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Poems
Listed Alphabetically by Name of Author
 
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PAGE, Darren:
"Dead Trees and Poisoned Water"
IN: Canadian Chamber of Contemporary Poetry, 466.
Comment: Harsh criticism of the ecological devastation of North America.
 
PAGE, P.K. (b. 1917):
"Cook's Mountains" (1967)
IN: Daymond & Monkman, II, 336.
Comment: Appropriation of landscape by naming it.
 
"T-Bar" (1953, 1974)
IN: Atwood, 185-186.
Comment: Interesting poem containing many minute perceptions of electric cables fastened to t-bars, riding across the high mountains. What is the speaker's attitude? Bride and bridegroom figures introduced. Mystery and fascination.
 
"Stories of Snow" (1946)
IN: Daymond & Monkman, II, 327-328.
Comment: Reflection on the snow-motif in popular myth.
 
PAUL, Kevin (b. 1958):
"A Pheasant on Deer Mountain"
IN: Crozier, 136-137.
Comment: Paul is a First-Nation American. Imaginative interaction with a pheasant.
 
PICKTHALL, Marjorie (1883-1923):
"Quiet" (1922)
IN: Sullivan, 37-38.
Comment: A small poem in a reflective mood, the basic theme being nature as a reminder of mutability.
 
"Snow in April"(1927)
IN: Daymond & Monkman, I, 459.
Comment: Major theme is spring
 
POLSON, Don (b. 1934):
"An April Lyric"
IN: Forrie, 191.
Comment: Spring motif.
 
"December Twilight"
IN: Forrie, 192-193.
Comment: Relates to natural environment, recording emotions and moods.
 
PRATT, E.J. (1882-1964):
"Erosion"
IN: Litteljohn & Pearce, 66.
Comment: Landscape described as a woman's face on which earth-time has chiseled its sculpture.
 
"Newfoundland" (1923)
IN: Gooch, 301-303.
Comment: Topographical poem.
 
"The Precambrian Shield" (1952)
IN: Atwood, 80-82; Grady, 17; Litteljohn & Pearce, 17; A.J.M. Smith (1968), 156-157.
Comment:Uncanny feeling of ubiquitous threat. Precambrian Shield presented as though it had been given birth to by a monster. This text is important because it deals with Canada's geography.
 
"Sea-Gulls" (1932)
IN: Litteljohn & Pearce, 141; Daymond & Monkman Vol. II, 12.
Comment: Interprets, creates meaning. Relates sea-gulls to flowers.
 
"The Shark" (1923)
IN: Atwood, 66; Daymond & Monkman Vol. II, 11.
Comment: Exact phenomenological observation. One of many animal poems.
 
PRÉFONTAINE, Yves (b. 1937):
"Country to Let"
IN: Glassco, 238-239.
Comment: Originally written in French. Transl. G.V. Downes. Correlation of the humans psyche and the landscape: "I am part of cry all around me/ stone with no language/ steep cliff/ bare blade in my winter heart"
 
"The River's Blood and Sap..."
IN: Glassco, 239.
Comment: Originally written in French. Transl. G.V. Downes. Poem of protest against the first peoples' deprivation: " ... I shall be ... a living flame whirled by the winds from tree to tree, until ... a whole forest is burning."
 
"The Harsh Country"
IN: Glassco, 240.
Comment: Originally written in French. Transl. G.V. Downes. Spiritual relationship with the land is reclaimed.
 
PURDY, Al (b. 1918):
"Borderlands" (1976)
IN: Daymond & Monkman, II, 373.
Comment: Metophorical journey in a landscape covered by snow.
 
"The Country North of Belleville" (1965).
IN: Atwood, 212-213; Brown & Bennett, II, 53-55; Daymond & Monkman, II, 365-367; Grady, 86-87; Litteljohn & Pearce, 86-87.
Comment: Grasps the reality of the landscape. "This is the country of defeat", "meaningless sky". Poem worth exploring in some detail.
 
"Landscape"
IN: Carman, 449-450.
Comment: Complex emotional stance. Mystification of the landscape experience. Relativizes the human position in the world.
 
"Remains of an Indian Village" (1962)
IN: Atwood, 208-209.
Comment: Dealing with a white Canadian's interest in the culture of North America's First Nations. Imaginative reconstruction of a foregone lifestyle.
 
"Trees at the Arctic Circle" (1957)
IN: Brown & Bennett, II, 55-56; Daymond & Monkman, II, 367-368; Litteljohn & Pearce, 188-189.
Comment: Like all Purdy's poems, this one, too, would be worth studying more thoroughly.