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date: 18 July 2019

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During the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries, poets writing in English in and about Canada used various metaphors as they described the process of importing figures from British literature and European mythology and then naturalizing them in the Canadian environment. An examination of three of these metaphors—conversation, transplantation, and inspiritation—sheds light not only on important works by such poets as Thomas Cary, Thomas Moore, Thomas D’Arcy McGee, Charles G.D. Roberts, Archibald Lampman, and Duncan Campbell Scott, but also on the shifting literary, cultural, and economic contexts in which the metaphors and the poets participated.

Keywords: poetry, Canada, transplantation, British literature, mythology

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