Mimic Fires: Accounts of Early Long Poems on Canada

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Jul 7, 1994 - Literary Criticism - 354 pages
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Bentley includes eighteen long poems by writers with first-hand experience of Canada, including Henry Kelsey, Thomas Cary, John Strachan, Thomas Moore, Oliver Goldsmith, John Richardson, Joseph Howe, William Kirby, Isabella Valancy Crawford, and Archibald Lampman. His commentaries offer a wealth of vital information on each poem, such as its place in the Canadian tradition, its prose sources, incidents and people from whom the poet drew inspiration, and structural and stylistic analysis. Mimic Fires provides a historical overview, a retrospective conclusion, and an extensive bibliography, and is informed throughout by ecopoetic, feminist, new historicist, and post-colonial theories. By improving our understanding of nineteenth-century Canadian writing, Mimic Fires in turn affects how we view writing in Canada in this century.
  

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Contents

A General History
3
Henry Kelsey Now Reader Read
13
Thomas Cary Abram s Plains
25
J Mackay Quebec Hill
39
Cornwall Bayley Canada
52
John Strachan Verses 1802
68
Thomas Moore Poems Relating to Canada
80
Adam Hood Burwell Talbot Road
93
John Richardson Tecumseh
139
AdamKidd The Huron Chief
154
Joseph Howe Acadia
170
Standish OGrady The Emigrant
188
Charles Sangster The St Laurenceand the Saguenay
204
William Kirby The U E
225
Alexander McLachlan The Emigrant
248
Isabella Valancy Crawford Malcolms Katie
272

Oliver Goldsmith The Rising Village
109
George Longmore The Charivari
124
Archibald Lampman The Story of an Affinity
292
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D. M. R. Bentley is Professor of English at the University of Western Ontario. He is the editor of a critical edition of Stephen Leacock's "Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich". He is the author of "Mnemographia Canadensis: Essays on Memory, Community, and Environment in Canada", "The Gay Grey Moose: Essays on the Ecologies and Mythologies of Canadian Poetry, 1690-1990", and "Mimic Fires: Accounts of Early Long Poems on Canada". He is the founding and continuing editor of "Canadian Poetry: Studies, Documents, and Reviews". He is also the author of many articles on Canadian fiction, culture, and art.

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