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Poems
Listed Alphabetically by Name of Author
 
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CALDER, Alison (b. 1969):
"October, seeing"
IN: Crozier, 47.
Comment: Seasonal poem. Different from traditional poems of the kind.
 
CAMPBELL, Anne:
"Prairie"
IN: Barbour & Stanley, 150.
 
"Fall"
IN: Barbour & Stanley, 151.
 
"Land Song"
IN: Barbour & Stanley, 151.
 
"Echo Lake, Saskatchewan"
IN: Barbour & Stanley, 153.
 
Comment: Four linguistic vignettes. Postmodernist female awareness and presentation of landscape.
 
CAMPBELL, William Wilfred (1858-1918):
"August Evening on the Beach, Lake Huron"(1889)
IN: Gerson & Davies, 182-183.
Comment: Love poem in a landscape setting.
 
"At Even" (1893, 1955)
IN: Brown & Bennett, I, 154.
Comment: Sonnet. Evening mood evoked.
 
"Indian Summer" (1889)
IN: Atwood, 39; Brown & Bennett, I, 152; Colombo (1978), 66; Daymond & Monkman, I, 311, Gerson & Davies, 180; Gooch 52; Smith, 81f.
Comment: Romantic awareness of the beauty of the Indian summer.
 
"Morning on the Shore" (1893)
IN: Atwood, 42; Brown & Bennett, I, 153.
Comment: Landscape impressions recorded in sonnet. This is an aspect that should be considered. There are many more landscape sonnets among the Confederation poets.
 
"Nature" (1905)
IN: Daymond & Monkman, I, 314.
Comment: "Nature, the dream that wraps us round,/ [...] The mantle of the soul."
 
"The Night Watcher"
IN: Gooch, 64-66.
Comment: Persona is enthused by the beauty of the night.
 
"To the Ottawa" (1899)
IN: Brown & Bennett, I, 155.
Comment: The power and majesty of the river are grasped.
 
"September in the Laurentian Hills" (1900)
IN: Daymond & Monkman, I, 313.
Comment: Sonnet. First frost suggesting the advent of winter.
 
"How Spring Came (To the Lake Region)"(1889)
IN: Gerson & Davies, 183.
Comment: Love awakening the landscape to life.
 
"Walls of Green"
IN: Gooch, 70-71.
Comment: Can be cited against the garrison mentality thesis. Awareness of beauty.
 
"How One Winter Came in the Lake Region" (1893)
IN: Atwood, 41; Brown & Bennett, I, 153f.; Daymond & Monkman, I, 312; Litteljohn & Pearce, 73; Gooch and Niwa, 57f.; Gustafson 66f.
Comment: Winter poem. Worth comparing with other poems on the same theme. Romantic mood captured. Atmosphere of the landscape. Aesthetic perception. Winter poem relating to wilderness.
 
"The Winter Lakes" (1889)
IN: Atwood, 40; Brown & Bennett, I, 152-153; Daymond & Monkman, I, 310-311; Gerson & Davies, 180; Gooch and Niwa, 52f.; Smith, 83-84.
Comment: Romantic mood.
 
CARMAN, Bliss (1861-1929):
"April Night"
IN: Pacey, 21.
 
"Earth's Lyric"
IN: Gooch, 138-139.
Comment: Impressionistic. Theme: Spring
 
"Earth Voices"
IN: Garvin, 111-113; Gooch, 163-165.
Comment: Preoccupied with nature and beauty. Earth is made to speak. Romantic device.
 
"The Great Return" (1904)
IN: Daymond & Monkman, I, 345-346.
Comment: Land that gave birth to the persona is addressed as "Mother".
 
"Heat"
IN: Pacey, 16f.
 
"Low Tide on Grand Pré" (1893)
IN: Atwood, 42-43; Carman, 108; Daymond & Monkman, I, 338-339; Garvin, 117f.; Gerson & Davies, 230-231; Gooch and Niwa, 130f.; Littlejohn/Pearce; Pacey, 11f.; Smith, 84f.
Comment: Topographical poem catching the mood at a given place at a given time. Topographical poems would be a worthwhile category to be pursued further!
 
"Morning in the Hills" (1912)
IN: Atwood, 45; Daymond & Monkman, I, 349
Comment: Written in 1912. Nature vs. city theme. "How quiet is the morning in the hills!" This sets the tone and argument of the poem. Important stance: "Here I abide unvisited by doubt ..."; "One breath of being fills the bubble world"; "Surely some God contrived so fair a thing". This poem could be compared with William Wordsworth's sonnet "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802".
 
