The Self-Completing Tree by Dorothy LivesayThe Self-Completing Tree by Dorothy Livesay

The Self-Completing Tree

byDorothy Livesay

Paperback | August 12, 1999

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The Self-Completing Tree is the author's own collection of the best of her last 50 years of writing. In this new edition, the celebrated Grand Dame of English Canadian letters and award-winning poet uses the metaphor implied by the title - a tree, half verdant, half in flames - to symbolize the androgynous self. This is the theme of much of Livesay's work and a central metaphor for the most definitive collection of her poetry. The result is a spiritual autobiography charting the fascinating domains of her own life and the universal struggles we all share.

Dorothy Livesay was a winner of two Governor General's Awards and the Queen's Medal, an Officer of the Order of Canada, the founder, and for many years editor, of the literary quarterly CVII, and a founding member of Amnesty International, the Committee for an Independent Canada and the League of Canadian Poets.
Title:The Self-Completing TreeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 0.4 inPublished:August 12, 1999Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0888782586

ISBN - 13:9780888782588

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Self-Completing Tree This touching collection of poetry defines the conflicts of the struggle to be human. The female persona is woven through the words in intricate patterns in search of the mind and body as its pillars. Her words have the capacity to enter the soul of the reader and to bring forth a well of emotions.
Date published: 2001-03-13

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A definitive collection of poems by one of the most important Canadian poets of the 20th century - Dorothy Livesay. The spirit of this award-winning poet comes alive on the pages of The Self-Completing Tree: Selected Poems, an intimate collection drawn from the poet's writings since 1928. Grouped according to themes that have preoccupied Livesay such as childhood, the divinity of nature, aging and love, these poems speak of the miracle of change. The poet also draws from her experiences as a social worker during the Depression in her passionate verse about poverty, racism and the plight of women. Livesay is a two time winner of the Governor General's Award for poetry and the recipient of the Queen's Canada Medal.