By Paul Simpson-Housley, Glen Norcliffe
In 1759, Voltaire in Candide noted Canada as "quelques arpents de neige." For numerous centuries, the picture prevailed and used to be 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 simply reluctantly, whereas periodically threatening existence itself with its monitors of fury. studying its good looks and hidden assets calls for endurance and perseverance. a number of Acres of Snow is a colletion of 22 essays that discover, from the geographer's point of view, how poets, artists, and writers have addressed the actual essence of Canada, either panorama and cityscape. "Sense of position" is obviously severe within the works tested during this quantity. incorporated one of the book's many topics are Hugh MacLennan, Gabrielle Roy, Lucius O'Brien, the paintings of the Inuit, Lawren Harris, Malcolm Lowry, C.W. Jefferys, L.M. Montgomery, Elizabeth Bishop, Marmaduke Matthews, Antonine Mailet, and the poetry of eastern Canadians.
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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. Hugh Kenner then wrote that "the surest way to the hearts of a Canadian audience is to inform them that their souls are to be identified with rocks, rapids, wilderness, and virgin . . forest" (cited in Watt 1966, 249).
Wright declared that "some men of letters are endowed with a highly developed geographical instinct. "6 These writers have trained themselves to articulate their perceptions of place and landscape more lucidly and pleasingly than most other people. A closer study of the diction, imagery, and alliterative devices used by MacLennan reveals how artists in control of their language can effectively replicate in words a scene they have observed - how they can project a literary image of the landscape into the minds of their readers.
A Few Acres of Snow by Paul Simpson-Housley, Glen Norcliffe