This edition of Nelligan's poems, with a critical introduction by the editor and translator, is the first complete English translation of Nelligan's poetry authorized by the Emile Nelligan Foundation. With this book the editor hopes to persuade the reader that Emile Nelligan, "the most brilliant and original of the poets of the Ecole Littéraire of Montreal," was also the finest Canadian poet of the nineteenth century. In this view he is seconded by the American critic Edmund Wilson, who wrote: "The accepted idea [in Canada]. . . is that the poetry of English Canada is excellent and better than their fiction, and it irritates them to be told that the best Canadian poet was French."
The Poet’s Soul The Mind’s Moonlight My Soul Ship of Gold The Garden of Childhood Yesterday’s Keyboard Before my Cradle Nostalgia for Toys Before the Fire First Remorse My Mother Before Two Portraits of my Mother The Talisman The Garden of Long Ago Childhood Flight Ruins Evening Bells On the Road The Muse’s Cradle Elite Loves The Poet’s Dream Innocent Caprice Petition The Robin in the Woods Love’s May The Dead Beauty Sentimental Theme Immaculate Love A Dead-Woman's Missal Castles in Spain A Dead-Woman's Church Cruel Beauty With Feet on the Fender Walled-In Dreams Winter Evening Five O’Clock For Ignace Paderewski Gretchen the Pale Odd Song The Parlour The Shattered Violin Roundel to my Pipe Sentimental Winter Farewell Violin Mazurka Winter-Chill October Evenings Virgilians Autumn Summer Night Watteau-Dream Autumn Taratenlla Almost a Shepherd Sentimental Garden The Birds Violin of the Vilanelle Shepherdess Funeral Etchings Old Streets Autumn Evenings The Crows The Hearse The Parrot A Grisly Banquet Nocturnal Confession The Negress’ Tomb The Coffin A Small Chapel The Chapel in the Woods Saint Cecilia A Ticket to Heaven Hospital-Night Dream The Black Cloister Communicants The Deicides The Monk’s Death Diptych The Ruined Chapel Reply from the Cross Carmelites Our Lady of the Snows Evening Prayers Pastels and Porcelains Creole Fantasy Touch-Me-Nots Supper’s King Tawny Landscape Fan The Antique Dealer Camellias Family Clock A Dead Woman’s Shoe An Old Romantic Old Cupboard Vase Tragic Vespers Dismal Music The Coffin-Maker Sad Marches The Haunted Well The Idiot Girl The Ghostly Ox Tristia The Lake Corregio’s Last Angel Old Artist’s Christmas The Bell in the Mist Christ on the Cross Lament Empty Melancholy October Roses My Christmas Clog Passer-By Under the Fauns Glooms Song of Wine Recovered Poems Whimsical Dream Sylvio Mourns A Work Woman’s Song Nocturne Hearts Blasé A Rubinstein Melody Charles Beaudelaire Beatrice Old Piano Monks in Procession Evening Rhythms The Traveller Sculptor in Marble Golden Sonnet On a Portrait of Dante Ecclesiastical Siesta Easter Communion Small Stained-Glass Window The Benedictine Fra Angelico Fragments I: Vision II: The Death of a Prayer III: The Madman IV: Evening V: I Place VI: I Feel Flying VII: Let’s Tamp the Road-Turn To a Hated Woman The Sad Wind of Autumn To George Rodenbach The Wreath A Poet Chopin’s Tomb Cradle-Song German Parlours Posthumous Poems The Tomb of Charles Beaudelaire I Know Down There Little Hamlet Red Dawn Modern Pan Virgilian Rural Chateau How Sadly Sounds Many Nights I’d Like to Dodge Myself Sad Prelude To Sister With Love Brother Alfus The Suicide of Angel Valdor Cats The Deadly Cat The Spectre The Terrace with its Spectres Black Virgin Hypochondriac Nights
Emile Nelligan (Author) Émile Nelligan, born on December 24, 1879 in Montreal and who passed on November 18, 1941 in the same city, was a Quebec poet influenced by the symbolist movement as well as by the great romantics. Suffering from schizophrenia, Nelligan was committed to a mental institution shortly before the age of twenty and remained there until his death. His work is therefore strictly speaking a work of youth. His poems, first published in newspapers and collective works, were first published in a collection by his friend Louis Dantin under the title Émile Nelligan et son œuvre (1904).
Fred Cogswell (Editor) Fred Cogswell (1917-2004) was a professor of English at the University of New Brunswick and a graduate of the University of New Brunswick and Edinburgh. He is the translator of six works and collections of poetry and is himself the author of some twelve books of poems. He is represented in a score of anthologies and is well knwon as a critic, essayist, and reader. As the publisher and editor of Fiddlehead Poetry Books, he has been responsible for publishing more than 300 books of Canadian poetry. His The Poetry of Modern Quebec, an anthology of 20 major Quebec poets of four decades, was published by Harvest House in 1976.