What Do I Read Next?
In “The Alchemy of Day,” Hébert talks of a Quebec culture that has been repressed. In The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), bestselling Canadian author Margaret Atwood depicts a future American society where religious fundamentalism holds sway and women live repressed lives and are subservient to men.
In the poem, Hébert changes from the style of her earlier poems, which glorified solitude, and advocates speaking out, which she does through a nature analogy. In Wendell Barry’s A Timbered Choir: The Sabbath Poems 1979–1997 (1999), the poet focuses on the theme of solitude, detailing pastoral images of country life.
Dance of the Happy Shades (1968), the first book of popular Canadian author Alice Munro includes many stories about coming of age in a small Canadian town. Several of the female narrators possess characteristics that keep them isolated from others in their communities.
In The Practice of the Wild: Essays (1990), Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Gary Snyder offers essays that discuss his interests in language, his spiritual beliefs, and his respect for nature.