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by Oliver Goldsmith

Poem which describes teh difficulties faced by settlers in Canada's Maritime Provinces.

Critical sites about The Rising Village

Dilworth's "Great Scholastic Fame": Thomas Dilworth and The Rising Village
"Though the sentiments which Goldsmith and Dilworth share were common currency in late-eighteenth century conservative thought, the availability of Dilworth's grammar at the time of The Rising Village suggests that Dilworth's book may be one source from which Goldsmith gained some of his own ideas concerning moral education."
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Michele Holmgren
From: Canadian Poetry vol. 35
Oliver Goldsmith's The Rising Village
"The best available criticism of Oliver Goldsmith's 'The Rising Village' is to be found in 'The Goldsmiths and Their Villages,' an article of 1951 by Desmond Pacey, and in the economical statement by Fred Cogswell in the Literary History of Canada. These works of criticism are not without their problems, however, for they fail to perceive both the functional significance of the Flora and Albert section of the poem and the implications of the removal of certain telling first edition passages from the second edition. These omissions and the over-emphasis on the elder Goldsmith's 'The Deserted Village' as model lead to other difficulties."
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: Kenneth J. Hughes
From: Canadian Poetry vol. 1
Oliver Goldsmith's The Rising Village: Controlling Nature
"I will argue that The Rising Village is a poem about control, the control of nature, both physical and human. From beginning to end the poem reveals a cyclical movement wherein control is gained, the settlers relax, control is lost, regained and tenuously maintained. In this sense, The Rising Village appears the work of an obsessively moralistic man, a poet who anticipates encroaching chaos in his environment, creeping vice in his neighbours. Such a reading of the poem places the Albert and Flora story in its proper thematic context and reveals the central concerns of The Rising Village: the control of nature, of nature-as-wilderness, and of human nature -- those who work to exert control on external nature and within themselves."
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: Gerald Lynch
From: Canadian Poetry vol. 6
The Rising Village Again
"I cannot fully accept the suggestion that the poem stands by itself because it seems clear that Goldsmith never intended that it should do so."
Contains: Historical Context
Author: W. J. Keith
From: Canadian Poetry vol. 3
The Rising Village, The Emigrant and Malcolm's Katie: The Vanity of Progress
"In the following study I will show how the ironic views of progress in Oliver Goldsmith's The Rising Village (1825), Alexander McLachlan's The Emigrant (1861) and Isabella Valancy Crawford's Malcolm's Katie (1884) disturb the comfort of regarding cultural ambition as actual achievement."
Author: K. P. Stich
From: Canadian Poetry vol. 7

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