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Isabella Valancy Crawford

Isabella Valancy Crawford

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

Isabella Valancy Crawford

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted January, 2011

Isabella Valancy Crawford

Photo Source - Wikimedia Commons

Isabella Valancy Crawford

Photo Source - Wikipedia Commons

Plaque Location

The County of Bruce
The Municipality of Arran-Elderslie
In Paisley, on the south side of Goldie Street (Road 11)
just east of Queen Street (Road 3) at the bridge

Coordinates: N 44 18.367 W 81 16.337


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Plaque Text

Born in Dublin, Ireland, about 1846, this notable Canadian poet immigrated with her family to Canada, 1857-58, settling at Paisley. Her father practised medicine here for some years and after his death in Peterborough in 1875, Isabella moved to Toronto where she attempted to support her sister and mother by writing. A fine knowledge of classical literature, an intense idealism and a gift for startling imagery pervade her poetry. Like many post-Confederation poets, she was influenced by the English Romantic and Victorian Schools. She brought to the pioneer Canadian landscape vivid images of love and death. Her brief life was marked by poverty and lack of recognition. Isabella Crawford's best-known collection is "Old Spookses' Pass, Malcolm's Katie and Other Poems", published in 1884, three years before her death.

Related Ontario plaque
Isabella Valancy Crawford 1850-1887

Related Toronto plaque
Isabella Valancy Crawford (1850-1887)



Arran-Elderslie Plaques

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