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Description - The Edinburgh Book of Twentieth-century Scottish Poetry by Maurice Lindsay

The most wide-ranging anthology of twentieth-century poetry in English and Scots available Selected for the pleasure and interest they offer these poems span the entire century. While the major figures - Hugh MacDiarmid, Norman MacCaig, Iain Crichton Smith, and George Mackay Brown - are generously represented, there are many other voices, from the master balladeer of the Yukon, Robert Service, to the internationally-known psychiatrist R. D. Laing, the distinguished economist Sir Alec Cairncross, and the troubled but deeply eloquent Rayne Mackinnon. Women are given due prominence. Readers unfamiliar with Helen Adam will experience a frisson at the sexual tensions of her ballad-poems while Naomi Mitchison reveals her intimate self. The admirable Marion Angus, Violet Jacob, and Helen B. Cruickshank show their talents, while contemporary poets Liz Lochhead, Carol Ann Duffy, Janet Paisley, Jackie Kay, and many others, are well represented. In a century of unprecedented change, the poems also act as a commentary on their times - and Scotland's war poets such as Charles Hamilton Sorley and Hamish Henderson, with their anger and eloquence, are included. With its lively engagement with the real world as well as the world of private creativity, this anthology will contribute to an ongoing sense of Scottish cultural identity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780748620159
ISBN-10: 074862015X
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 29-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Maurice Lindsay

Maurice Lindsay, CBE, is a senior figure of Scottish letters, a poet and literary commentator. Lesley Duncan is poetry editor of The Herald newspaper.