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Memorable Manitobans: Pierre Lardon (1875-1941)

Poet.

Born in Lyons, France, he was known as ‘the Poet of St. Boniface,’ who wrote much of France and at the end of the First World War, his ‘Ode to France’ recieved accolades from Clemenceau, Lloyd George, Poincaire, Sir Wilfred Laurier, Joffre, Foch and others. His ‘Poesies de St. Boniface’ was not only the first book of poems to be composed and published in any lanugage in Manitoba, but the first book of French poetry composed and published in Western Canada. He died at St. Boniface on 16 March 1941.

Sources:

This profile was prepared by Kris Keen.

Winnipeg Free Press, Tuesday, 18 March 1941, page 11.

Page revised: 14 October 2008

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