Goldsmith's Rising Village and the Colonial State of Mind


  • David Jackel


Oliver Goldsmith's Rising Village has been virtually derided by critics like Pacey and Cogswell, and defended by Kenneth J. Hughes. Actually, the poem's worth falls somewhere in between the two opposing critical appraisals. The Rising Village mostly fails in its attempt at presenting the success story of Nova Scotia, but the attempt itself is not necessarily irredeemable. The poem recreates a well-worn, even clichéd account of the colonial mentality; it has more to do with England than with Canada. The generalisations and abstractions of the diction -- which critics have so frequently castigated -- are actually intentional on Goldsmith's part; nevertheless, they are not wholly effective.




How to Cite

Jackel, D. (1980). Goldsmith’s Rising Village and the Colonial State of Mind. Studies in Canadian Literature, 5(1). Retrieved from



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