN: Creighton, 22.
Comment: Mawkishly romantic.
 
BENSON, Irene Chapman:
"The Tides of Spring"
"To the Saint Lawrence River"
IN: Creighton, 24-25.
Comment: Outdated perception and poetic register. This also applies to many other poems in Creighton's anthology.
 
BIDDLE, Gillian:
"Earth Culture"
IN: Canadian Chamber of Contemporary Poetry, 134.
Comment: Insight: "I am the student Nature the master."
 
BIRNEY, Earle (b. 1904):
"Bushed" (1952)
IN: Atwood, 115; Daymond & Monkman, II, 146; Litteljohn & Pearce, 88; Smith, 229; Wilson 1964, 34; Pacey, 66; Newlove, 49; Geddes & Bruce, 2f.
Comment: Baseness and horror of landscape. One does not feel at home there. Can this be considered to be an archetypal poem representing the garrison syndrome?
 
"David"
IN: Atwood, 108-113.
Comment: Initiation into nature. Many emotions experienced by persona. Experiential problem: Does one get mad if one is exposed to this lonely and dangerous landscape? Similar to the motif of being 'bushed'.
 
"Maritime Faces"
IN: Litteljohn & Pearce, 47.
Comment: Topographical. The coast battered by the sea. A sense of violence (see stanza 3).
 
"North of Superior" (1966)
IN: Daymond & Monkman, II, 150-152.
Comment: Northern landscape devoid of "the human story" but full of "only the soundless fugues/ of stone and leaf and lake".
 
BLACKFOOT:
"Morning Song"
"Song to the Four Quarters"
IN: Colombo (1983), I, 56.
Comment: First-Nation experience.
 
"The Prayer of the Head Chief"
IN: Colombo (1983), I, 58.
Comment: First-Nation experience.
 
BOLSTER, Stephanie:
"Many have written poems about blackberries"
IN: Crozier, 8-9.
Comment: Intimate relationship with natural object.
 
BONNELL, William:
"Cottage Country"
IN: Smith, D.B., 37-38.
Comment: A modern city-dweller's spiritual experience of the lonely countryside.
 
BORSON, Roo (b. 1952):
"By flashlight"
IN: Lee, 12-13.
Comment: Feeling of uneasiness caused by the predicament of contemporary living is contrasted by the immutability and growth principle of nature.
 
"Flowers"
IN: Norris, 21
Comment: Ambiguous attitude towards sunset and flowers. A sense of modern alienation?
 
"Jacaranda"
IN: Atwood, 274.
Comment: Native voice.
 
"At night you can almost see the corona of bodies"
IN: Lee, 8-11.
Comment: A poem reflecting an awareness of human self-destruction. Sets this against nature. See end of part I and stanza 4 of part II.
 
BOWERING, George (b. 1935):
"Indian Summer"
IN: Bruce/ Geddes, 227.
Comment: Modern, unromantic experience of Indian summer. Worth contrasting with other 'Indian summer' poems.
 
BOWERING, Marilyn (b. 1949): "Part Winter"
IN: Norris, 34.
Comment: Ambiguous stance. Feeling of estrangement but illustrates what animals and humans have in common. Worth contrasting with romantic winter poems. Winter as a symbolic condition.
 
BOYLE, Sir Cavendish:
"Ode to Newfoundland"
IN: Colombo (1978), 56-57.
Comment: Love of the new country expressed in the traditional form of the ode.
 
BREWSTER, Elizabeth (b. 1922):
"If I could Walk Out into the Old Country"
IN: Atwood, 224.
Comment: If the persona were able to walk out into the old country, recapitulating earlier experiences, she could regain her lost childhood. Important association: childhood and experience of landscape and nature. This is an aspect worth pursuing.
 
"Sunrise North" (1972)
IN: Daymond & Monkman, II, 395.
Comment: Awareness of beauty: "The beautiful nothern city/ is a child's Christmas toy/ ... discreetly frosted ... ."
 
"Valley by 'Bus: November" (1969)
IN: Daymond & Monkman, II, 394-395.
Comment: Impressions of hibernal landscape.
 
BROCHU, André (b. 1942)
"A Child of My Country (I)"
IN: Glassco, 254-255.
Comment: Originally written in French. Transl. Eldon Grier. Disillusionment about the attempt to cultivate a relationship with the land only through song.
 
BROOSTER, Elizabeth:
"East Coast Canada"
IN: Carman, 443-444.
Comment: Natural ambience difficult to cope with emotionally. Garrison syndrome.
 
BROWN, Audrey Alexandra (b. 1904)
"The Island"
IN: Sullivan, 44-45.
Comment: Topographical poem. Humans interact with, and respond to, given place.