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That Saxon's lament poem is somewhat similar to Voltaire's "Candide." The way Candide goes innocently, naively, through many lands, getting robbed and beaten at every step, finally concluding that it is best if we stay home and tend to our own affairs...."cultivate our garden" an stop looking for the "best of all possible worlds." The Saxon's Sentimental Journey develops an old theme of the "wandering bard." In this ballad, Fenerty is perhaps thinking of a particular poet (maybe Robert Burns, since Fenerty was inspired by his writing. Though, Robert Burns didn't travel so extensive as in the poem). Fenerty might also be commenting on the way that the writing from other nations has contributed to English poetry. It might be worthwhile to read this one in relation to Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem "Ulysses" or Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself." Tennyson's famous line "I am part of all that I have met" is resonant with this poem as is Whitman's central theme about ways in which his experiences contribute to his poetic inspiration. This poem can be read as a commentary on ways in which the inspiration for poetry is related to the creative spirit of other poets. So, even though it isn't about lots of individual poets, the poem generalizes about the ways that lots of poets are inspired by the writing of others.

There is no evidence that suggests Fenerty ever traveled to these places. When Fenerty left Nova Scotia he traveled to Australia via England. So far no evidence has surfaced that he spent time there or traveled throughout Europe (such as Ireland as his poem "A Lilt of Skibbereen" suggests). These poems are simply ballads that cast the poet’s thoughts from philosophical form to poetry into the reader. Their purpose is much the same as a musician’s in the sense of tone and rhythm. Though, research continues in verifying if Fenerty traveled did elsewhere.

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