'A riddle of unvisualized land': Probing the Diversity of the Wilderness Landscape in Canadian Poetry and Painting (W. W. E. Ross, F. R. Scott, A. J. M. Smith)

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'A riddle of unvisualized land': Probing the Diversity of the Wilderness Landscape in Canadian Poetry and Painting (W. W. E. Ross, F. R. Scott, A. J. M. Smith)
Abstract
The author examines the emergence in the mid-1920s of a number of landscape poems by the Canadian poets W. W. E. Ross, F. R. Scott and A. J. M. Smith in relation to the landscape paintings by the Canadian artists known as the Group of Seven. Preceding the poets by approximately a decade, the members of the Group of Seven proposed a native interpretation of Canada, and chose as their subject the distinctive features of the northern Canadian landscape. Although the author found that Ross, Scott and Smith had virtually no contact with the painters, their landscape poems, which portray distinctly northern scenes, show remarkable similarities to the paintings. While critics, since the 1930s, have pointed out similarities between the poems and paintings, none has examined significant differences in the way the artists portrayed the North. Addressing the great variety in the landscape works, the author argues that the relationship between the poems and paintings is more complex than critics have noted. With greater emphasis than in previous studies on specific paintings in relation to the poems, she examines the poets' individual responses to the landscape--responses which range from representational to simplified depictions of the landscape--in relation to an analogous variation among the Group of Seven's paintings.
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Master's Thesis
University
University of Regina
Place
Regina, SK
Date
1998
Language
en
Citation
Stewart, Suzanne. “‘A Riddle of Unvisualized Land’: Probing the Diversity of the Wilderness Landscape in Canadian Poetry and Painting (W. W. E. Ross, F. R. Scott, A. J. M. Smith).” Master’s Thesis, University of Regina, 1998.
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