Edinburgh : Polygon in association with Scottish Poetry Library, 2007.
Book — 144 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Edinburgh is a city that speaks to the heart. Its dust, dirt, beauty, character, crowded closes and staggering views will always captivate and inspire. Poets like Robert Fergusson and later Robert Louis Stevenson loved walking through Edinburgh's seamy underside, as well as its elegant New Town streets. Burns was flattered in New Town drawing rooms. Sir Walter Scott made the city a glamorous backdrop to history. Muriel Spark turned a mercilessly clear gaze on its foibles, and Hugh MacDiarmid called the city 'a mad god's dream'. From the great Scottish renaissance poet William Dunbar, and Burns, Scott and Stevenson, to some of Scotland's newest poetry by Robin Robertson and the city's first Makar, Stewart Conn, this book presents a choice of the finest poems about Edinburgh through the centuries. The selection includes some rare poems by forgotten masters, and includes well-loved writers like Spark, Crichton Smith and Norman MacCaig. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
The story of Scotland at war in the poetry of the time, in English, Gaelic and Scots, by servicemen, volunteers, and those on the home front. Well-known soldier poets like E.A. Mackintosh, Domhnall Ruadh Choruna and Joseph Lee are joined by others who fought with their pens to chronicle and comment on the war, among them Mary Symon, Neil Munro and Margaret Sackville. The book is in chronological order, following the war as it develops, with introductions to each year by Yvonne McEwen. From the very first 'Sough o' War' sweeping through the land to conflicting attitudes to volunteering; from the despair of the trenches to the anguish of the bereaved; from unexpected humour to hatred to comradeship; from women at work to men shattered by conflict; from the appalling tragedies of Gretna and the Iolaire to sorrow for a generation cast into the fire, and a last angry condemnation of the human race. This anthology traces the progress of Scotland's war through poetry written by serving soldiers and those on the home front. Includes Charles Hamilton Sorley, E.A. Mackintosh, R.Watson Kerr, Joseph Lee, Charles Murray, May Wedderburn Cannan, Mary Symon. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
'Scotlands: Poets and the Nation' brings alive the unfolding story of Scottish national identity through its poetry. It opens with the anonymous Celtic poet who wrote of 'Scotland with its wonders'; it concludes with Iain Crichton Smith's secular prayer for a country that is 'fresh and glittering and contemporary' as it moves into a new era. The anthology contains patriotism and satire, moving laments and joke-poems, well-loved treasures of Scottish poetry and the less familiar voices of common men and women through the ages. All the major Scottish poets are represented, as well as Gaelic-language poets in the original language and in translation; poets looking at Scotland from an outsider's perspective, from Shakespeare to Les Murray; and the strong Scottish tradition of women's poetry. From Robert Burns to Kokumo Rocks, from Lady Nairne to Jackie Kay, the collection celebrates the enduring strengths of Scottish identity and imagination. The book contains a comprehensive introduction by Douglas Gifford, Chair of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University and Honorary Librarian of Walter Scott's library, and Alan Riach, Head of the Department of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University and himself a poet. (source: Nielsen Book Data)