This site has been designed to supplement the print edition of the Selected Poems of E.J. Pratt, edited by Sandra Djwa, W.J. Keith, and Zailig Pollock (University of Toronto Press 1998).
At the bottom of this home page you will see a Title Index. Clicking on any of the titles in the index will take you to the appropriate poem page.
This site is best viewed with Netscape 3.0 or higher.
Each poem page consists of 3 frames distinguished from one another by background colour:
1. Top Frame (blue background)
It consists of:
Clicking on the sea-gull icon will get you to the Title Index.
Clicking on the title will get you to the beginning of the poem.
Clicking on the date of composition will get you to the relevant entry in the timeline.
2. Middle Frame (white background)
It contains the text of the poem linked to annotations.
3. Bottom Frame (grey background)
Depending on the link activated, either the timeline or the annotations appear in this frame.
Timeline: The timeline appears in the bottom frame when you open a Poem Page. The timeline consists of a chronological listing of information about Pratt's life and works. Each entry (or set of entries from the same period) is preceded by a date or range of dates. Where possible, the exact date is given, but, in some cases, dates may be no more specific than a year, or even several years. The timeline contains numerous illustrations (photographs, drawings, paintings, certificates, programmes, maps, etc.) as well as audio-recordings of Pratt's readings, commentaries, and reminiscences.NOTE: All three frames are adjustable in size, so that if, for example, you are interested in browsing through the timeline or the annotations without immediately referring back to the text, you can temporarily enlarge the bottom frame to fill the screen.
Annotations: As in the print version of the Selected Poems the annotations in the hypertext edition explain obscure terms and references. However, they do much more: they are intended to establish a context for informed interpretation even in cases where the poems present no obvious difficulties. Part of this context is the literary traditions within which Pratt worked. Thus, particularly significant formal features of the poems are noted, as well as sources, allusions, influences, models, etc. Relevant information concerning Pratt's life and times is also provided, and parallels are drawn with his other writings, including his letters. In addition to containing much more textual material than is possible in the print version, the hypertext annotations, like the timeline, include illustrations and audio-recordings.
The following icons are used in the timeline and the annotations:
return to the timeline
return to the annotations
The Pratt Project is very much in progress. If you have any comments or suggestions concerning these annotations or The Complete Poems and the Complete Letters of E.J. Pratt: A Hypertext Edition please e-mail them to Zailig Pollock (email@example.com).
Before an Altar
Brébeuf and His Brethren
Come Away, Death
Come Not the Seasons Here
From Stone to Steel
The Good Earth
The Ground Swell
The Iron Door
The Man and the Machine
The Prize Cat
The Toll of the Bells
Towards the Last Spike
The Witches' Brew