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Poems
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LA ROQUE, Emma (Metis):
"The Geese over the City"
IN: Grant, 341-343.
Comment: Gives expression to the feeling of alienation from the source of life. Experience of loss. Elegaic.
 
"When I First Came to the City"
IN: Grant, 341.
Comment: Alienation. Contrast between native and urban lifestyles.
 
LAMPMAN, Archibald (1861-1899):
"Among the Timothy" (1888)
IN: Brown & Bennett, I, 185-187; Daymond & Monkman, I, 362-364; Gerson & Davies,246-249;
Comment: Correlation of natural atmosphere and human mood. Romantic experience of the natural environment. The poem expands on the latter's soothing effect on the human mind.
 
"April"
IN: Gooch, 174-175.
Comment: Poem about the seasons.
 
"The Autumn Waste" (1899)
IN: Daymond & Monkman, I, 374.
Comment: Melancholy impressions of autumn.
 
"Comfort of the Fields"
IN: Carman, 94-96.
Comment: Earth conceived as "The mighty mother" (final stanza).
 
"On the Companionship with Nature" (1900)
IN: Gooch, 192-193; Daymond & Monkman, I, 374.
Comment: Topographical sonnet.
 
"Evening" (1899)
IN: Brown & Bennett, I, 190.
Comment: Sonnet. Evocation of evening atmosphere.
 
"The Frogs" (1888)
IN: Brown & Bennett, I, 179-181.
Comment: Feeling of harmony with nature. Comforting mood issuing from the natural scenery.
 
"Heat" (1887)
IN: Atwood, 33-34; Daymond & Monkman, I, 360-361; Gerson & Davies, 252-253; Smith (1968), 71-73.
Comment: Motif of the wanderer. Response to the landscape and its beauty. "I think some blessèd power/ Hath brought me wandering idly here".
 
"January Morning" (1889)
IN: Gerson & Davies, 255; Gooch, 190-191.
 
"On Lake Temiscamingue" (1896)
IN: Daymond & Monkman, I, 377; Gerson & Davies, 263; Gooch, 205.
 
"In March"
IN: Garvin, 69.
 
"Morning on the Lièvre" (1886)
IN: Gerson & Davies, 249-250.
Comment: Impressions gathered on a canoe trip.
 
"In November" (1889)
IN: Daymond & Monkman, I, 365; Gerson & Davies, 256-257; Gooch, 188-189; Atwood, 35-36.
Comment: Sonnet. Tenor: "I alone/ Am either sad, nor shelterless ... / Wrapped round with thought, content to watch." Speaker involved in "A moment's golden reverie". Feels "A pleasure secret and austere".
 
"In October"
IN: Gooch, 176.
 
"Snow" (1895)
IN: Daymond & Monkman, I, 365-366.
Comment: Subtle impressions of snow-covered landscape.
 
"Solitude"
IN: Litteljohn & Pearce, 125.
Comment: Sonnet. Reflective.
 
"The Storm"
IN: Garvin, 82.
 
"A Summer Evening" (1895)
IN: Brown & Bennett, I, 185.
Comment: A sonnet, peace being the predominant feeling: "Peaceful the world, and peaceful grows my heart."
 
"A Sunset at Les Eboulements" ["A Sunset at the Lower St. Lawrence"](1900)
IN: Gerson & Davies, 258; Daymond & Monkman, I, 375.
Comment: Poetic impressions of a sunset.
 
"A Thunderstorm" (1899)
IN: Brown & Bennett, I, 190-191.
Comment: Sonnet. Title mentions theme.
 
"Voices of the Earth"
IN: Gooch, 192.
Comment: Sonnet expounding a "Wordsworthian" belief in Canadian terms.
 
"Winter Evening"
IN: Atwood, 38; Garvin, 69; Gooch and Niwa, 185.
Comment: Dream and rest. Beauty.
 
"In the Winter Woods"
IN: Garvin, 83.
 
LANDRY, Nicole:
"Can You?"
IN: Canadian Chamber of Contemporary Poetry, 45.
Comment: Full identification with the natural environment, "emotions hidden among trees".
 
LANE, Patrick (b. 1939):
"At the Edge of the Jungle" (1975)
IN: Brown & Bennett, II, 496.
Comment: Amazon setting. Jungle as the epitome of 'the other'.
 
"The Long Coyote Line" (1980)
IN: Brown & Bennett, II, 503.
Comment: Prairie winter setting.
 
