Surreysmum's Reviews > The lone shieling : origin and authorship of the Blackwood Canadian "boat-song"

The lone shieling  by G.H. Needler
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May 22, 10

bookshelves: 1982, miscellanea, literary-history, library
Read in May, 1982

[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 occasionally, but I think Needler has fairly proved his case - or as near to proved it as we can get, without a trustworthy contemporary ascription. Although reading criticism is not generally my favourite of all activities, there has been a certain interest in picking up this bit of controversy.

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