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Re: habitant poetry

The Habitants were early French settlers in Canada.  They had a distinct
culture and formed an important part of our Canadian heritage.  As you may
know, Canada has two official languages, English and French, and the
descendants of the Habitants (along with other French Canadians) have
constitutional rights to their language and culture.
There is a body of Habitant poetry which has historical significance to
Canadians.  Generally, this poetry reflects the day-to-day lives of the
French settlers.  When I was in elementary school there were always two or
three examples in our readers, translated into English.
I hope this helps,
Laura Tompkins

-----Original Message-----
From: Vickie Wen <WriteCards@aol.com>
Date: Friday, May 07, 1999 3:43 PM
Subject: habitant poetry

>Hi all,
>I'm re-reading a beloved LM Montgomery book (1937) and she refers to a
>of "habitant" poetry.  The poem itself is not included in the book.  Can
>anyone enlighten me?
>Vickie Wen
>Sunnyvale, CA

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