The early Canadian long poem has often been faulted for its lack of aesthetic integrity. Often described as little more than poorly "versified rhetoric," these works have never been submitted to rigorous rhetorical analysis. In Anxious Allegiances C.D. Mazoff investigates the rhetorical devices used by early Canadian poets and reveals how the long poem legitimized both the imperial-colonial project in British North America and the emerging national consciousness of the new nation of Canada.

Anxious Allegiances 1997, McGill-Queen's University Press

ISBN-13: 9780773517158

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