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The Emigrant Mechanic and Other Tales in Verse Together with Numerous Songs Upon Canadian Subjects   By: (1817-1907)

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In "The Emigrant Mechanic and Other Tales in Verse Together with Numerous Songs Upon Canadian Subjects," Thomas Cowherd takes readers on a vivid and engaging poetic journey through the landscapes and experiences of Canada. Through a collection of tales, Cowherd weaves together a tapestry of verse that showcases both the beauty and hardships of life in this vast and diverse country.

One of the book's standout qualities is Cowherd's ability to capture the essence of different regions and their unique histories. From the bustling streets of Toronto to the serene tranquility of the Canadian wilderness, each story transports readers to a specific time and place. Cowherd's descriptive language and attention to detail allow readers to fully immerse themselves in these settings, inviting them to see, hear, and feel the landscapes he describes.

The tales themselves delve into various aspects of Canadian life, encompassing subjects such as immigration, industry, and the struggles of working-class individuals. Cowherd explores these themes with a compassionate and empathetic lens, giving voice to the experiences and challenges faced by ordinary people. Through his storytelling, he highlights the resilience and determination of these individuals, painting a vivid picture of the Canadian spirit.

What sets this collection apart is its incorporation of songs upon Canadian subjects. Cowherd's musical abilities shine through as he deftly weaves melody and verse together. These songs serve as intermissions between the tales, offering readers a chance to pause, reflect, and engage with the emotions elicited by the stories. Whether stirring patriotism or wistful nostalgia, these songs add an additional layer of depth and richness to the book.

While the book exhibits many strengths, there are instances where the rhythm and flow of the verse could have been improved. At times, the rhymes felt forced, disrupting the natural cadence of the writing. However, this minor flaw does not detract significantly from the overall quality of the collection.

All in all, "The Emigrant Mechanic and Other Tales in Verse" is a heartfelt and captivating portrayal of Canada's landscapes, history, and people. Cowherd's poetic accomplishments shine through as he invites readers to journey alongside him, immersing themselves in the tapestry of stories and songs that make up this remarkable collection. Whether one is a lover of poetry, history, or simply seeking to explore the Canadian experience, this book offers a delightful and inspiring read.

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TOGETHER WITH Numerous Songs Upon Canadian Subjects

By Thomas Cowherd


The Author of this volume does not feel much apology necessary for its publication, though the world is already flooded with Rhyme, upon almost every conceivable subject, and most of it of a very mediocre character.

Though living but a short time upon a Bush farm, my experiences were of such a practical nature as to entitle me to speak with confidence on many rural matters. The religious opinions so frequently and strongly expressed are the result of a careful study of God's Word, and I feel that for them no apology is necessary.

To learning I make but the most slender pretentions. Born in one of the humblest ranks in life, and going to my trade at the commencement of my teens , and working long weary hours for seven years at that trade, I found little opportunity of attaining anything like proficiency in literary composition. Many of my minor pieces have already seen the light in local and other newspapers, etc., and acting on the advice of several literary friends I have at last gathered my principal poems together in a permanent form. Should this effort not meet with public favor, the offense if such it be is not likely to be repeated, as I am now over sixty five years of age... Continue reading book >>

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