The Quest for a National Nationalism

A book by George Elliott Clarke.

George Elliott Clarke

In his 2018 Pratt Lecture, The Quest for a 'National' Nationalism, renowned author and critic George Elliott Clarke investigates E.J. Pratt's poetic attempt to become the epic poet of Canada. And while Pratt's epic poems, such as Brebeuf and His Brethren and Towards the Last Spike, stand as lofty poetic achievements, the poet is never able to escape his own identity and speak convincingly for all Canadians. Unable to speak for Francophones, Indigenous peoples, and People of Colour, Pratt becomes the epic poet of the establishment, but never truly of the people. (From Breakwater Books)

George Elliott Clarke was Canada's parliamentary poet laureate and was the fourth poet laureate of Toronto. His recognitions include the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellows Prize, the Governor General's Literary Award and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award. His books include Whylah FallsGeorge and Rue and The Motorcyclist. He is a member of the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada,

Interviews with George Elliott Clarke

George Elliott Clarke

12 years ago
Award winning poet, playwright and literary critic, George Elliott Clarke hails from Windsor, Nova Scotia. A seventh-generation Canadian of African-American and Mi'kmaq Amerindian heritage, Clarke has written in a variety of genres including poetry, opera, screenplay, and song 22:19
Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke is on a mission to make his role relevant to the average Canadian. more stories from this episode 17:07

‘It’s really crucial that poets and artists be asked to comment on social political issues’

Politics News

4 years ago
George Elliott Clarke, Parliamentary Poet Laureate, discusses U2 using two of his poems in their upcoming tour 8:07

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