Earlier this week I was in Quebec City for a day. Along rue D’Auteuil, within the city walls, are a series of memorials to important figures from various cultural groups who form part of modern Quebec. Among those recognized are Dante Alighieri, Alexander Pushkin, and the Ukranian, Taras Shevchenko.
Émile Nelligan (1879-1941), an outstanding turn-of-the-century writer, is French-Canada’s most beloved and admired poet. A romantic figure whose literary career was tragically short-lived, Nelligan ushered French-Canadian poetry into the modern age.
Not only did he have a memorial, but he had a graffiti stencil! An enduring symbol of French Canadian literary pride.