These mystical poems by the Belgian Symbolist poet Charles van Lerberghe stimulated him as fruitfully as had Verlaine. The deliberate imprecision of the verse gave him freedom to make some of his most daring harmonic experiments. He had come a long way from the simple jogging measures of Le papillon et la fleur. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.
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Don't show me this message again. I think not. It happened that these elements crystallized in the songs Gounod wrote. Occasionally his historical method yields to the exigencies of a feeling which determines his sympathies in too arbitrary a manner. After these historians, or with them, others devoted themselves to the study of particular aspects of Canadian national life, and published numerous monographs. Joseph Edmond Roy made a specialty of la petite histoire, the history of customs and manners; and this is found in picturesque abundance in the five volumes of his Histoire de la seigneurie de Lauzon.
All his works were written without much literary care, but with a pleasant simplicity, in which one sometimes misses nevertheless a more methodical art. Benjamin Sulte was the most indefatigable and most inquiring "researcher" of this period. His inquiries carried him into all sorts of questions, and in particular into the history of his native place, Three Rivers.
He wrote with a good humour which made it difficult to criticize his work, and which was in turn its charm and its weakness. Ernest Myrand brought to the writing of history both intellectual curiosity and imagination. History having been a form of literature very much cultivated between and , many other authors might be added to those named above authors of works of varying degrees of importance. During this period of the origins of Canadian literature, the novel drew benefit from the enthusiasm roused by history and poetry.
It was on history, or the life of the people, with their customs and their heroic sufferings, that the literature of the novel was first built. This novel had a great success. Readers recognized in it a faithful picture of Canadian life at the period when this life was being transformed under the new influence of the British conquest. They liked to find in it a description of customs and traditions which they felt ought to be preserved; and the style of the novel, which partakes of the character of a natural and picturesque conversation, contributed in itself to render more popular the tales and legends which are the basis of the novel.
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This novel was at once a novel of manners and a social document. It told the story of a young colonist who had exchanged college for the forest and rhetoric for the culture of the soil. It reminded the youth of French Canada of their duty to resist the wave of emigration which was sweeping them toward the industries of the United States, and to attach themselves to the land. Despite a style which is a little forbidding, this book, which was full of rustic life and descriptions of popular customs, obtained a great success.
Jacques et Marie had the success due to a story of Acadian heroism; but its execution was somewhat uneven. The historical novel was popular with readers of this period. Joseph Marmette took advantage of this popular taste to publish a series of novels in which the characters and events of Canadian history live again. Her Angeline de Montbrun was a successful pioneer in the field of the psychological novel.
There was published in this period hardly more than one novel of adventure. Chroniques, Essays, and Oratory. The literature of legends, chroniques, and popular tales was one of the most abundant toward the end of the nineteenth century in Canada. It was a product of the renaissance of Later P.
Faucher de St. But the most brilliant writer of chroniques in this period was Arthur Buies.
He contributed to journals and gathered in numerous volumes articles in which he embodied the fruits of his social and geographical studies. In his pages are to be found intelligence, sensibility, and originality. Adolphe Routhier was one of the most highly appreciated writers and speakers of his day. His works, which were fairly numerous, comprise critical and literary studies, books of travel, novels, and speeches.
His easy prose, naturally charged with feeling and fancy, was highly esteemed by contemporary readers. Lastly, one must add to this group the name of an orator who shone above all others in his parliamentary eloquence, Sir Wilfrid Laurier. For twenty years it was the centre of an activity which conferred on literature great benefit. It turned to the secrets of the soul, to the study of conscience. This was the inspiration of the new poetry. Literary criticism, born in the first years of the new century, contributed also to stimulate writers, and to attract to the Canadian book a favour which it had lacked.
If criticism does not create either talent or genius, it calls forth at least useful efforts, and by giving more publicity to the work of writers, it creates an intellectual atmosphere more propitious for the development of literature.
