Saturday, 20 August 2011

Nice Leetle Poet

Mark Abley wonders if the times have caught up with the "Tigger-bouncy rhythms" of 19th century Montreal poet William Henry Drummond.
Today almost nobody reads William Henry Drummond. In the literary world, he's close to an embarrassment. Devotees of Canadian literature prefer not to admit that Canadian literature once sounded like this: "Dere's a beeg jam up de reever, w'ere rapide is runnin' fas', / An' de' log we cut las' winter is takin' it all de room ..."
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was taught the poems of WHD in high school in Kingston, ON. Loved the rhythms, but the poems may have scarred me for life! SD