A poetic Analysis of Archibald Lampman

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Poet and philosopher Archibald Lampman (1861-1899)

led not a life of his own, but an existance forced upon him by peers and an

unfeeling and cold society. Dying far before his time, Lampman led a life

of misery. He was supported only by a few close friends and his immortal poetry.

This essay is founded around one particular of his works but I feel it

necessary to discuss the conditions in which he lived in order to fully

understand what he was trying to express and/or symbolize.

Lampman really hated his day to day life, he lived only for his friends and

his works. Trapped in a city for which he had no love, he often reflected

his loathing of it in his numerous works situated in cities. A lover of

nature, Lampmans poems often immediately assumed a tone of life, mirth,

and a feeling of pleasure and warmth; the others formed a picture of death,

hell, and hate all held together by the one problem that is always present,


With few close friends like Duncan Campell Scott, and other that were poetically

inclinded, Lampman formed a group through-out collage that met frequently

to write and discuss. Close friends like that influenced him to write such

popular pieces as 'Heat' and 'A sunset at Les Eboulements' and yet in his

darkest moments we get the main topic of this essay 'The City of The End of Things'.

Like most great poets, Lampmans moods and feelings had a direct effect on the

nature and topic of his poetry. Lampman chief poetry was done after a great

joy in his life, or a great sadness. Sadly, Archibald was not a rich man

and lived not a happy life, and most of his poetry reflects that.

'The City of The End of...