Ronald G(ilmour) Everson Introduction

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Ronald G(ilmour) Everson 1903–

Canadian poet.

Although Everson has been writing for more than fifty years, he has received little critical recognition. A number of critics who have reviewed Everson's work express bewilderment at his long neglect, for they feel that he is one of Canada's finest contemporary poets.

Everson's poetry is marked by strong images and pared-down lyrics. Most of his poems are short and display specificity of time and place. Everson often uses Canada as his subject and juxtaposes current scenes of rural Canada with historical and literary allusions.

Although Everson published four previous collections, he has received most critical attention for Selected Poems 1920–1970 (1970).

(See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 17-20, rev. ed.)