A Look into the Life of Gwendolyn MacEwen

February 9, 2009 at 1:47 pm (Uncategorized)


This land like a mirror turns you inward
And you become a forest in furtive lake;
The dark pines of your mind reach downward,
You dream in the green of your time,
Your memory is a row of sinking pines.

Explorer, you tell yourself this is not what you came for
Although it is good here, and green;
You had meant to move with a kind of largeness,
You had planned a heavy grace, an anguished dream.

But the dark pines of your mind dip deeper
And you are sinking, sinking, sleeper
In an elementary world;
There is something down there and you want it told.

-Gwendolyn MacEwen


               Growing up with an emotionally unstable mother and alcoholic father, Gwendolyn MacEwen suffered from enormous insecurity. Her mother was institutionalized and as a result, her father slipped farther and farther into despare. She taught herself several different languages and was fascinated with Jewish mysticism and general mythology. Her themes consisted of myth, magic, and dream. She was never really famous beyond a certain distance, but won many Canadian awards for her brilliant literature. MacEwen married twice. Once to a Greek musician that made her happy for a short period of time.  But because of her heavy drinking, they eventually drifted apart. I cant help but think that she ruined her close relationships because she thought she didnt deserve to be happy.  She was selfdestructive. She was dark and sorrowfull with eyes lined with kohl as if her appearance portrayed how she really felt inside. MacEwen believed that poetry “was a form of magic that could change lives.”



  1. blogginforschool said,

    Good! I’m going to check her poetry out.

  2. Honorable Mention « The Literature Cafe said,

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