The Canadian Authors Meet - Boddunan
While Scott is a master of many forms, “The Canadian Authors Meet” displays scathing satire and blatantly attacks former Canadian poetry. By nature, satires. Socialites mixed with the popular poets and made them feel honoured and important. In the "Canadian Authors Meet", makes a scathing attack on such writers. 3 The Canadian Authors Meet The air is heavy with Canadian topics, Literati: meaning intellectuals who spend their time reading and discussing literature.
Like virgins, these authors lack in exposure and experience. It is ironic that they should speak of love and passion, especially when they are all above sixty. These men are all very influential Canadian poets, who wrote Victorian and Romantic poetry, something to which Scott was opposed. But they are not measured for their literary merits but for their religious faith and charity.
These are peripheral issues which are non-literary attainments.
Scott emphatically criticizes the paraliterary considerations used by these half-baked authors in judging poets and their works.
Scott describes the party which is overflowing with cakes. The sentimental ones melted most early. It is ironic that these poets should feel competent enough to select the Poet Laureate. Everything non-literary happens here.
F. R. Scott : Poems
After lampooning these fake writers, Scott moves on to criticize the plethora of mediocre new writers who emerge on the Canadian literary scene. The maple leaf is the most widely recognized national symbol of Canada. These writers repeat the ideas of their predecessors.
Nothing is new in their writing as same things are duplicated. Scott has the group meeting underneath a portrait of the Prince of Wales to symbolize that the group may think they are powerful, but they are really only second to actual poets who can create modern art.
Scott believed in poetry that was accessible to the masses and that addressed social issues. The next section of the poem focuses on the issue of gender in modernism. While Scott was writing, the CAA was composed of mostly middle-class, middle-aged women who shared anti-modernist sentiments.
Here, Scott uses crude humour to depict the women as old and dried up. The commentary Scott makes is that the women of the CAA are unable to understand modernism, yet they continue to have strong anti-modernist sentiments.
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The poem quickly switches from gender social issues back to the issue of outdated Canadian poetry. These men are all very influential Canadian poets, who wrote Victorian and Romantic poetry, something to which Scott was opposed. Roberts, and Duncan Campbell Scott, as they are the four main Confederation poets. However, there is a comma separating Campbell and Scott, which could mean that the author is referring to William Wilfred Campbell and Frederick George Scott, who is F.
It is curious that Scott leaves this ambiguity up to the reader to determine which Scott he is referring to. Perhaps he did not openly want to insult his father, but he still wanted to leave an undertone, because he is breaking away from not only from his father, but from the style of writing he believes is outdated. Scott generally believed in writing for the masses, yet this single line is arguably written for other poets to interpret and discuss. By definition, the term "literati" refers to people who read or comment on literature, which perfectly and pompously defines the CAA.
For Scott, the CAA should not hold power over Canadian authorship because poetry is meant for everyone, not just the elite. In the second-last verse, Scott takes his satire even further by reducing the CAA to children mindlessly playing games.