"The Sun Has Begun To Eat the Mountain" (1971/1974)
IN: Daymond & Monkman, II, 659.
Comment: Theme of human death associated with the end of the world: "Tell me where the sun goes/ when the mountains are all eaten/ and the world is only a flatness."
 
"Weasel" (1982)
IN: Brown & Bennett, II, 503.
Comment: Animal poem
 
LAPOINTE, Gatien (1931-1983)
"Le Chevalier de Neige (I)"
IN: Glassco, 216-219.
Comment: Originally written in French. Transl. John Glassco. Theme: Future-oriented spiritual recognition of the land through reviving old beliefs.
 
LASNIER, Rina (b. 1915)
"Jungle of Leaves"
IN: Glassco, 124.
Comment: Originally written in French. Transl. John Glassco. Poem looks at a "Blurred forest choked with leaves".
 
"From La Malemer"
IN: Glassco, 127-130.
Comment: Originally written in French. Transl. John Glassco. Symbolic and allegorical interpretation of the 'Undersea'.
 
LAYTON, Irving (b. 1912):
"Butterfly on Rock" (1963/1971)
IN: Daymond & Monkman, II, 282-283.
Comment: Small poem. Elaborates on contrast between butterfly and rock. Registers both reflection and emotion.
 
"From Colony to Nation" (1956)
IN: Atwood, 151-152.
Comment: Ecological issues. Contrast between Canadian landscape and people's attitudes.
 
"First Snow: Lake Achigan" (1954)
IN: Pacey, 88.
Comment: Empathy with an animal, a hare.
 
"Red Chokecherries" (1956/1971)
IN: Daymond & Monkman, II, 280-281.
Comment: Small poem. Preoccupied with the colour and form of the chokecherries.
 
"A Tall Man Executes a Jig" (1963)
IN: Atwood, 154-156.
Comment: Hilarious poem. Mosquitoes disturbing the much-desired feeling of closeness to nature.
 
LE PAN, Douglas (b. 1914):
"Canoe-Trip"
IN: A.J.M. Smith (1968), 312-313; Litteljohn & Pearce, 126-127.
Comment: See SMITH, 312. Admiration for the landscape's beauty.
 
"A Country without a Mythology"
IN: Litteljohn & Pearce, 52-53.
Comment: Landscape-oriented. Threat and fascination. Occasional glimpses of beauty.
 
"Coureurs de bois" (1948)
IN: Atwood, 168-169.
Comment: An imaginary reconstruction of the coureurs de bois. Poem emphasises the contrast between the modern traveller and the traditional coureur de bois. The coureurs were heroes exposing themselves to the adventures surprising them in the landscape. Present state: "But now/ ... the forest are cut down, the rivers stand charted" (167/8). "You seek new Easts". There is a new country "Where the air is silken, the manners easy". Civilisation vs. nature contrast.
 
LEEDAHL, Shelley A. (b. 1963):
"A few words for January"
IN: Forrie, 141-142.
Comment: Motif of seasonal.
 
"Spring"
IN: Forrie, 142-143.
 
LEPRONON, J.L.:
"Winter in Canada"
IN: Dewart, 158-160.
Comment: Full of admiration for the Canadian winter. The latter's hardship is ignored.
 
LEZARD, George:
"I will tell the story"
IN: Day et al., 2.
Comment: Remembering harmony with nature. Act of retrieving the past.
 
LIVESAY, Dorothy (b. 1909)
"The Artefacts: West Coast" (1971)
IN: Sullivan, 55-57.
Comment: Poem considers geological evolution of landscape and settling history, thus focussing in a wider sense on the relationship between nature and civilization.
 
"The Difference" (1932)
IN: Brown & Bennett, I, 511.
Comment: Registers difference between male and female responses to nature.
 
LOWTHER, Pat (1935-1975)
"Coast Range" (1977)
IN: Sullivan, 142-144.
Comment: Focuses on mountains representing "The plainness of first things/ trees/ gravel/ rocks/ naive root atom/ of philosophy's first molecule."
 
LOZEAU, Albert (1878-1924)
"Impressions of Snow and Frost"
IN: Glassco, 39-41.
Comment: Originally written in French. Transl. John Glassco. Aesthetic impressions of snow-covered scenery. Death motif appears in the final section.
 
LYONS, Mary Carpenter:
"Nunavut? Denendeh?"
IN: Petrone, 272-273.
Comment: Relevant piece of Inuit writing.