From the Back Cover:
From the Introduction by George Woodcock.
It is appropriate that Volume Two of Canadian Poetry should begin with Louis Dudek and Raymond Souster among the first three names in its contents list, for their presence emphasizes that the connection between a revival of Canadian poetry and the involvement of Canadians even peripherally in the movement we call nationalism was not accidental. A genuinely Canadian poetry could not have evolved if the poets had remained oriented to the traditional goals of colonial writers. Liberation in the sense of finding a voice appropriate to the realities of Canadian experience demanded an experimental approach, and the lead for such an approach had to be found in the modernist and quasi-modernist movements outside Canada.