Open Access Open Access  Restricted Access Subscription Access

"Big About Green": The Ecopoetry of Earle Birney

Kristina Getz

Abstract


The poetry of Canadian modernist Earle Birney presents a relationship between humanity and the natural world that is fraught with tension, conflict and destruction. Taking nine emblematic poems into consideration, and their occasionally extensive revisions, Birney’s work on the environment emerges as more than passive, observant nature poetry, but rather, as a deeply politicized, ecological polemic that laments the destruction wrought by modern, industrial development. Furthermore, his extensive revisions of a number of the earliest poems in question often function to highlight their ecological and environmentalist ethos.

Full Text:

PDF

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.



Copyright* © 1995-2017 Canadian Literature. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission prohibited. Views and opinions expressed by the author(s) are not necessarily shared by Canadian Literature.

* While Canadian Literature has first serial rights for content within the CanLit Poets archive, the full copyright remains with the poets.