restricted access La construction des domaines temporel et spirituel dans la poésie de Louis Riel

Louis Riel has received much study as a man of politics but little to date as a man of letters. Indeed, only since the publication in 1985 of volume 4 of The Collected Writings of Louis Riel, under the direction of Glen Campbell, have researchers had access to the founder of Manitoba’s entire body of poetic work. The interest in studying the poetic writings of Riel resides primarily in the unique character of a poetic universe in which a temporal world and a spiritual world both coexist and collide. The temporal world was inspired by the difficult circumstances of the Métis people and the personal problems of Louis Riel, while the spiritual one had its roots in Catholic traditions. The poet worked to legitimize his vocation as a prophet by appropriating certain characteristics of the priesthood.