Description - Elegies for the Dead in Cyrenaica by Hamish Henderson
Written between 1942 and 1947, when Hamish Henderson was serving in the North African desert during the Second World War. Each elegy pays tribute to the men who fought with and against him, their lives portrayed with great sympathy and compassion, while the desert itself becomes the unforgiving enemy. Published in 1948, the poems were highly praised by his contemporaries including Cecil Day-Lewis, T S Eliot and Hugh MacDiarmid. The collection was awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize in 1949.
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Author Biography - Hamish Henderson
Hamish Henderson was born in 1919 in Blairgowrie in Perthshire, educated in Dulwich College and Cambridge University, and served in North Africa and Italy with the 51st Highland Division during the Second World War. Along with his poetry, Hamish was well-known as a songwriter, a translator and a pioneer in the field of Scottish folksong. He died in March 2002.