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Poems
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MACEWEN, Gwendolyn (1941-1987):
"Dark Pines under Water" (1969)
IN: Atwood, 389; Brown & Bennett, II, 565; Daymond & Monkman, II, 680; Geddes & Bruce, 195-196.
Comment: Symbolic/ allegorical reading of the pines under water. The horizontal experience of the landscape (width) contrasted with the vertical experience (depth). A modern reading of the landscape. A 'deep' poem, which describes how we construct our impressions of 'land', 'nature', etc.
 
"The Discovery" (1969)
IN: Atwood, 388.
Comment: Interesting approach: The discovery of a country is an unending process.
when you see the land naked, look again
(burn your maps, that is not what I mean),
I mean the moment when it seems most plain
is the moment when you must begin again
 
MACDONALD, Errol (b. 1948):
"Leaving the Island"
IN: Harris, 224-225.
Comment: Narrative mode. Subtle perceptions, moods and evaluations.
 
"Variations in Moonlight"
IN: Harris, 219-220.
Comment: Captures atmosphere. Self-reflective stance of the persona.
 
MACKAY, J.:
From: Quebec Hill [Selection] (1797)
IN: Daymond & Monkman, I, 68-75.
Comment: Persona attempts to grasp the as yet alien character of the landscape, following 18th-century English models of landscape poetry. A moralized reading of the landscape.
 
MACPHERSON, Jay (b. 1931):
"The Well" (1974)
IN: Daymond & Monkman, II, 476.
Comment: Existential self-questioning when "A winter [is] hanging over the dark well".
 
MAIR, Charles (1838-1927):
"Song from "The Last Bison" (1901)
IN: Atwood, 15-17; Gerson & Davies,123-125.
Comment: The Indians had respect for the animals they hunted:
"They slew
With pious hand, but for their daily need;
Not wantonly, but as the due
Of stern necessity which Life doth breed."
 
Ecological disturbance registered:
"Then fell a double terror on the plains,
The swift inspreading of destruction dire -
Strange men,who ravaged our domains
On every hand, and ringed us round with fire;
Pale enemies, who slew with equal mirth
The harmless or the hurtful things on earth ...."
 
The bison foresees the foundation of cities on "the prairies wide", cities which are going to perish "with their pomp and pride."
 
"From TECUMSEH, (i)" (1886)
IN: Atwood, 13-14.
Comment: "And all that flowed was sweet and uncorrupt
The rivers and their tributary streams."
There is a savage soul in this peaceful landscape - the hero Tecumseh.
 
MAJOR, André (b. 1942):
"My Word is Green" (1969/1970)
IN: Daymond & Monkman, II, 690-692; Glassco, 256-257.
Comment: Originally written in French. Transl. John Robert Colombo. The concept of 'greenness' is used as a weapon in order to assert first nation's rights and claims. The final stanza runs: "the cruel landscape lives within me/ and green is my word green/ - a wound I give my country - "
 
MALALLY, Archibald L.:
"Untitled"
IN: Canadian Chamber of Contemporary Poetry, 404.
Comment: Nature as a source of tranquillity and peace.
 
MALECITE [anonymous]:
"Invocations of the Sun and the Moon"
IN: Colombo (1983), I, 27.
 
MANDEL, Eli (b. 1922):
"Envoi" (1973)
IN: Atwood, 229-230; Daymond & Monkman, II, 403.
Comment: Here the landscape is only a backdrop for reflections on the psycho-cultural state of Canada and the psyche of individuals. Winter and ice as states of mind and culture.
 
"From the North Saskatchewan" (1967)
IN: Atwood, 228.
Comment: Speaker is intrigued by the landscape. Mystery and mystification. The landscape makes the human imagination work. At the end the persona feels like giving "blessings to my children".
 
MARLATT, Daphne (b. 1942):
"prairie" (1984)
IN: Sullivan, 185-186.
Comment: A prose poem evoking the Persephone myth.
 
M'CARROLL, James:
"Autumn"
IN: Dewart, 135.
Comment: One of the many poems grasping the mood of a season. Dactylic metre.
 
