Duncan Campbell Scott
Duncan Campbell Scott Poems
- The Forsaken I Once in the winter Out on a lake In the ...
- Angel Come to me when grief is over, When the tired ...
- When Spring Goes By The winds that on the uplands softly ...
- At The Cedars You had two girls -- Baptiste -- One is ...
- The Onondaga Madonna She stands full-throated and with ...
- The Half-Breed Girl She is free of the trap and the ...
- Enigma Some men are born to gather women's tears, To give a ...
Duncan Campbell Scott was a Canadian poet and prose writer. With Charles G.D. Roberts, Bliss Carman and Archibald Lampman, he is classed as one of Canada's Confederation Poets.
Scott was also a Canadian lifetime civil servant who served as deputy superintendent of the Department of Indian Affairs from 1913 to 1932, and is "best known" today for "advocating the assimilation of Canada’s First Nations peoples" in that capacity.
Scott was born in Ottawa, Ontario, the son of Rev. William Scott and Janet MacCallum. He was educated at Stanstead Wesleyan Academy.
Early in life, he became an accomplished pianist.
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Once in the winter
Out on a lake
In the heart of the north-land,
Far from the Fort
And far from the hunters,
A Chippewa woman
With her sick baby,
Crouched in the last hours
Of a great storm.
Frozen and hungry,
She fished through the ice
With a line of the twisted
Bark of the cedar,
And a rabbit-bone hook
Polished and barbed;
Fished with the bare hook
All through the wild day,
Fished and caught nothing;
While the young chieftain
Tugged at her breasts,
Or slept in the lacings
Of the warm tikanagan.
All the ...