Song of the rails

As I’ve mentioned before, the Toronto Daily Star used to include a column on its editorial page titled “A Little Of Everything”. It always started off with a poem, and then included what presumably were editorial comments. Here’s the start of one such column, from the September 26 1932 edition:

The column writer clearly was not a fan of the Group of Seven. As I’ve also mentioned before, I’m not knowledgeable about poetry, but I fear that I thought this poem was dreadful.

I searched for Elspeth Clarke, and found this PDF document: it revealed that she was the wife of a civil engineer who had surveyed railroads and highways in British Columbia. It also contained an article by her titled “Bread Alone”, which describes their difficult life living in a remote area.

Mrs. Clarke passed away in 1962 at the age of 72; her husband lived for nearly two decades as a widower, passing away in 1981.

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