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Endeared by Dark free pdf Johnston may well be Canada's most accomplished poet in the sense that he writes poetry as a craft, not as self-revelation, or propaganda, or "high art", or psychological therapy. He is preoccupied with rhythms, with diction, with tones and nuances, and the creative challenge of complex metres and stanza forms...This verse celebrates ordinary life in tones that vary between the ironic and the sombre, and the tender and the stoic, but its technique is impeccable, and its chief pleasure lies in the display of an unostentatious but formidable artistry. He is also the master of "occasional" poetry, and most of these poems have worn well, transcending their immediate occasions with shrewd insights and unpretentious wisdom. Above all, he discovers a new originality within the deeply traditional.

About George Johnston

George Johnston was born in Hamilton, Ontario, on October 7, 1913. His grandparents on both sides -- Johnstons and Blacks -- lived in Stratford, where many family members were employed in the Grand Trunk shops. His maternal grandfather, a locomotive engineer, is said to have entertained himself on the job by reciting Milton over the roar of the engine. An uncle on his father's side had some training in theatre, and wrote poems and editorials for a weekly advertising paper he published at his small job-printing firm. Johnston knew early on that he wanted to be a writer, and published early poems (often comic-satiric), as well as newspaper columns, film reviews and plays, during his years at the University of Toronto's Victoria College, where he studied philosophy and English. It was on his first day at Victoria that he met Robert McRae, a lifelong friend whose younger sister he was later to marry. After receiving his BA in 1936, Johnston went on a cycling trip through Hitler's Germany in company of another college friend (subject of a short memoir he wrote in later life), then settled in England for a 'highly unsuccessful' stint as a freelance writer. When war was declared, he joined the RCAF and served four and a half years, including thirteen months as a reconnaissance pilot in West Africa. He returned to Canada in 1944, married Jeanne McRae, and completed his MA and doctoral studies (all but the thesis) at the University of Toronto. In between, he taught two years (1947-49) at Mount Allison University, and in 1950, having found teaching to his liking, accepted a post at Ottawa's Carleton University where, for twenty-nine years, he was a charismatic and much-loved professor of Old and Middle English and Old Norse. His first book of poems, The Cruising Auk, written during the war, was not published until 1959, when he was forty-six. The Johnstons had three daughters and three sons. In his later years, George Johnston was to say of himself, 'I am not so much a poet as a teacher and a family man who has been lucky enough to write some acceptable poems.' He claimed teaching saved him from the 'obsessiveness of a real writer ... I've always been serious but never obsessive about writing. Teaching too has always been a serious pursuit, not just a way of earning a living, but it has always been subordinate to writing.' Writing, in Johnston's case, included translation, and his career as a translator (notably, of the Icelandic Sagas) upstaged his poetry, which has yet to be accorded its rightful place in the Canadian canon. Sabbatical years were decisive in Johnston's life. During his first, 1957-58 at Dorking in Surrey, he met Peter Foote of the University of London, who taught him Old Norse, and began translating The Saga of Gisli in collaboration with him. A second sabbatical, in 1967-68, was spent in Denmark and included the discovery of modern Faroese poetry and the first of four visits the Johnstons made to the Faroe Islands. (Johnston has been the foremost translator of modern Faroese poetry into English.) A last sabbatical, 1974-75, spent mostly in Gloucester, England, included a three-week visit to Iceland. After The Cruising Auk, Johnston published four more poetry collections before the appearance of Endeared by Dark, his Collected Poems, in 1990. In addition to the Sagas, which brought him international recognition, he translated works of both verse and prose from modern Scandinavian languages. A man whose diverse interests included calligraphy, bell-ringing, wine-making and beekeeping, who kept up a wide correspondence and enjoyed reading the classics aloud with his wife, Johnston retired from Carleton in 1979 and moved with Jeanne to their summer home in rural Quebec on the US border, scene of many of the later poems. He died in August of 2004.

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Author : George Johnston
Publisher : Porcupine's Quill Inc.,Canada
Data Published : 15 May 1990
ISBN : 0889841071
EAN : 9780889841079
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 328 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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    . Johnston may well be Canada's most accomplished poet in the sense that he writes poetry as a craft, not as self-revelation, or propaganda, or "high art", or psychological therapy. He is preoccupied