By Paul Simpson-Housley, Glen Norcliffe
In 1759, Voltaire in Candide mentioned Canada as "quelques arpents de neige." For numerous centuries, the picture prevailed and was once the only most often utilized by poets, writers, and illustrators. Canada used to be perceived and portrayed as a chilly, difficult, and unforgiving land. this was once no longer a land for the fainthearted. Canada has yieled its wealth merely reluctantly, whereas periodically threatening existence itself with its monitors of fury. researching its good looks and hidden assets calls for persistence and perseverance. a number of Acres of Snow is a colletion of 22 essays that discover, from the geographer's viewpoint, how poets, artists, and writers have addressed the actual essence of Canada, either panorama and cityscape. "Sense of position" is obviously serious within the works tested during this quantity. incorporated one of the book's many matters are Hugh MacLennan, Gabrielle Roy, Lucius O'Brien, the artwork of the Inuit, Lawren Harris, Malcolm Lowry, C.W. Jefferys, L.M. Montgomery, Elizabeth Bishop, Marmaduke Matthews, Antonine Mailet, and the poetry of jap Canadians.
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This passage is only one of many descriptions MacLennan wrote into Barometer Rising; into it went the care that characterized all his attempts to create a 24 A Few Acres of Snow landscape his readers could recognize and respond to. The Group of Seven had tried to paint such a landscape, poets such as EJ. Pratt and Frank Scott had caught much of its essence in their poetry, but no one had fully captured the Canadian landscape in prose until the young Hugh MacLennan took on that challenge in 1941.
Away from the domination of foreign-based nursery-rhyme imagery. Boyle's Uncle Jim's Canadian Nursery Rhymes for Family and Kindergarten Use is replete with Canadian allusions and Jefferys's beavers, bears, woodpeckers, elk, pine, waterfalls - and, of course, the ubiquitous fences (Boyle 1908). In this same 36 A Few Acres of Snow period, he also provided art work for Walter Nursey's biography of Brock. In the 1920s, Jefferys continued this activity with his illustrations for such Canadian classics as Richardson's Wacousta and Kirby's The Golden Dog.
1965. " Geographical Journal 131:21-33. 2 Hugh MacLennan: Literary Geographer of a Nation Mari Peepre-Bordessa Hugh MacLennan dared to name the names of my world . . He dared to root his story in the geography of our country . . He was - he is — the novelist as geographer: a man who reads rivers, who reads water . . the cartographer of our dreams, be they social or political or religious or personal. —Robert Kroetch, "Hugh MacLennan" SOpeaking at a conference on Hugh MacLennan, well-known Canadian author Robert Kroetch described how he had found his first role model in MacLennan's early writings.
A Few Acres of Snow by Paul Simpson-Housley, Glen Norcliffe