John Lent: Frieze

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  • Craig McLuckie (Okanagan College)

In Frieze, Lent charts the development of a consciousness as the narrator tries to capture the landscapes of Toronto, Regina and finally Vernon. These extended lyrical narrations are probably the catalyst for Lent's later experiments with fiction and the long poem in The Face in the Garden.

Frieze is divided into three sections: Toronto (4 poems), Regina (6 poems), and Vernon (13 poems). Three epigraphs announce the structural/thematic concerns of the volume. The first, from Lawrence Durrell's Justine, signals the inter-relatedness of human desire and landscape: “I am bound to see landscape as a field dominated by the human wish ... Now, however, I am beginning to believe that the wish is …

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McLuckie, Craig. "Frieze". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 August 2004
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