Michael Ondaatje | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Douglas Barbour

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of Michael Ondaatje.
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Critical Review by Douglas Barbour

SOURCE: “Controlling the Jungle,” in Canadian Literature, No. 36, Spring, 1968, pp. 86-8.

In the following assessment of Dainty Monsters, Barbour praises Ondaatje's natural imagery, subtle narrative, and controlled language.

[The Dainty Monsters] is the finest first book of poems to appear since Margaret Avison's Winter Sun. Michael Ondaatje represents a healthy reaction in modern Canadian poetry. Although a completely contemporary writer, he eschews the “simple”, almost barren, style of so many of the poets influenced by the Black Mountain group. He owes much of his originality to his background, I think. The exotic imagery which crowds the pages of this book appears to stem from his childhood memories of Ceylon. His poems are jungle-lush, but, unlike a jungle, they are cultivated and controlled. Their profuseness suggest a full and fertile mind...

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