Collected Poems by Iain  Crichton-Smith
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Collected Poems

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Collected Poems by Iain Crichton-Smith

Book Awards

  • Winner of Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award 1992.

Book Description

As a child Iain Crichton Smith spoke Gaelic in his village on the island of Lewis. At school in Stornoway he spoke English. Like many islanders before and since, his culture is divided: two languages, two histories entailing exile, a central theme of his poetry in both tongues. His divided perspective sharply delineates the tyranny of history and religion, of the cramped life of small communities; it also gives him a tender eye for the struggle of women and men in a world defined by denials. "Collected Poems" includes forty years' work and proves that big themes - love, history, power, submission, death - can be addressed without the foil of irony and acquire resonance when given a local habitation and a voice that risks pure, impassioned speech.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781857542455
ISBN-10: 1857542452
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 135mm x 30mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Carcanet Press Ltd
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Dec-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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New Collected Poems by Iain  Crichton-Smith New Collected Poems, Paperback (January 2011)

Includes poems that are takes from the four books the poet published in the 1990s: "Ends and Beginnings" (1994), "The Human Face" (1996), "The Leaf" and "The Marble" (1998) and "A Country for Old Men" and "My Canadian Uncle" (2000), together with extracts from his 1971 translation of "Dain do Eimhir agus Dain Eile" ("Poems to Eimhir", 1943).

Consider the Lilies by Iain  Crichton-Smith Consider the Lilies, Paperback (December 2001)

Now considered a modern classic, CONSIDER THE LILIES focuses on the eviction of an old woman from her croft.

Red Door by Iain  Crichton-Smith Red Door, Paperback (November 2001)

Although best known as one of Scotland's greatest modern poets, Iain Crichton Smith was also a prolific writer of short stories. These pieces form a central part of his oeuvre, demonstrating the range and versatility of his literary talent. This collection contains over 45 stories.

Black Halo by Iain  Crichton-Smith Black Halo, Paperback (November 2001)

Although best known as one of Scotland's greatest modern poets, Iain Crichton Smith was also a prolific writer of short stories. These pieces form a central part of his oeuvre, demonstrating the range and versatility of his literary talent. This collection contains over 45 stories.

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Author Biography - Iain Crichton-Smith

IAIN CRICHTON SMITH was born in 1928 on the island of Lewis. Educated at Aberdeen University, he became a teacher after national service. In 1977 he resigned to write full time. He received many awards, including the OBE in 1980. He died in 1998. Carcanet publish his Selected Poems (1985), Collected Poems (1992, paper-back 1996), Ends and Beginnings (1995), The Human Face (1997), The Leaf and the Marble (1998) and Selected Stories (1990).

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