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By Frank Tierney, Angela Arnold Robbeson

A turning out to be variety of literary historians and critics now realize the modern lengthy poem as a distinctively Canadian style. This choice of essays leads the reader to a deeper knowing of Canadian literary cultures when it comes to their neighborhood intimacies and idiosyncrasies in addition to of their nationwide contexts.

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He "comes" with "the feather'd squadron" to "Invest the harvest, and consume it all" (158). "Invest" in the military context implied by the passage means "to enclose or hem in with a hostile force, to lay siege to; to attack" (Oxford English Dictionary [OED]), but it also means "to cover or surround as with a garment" (OED). The use of the adjective "swarming" to describe the settlers that "left no vacant ground" (442) appears to undermine a heroic portrayal, but in fact, Burwell suggests it will require great industry to cover the land with "a richer, variegated vest" (104).

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This suggests that we need to balance the perspective that privileges Thomas Talbot with a glimpse at the pioneers who actually cleared the land and built the road. If we are to believe the report of John Howison in his Sketches of Upper Canada (1821), they were pretty rough stuff: 34 They are still the same untutored incorrigible beings that they probably were, when, the ruffian element of a disbanded regiment, or the outlawed refuse of some European nation, they sought refuge in the wilds of Upper Canada, aware that they would neither find means of subsistence, nor be countenanced in any civilized country.

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