Acanthus and Wild Grape
by F. O. Call First published in 1920
ISBN: 978-1-77081-073-0 pages: 66 size: 6.5 by 9 inches paper
Frank Oliver Call was born on April 11, 1878 in West Brome, Quebec. He was educated at Bishop’s University and at McGill University, and was subsequently a professor of languages at Bishop’s and McGill. His publications as a poet included In a Belgian Garden (1916), Acanthus and Wild Grape (1920), Blue Homespun (1924) and Sonnets for Youth (1944). Acanthus and Wild Grape, his most famous work, was divided in two sections: Acanthus followed more traditional Victorian poetic styles, while Wild Grape was written as free verse. Call is seen as a bridge between early Canadian poets such as Bliss Carman, Archibald Lampman and Duncan Campbell Scott, and the modernist work of later poets such as E.J. Pratt and Dorothy Livesay. Some scholars suggest a homoerotic themes in some of his writing, particularly in Sonnets for Youth, although there is not sufficient biographical evidence to confirm whether Call ever actually identified himself as homosexual. In addition to writing poetry, Call published two volumes of travel writing, The Spell of French Canada (1926) and The Spell of Acadia (1930), and a biography of Marguerite Bourgeoys. Call died at Knowlton, Quebec on the 7th of September 1956.