By Paul Simpson-Housley, Glen Norcliffe
In 1759, Voltaire in Candide pointed out Canada as "quelques arpents de neige." For a number of centuries, the picture prevailed and used to be the single most often utilized by poets, writers, and illustrators. Canada was once 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 screens of fury. researching its attractiveness and hidden assets calls for endurance and perseverance. a couple 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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The "alluvial" earth connotes the span of geological time which Neil will become more aware of later, and thus foreshadows his growth into the space and time of his country. The "gleaming obelisks" of the mountains create an image that suggests antiquity from a more mythological perspective. All this is written in rolling, sonorous phrases that evoke the solemnity of the Bible and are underlined by the poetic effect given by a generous use of alliterative sound imagery. The vowels in phrases such as "sending the shadow of the mountain deep into"; the sharp glide consonants of "turning the frozen St.
In the early October of that year, in the cathedral hush of a Quebec Indian summer with the lake drawing into its mirror the fire of the maples, it came to me that to be able to love the mystery surrounding us is the final and only sanction of human existence. What else is left but that, in the end? (349) Any reader who had ever seen a northern lake in autumn could recognize and enter into this scene. Canadians had by now developed a sense of place. Other novelists and poets would later reflect other images of the land, many with more success, but by the 1960s a new generation of Canadians felt that enough had been written about the subject; a more sophisticated self-image was wanted and MacLennan's visions of the land seemed to have become old-fashioned.
Morang and Company led the field in popularizing books by Canadian authors and on Canadian themes, many of which became best sellers. Perhaps of even greater importance were their efforts in the field of textbook publishing, another segment of the industry that had hitherto been dominated not only by British and American commercial producers but also by British and American ideas. Not surprisingly, the illustrators of these new textbooks were motivated to provide appropriate visual imagery to accompany the text (Parker 1985, 151-56).
A Few Acres of Snow by Paul Simpson-Housley, Glen Norcliffe