The Work Of Poet And Philosoher Archibald Lampman



Poet and philosopher Archibald Lampman (1861-1899) led not a life of
his own, but an existance forced upon him by peers and an unfeeling and
cold society. Dying far before his time, Lampman led a life of misery. He
was supported only by a few close friends and his immortal poetry. This
essay is founded around one particular of his works but I feel it necessary
to discuss the conditions in which he lived in order to fully understand
what he was trying to express and/or symbolize.

Lampman really hated his day to day life, he lived only for his
friends and his works. Trapped in a city for which he had no love, he
often reflected his loathing of it in his numerous works situated in ...

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"Heat" and "A sunset at Les Eboulements" and
yet in his darkest moments we get the main topic of this essay "The City of
The End of Things". Like most great poets, Lampmans moods and feelings had
a direct effect on the nature and topic of his poetry. Lampman chief
poetry was done after a great joy in his life, or a great sadness. Sadly,
Archibald was not a rich man and lived not a happy life, and most of his
poetry reflects that. "The City of The End of Things" was written in a time
of great sadness and hate for the world. Published one year after his
death many people fail to realize the direct connection to themselves in
the poem.

Lampmans poetry was divided into two moods, saddness and joy, each
primarly involed with nature or cities. Let us discuss the tools used in
"The City of The End of Things". Dubed "The Apocalypic City" by Many
experts, these mutations of the apocalypic city shows how much Lampmans
visions shifted with his moods. He was passionatly committed to ...

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implications for individuals and societies alike.

It hath no name that rings;
But I have heard it called in dreams
The City of The End of Things

When the poet sayshe hears of the city "in dreams", he is suggesting
that the imagination that shapes our lives has gone awry. The city is a
projection fo current impulises (to that time). "Its roofs and iron towers
have grown/None knowth how high within the night, shrowed in darkness, this
shows death fulmost grasp on the city and its former hosts. The tower,
mentioned three times in the poem, is its most preminent symbol. As an
image of pride mocked by a ghasty claim it ...

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