According to Wheeler (2008), the sublime is not a pure or rational concept, nor is it an institution, since it is not known through comparisons (p. 35). Sublime is not required in the thing pertaining nature, however, it is required only in the ideas of reflective judgment. In this paper I will compare the concept of sublime as it has been addressed in “Roughing it in the Bush” and the poem “Wilderness Gothic”.
The poetry in the “Roughing it in the Bush” draws a great interest, especially considering both the topic and the placement of the poems. For example, the one written by Moodie herself reflects negations apparent in the prose such as undecided replies to Canada. Many of the poems in “Roughing it in the Bush” focus mainly on the challenges of emigration, and others portray an enjoyment of pioneer Canada. The position of the poetry acts as textual interpretation as well. Towards the end of the chapter, a verse fragment puts a humor and/ or initiates a topic to be expounded in details in the subsequent prose.
In the “Wilderness Gothic”, the first stanza narrates the definite spatial environment, which is very often in Al Purdy’s poetry. Customary, he has been writing concerning a specific area. This stanza is written in present tense, in order to address the steeple roof, thus transforming faith. It also discloses some uncertainty in regard to the future and even the present since the workman is hanging in aerial.
The chapter one of “Roughing it in the Bush” is entitled A visit to Grosse Isle and explains the Moodies’ exploration of Grosse Isle. There is often predication of disappointment by the two lines which starts the chapter. It is revealed that, Moodie reaches on Grosse Isle eventually, and finds his fellow emigrants. The second half of the last stanza changes from dark apprehension to option, fairly weakly, that the power of love would overcome all adversity, this was aimed at getting a resolution.
The closing poem depicts the emigrant’s fear despite the being similar to the prose in expression of revulsion. It doesn’t tell whether revulsion can occur towards one’s fellow emigrants. There is also another distinction in the last line which sets up an irony by contrasting the fact of Grosse Isle with moodie’s anticipations. Also in this initial chapter, the sketch and its associating poems of emigration collaborate to make a climate of agitation and regret.
I the second stanza of Wilderness Gothic, the reference to Jacob show hesitation because the result of a battle is in no way certain. The workman sacrificed his time to God and doubts if eventually it will be significance since it’s non-paying. In stanza three, the deliberate advancement of nature and quick growth is distinct. This is also another core factor of Al purdy poetry, in addition to referring to pund instead of some Victorian poet, these factors qualifies him to be part of the modern custom of renewing the poetry.
Location and topic of the poem are still standard, and articulation and imagery are ordinary. In its redirection of the core propel of the sketch’s squabble, then, the poem may appear to be a pledge, forming a movement from action to thought, out of fear of unknown to humble acceptance of outcome, from the jealous God who releases epidemic to the loving God who assures peace. Generally we can argue that, though Susanna Moodie is not particularly a talented poet, but, her poetry is a significant part of “Roughing it in the Bush.” Generally we can agree that, sublime concept is found in both “Roughing it in the Bush” and “Wilderness Gothic.”