Lampman, Archibald National Historic Person
(© James Topley / Bibliothèque et Archives / Library and Archives Canada / PA-027190)
Highway 3 - 3 miles east of Morpeth, Morpeth, Ontario
Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
1861 to 1899
One of Canada's most important 19th-century poets, wrote about nature
Existing plaque: Trinity Churchyard, On the grounds of a church 13232 Road 3, Morpeth, Ontario
Born in Morpeth, Upper Canada, Lampman spent most of his short adult life unhappily working as a clerk in the Post Office Department in Ottawa, for poetry was his true vocation. One of the "sixties group" which wrote Canada's first noteworthy English verse, his work shows the influence of English writers, particularly Keats and Arnold, and of American nineteenth century literature. Author of many poems describing Ottawa's rural environs, he complemented his interest in Nature by commenting poetically on the dehumanizing effects of a mechanized capitalist society. He died at Ottawa.