The form of literature which was the first to benefit by the renaissance of was poetry. He dreamed of an heroic and lyric poem of nature, of which the river St. Lawrence should be the center -- that vast river so grandly picturesque, so full of history and legend. The design was admirable; but the poet had not the time to execute it. In it the author rejoiced in the bold and unequal flights of his epic inspiration. His misfortunes as well as his poems have elicited for him the favour of the public. At the early age of twenty years his mind was darkened by insanity. He had foreseen this disaster of his inner life, and had foretold it in the most touching of his poems, Le vaisseau d'or.
His poetry spouted forth in the fever of his thought and imagination; it is full of the anxieties and sorrows of the poet; and it is couched in verses which are not all above reproach, but which reveal in general a new feeling for artistic form. Albert Lozeau had, like Nelligan, a tragic fate. It was his bodily health that was too soon shattered.
Condemned by illness and infirmity to a painful seclusion, he consecrated the leisure of his isolation to study and to poetry. He took up in turn all the lyric themes-first of all, love, of which he dreamed in his bedroom, then solitude, the vanity of things, religious feeling, and sometimes the world of nature, in which he had revelled in the first years of his youth, but which he was scarcely destined to see again save through the windows of his room.
His poetry is as a rule sincere and full of feeling, sometimes uneven, but most often captivating [Consult the complete edition of the poetic works of Albert Lozeau]. Gonzalve Desaulniers confined the wide field of his poetry to nature. Les bois qui chantent is characteristic of his romantic and dreamy inspiration, of the need he felt to listen not only to the melancholy murmur of the trees, but also to that of the shore and the sea. He delights in philosophical poetry; but he does not always bring to it the clear vision of a strong and precise mind.
His flight often is through the clouds. Albert Ferland is less ambitious than Jean Charbonneau.
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He has made himself above all the poet of the woods and the forests. In it he sings of the Canadian landscape, the parish bell, the French race from which he sprang. Blanche Lamontagne is a poet who has developed most fully the theme of the soil. She has published, without perhaps seeking often enough a new inspiration, many volumes, in which she reveals a delicate feeling and a filial worship of that Gaspesian country which owes to her some of the best poems it has inspired. His work is lacking in inspiration, but it combines, with great precision of detail, a vivid picture of things and people.
While the poets of the soil are celebrating the work and the customs of the countryside, others appear oblivious to these themes, but seek their inspiration in foreign countries, or shut themselves up with their own thoughts, or concern themselves almost exclusively with the forms of their art. Paul Morin is the most artistic of these searchers after rare beauty.
Outside these groups, which are formed about a similar object or a similar preconception of art, there are numerous poets who, attached to no school of poetry, have freely practiced all kinds of poetry or developed all the themes of poetry. Alphonse Beauregard has written a philosophical poem in Les forces et les alternances. Louis Joseph Doucet has published a number of volumes in which he has treated, without sufficient artistic grace, all the themes and sentiments of lyric poetry.
Lucien Rainier draws his inspiration from his own meditations and from a rather original view of the phenomena of the conscience. His art is most delicate. Robert Choquette is endowed with a vigorous imagination, which leads him to express his thought and his feeling in figures of speech often bold and original.
Ainsi, ce sillage blanc sur la neige, est-ce un vol de cygnes ou le passage d'une troupe d'anges 31? Est-ce un souffle sur une fleur? Ou ne serait-ce, ainsi qu'il semble, Que le son d'un baiser qui tremble, Un son de soie et de velours? Pas un souffle, pas une voix Je ne sais pas, je ne sais pas. Ne s'exprime que par d'impalpables. Effleurements et des silences radieux Le sourire silencieux devient alors un moyen efficace de remplacer le langage : sourire de tristesse ou sourire joyeux,. Ne retenons qu'un exemple de ces deux formes de l'image ; comparaison dans :. Citons deux exemples :.
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Van Lerberghe use encore plus souvent du symbole et du mythe.