Earle Birney

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What is the author's overall opinion of Canada as a country? CONSIDER THE LAST LINE OF THE POEM 1This is the case of a high-school land, 2deadset in adolescence; 3loud treble laughs and sudden...

What is the author's overall opinion of Canada as a country?

CONSIDER THE LAST LINE OF THE POEM

1This is the case of a high-school land, 2deadset in adolescence; 3loud treble laughs and sudden fists, 4bright cheeks, the gangling presence. 5This boy is wonderful at sports 6and physically quite healthy; 7he's taken to church on Sunday still 8and keeps his prurience stealthy. 9He doesn't like books, except about bears, 10collects new coins and model planes, 11and never refuses a dare. 12His Uncle spoils him with candy, of course, 13yet shouts him down when he talks at table. 14You will note he's got some of his French mother's looks, 15though he's not so witty and no more stable. 16He's really much more like his father and yet 17if you say so he'll pull a great face. 18He wants to be different from everyone else 19and daydreams of winning the global race. 20Parents unmarried and living abroad, 21relatives keen to bag the estate, 22schizophrenia not excluded, 23will he learn to grow up before it's too late?

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In this poem, Birney seems to have a very negative view of his country.  He sees it as a country that is not really all that significant.  It is overshadowed by its parents (England) and especially by its uncle (the United States).  Canada is like an adolescent -- it is...

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