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Drummond, William Henry (1854-1907).

Irish-born Canadian poet, physician, teacher, storyteller. Drummond's busy life as medical man, teacher of medical jurisprudence, and (in his later years) operator of a silver mine was refreshed at regular intervals by composing poems in the dialect of French Canada. These poems are a mingling of humor and sentiment, at times slightly satirical. The habitant on his little farm, the voyageur journeying on dangerous rivers, and the woodsman are depicted in their humor, pathos, and picturesqueness. Drummond's recitation of his own poems was very effective. He published several collections: The Habitant and Other French-Canadian Poems (1905); Johnnie Courteau and Other Poems (1901); and The Voyageur and Other Poems (1905). A collected edition of his verse and other writings appeared in 1912.

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Publication:Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature
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Date:Jan 1, 1991
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