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The lone shieling : origin and authorship of the Blackwood Canadian "boat-song"

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Argues that the author of the "Canadian boat-song" published in Blackwood's Magazine was David "Delta" Moir.
108 pages
Published 1941 by University of Toronto Press

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[These notes were made in 1982:]. This Toronto production is much more convincing [than Francis Hervey's book on the same subject:] about the authorship of the poem, here ascribed to "Delta" (David) Moir. The evidence here rests on (1) (and mostly) the unusual metrics of the poem - unusual for a secular poem, that is, (2) who was writing the poems in Blackwood's at the time (3) Moir's connection with John Galt, who was travelling in Canada, and wrote to him of boat songs. One could niggle ...more
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