Cogswell's early interest in Québecois verse, manifest in One Hundred Poems of Modern Quebec (1970) and other similar translations, has connected him to a larger movement. His own poetry, best represented in Immortal Plowman (1969) and Pearls (1983) but available in several selected and collected editions, is characterized by adherence to old conventions, a love of craftsmanship and an unhurried, lightly ironic tone. Later works include Meditations (1986), Rêves inachevés: antologie de poésie acadienne contemporaine/Unfinished Dreams: Contemporary Poetry of Acadia (1990), When the Light Shines (1992), As I See It (1994), and The Trouble With Light (1996). He has been professor emeritus at the University of New Brunswick since 1983 and holds three honorary degrees from Canadian universities. He is a Member of the Order of Canada and a man of letters in the best sense.
Author DOUG FETHERLING