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Canadian Literature & Poetry
in English



The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse Campbell, Wilfred, editor Include early Canadian poets, such as C.D. Shanly and R.A. Faulkner; prominent Confederation poets (Bliss Carman, among others), and women poets (Tekahionwake, also known as E.Pauline Johnson). The anthology provides insight into how early Canada looked and felt to newcomers, evolving attitudes about Canadian identity, and the early canonization of the nation’s literature.
PR 9195.25 .O9 2013 Stacks
Native Poetry in Canada: A Contemporary Anthology Armstrong, Jeannette C., and Lalage Grauer, editors Selection of poems from both critically-acclaimed poets and poets whose work has not previously been published. Represents a record of Native cultural revival as it emerged from the 1960s to 2000 as portrayed in the works of Lee Maracle, Rita Joe, Wayne Keon and many others.
PR9195.35 .I5 N36 2001 Stacks
Canadian Poetry from World War I: An Anthology Baetz, Joel, editor A collection of verse from the men and women who experienced the first great war of the twentieth century, which includes Charles G.D. Roberts, Marjorie Pickthall, Helena Coleman, and Robert Service, among many others.
PR 9195.85 .W67 C36 2009 Stacks
The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry Mason-John, Valerie, and Kevan Anthony, editors The collection documents the historic heritage of Black Canadian poets: George Elliott Clarke, Ian Keteku, Lillian Allen, Afua Cooper, Olive Senior, Frederick Ward, Lorna Goodison, Tanya Evanson, Pamela Mordecai, Harold Head, and many others. The poems in the anthology are derived from oral and written sources.
PR 9194.5 .B55 G74 2013 Stacks


Canadian Poetry: Index to Criticisms, 1970–1979 Platnick, Phyllis A bilingual bibliography of critical works on English language and French language poets, published in the 1970s. The poets are listed alphabetically with entries for general works on the poet followed by analyses for specific collections of poems, and occasionally, criticism for specific poems.
PR 9190.5 .P52 1985 Reference
Modern English-Canadian Poetry: A Guide to Information Sources Stevens, Peter A bibliography that traces the effects of “modernism” on English Canadian poetry of the twentieth century. The early chapters list reference sources including bibliographies, theses, manuscript collections, Canadian poetry journals, critical studies and major anthologies of poems. The next chapters group poets chronologically by flourishing dates, and provide references to publications by individual poets and criticisms of their work.
Z 1377 .P7 S79 Reference