"In November"
IN: Pacey, 18-19.
 
"In October"
IN: Pacey, 17-18.
 
"Snow"
IN: Pacey, 20-21.
 
"Snowbirds"
IN: Pacey, 19-20.
 
"Wild Geese" (1929)
IN: Gerson & Davies, 242.
Comment: Sonnet dealing with the courageous flight of the wild geese.
 
"A Windflower" (1893)
IN: Gerson & Davies, 231-232; Daymond & Monkman, I, 341-342.
Comment: Allegorical interpretation of the windflower's growth.
 
"The Winter Scene"(1929)
IN: Gerson & Davies, 242-244.
Comment: Poem lives up to its title: visual impressions of snow-covered landscape.
 
CATERS, Ken:
"Blue Heron"
IN: Forrie, 29.
Comment: Capturing the essence of a heron.
 
CHAPMAN, William (1850-1917)
"The Ploughman"
IN: Glassco, 35.
Comment: Originally written in French. Transl. John Glassco. A settler's moods and feelings evoked.
 
CHILD, Philip (1898-1978):
"Oak"
IN: Carman, 284.
Comment: Allegorical reading of the oak. Poem questions anthropocentrism.
 
CHOPIN, René (1885-1953)
"Polar Landscapes"
IN: Glassco, 54-56; Litteljohn & Pearce, 45-46.
Comment: : Originally written in French. Transl. Francis Sparshott. The polar landscapes constitute the grand setting for heroic effort and failure.
 
CHOQUETTE, Robert (b. 1905)
"Prologue from Suite Marine"
IN: Glassco, 88-91.
Comment: Originally written in French. Transl. John Glassco. The sea is addressed as "the symbol of the heart/ Its pulse of frenzy, its pulse of tenderness:/ A dizzy maelstrom over which wheels the choir/ ... / Of the wild desires which nothing can assuage." A connection with the Canadian seascape is not easily recognizable since the poem relates to the myth of Tristan and Iseut.
 
"Nocturne"
IN: Glassco, 93-94.
Comment: Originally written in French. Transl. John Glassco. Aestheticist and symbolic perception of the sea.
 
CHRISTENSEN, Peter:
"Hailstorm"
IN: Forrie, 43-44.
Comment: Remembering a natural catastrophe.
 
CLENMAN, Donia Blumenfeld (b. 1927):
"And the Hunter Sulks"
IN: Basmajian, 25.
Comment: Modern practices of hunting for sport could be contrasted with Indian and Inuit hunting habits.
 
COCHRANE, Mark:
"Perspective: North of Lake Ontario"
IN: Canadian Chamber of Contemporary Poetry, 191.
Comment: Awareness of ecological destruction. Pollution.Takes North America to task. See stanza 3.
 
COHEN, Leonard (b. 1934):
"Prayer for Sunset" (1956/1968)
IN: Daymond & Monkman, II, 550-551.
Comment: Demystification of the North American sunset myth.
 
COLEMAN, Helena (1860-1953):
"Indian Summer"
IN: Garvin, 208.
Comment: Standard theme.
 
"Prairie Winds"
IN: Garvin, 209-211.
Comment: Prairie and wind motifs.
 
COOLEY, Dennis (b. 1944):
"Fielding"
IN: Lenoski, 223-255.
 
COX, Leo (b. 1898):
"Ode after Harvest"
IN: Creighton, 53.
Comment: Very conventional poem.
 
CRAWFORD, Isabella Valancy (1850-1887):
"The City Tree" (1884)
IN: Carman 47; Daymond & Monkman, I, 304-305; Gooch et al., 12-14; Platz et al., 204-205.
Comment: A classical poem of its kind worth considering.
 
"The Dark Stag" (1883, 1905)
IN: Atwood, 21-22; Brown & Bennett, I, 147-148; Gerson & Davies, 134-136; Daymond & Monkman, I, 308-309; Gustafson, 56- 59.
Comment: Relationship with animals.
 
"Some of Farmer Stebbins' Opinions"
IN: Gooch, 14-17.
Comment: Bears upon environmental issues. A settler's point of view.
 
"The Ghosts of the Trees"
IN: Gooch, 42-46.
Comment: Environmental concerns presented in allegorical style.
 
CREE:
"Invocation to the Sun Dance"
IN: Colombo (1978), I, 62.
 
CRUMMEY, Michael:
"Cod (I)"
IN: Crozier, 66-67.
Comment: Reflects human working conditions caused by the harshness of the natural environment. Awareness of animals. Exploitation.
 
"Morning Labrador Coast"
IN: Crozier, 65-66.