"To the Sea"
IN: Dewart, 33-34.
Comment: The grandeur of nature. Religious interpretation.
 
M'COLL, Evan:
"The Chaudiere Falls"
IN: Dewart, 91.
Comment: An early attempt at a topographical poem.
 
MC'DONNELL, J.M.:
"Sunset"
IN: Dewart, 140f.
Comment: Sunset as one of the standard themes in earlier Canadian poetry.
 
MC ADAM, Rhona (b. 1957):
"Animal Kingdom"
IN: Forrie, 169.
Comment: Human intrusion into the wilderness. Conservationist concern.
 
MC FADDEN, David (b. 1940):
"How to become part of nature"
In: Bowering, III, 208.
Comment: Underlying and negative image of nature.
 
MCGEE, Thomas D'Arcy (1825-1868):
"The Arctic Indian's Faith"
IN: Colombo (1978), 46-47.
Comment: It is noteworthy that a colonizer attempts to empathize with the alleged Indian spirit of the wilderness.
 
MCKAY, Don (b. 1942):
"Adagio for a Fallen Sparrow"
IN: Lee, 150-151.
Comment: Empathetic relationship with a bird.
 
MC LACHLAN, Alexander (1818-1896):
"The Anglo-Saxon"
IN: Gerson, 93-94.
Comment: Should be considered because of the imperial ideology that is reflected. Cultural and environmental imperialism. Superiority of the Anglo-Saxon race maintained.
 
[The Arrival] (1861)
IN: Atwood, 9f.
Comment: Perception of difference: The birds are beautiful but do not sing.
 
M'DONNELL, John F.:
"Twilight"
IN: Dewart, 225-226.
Comment:Text lends itself to illustrating the principle of hope. The climate, the temperature, the seasons change, why shouldn't the speaker's mood change too? What is experienced here is the consolation given by nature.
 
MERCER, Jean M.:
"Prairie Spring"
IN: Canadian Chamber of Contemporary Poetry, 429.
Comment: Awareness of the harshness of the prairie winter. Unromantic but acquiescent attitude.
 
MERRILL, Helen M.:
"Bluebirds"
IN: Garvin, 261.
Comment: Bird motif. Compare this with other ‘bluebird’ poems.
 
MIRON, Gaston (1928-1996):
"The Reign of Winter" (1970)
IN: Daymond & Monkman, II, 459; Glassco, 171.
Comment: Originally written in French. Transl. John Glassco. Winter "flowing/ Into a landscape maddened by loneliness".
 
MOODIE, Susanna (1803-1885):
"Indian Summer"
IN: Carman, 16-17; Dewart, 115-117.
Comment: To be compared with other Indian Summer poems.
 
From: Roughing It in the Bush:
IN: Smith (1968), 74.
Comment: Interspersed with "a number of descriptive lyrics" of historical interest. The verse is conventional.
 
MORIN, Mary Sky Blue:
"I Dream of Buffalo Days"
IN: Hodgson, 18.
 
"Plans for the Buffalo"
IN: Hodgson, 21-22.
 
"The Woman's Sweatlodge"
IN: Hodgson, 27-28.
Comment: Female closeness to the earth mother. Traditional belief system.
 
MORTON, Colin (b. 1948):
"Spring Snow"
IN: Forrie, 179-180.
Comment: Season motif.
 
MOURE, Erin (b. 1955):
"Cardiac Grizzlies"
IN: Lee, 163-164.
Comment: Problem of human existence interwoven with awareness of nature.
 
MUSGRAVE, Susan (b. 1951):
"At Nootka Sound" (1970)
IN: Daymond & Monkman, II, 714-715.
 
"Mackenzie River, North" (1970)
IN: Daymond & Monkman, II, 715-716.
Comment: Elegiac tone. Humans alienated from river and land.
 
M'QUEEN, Thomas:
"Address to the River Garnock"
IN: Dewart, 176-180.
Comment: A topographical ode. Meaningful feelings are called up. The mystery of the place is evoked by words and constructed verbally.