Melancholy, Water, and an Internal Struggle in the Poetry of Duncan Campbell Scott

  • Sylvia Barbara Drewicz


This essay’s goal is to examine the intrinsic beauty within the emotional and melancholy poetry of poet Duncan Campbell Scott. Scott’s poetry captures the essences of loneliness and solitude, extracting from both a subliminal beauty that is bound in the pleasant and captivating rhythm of water. Scott’s focus is predominantly on the unassuming splendor of nature, and the partnership between it and humanity. The three poems of interest are “The Piper of Arll”, “Night Hymns on Lake Nipigon”, and “At Scarboro’ Beach”. Each piece is centered around water, finding with in it replenishment, solace, or simply using it as a source of comfort; a comfort that, unfortunately, cannot be found in the presence of another human being.