History, Poetic Interpretation & Criticism

The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Literature Sugars, Cynthia, editor A comprehensive, authoritative guide to many different genres, topics, and aspects of Canadian literary history, including the influence of literature on the Canadian national identity, authorship, postcolonialism, short story, drama, poetry, Indigenous literatures, women’s writing, children’s literature, gay and lesbian literature, creative work from the Confederation period, regional fiction, and minority writers.
PR 9180.2 .O95 2016 Stacks
The Cambridge Companion to Canadian Literature Kröller, Eva-Marie A comprehensive introduction to major writers, genres and topics in Canadian literature: fiction, drama, and poetry, Aboriginal writing, autobiography, literary criticism, writing by women, urban writing, nature-writing, exploration and travel-writing, and short fiction.
Available Online PR 9184.3 .C34 2004 Stacks
The Cambridge History of Canadian Literature Howells, Coral A, and Eva-Marie Kröller, editors A complete English-language history of Canadian writing in English and French from its beginnings, with an emphasis on literary, poetic, and dramatic works published since the 1960s. Analyzes the emergence of multicultural and Indigenous writing, popular literature, nature-writing, life-writing, and the interaction of anglophone and francophone cultures throughout Canadian history.
Available Online PR 9184.6 .C26 2009 Stacks
Harsh and Lovely Land: the Major Canadian Poets and the Making of a Canadian Tradition Marshall, Tom Examines the major Canadian poets in four chronological blocks: the Victorian poets “the pioneers,” “the modernists,” “the inheritors,” and the “poet-novelists”. These include Roberts, Carman, Lampman, Campbell Scott, Pratt, Klein, Birney, Layton, LePan, Cohen, Ondaatje, MacEwen, Atwood and Helwig.
PR 9190.2 .M37 Stacks
Measures of Astonishment: Poets on Poetry League of Canadian Poets A collection of lectures by prominent Canadian poets (including Margaret Atwood, Anne Carson, A.F. Moritz, George Elliott Clarke and others) on the form, genre, and the purpose of poetry.
PN 1031 .M42 2016 Stacks
Avant Canada: Poets, Prophets, Revolutionaries Betts, Gregory, and Christian Bök, editors A collection of original essays and supporting creative works on an array of Canadian literary avant-garde movements from the past fifty years. An overview of the past, present, and future of Canadian avant-garde writing. The essays explore the intersection of Canadian avant-gardisms and Indigenous decolonization. Finally, the authors also discuss controversial topics such as the relationship between Canadian and Indigenous literature, cultural appropriation, gender, and the Conceptual Writing movement.
PR 9193.7 .A93 2019 Stacks
Indigenous Poetics in Canada McLeod, Neal, editor Explores a wider sense of poetics, including Indigenous oralities, languages, and understandings of place. It examines four elements of Indigenous poetics: the poetics of memory, performance, place and space, and the poetics of medicine.
Available Online PR 9188.2 .I54 I53 2014 Stacks
In the Belly of a Laughing God: Humour and Irony in Native Women’s Poetry Andrews, Jennifer Examines how eight contemporary Native women poets in Canada and the United States employ humour and irony to address the intricacies of race, gender, and nationality.
PR 9190.9 .I53 A64 2011 Stacks
Wider Boundaries of Daring: The Modernist Impulse in Canadian Women’s Poetry Brandt, Di, and Barbara Godard, editors Presents a revision of the genealogy of Canadian literary modernism by foregrounding the originary and exemplary contribution of women poets, critics, cultural activists, and experimental prose writers Dorothy Livesay, P.K. Page, Miriam Waddington, Phyllis Webb, Elizabeth Brewster, Jay Macpherson, Anne Wilkinson, Anne Marriott, and Elizabeth Smart.
PR 9188 .W54 2009 Stacks
Canadian Poetry: For the Centenary of Margaret Avison (1918–2007) Kent A., David, editor Numbers 80 and 81 (spring/summer and fall/winter 2017). A special issue of the journal Canadian Poetry, published to honour the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Margaret Avison. It contains two essays written by the poet, an introduction by the editor, memoirs, poems, critical analysis of her work and legacy, and an updated bibliography.
Battle Lines: English-Canadian Poetry and the First World War Baetz, Joel Traces the rise and disappearance of Canadian First World War poetry, and offers a striking and comprehensive account of its varied and vexing poetic gestures. The book also focuses on the poetic interpretations of the Canadian soldier. The volume examines the poetry of Helena Coleman, John McCrae, Robert Service, Frank Prewett, and W.W.E. Ross.
PR 9190.9 .W68 B34 2018 Stacks
Shaping a World Already Made: Landscape and Poetry of the Canadian Prairies Tracie, Carl Tracie, a cultural geographer, examines the poetry of Di Brandt, Lorna Crozier, Eli Mandel, John Newlove, Louise Halfe, and Marilyn Drumont, among other poets, to explore the symbolism and meaning of the Prairie landscape.
Available Online PR 9198.2 .P7 T74 2016 Stacks

Scholarly Journals

Canadian Poetry: Studies, Documents, Reviews no. 1 (1977)–no. 58 (2006) no. 4 (1979)–present Includes articles on the study of poetry Canada from all regions and periods. Peer-reviewed.

Poetry Journals

Journal of Canadian Poetry 1985–2009 Includes articles, interviews and commentaries on Canadian writing. Peer-reviewed.


Digital Collections

Canadian Poetry Online University of Toronto Digital Collections A collection of poetry from numerous nineteenth and twentieth-century Canadian poets, including Isabella Valancy Crawford, John McCrae, Archibald Lampman, Irving Layton, F.R. Scott, E.J. Pratt, Margaret Avison, and numerous others.
Canadian Poetry Created in partnership with the Electronic Text Centre at the University of New Brunswick Libraries, this collection contains the full text of more than 19,000 poems by 177 poets including Bliss Carman, Isabella Valancy Crawford, Archibald Lampman, Charles G.D. Roberts and Duncan Campbell Scott, offering a comprehensive survey of Canadian poetry from the eighteenth century to the early twentieth.
The Canadian Poetry Audio Archives Library and Archives Canada Digitized contemporary recordings of Canada’s most acclaimed poets, reading from their works. The poems are transcribed and are accompanied by images of the poets.

updated by: Agatha Barc, 25 February 2019
originally compiled by: Irene Dutton, Alison Girling