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date: 24 July 2019

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Canadian modernism is a paradoxical movement: its practitioners imported the iconoclasm of Anglo-American modernism with the intention of building a Canadian literary community. While Canadian modernist poets attacked conventional poetry from earlier eras, they worked tirelessly to articulate a continuity of various Canadian literary traditions. That duality is central to this chapter, which charts the evolution of Canadian modernist poetry from its beginnings in tame free-verse poems to the little magazines that sustained the movement to its embrace of a “new romanticism” predicated in part on a renewal of the lyric mode. Both that history and the diverse scholarship yielded by it show much about the ways in which Canadian poets imagined themselves as part of a nationalistic effort to cultivate a Canadian literature and as part of an international literary movement that encouraged a broader social and cultural antagonism.

Keywords: modernism, Canadian modernism, Anglo-American modernism, Canadian poets, romanticism, lyric, little magazines

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