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Selected Poetry of Duncan Campbell Scott (1862-1947)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

You had two girls -- Baptiste --
One is Virginie --
Hold hard -- Baptiste!
Listen to me.
        (At the Cedars, 1-4)
  1. At the Cedars
  2. Enigma
  3. The Forsaken
  4. The Half-Breed Girl
  5. The Height of Land
  6. Night Hymns on Lake Nipigon
  7. Ode for the Keats Centenary
  8. The Onondaga Madonna
  9. Permanence
  10. Rapids at Night
  11. To a Canadian Aviator Who Died for his Country in France


Notes on Life and Works

Born in Ottawa in 1862, educated at Smith's Falls, Ontario, and Stanstead, Quebec, Scott obtained a position at 17 years old as a clerk in the Indian Branch of the federal government and before his retirement in 1932 had risen to become deputy superintendent of the Department of Indian Affairs. In this position he developed an understanding of and sympathy with the native peoples of Canada, some of which appears in his poems about Amerindians, and much in his book, The Administration of Indian Affairs in Canada (1931). From 1893 to 1947 he published nine volumes of poetry

as well as two books of short stories and a play. As the literary executor of Archibald Lampman, Scott edited, published and popularized his poetry. The two men had jointly published essays in a Toronto Globe column in 1892-93. Scott was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1899, and he acted as its president in 1921. The University of Toronto and Queens' University gave him honorary degrees in 1922 and 1939. He married Belle Warner Botsford in 1894 and they had one daughter, who died in 1907. After his wife's death in 1929, he remarried Elise Aylen in 1931. His death came at 85 in 1947.

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Biographical information

Given name: Duncan Campbell
Family name: Scott
Birth date: 1862
Death date: 1947