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Canadians throughout their history have been concerned over the status of their national literature One of the major problems facing early Canadian writers was that the language and poetic conventions that they had inherited from the Old World were inadequate for the new scenery and conditions in which they now found themselves Writers such as Susanna Moodie Samuel Hearne and Oliver Goldsmith were what I would consider Immigrant authors Even though they were writing in Canada about Canada their style and their audiences were primarily England and Europe These authors wrote from an Old World perspective and therefore were not truly Canadian authors It took a group of homespun young writers in the later part of the 19thCentury to begin to build a genuine discipline of Canadian literary thought This group affectionately known as The Confederation Poets consisted of four main authors Charles GD Roberts Bliss Carman Duncan Campbell Scott and Archibald Lampman The Poets of Confederation established what can legitimately be called the first distinct school of Canadian poetry17 Keith The term The Poets of Confederation is a misnomer since not one of these poetsauthors was more than ten years old when the Dominion of Canada was formed in 1867 However all of these writers were aware of the lack of a distinctive Canadian literary tradition and they made efforts to create one for their successors While each of these men had their own distinctive writing style they all sought to contribute and create a national literature According to RERashley in Poetry in Canada The First Three Steps there is no Canadian poetry before The Confederation Poets time98 These men were the first in a long line of authors and artists to conceive of the need for a discernible national literature The Confederation Poets function was to explore the new knowledge that they had acquired of themselves that had been created by the interaction of environment and people and the concept of evolutionary
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