By Frank Tierney, Angela Arnold Robbeson

A growing to be variety of literary historians and critics now realize the modern lengthy poem as a distinctively Canadian style. This selection of essays leads the reader to a deeper knowing of Canadian literary cultures by way of their neighborhood intimacies and idiosyncrasies in addition to of their nationwide contexts.

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It is a sociable dream in which the wealth of the "bustling town" encourages the courtship of youth, the play of children, and daily interaction among the citizens of the community. Paradise has not so much been restored as made available for ordinary folk. Thus the line that imagines each future farmer contemplating "The litde Eden that he calls his own" celebrates possession on the part of the previously dispossessed. The dream is, however, a dream of community rather than an individual fantasy.

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