Quebec Studies

Risk and Resolve in il y eut un matin, by Suzanne Paradis

Quebec Studies (1985), 3, (1), 203–210.


Risk and Resolve in il y eut un matin, by Suzanne Paradis Muriel Dominguez The poems included in Suzanne Paradis's anthology, il y eut un matin, inspire a wide variety of interpretations. Through her unique choice of poetic language and carefully arranged pattern of imagery, the poet suggests many moods while affirming, with resolve, her quest for self-discovery. In fact, this play between suggestiveness and assertiveness is an important quality of her collection of poems entitled, il y eut un matin. A reader familiar with this anthology is struck by the poet's desire to be both an intimate confidant and an inspirational rebel. As Paradis seeks to bring forth "the rhythms which unfurl in the piercing depths of her soul," she beckons the reader to sharpen the perception of his or her existence. And, for Suzanne Paradis, this acute awareness of self is possible only through risk. 1 S'il nous faut pour grandir l'altitude de l'ombre la lumière crue la pluie plenière du risque nous monterons là-haut par la première aurore ("Vision," p. 2 1 ) Signs of risk reappear like a leitmotif throughout il y eut un matin. The mention of towers, summits, high branches and cliffs suggest the movement toward this heightened awareness of self. Soldiers, sea-faring individuals, eagles and acrobats serve as models of self-confidence. Verbs motioning departure, preparation, bounding forth and arming, incite another to welcome and even conquer risk: Nous nous s o m m e s armés c o m m e les brefs soldats de la révolte mais pour mille fois plus longtemps pour que résonne le fifre noir de notre angoisse que batte à l'oubli l'oriflamme de notre douleur

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Dominguez, Muriel