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Poets: A Sestet

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Out of their solitudes, through their attention to what formed and surrounded them, these six Canadian poets worked to articulate a national consciousness. Titles include: Earle Birney: Portrait of a Poet: Birney speaks lovingly of his craft and explains the process of translating inspiration into a work of art (53 min. 9 sec.); F.R. Scott: Rhyme and Reason: A look at Scott's role in the founding of the CCF Party in the 1930s, his years as a teacher of constitutional law, as a modernist poet, and as a champion of civil liberties (57 min. 43 sec.); Poet: Irving Layton Observed: Layton reads and explains his writings and discusses Canadian literature. The film shows Layton transforming incidents of his life into words (52 min. 3 sec.); Al Purdy: "A Sensitive Man": The paradox of an artist who is seemingly artless, a poet distrustful of false sentiments, Purdy talks about his work, and is described by fellow poets (54 min. 40 sec.); Winter Prophesies: The Poetry of Ralph Gustafson: A talented, yet modest man who has combined his enjoyment of music, his continuing romance with his wife of thirty years, and his deep sense of place, to create enduring works of art (29 min. 34 sec.); and Still Waters: The Poetry of P.K. Page: The varied life of a woman who has reached international stature as both a painter and a poet (38 min. 2 sec.).

1993, 285 min 11 s

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