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Laurentian thesis

The Laurentian thesis responded to the continentalist implications of the frontier thesis by arguing that Canada was founded on an east–west axis—at the heart of which was the St Lawrence ...

Scott, F. R.

Scott, F. R. (1899–1985)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (2 ed.)

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2006
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...and his association with several literary groups and ‘little magazines’. As a satirist in the late twenties and early thirties, he helped battle an outworn Canadian Romanticism in order to introduce the ‘new poetry’; and in landscape poems such as ‘Old song’, ‘Lakeshore’, and ‘Laurentian Shield’ he established a northern evolutionary view of Canadian nature that later influenced such poets as Al Purdy and Margaret Atwood . While achieving distinction as a poet, political activist, and leading authority on constitutional law, Scott also became a figure of...

Pratt, E. J.

Pratt, E. J. (1882–1964)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (2 ed.)

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2006
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2,103 words

...the hammering of the last spike in the Eagle Pass [1885] ( 1952 ). Presenting an anglo/central-Canadian perspective, the poem interweaves the political battles between Sir John A. Macdonald and Edward Blake with the labourers' physical battles against mountains, mud, and the Laurentian Shield. In a metaphorical method typical of his style, Pratt characterizes the Shield as a prehistoric lizard rudely aroused from its sleep by the railroad builders' dynamite. The collected poems of E.J. Pratt ( 1958 ) reprinted all but two poems in Collected poems ( 1944 ),...

Novels in French. Beginnings to 1900

Novels in French. Beginnings to 1900   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (2 ed.)

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2006
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...and literary dead-end in which the ideology of conservatism had become trapped. The literary regionalism implied by this ideology was condemned to be no more than a form of internal exoticism, badly integrated into the action of the novels. Savard imposed the presence of the Laurentians to the point that Menaud becomes part of the landscape; similarly, in the novels of Grignon and Ringuet, a natural world that is both omnipresent and indifferent to the characters' passions becomes the centre of the action, either as a witness to, or as the representative of, a...

Italy, Poetry of

Italy, Poetry of   Reference library

T. Wlassics, C. Kleinhenz, and E. Livorni

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (4 ed.)

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2017
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...for the cultural rebirth of the 13th and 14th cs. During this period, the autonomous existence of the Neo-Lat. langs. became evident. The first documents of It. lang. and lit.—from the doubtful Indovinello veronese (Veronese Riddle, 9th c.) and the Ritmo laurenziano (Laurentian Verse, ca. 1150 ) to St. Francis’s “Hymn,” Jacopone’s poems, and the Sicilian and Tuscan love lyrics—should be examined in the light of three conditioning facts: (1) the political conformation of the It. Peninsula—the constant tension between temporal and ecclesiastical power...

Drama in French. The beginnings to 1900

Drama in French. The beginnings to 1900   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (2 ed.)

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2006
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Literature
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17,432 words

...that of the prodigal son in the Bible becomes clear. In a similar style, and in the discouraging mood suggested by the title, C'est toujours la même histoire ( 1972 ) deals with the failure and eventual suicide of a young American who plans to set up a youth centre in the Laurentians but meets opposition from the townspeople and his girlfriend's father. Le veau dort ( 1979 )—written in a more impersonal, Brechtian style in ten tableaux—is a sweeping condemnation of injustices throughout the course of history; the title refers to the golden calf that men...

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