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What Lies Within: Parentheses and Ambiguity in Poetry of the Twentieth Century
”…the parenthesis has tended to be misinterpreted as referring simply to brackets and their contents. It is therefore important to highlight the distinction between parentheses and the syntax conventionally used to denote one.”
From: The Pequod MLA: “Title of the Article/Page.” The Pequod. dd mon.m yyyy. dd mon. yyyy .
“Back to the Woods Ye Muse of Canada”: Conservative Response to the Beginnings of Modernism
“Large changes in literature are usually evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Periods overlap and melt into each other. The post-World War I era was an exception. Lines were drawn. New and old stood clearly delineated. In the 1920’s in Canada younger writers, for the first time in the nation’s history questioned the assumptions of their elders and vigorously rebelled against accepted literary standards. There was a generation gap. One sign of this gap was the way in which old liners and young Turks differed in their response to two key questions: ‘Is there a Canadian literature?’ and ‘Is modernism a good thing?’ This essay focuses principally upon what conservative critics had to say about these two questions. Their answers constitute the attempts of a dying tradition to preserve itself in the face if inevitable change.”
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Don Precosky
From: Canadian Poetry vol. 12
The Beginnings of Canadian Modernism
“Modernism made a gradual entrance into Canadian poetry, beginning in 1914 with the publication of a book of poems by Arthur Stringer entitled Open Water.”
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Ken Norris
From: Canadian Poetry vol. 11
Canadian Poetry and American Magazines, 1885-1905
“This influence, as Lampman makes clear in many other of his contributions to the Toronto Globe column, extended to Canadian literature, and especially to Canadian poetry, which in the last two decades of the nineteenth century was being subtly but extensively affected by its dependence on various literary forces emanating from the United States. The economic and cultural ramifications of this situation are particularly deserving of careful study in view of the fact that in the 1880’s and 90’s a new generation of poets of unprecedented literary distinction was emerging in English Canada. Lampman, Wilfred Campbell, Charles G.D. Roberts, Bliss Carman, and Duncan Campbell Scott all looked southward to the periodicals of Boston and New York for editorial and critical acceptance, and this orientation had an important influence on the kind of poetry they wrote, as well as on their conception of Canadian literature as a whole.”
Contains: Historical Context
Author: James Doyle
From: Canadian Poetry vol. 5
The Children’s Literature Web Guide
“The Children’s Literature Web Guide is an attempt to gather together and categorize the growing number of Internet resources related to books for Children and Young Adults.” Includes bibliographies, awards, and links to everything from sites on particular authors to teaching resources.
Author: David K. Brown
A New Dimension: Notes on the Ecology of Canadian Poetry
“It is thus possible that part of the distinctiveness of Canadian poetry resides in what may be called its ecology, in the reciprocal relations between its imported literary organisms and their uniquely Canadian environments and contents. If this is so, and the present discussion is of course predicated on the assumption that it is, then a study of the ecology of Canadian poetry promises to be extremely rewarding.”
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: D. M. R. Bentley
From: Canadian Poetry vol. 7
Preview: An Introduction and Index
The history of the Canadian poetry journal Preview, published from 1942 to 1945.
Author: Don Precosky
From: Canadian Poetry vol. 8
Regions and Eras in Ontario Poetry
An overview of Ontario Poetry from the 18th century to the present.
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Elizabeth Waterston
From: Canadian Poetry vol. 18
The Young Turks: A Biographer’s Comment
“Literary criticism written by the Montreal group between 1925 and 1930 should be read as the work of young radicals who were reacting to a poetic establishment perceived as decadent and who were plotting a coup d’état against the Philistines under the banners of T.S. Eliot and modernity.”
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Patricia Morley
From: Canadian Poetry vol. 11

Authors in Canadian: 20th Century literature:

Margaret Atwood (1939 – )Margaret Avison (1918 – )
Constance Beresford-Howe (1922 – )Earle Birney (1904 – 1995)
Elizabeth Bishop (1911 – 1979)Bill Bissett (1939 – )
Bliss Carman (1861 – 1929)Philip Child (1898 – 1978)
George Elliott Clarke (1960 – )Leonard Cohen (1934 – )
John Robert Colombo (1936 – )Robertson Davies (1913 – 1995)
Christopher Dewdney (1951 – )Mary Di Michele (1949 – )
Hyman Edelstein (1889 – 1957)Robert Finch (1900 – )
Gary Geddes (1940 – )William Gibson (1948 – )
John Glassco (1909 – 1981)Joanna Goodman ( – )
David Helwig (1938 – )John Frederic Herbin (1860 – 1923)
Nalo Hopkinson (1961 – )George Johnston (1913 – )
Thomas King (1943 – )A. M. Klein (1909 – 1972)
Margaret Laurence (1926 – 1987)Irving Layton (1912 – )
Kenneth Leslie (1892 – 1974)Dorothy Livesay (1909 – )
Daphne Marlatt (1942 – )Anne Marriott (1913 – 1997)
David McFadden (1940 – )Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874 – 1942)
Alice Munro (1931 – )Alden Nowlan (1933 – 1983)
Michael Ondaatje (1943 – )P. K. Page (1916 – )
E. J. Pratt (1882 – 1964)Al Purdy (1918 – )
Leon Rooke (1934 – )Sinclair Ross (1908 – )
Carol Shields (1935 – )Raymond Souster (1921 – )

Last Updated Mar 25, 2014