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Literary Criticism Canadian

True Poetry

Traditional and Popular Verse in Ontario

by (author) Pauline Greenhill

McGill-Queen's University Press
Initial publish date
Aug 1989
Canadian, Poetry
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Focusing on the importance of traditional and popular poetry for the poets, the presenters, and the local audience, Greenhill examines the activity of creating and using poetry in a community context. She gives numerous examples of Ontario folk verse, among them twenty-one poems about Canadian runner Terry Fox, whose battle with cancer inspired many folk poets. True Poetry pioneers the examination of folk poetry in Canada and adds to a limited body of scholarship on the topic. It will be of interest to anyone concerned with Canadian society, traditional folklore, and popular culture.

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Pauline Greenhill is a professor at the University of Winnipeg.


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Editorial Reviews

"The author's examples of the use of folk poetry clearly and effectively demonstrate the genre's meaning, and her examination of the Terry Fox poems reflects the significance of this material and its subject in Canadian culture as a whole." Carole Carpenter, Division of Humanities, York University.

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