Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts, born on January 10, 1860, and passed away on November 26, 1943, was a distinguished Canadian poet and writer, often hailed as the “Father of Canadian Poetry.” As one of the earliest Canadian authors to achieve global recognition and influence, he played a crucial role in nurturing and promoting Canadian literature. His prolific literary contributions spanned various genres, including Canadian exploration, natural history, poetry, travelogues, and fiction. By the end of his life, he was revered as Canada’s premier literary figure.
Beyond his personal literary creations, Roberts was instrumental in encouraging and inspiring other Canadian poets during his era, further strengthening his title as the “Father of Canadian Poetry.”
Sir Charles, alongside his cousin Bliss Carman, Archibald Lampman, and Duncan Campbell Scott, are celebrated as the Confederation Poets.
Born in Douglas while his family resided there, Sir Charles was named after the parish of his birth. His father, Rev. George Goodrich Roberts, originally from Saint John, served as the Rector of St. John the Evangelist Church in Fredericton from 1857. Sir Charles eventually earned the esteemed title of Canada’s first Poet Laureate. During his life, he and his family resided on George Street.
The final resting place of Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts is the Forest Hill Cemetery in Fredericton.
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